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 - Even The Rich: Murder In The House of Gucci
In an all-new season of Wondery's podcast, Even The Rich — Hosts Brooke and Aricia bring you the absolutely true and twisted tale of the Gucci family. This three-part series takes a look at the life and tragic death of Maurizio Gucci, a timid young boy who clawed his way to the head of the Gucci family table. On his climb to the top, he turned an epic family empire into an epic family feud, pitting cousin against cousin, brother against brother, and husband against wife. And just when it seemed like Maurizio might emerge from the fight unscathed, he was murdered in cold blood. Who arranged the hit? His jilted ex-wife? One of the many Gucci cousins who despised him? Or was it the mafia? As the lead detective on the case said, “We were going to have to take his life in our hands and open it like a book.”
Listen to the rest of this episode at wondery.fm/HoG_Wonderland.
Malice in Wonderland: Interview with Dets. Tom Lange and Robert Souza
Detectives Tom Lange and Robert Souza discuss the Wonderland murders and give you an inside look into the investigation as it actually happened.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Even though I know the story of “The Wonderland Murders” listening to this podcast’s reenactment made it feel like a brand new event. As usual, Wondery knocks its out of the park.
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Would love to give 5 stars as the story is amazing, but it truly doesn’t seem fair to put this content behind a paywall. In fact I find that disgusting.
The story is really stranger than fiction. I mean, you couldn’t write this stuff. It’s such a mix of drugs, sex, and hardcore crime, that it keeps you captivated the entire time. Some of the stories are almost unbelievable, and it’s amazing how low some people stoop to get what they want.
I ended up choosing the free trial subscription so I could listen to the whole podcast, but I will be cancelling before the trial period ends.
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