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April 14, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
John C. Holmes, the world's premier pornographic film star, sobbed as he sat in a steaming bathtub early one morning in July, 1981. Haltingly, Holmes confessed to his wife that he had played a central role in four brutal murders earlier that month in a drug dealers' hillside home in Laurel Canyon. "There's somebody out there who wants to kill me," Holmes told Sharon, his wife of 16 years. Frightened, she asked, "Why?" For a time, John Holmes was silent. Finally, he replied: "The murders . . .
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October 3, 2003 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
The late porn star John C. Holmes was known for exactly one thing -- one freakishly big thing. That big thing made him famous during the 1970s and, from the evidence of his pathetic rise and fall, it's what made him believe he could beat the odds. He ratted on his peers in the skin trade, pimped and beat his underage girlfriend, and was implicated in one of L.A.'s most notorious murders. But Holmes seems to have thought he had been given a non-expiring Get Out of Jail Free card.
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September 16, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
The decision last week to charge convicted cocaine trafficker Adel (Eddie Nash) Nasrallah in the 7-year-old Laurel Canyon bludgeon murders was based in part on significant new evidence provided by Scott Thorson, the former lover of the late pianist Liberace, The Times has learned. Thorson, 29, is being protected in a tightly secured section of County Jail while he awaits sentencing for a drug-related armed robbery in which he pleaded guilty last July 11.
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March 22, 1990
A former lover of the late entertainer Liberace Wednesday linked both defendants in the Laurel Canyon murder trial to the house where four people were bludgeoned to death in 1981. Scott Thorson, 31, who said he received a settlement of $95,000 after he filed a palimony suit against Liberace, testified that he was staying at the Studio City home of defendant Adel (Eddie Nash) Nasrallah in 1981 when he overheard a violent argument between Nash and porno movie star John Holmes.
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March 13, 1990
A convicted narcotics dealer and his former bodyguard went on trial Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court for the 1981 murders of four people in a Laurel Canyon home, allegedly in retaliation for an earlier drug-related robbery. Adel "Eddie Nash" Nasrallah, 59, and Gregory Diles, 40, are charged with the murders, which were first blamed on the late porno film star John C. Holmes, who was tried for homicide and acquitted in the case in 1982. Deputy Dist. Atty.
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March 15, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
The late pornographic film star John C. Holmes, a central figure in the brutal 1981 Laurel Canyon slayings, told his biographer that he was held at gunpoint at another home in the hours before the bludgeon murders and that he never knew the identity of the killers, The Times learned Monday. Holmes died at 1 a.m. Sunday of pneumonia brought on by infection with the AIDS virus, the actor's second wife, Laurie L. Holmes, said Monday.
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September 9, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Seven years after the bludgeoned bodies were found in a Laurel Canyon drug den, a convicted cocaine trafficker and his former bodyguard were charged Thursday with committing four grisly murders for which authorities once unsuccessfully prosecuted the late pornographic film star John C. Holmes.
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March 21, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly nine years after four bludgeoned bodies were found in a Laurel Canyon drug den, the trial of a convicted narcotics dealer and his bodyguard who are charged with the murders finally began last week--with 36 jurors, six attorneys, and a courtroom rearranged to accommodate them all. The unusual proceeding before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe makes possible separate, but simultaneous, trials before two juries for Adel (Eddie Nash) Nasrallah, 60, and Gregory DeWitt Diles, 41.
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March 1, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Prompted by the appearance of a new witness and reports that pornographic film star John C. Holmes is gravely ill with AIDS, Los Angeles police in recent weeks have renewed efforts to solve the grisly 1981 Laurel Canyon murders in which Holmes was a key figure, The Times has learned. Police investigating the four killings have spoken to the ailing Holmes, 43, within the last month, several sources familiar with the case said.
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January 11, 1989 | EDWIN CHEN, Times Staff Writer
A key prosecution witness testified Tuesday that he heard convicted cocaine trafficker Adel (Eddie Nash) Nasrallah vow to "have the people on their knees" for having robbed him of $1 million in drugs, money and jewelry in 1981. The witness, Scott Thorson, said at a Los Angeles Municipal Court preliminary hearing that Nash told him he sent his bodyguard, Gregory D. Diles, to a home in Laurel Canyon to retrieve the loot.
