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  • John 7:22 am on January 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Scott Thorson Is Headed To The Pokey 

    As OJ Simpson found out, you don’t go to Vega$ and screw around with crime. That city has a zero tolerance policy, and where you may get a paltry sentence for what OJ and Scott Thorson did in another state, Nevada will kick your ass instead. That place has enough assholes running around pulling scams and committing crimes. Scott initially received probation but now he’s looking at his original sentence of 8 to 20 years …. well, read more below from USA Today. He failed his drug test (again).

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A former lover of Liberace who was the subject of an HBO film on the pianist’s life has been sentenced to eight to 20 years in a Nevada prison for failing another court-ordered drug test while on probation for burglary and identity theft convictions.

    Washoe District Judge Patrick Flanagan sentenced Scott Thorson on Wednesday after a string of bad drug tests capped by his failure to show up at a court-ordered treatment facility.

    Flanagan originally suspended the prison sentence in July and gave Thorson a second chance in September after testing positive for methamphetamine, but he failed tests twice in October and again on Nov. 1. He was arrested Nov. 19 after violating an order to enter an inpatient treatment facility in Reno two weeks earlier, court records show.

    Thorson, 54, whose real name is Jess Marlow, had admitted he was an addict but insisted he was determined to get sober when he tearfully appealed to the judge in September to spare him from prison.

    “I’m just asking for another chance,” Thorson said, explaining he was dealing with his newfound celebrity stature.”

    “I can’t help who I am,” he told the judge at the time. “I’m in show business. I attract these cameras.”

    Flanagan said it would be his “last chance.”

    “I’m not impressed — I don’t think anybody is — with this so-called celebrity status,” he said. “You’re just like any other addict who has committed a crime against a victim.”

    Thorson had said his goal was is to write another book on the heels of his Behind the Candelabra, which was used as the basis for the HBO film of the same name that won the Golden Globe for best TV movie earlier this month. Matt Damon played Thorson in the film, and Michael Douglas, who donned the flamboyant costumes to play Liberace, claimed his fourth Golden Globe for his work.

    Deputy District Attorney John Helzer said in urging prison time in September that Thorson had been trying to capitalize on his fame since he told arresting officers last year he couldn’t afford the bad publicity of going to jail.

    “He’s not a celebrity. He’s a story,” Helzer said. “It’s one of accusation and manipulation and failure.”

     
    • localarts 3:14 pm on February 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I just can’t imagine how accurate any movie about Launius would be. I know Roger Jacobs said Launius was alleged to have been involved in 27 murders while at the same time other news articles have quoted police as saying Ron Launius was nothing more than a “trouble maker” I think launius was discharged in 1972 went to federal prison in 74 transferred to LA in 77 and released in 78. Ron Launius had 4.5 to 5 year window between 72 & 81 to rack up that body count.

      You would think that if someone who was murdered were themselves involved in 27 murders, it would have been highly publicized.

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    • localarts 7:25 am on February 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m sure he does. Eddie will be 85 this year that in its self is amazing… With his age, I doubt he cares anymore or even remembers who Thorson is.

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      • criticextraordinaire 8:49 am on February 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Yea Eddie’s the man. I wish HBO or one od the studios would do a biopic on him. Ronnie too.

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      • John W 12:10 pm on February 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Criticx and localarts… And all readers. Some company has greenlighted the process to pursue and vent a certain movie script based on Ron Launius’ life. Just FYI, I’ll keep ya posted. Also coming next week, a certain Brady Bunch cast member partied… Well, you’ll have to wait n see!!

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        • criticextraordinaire 1:44 pm on February 1, 2014 Permalink

          AWESOME NEWS, John. I’ve been waiting for something like this for ages. 🙂

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        • John 9:10 am on February 2, 2014 Permalink

          This film group is out of Austin, Texas. More to come!

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    • criticextraordinaire 9:35 pm on January 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I wonder if Eddie has any guys on the inside who could get to him?

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      • John 8:30 am on February 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        We must remember, Fast Eddie beat that rap. He got the last laugh once again, that teflon bad ass!

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        • localarts 10:13 am on February 1, 2014 Permalink

          It’s easy to beat the rap in California. Ed Nash was just another in a long list of high profile cases that walked…pretty sad when you think about it.

