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  • John 11:46 am on September 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , los angeles   

    A Sad Video Documentary About L.A. 

    To the French, it’s a very sad, depressing and lonely place. “It’s a true urban laboratory”.

    This is Los Angeles in 1970.

  • John 1:48 pm on September 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , los angeles, photograph   

    More Monday Photos! 

    • Darcymariie 6:56 pm on September 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      John you just rock!!!! 😉 ❤


    • Darcymaie 6:54 pm on September 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      John, you just rock!!! 😉 ❤


      • mark strangelove 5:35 am on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        John Lennon changed his middle name from Winston to Ono because between his and Yoko’s names, there were 9 O’s. And 9 was his favorite number.


  • John 9:59 am on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , los angeles, , seventies   

    Early 1970s Photos Of Los Angeles & Hollywood 

    Classic L.A. from the early to mid 70s.

    Also don’t miss the rare Van Halen photos…. and a few pics from a Sound Warehouse music store, where they were doing a KISS “Love Gun” Promotion, 1977.

    • dreamweaverjenn 10:54 am on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I LOVE these too!!! KISS one of my favorite bands OF all time! Would love to have that whole Love Gun display.


  • John 10:04 am on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: knbc, los angeles, newscast, ,   

    The Wonderland Murders 11pm Newscast – July 4, 1981 

    This newscast link was originally shared by localarts back in May. I converted it and edited out the other stuff. I wanted my own copy so that it is never lost or deleted. Enjoy! The final sign-off with America The Beautiful did not make the transfer for some reason, but at least I got the Wonderland coverage. When you saw that sign-off, you knew it was time to go to bed.

    Thanks again, localarts.

    The news lady mistakenly refers to a shootout, when in fact the murders were committed by blunt object, lead pipes.


    Lone Survivor of Laurel Canyon Massacre under LAPD guard at Cedar-Sinai Hosptial.

    “Live” report by Laurel Erickson (apparently taped from 11 pm newscast)

    • scabiesoftherat 10:43 pm on July 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      The murders happen on the 1st of July. The cops get the bodies out early on the 2nd. That means that David Lind made an immediate B-line to the cops and told his story…for Laurel Erickson to have the info that it was “over a rip-off of some heroin and possibly cocaine” on July fourth, no less,…Well, that’s pretty good expediting and reporting. The people who knew what it was about were dead or incapacitated and the other people who knew about it weren’t talking about it all…if they knew what was good for them. This has to be a reference to Lind’s statement to the cops. (Forgive me. I’m a slow learner…LOL) But that was awful fast, wasn’t it?…or am I missing something here? I believe that Holmes was busted on the fourth, but his name wasn’t mentioned in the newscast….which would make it all the more lurid. Would love to see what the 5th held…


      • John 8:08 am on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, and McCourt was quietly talking to newspapers also. He’s quoted in one recent article after the murders as “the getaway driver”. And the media was talking to the landlady as well…she knew about the drug dealing.


    • Anthony 6:33 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Josh Lucas talks about Wonderland (Published on Jul 18, 2013)

      I’m not sure if you guys have seen this but when you open the link you’ll see interviews with other cast members like Tim Blake Nelson and Eric Bogosian)


      • Anthony 6:34 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        The above link is wrong, sorry.

        Josh Lucas talks about Wonderland (2003)


        • Anthony 6:38 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink

          Eric Bogosian talks about Wonderland


        • Anthony 6:39 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink

          Tim Blake Nelson talks about Wonderland


        • Bobby 11:26 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink

          Great find Anthony! Are these ripped from the DVD special features?


        • John 7:05 am on July 21, 2013 Permalink

          I like Ron’s/Josh’s Members Only / London Fog windbreaker. Total early 80s!!


        • dreamweaverjenn 9:16 am on July 21, 2013 Permalink

          These are awesome Anthony! I think the actors did a great job and Eric Begosian made a perfect Eddie Nash.


