Friday, October 10, 2014

It Ain't Open Yet

So there's been a lot of hoop-lala about the re-opening of the LA Hall of Justice and a museum that will include a refurbished courtroom and the cell where Charlie was held during his 1970-1971 trial.  This last Wednesday, October 8th was the "re-dedication" of the building (see Backporch Tape's youtube post, here).

One would assume that immediately after a re-dedication of the building and museum, that the public would be allowed to visit thereafter.  Not so, Patty and Stoner Van Houten discovered on Thursday. They happily approached the building where three separate LA area newsvans were parked, wondering if Stoner would be interviewed in his Leslie shirt, if he would direct them to his Spahn Ranch Worker channel on youtube. They were way excited.

They made their way up the empty stairs and into the foyer where you will recognize this marbled shell where Red and Blue once posed. Wow! This is gonna be good, they mused.  Just then, two security guards approached and let them know that they were not allowed to be where they were, that the museum will not be open until next year! What a letdown. Oh, well.

If you know Stoner, you know that he is not one to let a little thing like that ruin his day.  So, they went around the corner and posed for this beauty.  Check out the look on the passerby's face:  priceless!

Anywhoo, don't go down there yet, because it ain't open!





19 comments:

chatsworth charlie said...

That Stoner photo is troubling......

Cuntry Trash said...

Ha! If I knew you were there at the time you messaged me, I would have stopped and said hello. I was in a Starbucks doing homework right down the street!

CrisPOA said...

Wow, good job Patty and Stoner!
I was wondering if the Hall was going into some kind of renovation but it's nice to hear they are going to preserve historic rooms.
I'll definetly add it to my list on my next trip to LA, probably next year.
Thanks!
Loved the pictures.

stoner van houten said...

the look on the guys face who walked by was priceless..he was like ''what are yo doing ?''..LMAO!!

AustinAnn74 said...

I liked the way the girls always went inside the courtroom barefoot. I bet their feet were like dog pads on the bottom.

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St Circumstance said...

Stoner is a handsome devil- lol

Great pics!!

May I please go off topic for a sec...

I happened upon the 40'th anniversary of People mag while waiting on my pup today at the vet. They are doing a double issue with 40 as the theme of lists...

Americas 40 most notorious

" cold blooded killings or crimes of passion - these 40 infamous characters shocked the world"

BTK Killer
Hillside Stranglers
David Koresch
Green River Killer
Son of Sam
Night Stalker
Jeff Dahmer
Unibomber
Jim Jones
John Wayne Gacy
Tim Mcveigh

OK- but what about:

OJ
Columbine Dudes
DC Sniper
Preppy Murder ( I knew some people at Dorian's that night)
Andrew Cunanan

Even Joran Vander Stupid

Hmm....

Menendez Brothers
Casey Anthony
Diane Downs ( Farah played her in TV movie)


most of the usual suspects I suppose, but you know who is not on this list? I checked three times to make sure I didn't miss him.

Oversight? Or is time starting to take its toll????

orwhut said...

I wonder whether the security guard knew who Leslie is.

Panamint Patty said...

funny you should ask, whut. within walking distance of the courthouse is Olvera Street where the pueblo of Los Angeles was established in the late 1700s. There is an adobe there that is the oldest extant residence left in LA. Stoner and Patty went in and the first thing the docent said to Stoner with a big smile on her face was "Is that THE Leslie Van Houten?" "The one and only, Stoner replied.

Matt said...

I awoke this morning an emotionally and psychologically stable human being. Then my wife dragged me out to see Gone Girl...

rosie098 said...

St. Circumstance, when I read the issue, I was shocked at first too, but I think the reason Manson was left off that list is because People magazine was founded about 5 years after the Manson murders and they only mentioned criminals who committed crimes from 1974 onward.

Jenn said...

I'm going to be a bock away from the courthouse today (Sunday). If anyone wants a particular photo, shoot me an email. jennconducts AT mac.com

St Circumstance said...

I was wondering about that Rosie...

chatsworth charlie said...

I was talking to someone last night and the photo of Stoner was brought up.
The reason why I found that photo "Troubling" is because he looks like he is mere seconds away from an execution.

Mr. Humphrat said...

Matt I"m not clear if you liked the movie or hated it. I read it's great til the last 20 minutes.

Stoner maybe next time we can see a shot of you crawling up the sidewalk : )

orwhut said...

Cool, Panamint Patty!

Robert Hendrickson said...

On a Sunday afternoon sightseeing tour, little Johnny and his mother pass by the newly renovated Los Angeles Courthouse and Jail.

Johnny: Mommy, Mommy - what is that big building for ?

Mommy: Well Johnny, that's where the bad people, who do bad things, go.

Johnny: OH, where do all the good people, who do bad things, go ?

AustinAnn74 said...

That's a question for Professor Proponderance!

stoner van houten said...

i was doing my best ''ruth ann moorehouse''..impression ..from the colored photo ...lol...sorry it troubled you chatsworth .....LMAO!!