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    • localarts 10:28 am on January 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It wouldn’t have mattered if the judge had given him ten chances, Thorson will probably die in prison.

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  • John 8:17 am on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Read First Chapter Of Thorson’s “Behind The Candelabra” 

    You can probably find this book at any used bookstore for a buck or two, but in the meantime – check out the first chapter. Besides, how are you gonna keep them down on the farm once they’ve seen Liberace’s house!

    On November 11, 1918, headlines around, the globe trumpeted: PEACE! World War I, the war to end all wars, had come to an end. American doughboys were headed home and with them came a new sophistication, a new worldview. A popular song posed the question, “How’re you gonna keep them down on the farm after they’ve seen Paree?”

    There would be no keeping the boys who fought their way across Europe “down on the farm.” America was poised on the brink of an urban explosion that would be fueled by a technical revolution. Women abandoned their hobble skirts, became flappers, and emerged as a new social force. A booming economy and increased leisure time helped popularize new diversions like movies and radio. Flickering figures on a theater screen and electronically amplified voices coming from crystal tubes right in the living room pushed vaudeville to the brink of extinction. The entertainment industry would never be the same. All these events would have an effect on Liberace’s future.

    His birthplace, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was a quiet backwater which didn’t respond quickly to the great events a home and abroad. Local farmers and men who worked the Great Lakes shipping trade still counted the weather more important than events overseas. The majority of the people descended from German immigrants; God-fearing, churchgoing, hardworking Lutherans who relaxed on weekends drinking the beer for which their city was famous. In the early years of the twentieth century, Milwaukee was a quiet, conservative community, an unlikely birthplace for the man who would call himself “Mr. Show Business.” Lee would never feel he belonged there.

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  • John 10:42 am on November 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Tonight! Scott Thorson On “Where Are They Now?” 

    Scott’s eyeliner is annoying, but he will be on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), tonight at 10pm Eastern. The show is called “Where Are They Now?“.

    On Christmas Day in 1986, renowned pianist Liberace went on The Oprah Winfrey Show and opened up about his lavish lifestyle and palimony lawsuit. Just weeks after that show, he passed away at age 67. Now, the man who filed that lawsuit, Liberace’s ex-lover Scott Thorson, shares how he felt after seeing that final television appearance. Scott also opens up about the extravagant mink coats, diamond rings and good times he shared with the music icon.

    You can read everything on this blog about Thorson’s Wonderland connection via this link.

     
    • dreamweaverjenn 2:00 pm on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Ahhhh! I wish I could have seen this!!! Please let me know if you hear of it coming on again. ❤

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    • Brandy 10:50 am on November 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I saw that same commercial last night. Already have it set to record on DVR. Thanks John!!

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      • John 8:19 am on November 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, that was an interesting show. Although his appearance on Howard Stern a while back was 45 mins too long, LOL. That entire show is on YouTube somewhere.

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  • John 9:48 am on October 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Former Nash Attorney Now Works For LAPD 

    Of course, he does not mention Eddie Nash in his bio on the LAPD web site:

    Gerald Chaleff was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department by Chief of Police William J. Bratton on January 13, 2003. He serves as Bureau Chief to the Chief of Police and Commanding Officer of the Consent Decree Bureau (CDB). Police Administrator Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing.

    The drug related armed robbery mentioned below and carried out by Thorson and his posse is a rather seedy affair. It was a home invasion. The drug dealer and his girlfriend were so traumatized, that they called the cops. Not many dealers do that. I read that they got beat up pretty bad. I’ll try to find the link to that story and post it. The sheer horrra… as you’re being pistol whipped by Liberace’s boy toy! Oh the humanity.

    Anyway, Edward Rucker later took over the defense from Abramson and Chaleff and won Nash an acquittal in the second trial.

    LA Times | September 23, 1988

    An attorney for former nightclub owner Adel (Eddie Nash) Nasrallah, who was charged this month in four 1981 Laurel Canyon bludgeon murders, said Thursday that she is “seriously underwhelmed” by the evidence against her client. Much of the case assembled by the district attorney’s office “seems to be based on the credibility of folks who are less than ministers of the cloth,” said attorney Leslie H. Abramson, who represents Nash along with co-counsel Gerald L. Chaleff.

