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  • John 10:39 am on March 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Malice In Wonderland 

    Malice in Wonderland by retired LAPD detectives, Tom Lange & Bob Souza is highly recommended. Scroll down to read more.

    I rarely do this, but here is another book recommendation:

    6200 Carbon Canyon Road – My Life as a Penthouse Pet

    by Terri Lenee Peake

    A rare look into the world of a distinct, and sexy slice of SoCal, 1980s style – Terri Lenee Peake tells her story as a young model living life amidst its struggles and good times with her beau, in what became a lost, and noirishly bygone era. A view into their life together at Tara, a fairytale castle in the canyon, and the surrounding and looming chaos. It is an amazing memoir that creates envy, awe, and fear – and that oft-misunderstood mistress, nostalgia.

    We don’t hear enough in print about folks like the lovely Lenee or her fiance whom she might’ve died with… Horace McKenna, who like any rich L.A. guy kept a pet tiger – and during their break-up in the late 80s was gunned down by a random, prototypical L.A. hustler; it was like out of a movie, and it later was part of one.

    Those who say art doesn’t imitate life, or vice-a-versa, hadn’t been to Lenee & Big Mac’s 40-acre horse ranch.

    Read more about Peake’s new book

    *****

    Here is the link to purchase the Tom Lange & Bob Souza book on Amazon, you won’t regret it.

    Here is the link to purchase the book on Amazon, you won’t regret it.

    *****

    This episode of a new true crime program looks interesting…. set your DVRs. Watch preview below, it airs on OXYGEN Fri 3/30 primetime.

    I hope this episode is not hijacked, and another glorified version of the other story. I hope there is mention of the real interesting people – those peripheral characters- slimy or not, each with individual motives… LA’s craziest criminals for the ages! and all those bad personal choices & decisions that in 1981 in Hollywood – could get you killed, the era in which this mayhem occurred was crazy… so I hope this episode is fresh and juicy.

    Thank you.

     
    • Michelle 3:21 pm on March 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Is this the book that was originally to be called “Four on the floor@?

      • John 10:44 am on March 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        No, it’s 2 of the same gents, but a different effort altogether, decades later and a welcome surprise.

    • Bobby 7:17 pm on March 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great posts John, good to see the blog back in action. When it rains it pours!
      Your book looks riveting – can’t wait!

  • John 7:53 am on March 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Neighbors Ignore Victims’ Screams 

    Notice Detective Tom Lange just in front of the fire rescue man. The cop back there in casual clothes… well, it must have been his day off. To quote Bob Sousa “Is this gonna ruin my 4th of July weekend?”

    UPI. July 2, 1981.

    UPI. July 2, 1981.

     
    • localarts 2:38 pm on March 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like the UPI has placed the wrong pic with the story. The Wonderland victims were not carried out on gurneys, more like body bags. Two people carried out the women while four individuals carried out the men.

      • John 3:22 pm on March 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know, but I’ve seen video of a gurney wheeling out the bodies. It was in that XXXL The John Holmes Story video.

      • Colleen 9:28 pm on November 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Looks like a body bag to me. They can put em on stretchers so the body won’t be as heavy and/or to “deal with” crowds yet that wasn’t the case in these murders. But yeah this is Tom Lange in the photo. (Btw Ik im years past ya post…..js) .

    • localarts 9:03 pm on March 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2N5WTeggnw at 2:27 two men are caring either Joy Miller or Barbara Richardson. I’m just say’in…

    • dreamweaverjenn 3:45 am on March 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Watching Wonderland as we speak. It’s 4:45 a.m. here and it’s on IFC….

  • John 3:26 pm on October 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Tom Lange – Vietnam War Hero 

    Tom investigated the Wonderland case in 1981. We did not hear from him much until O.J. in 1994, when the Nicole Brown/Ronald Goldman murders hit the news. That’s Tom talking to the Juice on the phone during the low-speed chase.

