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  • Summary

  • In this documentary podcast, best-selling crime novelist Michael Connelly returns to his roots in journalism and examines the Wonderland Murders, an iconic and brutal mass murder in a city known for its murders. Named for the street in Laurel Canyon where the murders took place inside the house of a small-time drug gang, it’s a gruesome crime that reflected its time, disrupted a mythology and tells a broader story of Los Angeles, the American dream machine, and when justice does - and doesn’t - work. And for the first time, the podcast accesses never revealed records and exclusive interviews with investigators, prosecutors and a notorious, “missing” witness who puts all the pieces together.
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Episodes
  • Episode 8 - Last Man Standing (Sympathy for the Devil)

    Aug 12 2021

    Eddie Nash is dead, Greg Diles is dead, everybody associated with the Wonderland Murders is dead. Except Scott Thorson. He has survived drug addiction, cancer, being shot, being imprisoned, being portrayed by Matt Damon. Soon out of prison, he is ready to return for the sequel, to take things beyond the candelabra. Meanwhile, reality goes on. Tom Lange and Bob Souza are retired, but that has not stopped them from pursuing the case. People got away with murder and no homicide detective, retired or not, can stand for that. Do they know who the never named killers are?

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    38 mins
  • Episode 7 - The Reckoning

    Aug 5 2021

    Thorson is now Jess Marlow. He discovers that being a televangelist is more profitable and safer than being a drug dealer - until he opens the door of his room at the Howard Johnson’s in Jacksonville and is shot in the face. Meantime, a federal task force investigating the Armenian mob stumbles onto a connection to Eddie Nash and it leads to a final reckoning in the Wonderland case.  

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    38 mins
  • Episode 6 - Your Client is a Murderer

    Jul 29 2021

    Thorson testifies against his mentor in the drug business, Eddie Nash, and then disappears into the witness protection program.  

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    39 mins

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wonderful Wonderland words

doesn't disappoint and leaves you wanting more. a who done it worthy of your time

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  • Willie Earl Mcgilacutty
  • 02-07-2021

Very interesting case

So far so good! I like the interviews with all the people still alive in this case. Great investigation skills on the part of reporter.

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  • Mary Martine
  • 23-07-2021

The narrator really needs acting lessons

I couldnt make it through the first episode; what a waste of a good story. Every person who speaks desperately needs coaching--did anyone listen to this with a critical ear before releasing it? Also the script is terrible; totally overwritten.. It takes them FOREVER to get to the actual story, too much monotone rambling about Laurel Canyon and sunsets and "grass" smoking ??? blah blah blah.

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  • Diana K. Stone
  • 06-07-2021

meh

rather dull delivery. the story itself is interesting but delivery leaves a lot to be desired

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  • flip76
  • 05-07-2021

Soooo sloooow...

It sounds like the narrator is drunk and about to fall asleep... Very dry podcast. There are others out there on this subject with great production and put this one to shame.

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  • Paula
  • 02-07-2021

Error in location description.

Not a review, but a correction of fact. The Manson murders were NOT in Beverly Glen; Cielo Dr. is in Benedict Canyon.

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  • Richard Bullentini
  • 08-07-2021

Fantastic!

Love it! I'm in!

Michael Connelly has done it again....great true story. Well done (again).

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  • Heather Peete
  • 04-07-2021

Episode 3?

Where is episode 3. The end of episode two it says they will talk in episode three but I cannot find episode three

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  • Mike Habic
  • 06-09-2021

Maybe a different narrator?

Ever since I learned of the numerous books/movies/documentaries/etc of these murders, I've been captivated by it.
I stumbled across this series by complete accident, and when I saw a poor review in it, I thought, 'Well that can't be possible'.....So.....I gave it a shot.
I'm about half way through the 2nd episode, and I just can't go any further.
The narrator just doesn't have the voice for telling the story. I know that sounds ridiculous, but it's true from my perspective. Just because you can read and record a story doesn't mean you should.
I'm not saying that because I'm trying to be mean, it's just a fact. I know I DON'T have a voice for it.

If you can get past the sometimes OVER descriptive/dramatic verbiage, and the monotonic voice that does not grab your attention, then you might like it.
I felt the info was good......The interviews had some great clips, but I just can't get past the dull narration, and 'sloppiness' of it.

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  • Why Knot
  • 28-08-2021

Great Series

You been redeemed!! Great Job! I knew you were the real deal.....Kudos!
Marinick
God Bless you and Loved ones!

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  • Liz Abbott
  • 25-08-2021

Awesom Presentation

I love Michael Connelly's presentation of facts. His story lines all explored, recorded & gathered in the most succint arrangement.

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  • Michael F.
  • 04-07-2021

FANTASTIC

If your a fan of Bosch or any of Michaels other characters this is for you. It's a brilliant podcast well worth the listen

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  • F1fan
  • 06-08-2021

Gripping story

I’m a big fan of Michael Connelly and his character Bosch. However this account of a gruesome true crime and the characters involved is more fascinating than any fiction. His first true crime podcast The tell tale bullet was excellent. His second was too disjointed. But this his third is back up there. He pulls the different strands together in a coherent and fascinating way that will have you binge listening to this! A story I knew nothing about but will take you on a journey through the excesses of 80s LA with Names like Liberace until the present day. The interviews with the main players and the police detectives and DAs involved are captivating. If your a fan of good detective fiction and true crime this is for you

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