    A spokesman for the district attorney’s office declined comment on Abramson’s remarks.

    Nash, 59, and his former bodyguard, Gregory DeWitt Diles, 40, have pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in an attack that prosecutors have said was intended to avenge an armed robbery at Nash’s Studio City home.

    The late pornographic film star John C. Holmes was acquitted of the Laurel Canyon slayings at a 1982 trial.

    The Times reported last week that the decision to file charges against Nash and Diles was based in part on new evidence provided by Scott Thorson, 29, an ex-lover of the late pianist Liberace. Thorson is in Los Angeles County Jail awaiting sentencing in connection with a 1987 drug-related armed robbery.

    LA Times | July 23, 1989

    Edward Rucker, 46, is currently defending Eddie Nash, charged in the 1981 Laurel Canyon murders for which the late porn star John Holmes was charged and acquitted. Rucker took over from Abramson and Chaleff, who handled Nash’s preliminary work. Rucker says he takes on “complicated” cases: murders, fraud and white-collar crime. Although his most prominent work was his defense of Symbionese Liberation Army member William Harris on charges of kidnaping and assault (he was convicted of assault), Rucker says his most disturbing case was a gang-rape case he lost during his 13 years as a public defender.

     
  • John 9:28 am on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Thorson Talks Wonderland On The Artie Lange Show 

    This all happens at about the 7:00 minute mark. The video was posted last month, so I think this is recent. Scott has been making the rounds, and was recently on the Howard Stern Show. He is now telling everyone that he had an affair with Michael Jackson. Skip to the 7 minute mark to skip all of that nonsense.

    Regarding Wonderland, Thorson says Nash’s crew and Holmes used Liberace’s car to go to the house that night. It was one of the fleet of cars that Liberace kept in L.A. If you can believe Thorson anyway. This is another wormhole. Scott says Nash confessed in “1999”. What baloney. Nash never confessed, he simply accepted the RICO plea and took his 37 month sentence in order to move on with his life. He’s no spring chicken ya know.

    Warning: You’ll feel like taking a shower after watching this.

    Also, Bobby from Down Under in Australia sent this great shot and had this to say:

    Thought you may want to include this on your blog as a point of interest. Here in Melbourne, Australia “Behind the Candelabra” is turning out to be a pretty big deal as it’s receiving a national cinema release. The poster that I’ve attached is plastered ALL OVER the city at nearly every bus and tram stop. Pretty weird seeing a HBO tele-movie getting such huge exposure. Will be interesting to see how it performs once it opens.
    candelabra

     

     
    • dreamweaverjenn 10:50 am on July 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Are you sure he didn’t say “snack”? He was porky to start with but……….

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      • Bobby 11:38 am on July 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Ha! Well he sure didn’t lose any weight being on smack…

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    • scabiesoftherat 12:23 am on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      The creepy thing about this vid, (and I’ve watched it four times now) is that Liberace wanted a lover that looked like Liberace. He sure got it with this guy, didn’t he? Also, a question….who the hell is Artie Shaw?

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      • scabiesoftherat 11:43 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Lange…sorry. Who the hell is Artie Lange?

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        • scabiesoftherat 11:58 pm on July 20, 2013 Permalink

          Man. These guys are so freakin’ flip about it all. Unbelievable….

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        • John 7:47 am on July 21, 2013 Permalink

          He’s a half ass comedian. He had a small part in the movie Old School. He is no relation to Det. Tom Lange, thank god.

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        • Bobby 10:21 am on July 21, 2013 Permalink

          He was on the Howard Stern show.. kinda like how Paul Schaffer is the Letterman sidekick he was to Stern.. sorta. He later revealed on air that he was doing smack while working on that show.

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    • John 10:02 am on July 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      From Rodger Jacobs 2009 article, titled “Depression 2.0” from Popmatters.com:

      I had no tangible assets to speak of, no credit cards, no personal vehicle, no savings account, and maybe a hundred bucks in my checking account. As a freelance writer for over ten years, I had hit a bad stretch of road. The heyday of the freelancer was coming to an end—- the buck-a-word magazine assignments had become as fossilized as the prehistoric remains in the La Brea Tar Pits.

