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Encyclopedia > Eddie Nash

Eddie Nash (b. 1929) was a nightclub and restaurant owner in Los Angeles and is a convicted gangster and drug dealer; he is best known for his involvement in the quadruple Wonderland Murders. Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... For other uses, see Gangster (disambiguation). ... These lollipops, above, were found to contain heroin when inspected by the US Drug Enforcement Administration In jurisdictions where legislation restricts or prohibits the sale of certain popular drugs, it is common for an illegal drugs trade to develop. ... The Wonderland Murders, also known as Four on the Floor or Laurel Canyon Murders, occurred in Los Angeles in 1981, when four people were killed in a drug-related plot that involved porn star John Holmes and was masterminded by nightclub owner and gangster Eddie Nash. ...

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Early life

Born Adel Gharib Nasrallah in Palestine, he said he left the country after Israeli soldiers allegedly gunned down his brother-in-law in the street and narrowly missed him. His family are Christian Arabs from Ramallah. In the nonfiction book by John Gilmore, "L.A. Despair: A Landscape of Crimes & Bad Times," Gilmore states that Nash told his lawyer that he had dreams filled of muzzle flashes and bullets soaring over his head. Eddie said he owned several hotels until 1948 at age 19. He emigrated to the United States in the early 1950s and developed a limp. Nash acted in the television series The Cisco Kid, in 1952 in "The Quarter Horse" episode as the character "Nash." He went on to own several nightclubs in Los Angeles, such as the Starwood Club and Soul'd Out in West Hollywood, the Odyssey disco in Beverly Hills, Paradise Ballroom, the Seven Seas, Ali Baba’s and The Kit Kat strip club. Nash's clubs met the needs of many groups, as he operated clubs marketed towards gays, straights, blacks, whites, and preppies. (MacDonell 2003) The Holy Land or Palestine Showing not only the Old Kingdoms of Judea and Israel but also the 12 Tribes Distinctly, and Confirming Even the Diversity of the Locations of their Ancient Positions and Doing So as the Holy Scriptures Indicate, a geographic map from the studio of Tobiae Conradi... Ramallah (Arabic:  ) is a Palestinian city in the West Bank of approximately 57,000 residents. ... John Jonathan Gilmore (born 1935 in Los Angeles, California) is an American journalist and writer. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... The Cisco Kid was a popular radio, television and film series based on the fictional Western character created by author O. Henry in his short story The Caballeros Way, published in 1907 in the short story collection Heart of the West. ... The Starwood Club was a popular club in Los Angeles, California during the 1970s and 1980s. ... SOULd OUT is a Japanese hip-hop band that consists of three members: Diggy-MO (Main MC), Bro. ... Nickname: WeHo Location of Los Angeles County in California and West Hollywood within Los Angeles County Country United States State California County Los Angeles Incorporated 1984  - City Council John Heilman (mayor) Sal Guarriello John J. Duran Abbe Land Jeffrey Prang Area    - City  1. ... This article is about the music genre. ... “Beverly Hills” redirects here. ... The traditional Seven Seas Medieval European and Arabic literature often spoke of the Seven Seas. ...


Wonderland Murders

Main article: Wonderland Murders

He is best known for his alleged involvement in the quadruple Wonderland Murders in 1981 which might have resulted from a robbery of Nash's home perpetrated two days earlier by three to five men. A key player in the incident was porn actor John C. Holmes, who was later tried for the murders and acquitted. Nash and Holmes were close friends; Nash enjoyed introducing his associates to Holmes, who was notorious for his recurring cinematic role of "Johnny Wadd". Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... The Wonderland Murders, also known as Four on the Floor or Laurel Canyon Murders, occurred in Los Angeles in 1981, when four people were killed in a drug-related plot that involved porn star John Holmes and was masterminded by nightclub owner and gangster Eddie Nash. ... The Wonderland Murders, also known as Four on the Floor or Laurel Canyon Murders, occurred in Los Angeles in 1981, when four people were killed in a drug-related plot that involved porn star John Holmes and was masterminded by nightclub owner and gangster Eddie Nash. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... PORN can refer to: An abbreviation for pornography Progressive outer retinal necrosis, a disease of the retina Categories: | ... John Curtis Holmes (August 8, 1944 – March 13, 1988) better known as John C. Holmes or Johnny Wadd (after the lead character in a series of related films), was one of the most famous male adult film stars of all time, appearing in about 2,500 adult loops, stag films... John Curtis Estes (August 8, 1944–March 13, 1988), better known as John Holmes, was an adult film actor of the 1970s and 1980s and is generally considered to be the greatest male star in the 35 years since cinematic pornography lost its illegal status and became generally available...


