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  • John 1:49 pm on October 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: eastern kentucky university, tracy ray mccourt   

    Tracy McCourt Attended Eastern Kentucky University in 1987 

    Well, shit. I’m at a loss for words.

    A few months ago, when I said that Tracy McCourt might be the most perplexing character in the Wonderland saga, I didn’t know it would come true.

    Tracy lived in eastern Kentucky during the 80s/early 90s after he left L.A. I have his addresses and he even got married twice in Kentucky. Today, I stumbled across a tip at Dawn Schiller’s message board and it gave me a hunch. Here’s what the guy said:

    “Back in the mid/late 1980s, I was finishing up at Eastern Kentucky University, and we had a guy on our floor who claimed to be Tracy Ray McCourt – and claimed to have been a part of this… Had a bunch of jailhouse tats, including some sort of Beatles thing on his chest (IIRC – might have been a different band). Had a serious rap for the (considerably younger than he was) ladies, and laid it on pretty thick… Could this have been the same guy?


    So here we go…

    In the 1987 EKU yearbook, the “Milestone”….Tracy is listed on page 268. You can look for yourself right here.

    That’s him. I’m checking with the school to find out more.

    I'm proud of him. What The Hell?

    I’m proud of him. What The Hell?

    "Milestone" at EKU. 1987.

    “Milestone” at EKU. 1987.

    • Bonnie Brae 2:02 pm on October 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Wow – look at that mustache! So how old was he during the robbery? 16 or 17?

      • John 4:42 pm on October 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, localarts nailed it.

        I think Tracy may have fallen back into drugs after his last 2 failed marriages. And when he moved back to Colorado… And the arrest and jailtime tell the rest. However, it’s said that he ran a phone store franchise or phone kiosk at the end of his life.

      • John W 7:42 pm on October 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Besides myself and Kato Kaelin, he’s the youngest college freshman since Rodney Dangerfield!

    • localarts 2:58 pm on October 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      He was in his early 30’s as the wheel man for the gang. McCourt tried to make something of himself and turn his life around, too bad it ended the way it did. I think I posted here along time ago saying McCourt’s version of events along with Lind’s account in 90 were what I believed to be the most acurate version of events. I guess deep down McCourt was trying to do the right thing.

      • localarts 2:59 pm on October 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Great find John!!

    • criticextraordinaire 6:46 pm on October 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Man, that’s a moustache worthy of Johnny Wadd himself ! Tracy indeed is a perplexing figure. It seems that by ’87 he had turned his life around; in 1981 he appeared gaunt and weak, while his yearbook picture shows a vibrant man headed towards success.

      But then later he stood accused of stabbing his disabled brother in the neck and kicking his mother’s ass. I wonder what went wrong? At some point I heard that he had a quite successful mobile phone franchise. I have to guess that he must have fallen off the wagon and old demons came back

      Does anybody know if he had to testify in the two Nash/Diles trials?

      • John W 7:17 pm on October 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe Keith knows, I’m not sure about both trials. Rodger Jacobs could not get either trial transcripts due to them being lost. Stupid politics and lazy clerks!

        I just think Tracy had a couple bad marriaged and thus fell back into drugs… Either pills or the hard stuff. I don’t know, except for the results. Assault and possession of Schedule II Controlled Substances. Whatever those are…maybe some painkillers or something. Hook me up, Tracy! LOL

        • criticextraordinaire 7:30 pm on October 23, 2013 Permalink

          Schedule II covers a lot of territory. Codeine, morphine, meth, opium, coke, methadone, oxy, Ritalin… heck even some anaesthetics are in there.

      • localarts 8:50 pm on October 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes. McCourt testified in the 1990 trial. I have no idea about the second trial in 91.

        • John W 8:56 pm on October 23, 2013 Permalink

          I’ve done crazier shit, but I will look into formally requesting BOTH trial transcripts, in their entirety. Knowing the system though, I’m sure it’s $7 per page. I have a PayPal slush fund, bring it on Lance Ito!!

    • Mark C 9:18 pm on October 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Small World Eastern KY U is only about 50 miles from my house, Charlie Manson grow up in that general area too mainly Ashland KY & Meechan WV by way of the prisons he was in mind you.. I think Charlie was caught in Ca. in a stolen WV car. That got him in the Ca. prison system.

      • kdimmick 11:39 am on October 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I’m pretty sure that up until the murders in 1969 Manson had always done time in Federal prisons.