    An excerpt from “Evidence Dismissed – The Inside Story of the Police Investigation of O.J. Simpson” by Dan E. Moldea:

    Neither Lange nor Vannatter had originally given much thought to becoming police officers. Born in Milwaukee on April 14, 1945 and raised in Coral Gables, Florida, Frederick Douglas Lange–who had been nicknamed “Tom” by his two older sisters–moved to Los Angeles County with his mother after the death by heart attack of her estranged husband, Lange’s father, in 1960. As a young teenager, Lange was a runaway in the San Fernando Valley and was detained twice by police for minor infractions. However, Lange straightened out, somewhat, while attending a strict Catholic school. A long-distance runner on his high school’s cross-country and track-and-field teams, Lange remained rebellious and had no interest in college after graduation. Unlike many children of the 1960s, Lange expressed his rebellion by joining the U.S. Marines and going to Vietnam in June 1965. After a distinguished tour of duty with intensive combat experience, Sergeant Lange left the Marines in October 1966, refusing to re-enlist even after being offered Officers Candidate School.

    After returning home from the war, Lange drifted for nearly a year, unable to land a decent job. He traveled around the country, visiting the families of war buddies who hadn’t come home. Eventually, he wound up back in Los Angeles, putting up tents for large events and getting paid ten-to-twenty bucks a day. Then, he went to work for Clairol beauty supplies, putting little boxes into big boxes. He slept on his mother’s sofa and spent most of his time hanging out with other vets.

    Finally, while pumping gas in North Hollywood for Standard Oil, Lange became acquainted with a LAPD cop who gassed up at his service station. The officer encouraged Lange to take the tests for the LAPD. Lange did and passed with high marks.

    He graduated from the LAPD Academy in January 1968. After a variety of assignments, he became an investigator at Central Juvenile and Central Detectives, earning his associate degree in Administration of Justice from Los Angeles Valley College in 1976. While working on the infamous Skid-Row Stabber Murders case, he became a member of the Robbery/Homicide Division in November 1978, working, at first, on loan from the Central Division. He eventually solved the murders after identifying a mere palm print left by the killer at one of the crime scenes. The following year, in October 1979–the same month as his marriage to his wife, Linda–Lange was permanently assigned to RHD, where he met Phil Vannatter.

     
    • criticextraordinaire 7:33 pm on October 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Makes you wonder if he ever crossed paths with Ron Launius when he was in ‘Nam.

      Back at the old Lions Gate board, a ‘Nam war buddy of Ronnie’s posted that for some reason he was sent out on a patrol (inconsistent with his role in logistics command, but maybe he wanted to see some action) and that he volunteered to take point. Something about he saw this purple beam of light coming from his head that let him see where Charlie was. Was probably a BS post but who knows. It would be consistent with his reputation for take-no-crap, fearless persona under pressure.

      • John 4:18 pm on October 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Criticz,
        What is that Nam board link? And feel free to copy and paste quotes and comments in the message section. It enhances the article etc and captures history. Thanks for visiting and collaborating, your input is highly valued, like everyone else.

        • criticextraordinaire 5:48 pm on October 8, 2013 Permalink

          That was the old “Lions Gate” board that existed for the Wonderland film. By the end of 2004, I believe, it was taken down by the film company as things were getting wild over there. Dawn was posting and I think Laurie was too. Most of the Lionsgate gang then moved over to the IMDb board when the Lionsgate board got 86’d. But most of those board regs, with handles like “BoogieKnight”, “WILDHEART”, “Americandiablo” and “kdimmick” are rarely seen over there. (WILDHEART, always in caps, went out and got a set of custom “WADD” license plates for her car). Sean “Duke” Amerson even posted there once or twice, and Julia St Vincent posted even several times.

          Jill Nelson and Jennifer Sugar, as I recall, got the Wonderland bug at that board and the rest is history, with their awesome biography of the King, I think the only one that can be said to be truly impartial and agenda-free.