      “This story is really, really hot, Rodger,” Thorson continued in his nasal whine. “But I need a lot of money. I’m totally tapped out after paying for the spinal surgery and the IRS has put a lien on my bank account. I’m really fucked.”

      “How much money are you looking for, Scott?” I asked again, my irritation clearly palpable at this point. The mere idea of dodging into the ghetto of tabloids for a quick cash infusion represented a new personal low for me, but living “off the grid” often means making harsh ethical and moral decisions with little or no time to think, not with the landlord impatiently knocking at the door. “You have to set a price. How much do you want for the story?”

      Thorson suggested a low four-figure sum and I laughed. “Scott, if your story checks out, that sum would be my finders fee. You would be getting three times that much, providing you pass a lie detector test.”

      “Of course I would pass a lie detector test,” Thorson promised enthusiastically.

      “I believe you.”

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    • dreamweaverjenn 8:06 pm on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Fiction can be fun! I hope everybody had boots on in there and plenty of shovels.

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    • localarts 10:23 am on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      You know this does somewhat corroborate Tracy McCourt’s statement after they returned to wonderland. McCourt said he “saw a Lincoln like the one at Nash’s house” there is no reference of time though. Early afternoon, late afternoon? This is not the first time I’ve heard they used Liberace car.

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      • Bobby 10:52 am on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah you’re right, I remember McCourt saying that too. Seems like he was the only one that was stressed and jittery after the robbery.. although during the robbery he was pretty chilled out reading the newspaper so go figure 🙂 I guess the question is did Nash/Diles own a Lincoln? Maybe a longer video edit of that news footage of Nash being arrested and led down his driveway by cops might reveal more.

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      • dreamweaverjenn 7:46 pm on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I always imagine ANY vehicle owned by Liberace would have glitter all over it or piano keys down the side like that station wagon from the Behind the Candelabra movie. It’s kind of hard to go incognito in wheels like that. As fancy as it would be. Ride to the killings in style.

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    • Bobby 10:10 am on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What’s all this crap about taking a lie detector test? I think if either he (or Holmes for that matter) actually took a test the lie detector machine would’ve gone up in smoke.

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  • John 10:09 am on June 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Scott Thorson Bailed Out; Now Lives Behind Brothel 

    Scott certainly has had one crazy year so far in 2013. He was busted for using credit cards that he found in a lost wallet, then his book about life with Liberace was made into a popular film, and now… the owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Nevada has bailed him out of jail. Scott is also working on a new book about life after Liberace. Sounds like a bestseller!

    The AP article went on to say this:

    Hof said he moved Thorson into his guest house behind the brothel so Thorson can get treatment for colon cancer and drug problems. He also hired an attorney to help Thorson avoid prison.

    And then this, which is nonsense:

    Thorson has had prior run-ins with the law relating to drugs, and he was shot multiple times in a shooting connected to his participation as a witness in the Wonderland murders, Hof said, adding that the late Liberace’s abuse prompted Thorson’s life of drugs and crime.

    Come on, Hof!  Scott was shot multiple times by a junkie who robbed him at a seedy motel in Jacksonville.

    I have no idea what is going on here:

    The woman on the right is an 80s female wrestler I guess.

    The woman on the right is an 80s female wrestler I guess.

     
    • localarts 8:08 am on June 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      The above picture looks like members of the Hollywood Squares. Not sure if the center square is big enough for both Paul Lynde and Liberace.

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    • Bonnie Brae 11:43 am on June 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I saw Beyond the Candelabra, which i totally enjoyed. From what I saw in the movie, everything bad that happened to Scott Thorson seemed to be blamed on Liberace. I enjoy biographies more when people can admit their own shortcomings and laugh at them and learn from them. Their seemed to be no end to Liberace’s wrongs done to Scott. I had trouble at the level of naivete he painted of himself. Also, I see parallels between Schiller and Thorson. They both have lead very fascinating lives and I find both individuals intriguing. I just wish they would own up a little more to the havoc they have both wreaked.