However by 1981, Holmes' star had fallen and he became desperately addicted to what is now known as crack cocaine. In order to settle a drug debt he owed to one of his drug connections, Ron Launius, leader of the widely feared Wonderland Gang which dominated the LA cocaine trade in 1981, he conspired to invade Nash's home and commit a robbery in which Nash and his bodyguard were brutalized and humiliated. Two days later Launius and three other people were found bludgeoned to death at their home at 8763 Wonderland Avenue in Laurel Canyon. Holmes was spared. A pile of crack cocaine ‘rocks’. Crack cocaine is a highly addictive form of cocaine. ... The Wonderland Gang was an organization of drug dealers who operated in the Los Angeles area in the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ...


Murdered in the incident were the Ron Launius, Billy Deverell, Joy Audrey Gold Miller, and Barbara Richardson. Critically injured was Susan Launius, Ron's wife. Officials from the LAPD remarked that the scene was bloodier than the Tate/LaBianca murders. “LAPD” redirects here. ... Charles Milles Manson (born November 12, 1934) was the leader of what came to be known as the Manson Family, a commune that is often termed a cult and that began to form around him in the U.S. city of San Francisco in 1967. ...


A police search of Nash's home days after the murders revealed a large amount of cocaine. Nash was sentenced to 8 years in prison, but a judge released him after 2 years, purportedly for health reasons. An associate of Nash's later admitted that they had bribed the judge with about $100,000. (Goldsmith 2001) Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ...


In 1990 Nash was tried in state court for having planned the murders; the trial resulted in an 11-1 hung jury; Nash would later admit that he had bribed the lone holdout, a young woman, with $50,000. The retrial ended in an acquittal. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...


According to John C. Holmes' second wife Laurie (aka Misty Dawn): "He (Eddie Nash) was an awful man... John told me he used to leave the bathrooms without toilet paper, then offer the young women cocaine if they'd lick his ass clean." John Curtis Holmes (August 8, 1944 – March 13, 1988) better known as John C. Holmes or Johnny Wadd (after the lead character in a series of related films), was one of the most famous male adult film stars of all time, appearing in about 2,500 adult loops, stag films... Misty Dawn (born May 15, 1963 in Henderson, Nevada) is the pseudonym of adult film actress Laurie Rose. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ...


Throughout the 1990s, law enforcement figures continued to hound Mr. Nash, who had been referred to as "the one who got away" (Citation: Various LA Times articles). In 1995, in a broad series of raids targeting alleged organized crime figures, federal agents armed with search warrants raided his house and confiscated what was thought to be a cache of methamphetamine. To the chagrin of law enforcement the "meth" turned out to be a cache of mothballs and no charges were filed against Nash. This article is about the psychostimulant, d-methamphetamine. ...


In 2000, after a four-year joint investigation involving local and federal authorities, Nash was arrested and indicted on federal charges under the RICO act for running a drug dealing and money laundering operation, conspiring to carry out the Wonderland Murders, and bribing one of the jurors of his first trial. Nash, already in his seventies and suffering from emphysema and several other ailments, agreed to a plea bargain agreement in September 2001, pleading guilty to RICO charges and to money laundering. He also admitted to jury tampering (for which the statute of limitations had run out) and to having ordered his associates to retrieve stolen property from the Wonderland house, which might have resulted in violence including murder, but he denied having planned the murders that took place. He also agreed to cooperate with law enforcement authorities. He received a four and a half year prison sentence (including the time already served) and a $250,000 fine. (LAPD 2002) Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... RICO or the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act is a United States law which provides for extended penalties for criminal acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. ... Money laundering is the practice of engaging in financial transactions in order to conceal the identity, source and destination of the money in question. ... The Wonderland Murders, also known as Four on the Floor or Laurel Canyon Murders, occurred in Los Angeles in 1981, when four people were killed in a drug-related plot that involved porn star John Holmes and was masterminded by nightclub owner and gangster Eddie Nash. ... A plea bargain (also plea agreement, plea deal or copping a plea) is an agreement in a criminal case in which a prosecutor and a defendant arrange to settle the case against the defendant. ... RICO or the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act is a United States law which provides for extended penalties for criminal acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. ... Money laundering is the practice of engaging in financial transactions in order to conceal the identity, source and destination of the money in question. ... A statute of limitations is a statute in a common law legal system that sets forth the maximum period of time, after certain events, that legal proceedings based on those events may be initiated. ...


