Wonderland Gang

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Wonderland Gang

Unread post by yoda100 » March 31st, 2021, 9:34 pm

"The Wonderland Gang was a group of drug dealers involved in the Los Angeles cocaine trade during the late 1970s and early 1980s, their home base was located on Wonderland Avenue in the Laurel Canyon section of Los Angeles, California. The gang mainly trafficked in the cocaine trade of the era, but despite its role as the most influential and feared cocaine distributorship of its time in Los Angeles, some of its members were heroin addicts. Drugs were regularly dealt from the residence at 8763 Wonderland Avenue in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles. Although the gang was mainly known for its drug sales, which concentrated on cocaine and the occasional heroin deal, the gang also gained revenues through burglaries and armed robberies of rival drug dealers.

Adult-entertainment legend John Holmes, famous at the time of his portrayal of detective Johnny Wadd in a series of pornographic films, was a frequent visitor who would purchase or scrounge cocaine from the gang. Although the Wonderland Gang was mainly known for its drug sales, which concentrated on cocaine and the occasional heroin deal, the gang also gained revenues through burglaries and armed robberies of rival drug dealers. It was the last line of "business", particularly the armed robbery of Eddie Nash, that led to the group's sudden and violent end.

Members of the gang:

Ronald Lee "Ron" Launius (May 18, 1944 - July 1, 1982) (Leader)
William Raymond "Billy" DeVerrell (February 14, 1937 - July 1, 1981)
David Clay Lind (October 24, 1983 - November 16, 1995)
Tracy Raymond McCourt (February 20, 1949 - October 18, 2006)
Joy Audrey Gold Miller (May 14, 1935 - July 1, 1981) (DeVerell's girlfriend)
Susan A. Murphy Launius (Born 1951) (Launius's wife)
Barbara Lee "Butterfly" Easton Richardson (October 17, 1958 - July 1, 1981) (Lind's girlfriend)

LAPD detectives stated that the gang is defunct and its core members are either dead or in prison.

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Re: Wonderland Gang

Unread post by triplethreat » April 1st, 2021, 8:07 am

There is a pretty decent movie from the early 2000's based on this group and the Wonderland murders that occurred in 1981.

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Re: Wonderland Gang

Unread post by alexalonso » April 8th, 2021, 3:55 pm

great history.

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