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  • John 9:26 am on May 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Mr. Y & Joe – A Tale Of Two Nightclub Owners 

    Behind The Candelabra kicked ass in the ratings the other night. The few people I know with HBO all watched it. But, it was deemed “too gay” for theaters, so it was not picked up by any distributors. I was kind of shocked to read that, it seems like Liberace still has friends in the biz, and they did not like the idea of this film being made. Of course, I would have gone to see it. It would have been the first trip to the movies for me since Transformers 2 over four years ago. And that sucked.

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    In the book, Liberace: An American Boy, the author Darden Asbury Byron, tells us more about Scott Thorson’s connections to the L.A. underworld figures known as Chris Cox and Eddie Nash. Chris Cox is Mr. Y, and Eddie is known as Joe.

    More people watched his nationally syndicated television show between 1953 and 1955 than followed I Love Lucy. Even a decade after his death, the attendance records he set at Madison Square Garden, the Hollywood Bowl, and Radio City Music Hall still stand. Arguably the most popular entertainer of the twentieth century, this very public figure nonetheless kept more than a few secrets.

    More people watched his nationally syndicated television show between 1953 and 1955 than followed I Love Lucy. Even a decade after his death, the attendance records he set at Madison Square Garden, the Hollywood Bowl, and Radio City Music Hall still stand. Arguably the most popular entertainer of the twentieth century, this very public figure nonetheless kept more than a few secrets.

    Read more:

    Standing almost a foot taller than Liberace, Scott was a big dude, and when on a drug rampage, Liberace was quite terrified of him.

    University of Chicago Press, June, 2000. A month before the movie aired, there was another edition of this book printed. I bet that it sells like hot cakes!

    University of Chicago Press, June, 2000. A month before the movie aired, there was another edition of this book printed. I bet that it sells like hot cakes!

    Liberace: "You Monster!"

    Liberace: “You Monster!” LOL

     
    • localarts 8:45 am on June 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Reminds me of Eddie Van Halen. For those of you who are Van Halen fans, you may remember Eddie got tongue cancer some years ago and he blamed it on metal guitar pics that he put in his mouth. Eddie was a hardcore smoker & drinker!

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    • dreamweaverjenn 5:03 pm on June 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      That is crazy. How do you get cancer from oral sex? He smoked like a freight train.

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    • localarts 2:01 pm on May 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Michael Douglas is a great actor and a first class individual. I remember seeing him give a homeless man some money one time. You could tell he felt sorry for the guy. Not too many hollywood big shots would go out of their way to do that I bet.

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      • John 2:03 pm on May 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        He has always been a favorite of mine. One day, I too will find my Catherine Zeta.

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      • dreamweaverjenn 4:49 pm on May 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        He is one of my favorites as well. I like him in everything i’ve seen him in and he was EXCELLENT in this movie. I expected nothing less.

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        • John 2:33 pm on June 2, 2013 Permalink

          He says he got throat cancer from oral sex. That’s crazy, especially since he used to smoke.

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    • Jenn 11:50 am on May 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      It really is a good movie. I have still been trying to watch it from start to finish in one sitting but so far have been unsuccessful. Between kids, dogs, phone calls, I have tried to watch it straight through about 10 times. One scene that I CONSISTENTLY get to see repeatedly is the big sex scene between Liberace and Thorson. Realizing it’s Michael Douglas on the receiving end I almost crack up. Especially after seeing him in such movies as Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct. Hopefully this weekend I will get to see it uninterrupted!

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      • John 4:59 pm on May 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Don’t forget Disclosure! Where he is the one who is sexually harassed by Demi Moore, that wicked temptress. Its from like ’95 era. Great movie though. Also, A Perfect Murder where he kills Viggo Mortensen… I have wanted someone to kill him for years.

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    • John 9:46 am on May 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      After the movie aired the other night, WordPress stats tell me that most of the visitors to the blog used Google and searched on “Scott Thorson”. LOL. That cracks me up for some reason. They had to know more! hell yes.

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  • John 1:21 pm on May 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    A New Liberace Movie & Scott Thorson Is Reborn! 