Released in 2002 (MacDonell 2003), as of 2007 Eddie Nash is a free man and lives in Los Angeles. 2007 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Bautista murders

On September 6 or 7, 1984, a personal tragedy struck Mr. Nash. A former friend of his, Maureen Bautista and her son Telesforo were brutally murdered by stabbing. Hells Angels biker Robert Frederick Garceau was convicted of this murder and sentenced to death. Newspaper accounts of the crime mentioned that Telesforo was actually a son of Mr. Nash. This article is about the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. ...


Garceau was turned in to the police after he murdered Greg Rambo, who had helped him dispose of the bodies of the Bautistas. Rambo's wife had knowledge of the Bautista murders and talked to the police (under an agreement of immunity). Garceau was convicted of all three murders.


At trial, evidence was presented that Garceau murdered Ms. Bautista because she threatened to expose Garceau's drug operations to Mr. Nash. Her son was murdered because he was a witness to her murder. A lengthy court appeal was launched to vacate Garceau's death penalty, but in 1993 the California Supreme Court upheld the legality of what became known as "The Nash testimony". Garceau died in prison of natural causes in 2005.


Movies and books

  • The character Rahad Jackson (played by Alfred Molina) in the 1997 movie Boogie Nights is loosely based on Eddie Nash.
  • The 2003 movie Wonderland in which Eric Bogosian played Eddie Nash revolves around the previously mentioned events.
  • The 2003 book "Scary Monsters and Super Freaks" (ISBN 1560255633) by Mike Sager contains "The Devil and John Holmes," a chapter about Eddie Nash and the Wonderland Murders.
  • The 2005 book "Long Time Money and Lots of Cocaine" by Rodger Jacobs contains a transcript of John Holmes' preliminary hearing in criminal court regarding the Wonderland murder case.
  • Nash is featured prominently in the 2006 nonfiction book "Underworld Secrets" (ISBN 0932438474) written by Jerry Van Hoorelbeke, an associate of Nash in the late 1970s.
  • "Bad Eddie & Other No Good People" is the nonfiction centerpiece of "L.A. Despair: A Landscape of Crimes & Bad Times" (ISBN 1878923161) by John Gilmore, spotlighting Eddie Nash, John Holmes, L.A.'s drug dealing and the porn business.

Alfred Molina (born May 24, 1953) is an English actor of both the stage and screen. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wonderland is 2003 film about the Wonderland Murders staring Val Kilmer, Kate Bosworth and Lisa Kudrow. ... Eric Bogosian Eric Bogosian (born on April 24, 1953) is an American actor, playwright, monologist, and novelist. ... The Wonderland Murders, also known as Four on the Floor or Laurel Canyon Murders, occurred in Los Angeles in 1981, when four people were killed in a drug-related plot that involved porn star John Holmes and was masterminded by nightclub owner and gangster Eddie Nash. ... PORN can refer to: An abbreviation for pornography Progressive outer retinal necrosis, a disease of the retina Categories: | ...

References

  • Return to Wonderland, Salon.com, 9 June 2000
  • Susan Goldsmith: "A Really Good Deal Ex-nightclub owner may serve only 37 months in Wonderland murders." New Times Los Angeles, 20 September 2001
  • Joan Osterwalder: "Ex-Nightclub Owner Sentenced to Three Years in Prison", City News Service, 12 October 2001
  • California Supreme Court Decision about the brutal murders of Maureen Bautista and Mr. Nash's reputed son. 18 November 1993
  • Press release by the LAPD News about Nash's federal conviction, 13 February 2002
  • Allan MacDonell: In Too Deep. LA Weekly, 2 October 2003
  • John Gilmore: L.A. Despair: A Landscape of Crimes & Bad Times. The Wonderland Murder Crime Scenes [1]

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Eddie Nash - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (633 words)
Eddie Nash, born 1929 as Adel Gharib Nasrallah in Palestine of Lebanese parents, was a nightclub and restaurant owner in Los Angeles and is a convicted gangster and drug dealer; he is best known for his involvement in the quadruple Wonderland Murders.
In 1990 Nash was tried in state court for having planned the murders; the trial resulted in a 11-1 hung jury; Nash would later admit that he had bribed the lone holdout, a young woman, with $50,000.
Nash, already in his seventies and suffering from emphysema and several other ailments, agreed to a plea bargain agreement in September 2001.
NASH BRIDGES: "Crosstalk" Synopsis (604 words)
Nash calls the cell phone - the Killer answers, telling Nash that the Centaur is not going to succeed in killing him.
Eddie suspects his former female partner Stevie Strong and her dummy (Happy) are behind the threats.
Nash deduces that the Centaur is actually Dr. Archer, the man who has given what Leonard believes is his death sentence.
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