        • Anthony 5:09 pm on July 21, 2013 Permalink

          Lucas is wearing the cloths from the VCR out the window scene. These interviews were probably conducted between takes.


      • Anthony 6:40 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Janeane Garofalo talks about Wonderland


      • dreamweaverjenn 9:05 am on July 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        What was THIS movie and when did it come out or will it come out? Seems interesting. Not a mistake but a “happy accident.” Sorry, I’m a huge Bob Ross fan…….


    • Anthony 6:21 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

    • Bobby 10:36 am on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome video guys! This is the only newscast I’ve seen thanks to your blog… wonder if there are any others like this floating around in some hidden corner of cyberspace?


      • John W 3:00 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        When Eddie Nash saw that Susan survived, he bitch slapped Diles (to use the parlance of our times), and screamed “Tonight! You’re only gettin ONE 8 ball to smoke.. and I’m taking Thorson to the Earth Wind n Fire concert and not you! Or my name isn’t Eddie Nash!”


        • Bobby 11:25 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink

          LOL! It’s funny how Thorson says in that Artie Lange vid that Nash hit the pipe hard, got really paranoid and then put a hit out on him. He must’ve been smoking his body weight in rock and it sure didn’t help his intensified paranoia when newscasts like this stated “The police have about a hundred clues”!!


        • dreamweaverjenn 8:58 am on July 21, 2013 Permalink

          Ha!!!! That cracks me up!!!!


      • John W 3:21 pm on July 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Laurel Erickson should have won a news Emmy for her coverage outside that hospital. I haven’t seen such journalism in a lonh time, since like 1981.


        • localarts 5:34 pm on July 21, 2013 Permalink

          Yes, I agree and she was pretty hot too.


  • John 10:02 am on May 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: los angeles, roger ebert,   

    The L.A. Criminal Dynamic 

    One of the things that makes police work in Los Angeles tricky, Vincent Bugliosi says, is that anyone is likely to know anyone else.

    In other cities, social connections are more predictable. A cop who knows who you are, where you live and how you work has a pretty good idea who you are likely to know. But drugs, sex and showbiz act like SoCal wormholes, connecting the famous with the obscure.

    –Roger Ebert, Wonderland movie review. Oct. 24, 2003. Chicago Sun-Times.

    Although Roger (RIP) only gave the film Wonderland 2 stars **, and no thumbs up, he rather succinctly describes the L.A. criminal dynamic in a few quick sentences. Bugliosi and Ebert are right on the money. I don’t think that the Wonderland saga would have made a bigger splash anyplace else on the planet, as it did in Los Angeles. This is the same with other famous and even a few not so famous cases.

    When I am reading about other crimes in L.A., a celebrity of some sort always seems to pop up. Even with Helter Skelter and Manson. That’s what makes the place so damn awesome. That is why the Wonderland tale is so intriguing. It would not be the same if it happened in Spokane or Houston. No way in hell.

    You can read the rest of Roger’s otherwise shitty review here. RIP dude.

    As always, thanks for visiting.

    Not one... but two stars, you jackass!

    Not one… but two stars, you jackass!

    • krislyn 10:03 am on May 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      your welcome. Dawn is very nice and open on Facebook. although she is very busy she will answer any questions if she hasnt answered them before. in interviews etc.

      ive driven to tje wonderland house numerous times. you could see the diff from the actual house and the house they used ifor the outside decor of Wonderland. if u have a huge SUV thatsrreet is tiny and its a pain to maneuver out of. HOW people didnt hear more tjan just screams is beyond me.

      also in the movie where the “wanna be” Tom Lange is looking at pics of the crime scene in the beginning and is in the police station . if u stiill frame on those and look. they are the actual crime seen..they are pretty much the same as u can see on any website. the one of susan in the bed is rthe real susan bandaged up ..but the one that interest me tjat ive never seen was Ron in the bed far right…havung been movved flat blankets off and his head is turned the other way. i only seenthe typical pics u find on sites of the crime scene. if u pause and look you will see him in a different position looking like they are about to pick him up. . good stuff (sorry for typos on my phone)


    • krislyn 8:45 pm on May 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      oops i meant John would say anything ….