        • John 11:42 am on October 24, 2013 Permalink

          I know he was at Terminal Isle Federal Prison in LA. If he did have a stolen car from another state…then it’s a federal matter? Crossing state lines. Our boy, Nash, spent about a year there at Terminal, before his health prompted a judge to let him out early. Ed was about to give that place it’s rightful name, if those prison hackjobs had sliced on him.

    • Bobby 11:02 am on October 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Another great find John! Interesting to hear that McCourt had a mobile phone kiosk. Was this before or after his stint in prison? Seems things were going pretty good for him at this stage of his life… wonder what happened that caused him to attack his family? Perhaps his brother wasn’t keeping up on his phone payments? 😉 If you’re able to find out the name of his store you’d probably be able to find a his business website on the Way-back Machine…

      • John 11:38 am on October 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Indeed. I will try to find out via some searches. When I found that his email address domain was @fredericks.com…. that was interesting and it now jibes with what the guy at Eastern Kentucky said about him. That he loved the ladies. Was he a manager at a Fredericks of Hollywood store? That is their domain name, and his email was something like tmccourt@fredericks.com. That’s where the ladies are, and Tracy was a big fan of the ladies….he could lay on thick (big flirt), as the man said.

    • criticextraordinaire 6:07 pm on October 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      By the way John, over at Dawn’s website where somebody posted that they knew Tracy… Farther down in that thread is a gal who says Tracy was married to her best friend. Possible source for more info on Tracy??????!

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

        Oh I saw that too. Yes, I found both of his Kentucky wives on FB, and who I assumed was a daughter. The names matched the background check I did to a T, same town, same exact names etc…but they did not return my messages so I assumed bad blood existed.

        • criticextraordinaire 7:31 pm on October 24, 2013 Permalink


  • John 8:56 am on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    McCourt Once Lived Near Venice Beach 

    In 1985, Tracy McCourt lived at this address on W. Manchester in Venice, CA. It is about 5 blocks from the beach. This is the house.

    He also lived a few miles south of here in the mid-80s, down in Playa Del Rey, which is the enclave where the tragic former child star, Anissa Jones, grew up and lived most of her life. Small world.

    It was the 80s of course, so no telling what Tracy did to support himself, if it were drugs, etc… But considering the criminal hijinx that he pulled up in Colorado during the late 90s, I can imagine that he was probably using drugs his entire life.

    By 1988 however, Tracy would be living in Kentucky as he was to get married there in ’88. What prompted the big move from SoCal to Kentucky… Was it work related or did he get busted in California for drugs and have to go lay low someplace nice and quiet?

    Tracy might just be the most perplexing character in the Wonderland saga.

    421 W. Manchester Ave.

    421 W. Manchester Ave.

    • localarts 10:49 am on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      McCourt may have gotten wind of the impending Nash indictment and decided to high tail it out of town. Let’s face it, who wants to voluntarily testify against Eddie Nash.

      • John 10:52 am on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, that seems likely. He said, I’m outta here!

  • John 11:44 am on August 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Tracy McCourt Married At Age 20 

    The strangest part of the Wonderland story is that the porn star had been married the longest. Oh well, that did not stop the others from trying, and that includes the elusive Tracy McCourt. One site showed him once being enrolled at UC-Irvine college and that he was related to Frank McCourt, who owned the L.A. Dodgers. Now, I’m really freekin’ lost.

    I’m slowly but surely finding out more about Tracy though. Tracy was born in 1949. I find that his Social Security Number was issued in California in 1963 when he was about 14 years old. That means it’s likely that he grew up and went to school in So Cal.

    McCourt was married in Los Angeles in 1969, a few days after I was born. Tracy and Janis N. Davis were married on October 20, 1969. Janis was three years older than Tracy. I don’t know how long they were married because I could not find a divorce record in California.

    Since the producers of the 2003 film were hell bent on using David Lind’s story, we never got to really see the true acting genius of George Leonardopoulos, who played Tracy in the film.

    True love never dies.

    True love never dies.

    Tracy would also get married in Kentucky twice (1988 and 1994). 1988 – Joni S. Holt. 1994 – Vickie L. Carrier.

    • localarts 3:41 pm on August 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never really been able to find anything on McCourt. Thats a good find.

      • John 10:13 am on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        The Launius surname is Lithuanian: perhaps a nickname from Lithuanian launys meaning ‘hornless’

    • John 2:52 pm on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Tracy and Janis were divorced in June, 1973. Another short marriage to log in the annals of Wonderland.

    • localarts 6:19 pm on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Damn! I wonder what the combined alimony checks were for the gang?

    • John W 6:36 pm on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      That’s good work if you can get it!

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