    I believe that it was FDR who said, “Democracy is a story with no ending”. If not, then it was some old dude who said it. I will say the same about the Wonderland story. It never dies, and why should it. It’s effin fascinating. The recent HBO movie, Behind The Candelabra, has placed Eddie Nash back in the news. I also find it funny how so many TV viewers are quick to run and Google stuff they see in movies and shows. I do that everyday!

    In this recent article by The Guardian, they just cannot stay away from the Nash chapter in Scott Thorson’s life.

    Eight girls… damn, Nash had some stamina:

    …he was offered leniency by the district attorney’s office in exchange for testifying that he happened to be at Nash’s home when thugs pummelled John Holmes – which, if true, would make Thorson a kind of Zelig of the Awful. Eleven members of the jury voted to convict. One held out. Nash later admitted to bribing that lone juror, and in 2001, he struck a plea bargain in which he was sentenced to 37 months in prison for racketeering.

    Now, in his early 80s, Nash is a free man. And he would like to make it clear that he and Thorson were never partners.

    “No, no, he worked for me,” Nash said on the telephone. “When Liberace dumped him, he had nothing. He was on the streets. So I took him in, and he worked at the house. He was good for cleaning. Because I lived with eight girls at the time. Beautiful girls. College girls. It was safe to have Thorson around because he is gay. I had a gay cook, too.”

     
    • John W 6:38 pm on May 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I have not talked directly with anyone yet who has seen the Candelabra movie… until today! My friend says that there is an Eddie type character in the film. He is not named but according to the book, it’s allegedly a composite of Scott’s drug dealer bro’s…yea right…whatever. That rocks!

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    • localarts 2:05 pm on May 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Ed was a very smart man. Hiring gay men to do the day to day business of home care while Nash himself
      enjoyed the company of eight college girls. Smart guy. By the way, there used to be a rumor the Nash had some kind of penis implant to be just like Holmes. I have know idea if this is true or not. I guess Nash wanted to see himself as “Eddie Wadd”

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  • John 6:03 pm on April 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Liberace's Lover Testifies in Quadruple Murder Trial 

    This is an article from before the Nash/Diles trial in 1990. As I have stated in the past, Nash and Diles were in legal hell for years after the murders. The cops can and will haul someone to jail whenever they feel like it, even just to fuck with you. I need to create a timeline for all the shit these two assholes went through. Not that they weren’t involved, but Nash even had $75,000 withheld from a million dollar bail he once put up, as a penalty for something or other.

    Let’s move on…

    I do not know if or for how long Scott Thorson stayed at the Nash house. He may have stayed there for a night or two at some point, but it was while he was doing drugs. But on the night of the Wonderland slayings, Scott was just stopping by to score drugs. Nash said “Here, sit down. I have been robbed… and John Holmes was involved.” Nash threatened Thorson and his family with death if he told anybody. Thorson also recounted how he had an awkward, eerie conversation in the kitchen with Johnny Wadd. Holmes waited  there for Diles and company to get their shit together and go attack the gang on Wonderland.

    In the summer of 1981, Scott Thorson was heavy into crack or freebase, and he and Liberace were on thin ice as a couple. Less than a year later, Liberace would throw Scott out on the street. Around this time, Thorson even traded the Rolls Royce to Eddie Nash for drugs. This was a gift from Liberace. Scott’s life was a fucking mess in the early 80s. News articles state that  in 1982, Nash’s guys helped Thorson to get his belongings from one of Liberace’s L.A. residences because Scott was afraid that Liberace’s bodyguards would beat him up. Scott Thorson was also rumored to have let Nash and Diles stay at one of Liberace’s residences in the days just after the murders, until the heat died down from the investigation. Diles and Nash would later serve time on drug charges and Diles would also get in trouble for firing his gun at police when they raided Nash’s home in the weeks following the Wonderland killings. Diles defense was that he thought they were burglars.

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    March 22, 1990 | Los Angeles Times

    A former lover of the late entertainer Liberace Wednesday linked both defendants (Eddie Nash and Greg Diles) in the Laurel Canyon murder trial to the house where four people were bludgeoned to death in 1981.

