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Journey back to 1981, when four people were brutally murdered in their home in the Hollywood Hills. The Wonderland Murders is the tale of a violent home invasion robbery and the revenge rampage that followed. It involves a drug-fueled gang of criminals, a crazed crime kingpin -- and the world’s most famous porn star on a downward and deadly spiral. Join Young Charlie host Tracy Pattin and writer/director Larry Brand and they take you back to Wonderland Ave.

The Wonderland Murders by Hollywood & Crime Wondery

    • True Crime
    • 4.1 • 207 Ratings

Journey back to 1981, when four people were brutally murdered in their home in the Hollywood Hills. The Wonderland Murders is the tale of a violent home invasion robbery and the revenge rampage that followed. It involves a drug-fueled gang of criminals, a crazed crime kingpin -- and the world’s most famous porn star on a downward and deadly spiral. Join Young Charlie host Tracy Pattin and writer/director Larry Brand and they take you back to Wonderland Ave.

    Wondery Presents: The Generation Why Podcast

    Wondery Presents: The Generation Why Podcast

    The latest episode of The Generation Why Podcast covers the murder of Christine Belford. February 11, 2013. Wilmington, Delaware. Christine Belford and her ex-husband, David Matusiewicz, had a contentious relationship after their 2006 divorce that culminated in David and his mother kidnapping the couple’s three daughters. Four years after she got her children back, Christine and her friend stepped into the county courthouse to attend Christine’s child support hearing where they were shot dead. What prompted the shooting, and why could no one prevent it? Listen to the story of Christine Belford on Generation Why today: wondery.fm/christinebelford

    • 7 min
    Capture

    Capture

    LAPD detectives arrest fugitive John Holmes in Miami and bring him back to Los Angeles, where he is charged with the four Wonderland murders. But convicting him will be difficult, since the prosecution’s key witnesses are victim Susan Launius, who can’t remember anything, and two drug addicts with long criminal records. As Detective Lange says, "When a crime occurs in hell, you don't have angels for witnesses."




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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Revenge

    Revenge

    The Wonderland Gang celebrates their successful robbery of drug kingpin Eddie Nash. Although there’s talk of finding a new place before Nash can retaliate, Ron Launius decides to stay, certain he has the firepower to protect the house. The group spends the night doing drugs – unaware that Eddie Nash has found a way in.




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    • 41 min
    The Robbery

    The Robbery

    After finding John Holmes's palm print at the house on Wonderland Avenue, police need to determine if the porn actor was a witness to the murders – or a participant. But what Detectives Tom Lange and Bob Souza really want to know is if Holmes will give up Eddie Nash. They’re confident Nash ordered the murders in retaliation for a home invasion robbery at his place two days earlier. If John doesn’t cooperate with police he could face the death penalty. But if he does, he could face something even worse…Eddie Nash.




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    • 41 min
    The Inside Man

    The Inside Man

    As John Holmes’s drug use makes him unreliable on the set, film jobs are harder to come by. Increasingly desperate, he’s begun stealing from his wife, his friends, his coworkers. But just when Holmes is about to hit rock bottom, he meets drug kingpin Eddie Nash and things start to look up – at least for a while.




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    • 48 min
    The Snitch

    The Snitch

    Two vice detectives arrest John Holmes on charges of pimping and pandering. Faced with serving hard time, he becomes an informant for the LAPD. As if mirroring his fictional counterpart, Johnny Wadd, Holmes becomes a real life undercover agent, turning in associates in the adult film industry.




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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
207 Ratings

207 Ratings

cra_cha ,

Good

Yeah good

David Rhys ,

EXCELLENT. Beautifully produced.

This is simply an incredible journey detailing the descent of Holmes just like a Hollywood movie. STUNNING. Production is 1st class. Narration is perfect.

Midfield Corporal ,

Hard work

What appears to be a fairly interesting story is spoiled by the strange format of storytelling, where each narrator takes a turn to tell alternative stories every 90 seconds. It felt like it repeated itself and the format allowed for padding the story so as to stretch it out and sell more advertising. It felt like listening to a trashy crime novel and after 3 episodes I just googled the case and read up on what actually happened. The Dating Game Killer was told in a similar way, it’s not a style I like personally.

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