          I didn’t know this site had a message section. :-O

    • Bobby 11:27 pm on October 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      It seems that identifying killer’s palm prints at crime scenes was his signature move! 😉

    • Jill C. Nelson 8:52 pm on October 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the nice words, Critic. You and some of the others you mentioned from the IMDb board were inspiring, not to mention amazingly knowledgable. It was never dull over there, that’s for sure. 🙂 It was a great group. To this day, I feel I happened at the right place at the right time. I’ve heard some crazy stories about the old Lion’s Gate board. Wow… time sure flies.

      • John 2:40 pm on October 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I bet that Lion’s Gate discussion forum was really hopping back then, especially so close to the release of the movie. Can anyone find the archive for the old board. It’s a shame that all of those discussion threads and topics are lost to history. They must be found!! Maybe Way Back Time Machine or a site like that can help find the cached archives.

        I’m surprised that Eddie did not put out a book, or Sharon for that matter…or Ron’s underling Cherokee for that matter. These days, everyone, even the neighbors could have their own book deal re: Wonderland!

        • criticextraordinaire 6:35 pm on October 9, 2013 Permalink

          John, I think the death knell of that Lionsgate board was when this one dude was harassing another poster, using his work computer from some paper company to do it. If I recall correctly he got himself fired over it and shortly thereafter the board was gone.

          There was also a gal on that board who was an artist in Canada (what is it with Canadian women and John Holmes, they seem to be attracted to him) who had painted an awesome series of portraits of John as well as other pioneers in the porno industry. 😎

    • John W 3:52 pm on October 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      If Tom Lange had the conscience and courtesy to visit his war buddies families after the war, then that just lends to his dedication and commitment to families in solving the murders of their loved ones. Long live Tom Lange!

    • localarts 4:22 pm on October 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I wonder if Lange had any respect for Holmes as a man.

    • Ed Mills 11:10 am on February 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the background on detective Lange. Hoping to find his book soon and try and contact him for some personal remarks on the Wonderland murders.

  • John 1:12 pm on July 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Tom Lange & Mrs. Nash Talk About Eddie 

    If you have ever read about Nash and his ex-wife, Jeanna, then you know what a hot-head he can be. Now, just imagine if you robbed him and humiliated him. It was also VERY bad timing in Eddie’s life:

    This quote from Jeanna sounds like an episode of “Who the BLEEP did I marry?” on Discovery ID channel. By the time of the robbery, Eddie’s hands were all burned up from crack and he had dwindled down to 140 lbs, according to fellow club owner, Chris Cox.

    JEANNA NASH ( EDDIE NASH’S EX-WIFE):

    After our separation, when my parents and I took the children to Oklahoma to my aunt and uncle’s farm, my husband hired a girl to follow us. She came to the farm in order to find out if a certain man was with me. After she left, my husband called me and said to come home immediately. When I refused, he said, “Don’t come back to California, or I will have two men waiting at the airport to kill you, and I will have your parents killed.”

    TOM LANGE (LAPD DETECTIVE, ROBBERY/HOMICIDE DIVISION):

    I wasn’t really familiar with Eddie Nash, but my partner, Bob Souza, had heard of him from being in Hollywood Dicks [Hollywood Detectives] in 1969 or 1970. Of course, there was a big scandal in Hollywood Dicks in 1970. The cops were all dirty, and they were on the take; they were selling what we call “5-10s”—padding confidential information on real bad guys and getting paid off—or getting free women, free meals.

    Eddie Nash loved the cops. He’d say, “Come on in; we’ll set you up!” It’s not a direct payoff—but when Eddie’s name comes up, you remember he’s the guy who bought you dinner and bought you drinks all night. So that kind of nonsense went on, and of course all those guys went to prison—but one of the players behind that was Eddie Nash.

    That smirk is just so damn charming.

    That smirk is just so damn charming.

    Source:

    The Other Hollywood by Legs McNeil

     
    • John 1:26 pm on July 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      And more than one person close to these characters has said, the only thing that saved Holmes was that Eddie liked celebrity status. It was what saved Holmes from having his head blown off.

      • localarts 3:36 pm on July 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Chris Cox said the same thing. Eddie loved celebrity otherwise Holmes would have been disappeared in the desert.