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March 21, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly nine years after four bludgeoned bodies were found in a Laurel Canyon drug den, the trial of a convicted narcotics dealer and his bodyguard who are charged with the murders finally began last week--with 36 jurors, six attorneys, and a courtroom rearranged to accommodate them all. The unusual proceeding before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe makes possible separate, but simultaneous, trials before two juries for Adel (Eddie Nash) Nasrallah, 60, and Gregory DeWitt Diles, 41.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1990
A convicted narcotics dealer and his former bodyguard went on trial Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court for the 1981 murders of four people in a Laurel Canyon home, allegedly in retaliation for an earlier drug-related robbery. Adel "Eddie Nash" Nasrallah, 59, and Gregory Diles, 40, are charged with the murders, which were first blamed on the late porno film star John C. Holmes, who was tried for homicide and acquitted in the case in 1982. Deputy Dist. Atty.
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January 11, 1989 | EDWIN CHEN, Times Staff Writer
A key prosecution witness testified Tuesday that he heard convicted cocaine trafficker Adel (Eddie Nash) Nasrallah vow to "have the people on their knees" for having robbed him of $1 million in drugs, money and jewelry in 1981. The witness, Scott Thorson, said at a Los Angeles Municipal Court preliminary hearing that Nash told him he sent his bodyguard, Gregory D. Diles, to a home in Laurel Canyon to retrieve the loot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
The decision last week to charge convicted cocaine trafficker Adel (Eddie Nash) Nasrallah in the 7-year-old Laurel Canyon bludgeon murders was based in part on significant new evidence provided by Scott Thorson, the former lover of the late pianist Liberace, The Times has learned. Thorson, 29, is being protected in a tightly secured section of County Jail while he awaits sentencing for a drug-related armed robbery in which he pleaded guilty last July 11.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Seven years after the bludgeoned bodies were found in a Laurel Canyon drug den, a convicted cocaine trafficker and his former bodyguard were charged Thursday with committing four grisly murders for which authorities once unsuccessfully prosecuted the late pornographic film star John C. Holmes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
John C. Holmes, the world's premier pornographic film star, sobbed as he sat in a steaming bathtub early one morning in July, 1981. Haltingly, Holmes confessed to his wife that he had played a central role in four brutal murders earlier that month in a drug dealers' hillside home in Laurel Canyon. "There's somebody out there who wants to kill me," Holmes told Sharon, his wife of 16 years. Frightened, she asked, "Why?" For a time, John Holmes was silent. Finally, he replied: "The murders . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1990
A former lover of the late entertainer Liberace Wednesday linked both defendants in the Laurel Canyon murder trial to the house where four people were bludgeoned to death in 1981. Scott Thorson, 31, who said he received a settlement of $95,000 after he filed a palimony suit against Liberace, testified that he was staying at the Studio City home of defendant Adel (Eddie Nash) Nasrallah in 1981 when he overheard a violent argument between Nash and porno movie star John Holmes.
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March 18, 1988
Pornographic film star John Holmes died of complications of AIDS, according to his death certificate, which was filed Thursday. The certificate said the 43-year-old actor died early Sunday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sepulveda of encephalitis--a swelling of the brain--as a consequence of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Holmes' body was cremated Tuesday. The VA hospital, where Holmes was admitted in November, had refused to release the cause of death.
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March 18, 1988
Pornographic film star John Holmes died of complications of AIDS, according to his death certificate, which was filed Thursday. The certificate said the 43-year-old actor died early Sunday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sepulveda of encephalitis--a swelling of the brain--as a consequence of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Holmes' body was cremated Tuesday. The VA hospital, where Holmes was admitted in November, had refused to release the cause of death.
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March 15, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
The late pornographic film star John C. Holmes, a central figure in the brutal 1981 Laurel Canyon slayings, told his biographer that he was held at gunpoint at another home in the hours before the bludgeon murders and that he never knew the identity of the killers, The Times learned Monday. Holmes died at 1 a.m. Sunday of pneumonia brought on by infection with the AIDS virus, the actor's second wife, Laurie L. Holmes, said Monday.
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