    Scott Thorson, 31, who said he received a settlement of $95,000 after he filed a palimony suit against Liberace, testified that he was staying at the Studio City home of defendant Adel (Eddie Nash) Nasrallah in 1981 when he overheard a violent argument between Nash and porno movie star John Holmes.

    Nash and co-defendant Gregory Diles, Nash’s bodyguard, were “beating Mr. Holmes up,” Thorson said under questioning by Deputy Dist. Atty. Dale Davidson. “I heard Mr. Nash . . . telling Mr. Holmes that if he didn’t take him to where those people were who robbed him, he would have every member of his family killed.”

    Prosecutors contend that the murders were in retaliation for a robbery two days earlier by three occupants of the house, with Holmes’ aid.

     
  • John 10:01 am on April 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Scott Thorson Speaks To Larry King About Nash 

    Partial transcript courtesy of CNN

     

    I guess that Eddie Nash took Scott’s Rolls Royce in exchange for drugs? That’s a shitty trade!

    Read on…

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    KING: Liberace gave you whatever you wanted?

    THORSON: Whatever I wanted.

    KING: So what happened? You hopped back to L.A…

    THORSON: I hopped back to L.A…

    KING: (OFF-MIKE) murders occurred.

    THORSON: … and I was picking up some drugs from Eddie Nash, and he told me that I would have to — he says, “Have a seat.” He says, “I was just robbed.” And involved John Holmes, you know, the porno star.

    KING: How was he involved?

    THORSON: Well, John Holmes was addicted to cocaine, and John Holmes set up the robbery.

    KING: Because he needed the drugs.

    THORSON: Right.

    KING: Was Nash mad at you?

    THORSON: No, Nash wasn’t mad at me. But I was in the, I guess…

    KING: Wrong place…

    THORSON: Wrong place, wrong time. And when his bodyguard — Ed Nash’s bodyguard brought John Holmes through the door and they beat the living — I mean, it was horrible. And I was just right there.

    KING: What did you testify to?

    THORSON: I testified to what I heard.

    KING: Which was?

    THORSON: Which they beat up John and they forced John to tell them who committed the robbery.

    KING: Why wasn’t Nash very mad at you? When you went into witness protection you thought he was going to kill you?

    THORSON: Well, Nash — not for a long time. I mean, this was back in ’80. I didn’t testify until, what, ’87, ’88 — ’88 or ’89. So Nash and I were still good friends.

    KING: So you turned on him.

    THORSON: But he did say this to me. He said, “I’ll kill you and every member of your family if you ever mention a word of this.”

    KING: Why did you testify against him?

    THORSON: Because Ed Nash — drugs. I mean, Ed Nash took my Rolls-Royce, he took everything from me.

    KING: What did they offer you in return for your testimony?

    THORSON: Other than to keep me alive?

    KING: That’s all they offered…

    THORSON: And also I was in some trouble back then, too. I got involved with the wrong people, and I made a deal with a district attorney. KING: There was a quid pro quo; you got something.

    THORSON: Yes. I got something from it, too, you know.

    KING: Before all of this, before you got religion and before these last few years, you ever have a happy day?

    THORSON: Oh, yes, yes.

    KING: Because you seemed to be in so much trouble all the time, despite having everything.

     

     
    • John W 7:48 pm on April 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thorson pulled an armed robbery with 3 other lads. They got busted for this and that is why he was busted… And turned state’s evidence.

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    • localarts 2:35 pm on April 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I actually remember watching this interview many years ago, it was quite good. Another interview I’m trying to find is David Lind when he was a guest on the Morton Downey Jr show back in the late 80’s. Someone I know saw the show and said Lind got very upset at the questioning, Morton said something like “it was very convenient you were absent the night of the murders wasn’t it Mr. Lind” or something like that. Apparently, Lind got upset and threatened Morton Downey Jr. on the air.

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      • John W 4:13 pm on April 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Oh my Gosh! I think I saw that too. I will be on YouTube now looking for it or Googling Downey’s show transcripts. Morton Downey Jr, what a great show with him chain smoking and what not. Great era in TV, when daytime talk shows ruled the airwaves from 1 to 4pm LOL. Please post if you find a clip!

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    • Jenn 10:35 am on April 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing what people give up for drugs……..

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