    • Jill C. Nelson 1:32 pm on July 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think Ed had an aversion to the various women Holmes got for him either.

    • Bobby 3:11 am on July 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Do you guys know the names of Eddie’s grand kids (assuming he has some) or other younger immediate family? Perhaps a current photo of grandpop can be found on their FB pages…? Just a thought.

      • John W 9:16 am on July 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I have searched and found a few things. Email the blog–

        • Brandy 6:23 pm on August 27, 2013 Permalink

          I’m assuming I found the same people. Everyone deserves privacy but it was interesting to see pics, easily done with Facebook. There’s a public search engine that links relatives so I’m pretty sure I was looking at the right people. As always great stuff John!!

        • Colleen 10:30 pm on November 12, 2017 Permalink

          Hi John, I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years and have never really said anything but I now have the courage to talk and to ask questions pertaining to your blog. My email is autumneqinox92@Gmail, BC I got a needed a new phone. Original email is ckfloyd18@Gmail. What honestly attracted me to this site was the film “Boogie Nights ” . I had seen it a long time ago n then IMMEDIATELY was interested in the LOOSELY BASED “dirk” character and read ALL I possibly could about the “Four on the floor ” . I HOPE you do write back, just so I know you’re still alive n kickin. I haven’t seen a post (about 8763) since before this past Summer in Delaware. (2017) In all honesty what really intrigued me to Boogie Nights was not ONLY the soundtrack but also my addiction to heroin and cocaine. I started at a young age using Xanax, Pot and Perocet. By the time I was 15 I was smoking and poppin “xanies n percs ” every day. At 17 I was shooting up in the women’s stall in High school.( I did graduate HS though). I am very ashamed of my past, not only did I hurt my family and myself but I have hurt WAY TOO many others just to “feel a lil better” and to “not be sick” I’ve been in certain situations as certain people have in THIS story. I suffer everyday from my choices as a young female ASSHOLE. I’m waiting on bloodwork to come back to determine by “Geno Type” of Hep C. It’s been ATLEAST 8 years so I am mentally preparing myself for the worst. When I say “ATLEAST” it means I got with the father of my child ( he has it yet my sister has it and we both self mutilated with the same instrument). Idk why exactly im saying whAT I am BC,,,.,,I am ashamed to THIS DAY (nov 12) but i do feel that MAYBE (hopefully) SOMEONE WILL understand me on this blog. My name is Colleen Floyd (Armstrong) , when you have a chance I would GREATLY appreciate if ya replied to my comment, Thank you!
          -Colleen Floyd

      • John W 9:24 am on July 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        On a random Wonderland youtube video, a person posted a comment like “don’t talk about my grandad, he’s great you dont even know him”. It’s not much but in the Wonderland universe you take what can be found that seems genuine.

    • John W 10:15 am on July 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      The LAPD had its issues in the late 60s, as Lange says, but that is also apparent Bugliosi’s book Helter Skelter. He had problems getting some detectives to do their damn jobs correctly. It made me think that he is describing these same “5 and 10” guys. The ones Bugliosi describes didn’t give a rat’s ass about solving the case and the news media were the ones who found the bloody clothes off the side of the road. What an embarrassment to LAPD.

    • TreeGirl 11:42 am on July 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Last I heard, Nash was living in Tarzana. Used to know a guy who was Nash’s neighbor back in the 80’s. recall him saying the house was sold late 80’s. (This person was also a major BSer) Can anyone verify this? How many children did Nash have?

      Just discovered this blog and oh so grateful to have all these questions verified.

      • John W 6:24 pm on July 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I always deduced that he sold the house in the 80s also. Interesting.

    • Beth 11:56 am on January 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Why hasn’t “Four on the Floor” ever been published?? John how soon will your book come out? Dying to read it already!

      • wonderland1981 1:28 am on January 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Beth. Mine will be a while but if you scroll through this blog and the posts there are rough draft samples posted. The Four on the Floor was mired in legal issues, I heard. Not published. But I am told it was amazing 😉 a little birdy told me that.

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