    • krislyn 8:37 pm on May 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      i read some of your older posts and wanted to comment on a few, however they are are old.

      just some comments (sorry im new at this site). i have researched many things on wonderland and i got to day this is the best info site ive seen. like everything combined.

      1. the movie was actually filmed outside only on Wonderland ave. the inside of the house and the motels were studio sets.
      where john walks out of the house its actually two houses south they film at. u can tell also by loooking at white driveway wall is directly behind the house. this shows when david lind first drives up. that house is 2 houses down and u can tell the neighbors house has a blue door downstairs next door u see in the movie. its stated also on IMBD site.
      also Val and Dylan Mcdermit slept in the real wonderland house on the night of the murders during filming they claim it was judt eerie.

      2. i read this blog a few years back that Misty Dawn (laurie ) had up. i cant find it now but a fan asked if John saiid he forgave Dawn
      and he told her he hated her and is scum. i asked Dawn via facebook her opinion on that and she saod no that he went through her on his death andshe truley felt
      he loved her and cared for her amd never was upset with her and he was sorry. Dawn will charm anyone and say anything to keep someone there.

      it was quite interesting.


      • John 9:32 am on May 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Excellent! I could tell in the movie that it was a similar house but couldn’t figure out. I will watch again to check that out.

        I read where Misty Dawn was there when Holmes slipped away into Wonderland and died. She said his eyes were open (I hate that, and hope I never see a dead person with their eyes open!)… well, she said she tried to close them like in the movies, but they wouldn’t stay closed. Spooky, no thank you, I’ll be in the waiting room! LOL


      • Localarts 11:33 am on May 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Nothing but the finest on this forum!!


    • Localarts 11:12 am on May 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      If Howard Cook’s men would have arrived first, I doubt we would be discussing this.


      • John 1:52 pm on May 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, it would just be another drop in the bucket. I was reading about another case recently, and the lady said that L.A. is a magnet for the talented, the losers, the winners, the scumbags, you name it. Growing up mostly in Texas, L.A. was always this beacon…. shining out on the west coast, calling the dreamers to their fate. Therefore, I was not at all surprised to read recently that seemingly most runaways and street kids in L.A. are from the Houston area. I didn’t doubt that for a second when I read it.


  • John 11:28 am on October 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: endeavor, los angeles, , pictures   

    Towing the Space Shuttle Endeavor through Los Angeles 

    After low level flyovers above NASA and civic landmarks across the country and in California, she was delivered to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on September 21, 2012.

    What the…? Cool!

    The orbiter was slowly and carefully transported through the streets of Los Angeles and Inglewood three weeks later, from October 11-14 along La Tijera, Manchester, Crenshaw, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevards to her final destination at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.

    Approximately 12 miles

    Endeavour encountered a few obstacles while transiting the streets narrowly missing telephone poles, apartment buildings and other structures.

    400+ trees cut down. Many light poles, other obstacles removed.

    The power had to be turned off and power carrying poles had to be removed temporarily as the orbiter creeped along Manchester to Praire then Crenshaw Boulevards. News crews lined the streets along the path with visible news personalities in the news trucks. There were many police escort as well as much security helping to control the large crowd gathered. Endeavour was parked for a day at the Great Western Forum where she was available for viewing from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

    Capitol Records!!

    Endeavor inches her way through L.A.

    Strange and Bizarre

    Party in the USA

    Hollywood Nights

    Can we trade insurance info?

    Let’s Roll !!

    • J. A. Robinson 12:02 pm on October 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      John–I have watched the footage of this on CNN, but nowhere did I see the route, preparations, etc. You really “nailed” this topic with your outstanding series of photos and helpful narrative.

      John R.– http://thedailygraff.com/


      • John 8:29 am on October 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks John. That means a lot! Always glad to share.


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