In a series of interviews by Guest Host, Susan Murphy Milano, Dawn Schiller talks of her experiences on The Roth Show, a nationally syndicated radio show on IRN Network. Dr. Laurie Roth, known as the “Annie Oakley of the Airwaves,” hosts a show which brings out the details, doesn’t shy away from controversy, and is always captivating in the issues she presents. Along with Susan Murphy Milano as her co-host each Wednesday evening, they visit issues of violence prevention, unsolved cases, missing persons and crimes in which justice has been interrupted.
Schiller recounts her relationship with adult film star, John Holmes, and how, at 15, she was seduced by the 32 year old Holmes into a lifestyle filled with drugs, sex and danger. All the ingredients went into a film about Holmes and Schiller titled, “Wonderland” starring Val Kilmer and Kate Bosworth as the unlikely couple. Although Dawn was never involved in the adult film industry, rather kept isolated from it by Holmes, she lived within the world of seedy characters and drug lords who frequently came in and out of her life.
Ultimately, she turned Holmes in for his part in the Wonderland murders, after being on the run with him, and escaped to Asia, fearing the contracts out on her life. Her life spiraling out of control, she finally hit the “rock bottom” we so often hear about and turned the other way.
Since returning to the United States, and being clean and sober for over 12 years, Dawn Schiller has found many ways to give back to the community that gave her another chance at hope. Writing her memoir, “The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes,” was a painful 6 years as she recounted most of the trauma she endured while living with Holmes.
Having turned the corner on addictions, Dawn turned her attention to the issue of “Throwaway Teens” by founding the organization Empowering Successful Teens through Education, Awareness & Mentoring (E.S.T.E.A.M.) to foster programs which will assist teens living on the street to follow the right path, bring their lives to order, and mentor them to be the best that they can be.
E.S.T.E.A.M. is shining the light on the plight of teens who, like Dawn, were given up to the streets to fend for themselves, or by any circumstances find themselves away from their natural family and living a lifestyle which presents many dangers they may not realize. Abuse, prostitution and trafficking, along with drug and alcohol addictions, are just some of the hurdles these teens must endure. E.S.T.E.A.M. would like to be the hand that reaches out to pull them back up.
Listen to much more of Dawn Schiller on The Roth Show HERE (scroll down)