Dawn Schiller was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey the daughter of a military man and a young German national. At six months old, Dawn’s father was stationed in Amberg, Germany where her family remained until she was four. After her father had completed a tour of duty in Vietnam, the family relocated to Florida. Her parents divorced when she was fifteen and her father decided to relocate taking Dawn and her sister to California to start over. It was there that through a bizarre twist of fate she ended up on the doorstep of the Glendale bungalow complex managed by John and Sharon Holmes. It was 1976, when Dawn was fifteen years old, that John befriended her and, after pursuing Dawn, he eventually took her as his underage lover. Although John was at the peak of his fame and could have had any woman he wanted, he chose Dawn, keeping her hidden and secret from the porn industry.
John remained in control of Dawn for the next six years submerging her into a dark underworld of sexual exploitation, brutal domestic violence, descent into drug addiction, and the Wonderland massacre. After the 1981 murders, they fled to Florida, where she eventually broke free and turned him over to the police. Afraid for her life in the States, Dawn spent the next seven years in Thailand, where her father owned a hotel. As she struggled with the deep scars of abuse, post traumatic stress disorder and severe depressions, Dawn managed to earn a degree in Gemology at the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences. She is fluent in conversational Thai and speaks some Japanese. She returned to Los Angeles in 1988, two weeks before John succumbed to AIDS. It was then that she was reunited with Sharon Holmes and, to this day, the two women share a powerfully close bond.
After John’s death, Dawn worked in the legal profession in downtown Los Angeles for approximately five years and as a paralegal and local county law librarian for four years. She eventually relocated to Northern California and finally to the Pacific Northwest, where she now lives with her daughter. In addition to being a devoted mother, Dawn has worked as an Associate Producer and Consultant on the movie Wonderland and has finished her memoir “The Road Through Wonderland” scheduled for release by Medallion Press in August 2010. Dawn has been abstinent from drugs and alcohol for many years and is proactive in her community. She is on the board of directors for “Shelter From the Storm”, her local women’s shelter, an advisory board member for the American Domesitc Violence Crisis Line, Voices Set Free, and the National Center for Victims of Crime out of Washington, D.C. Dawn firmly believes in the healing of honestly relating her experience, and that by sharing her story she gives counsel and encouragement to addicted, battered and broken woman. She speaks nationally on “throwaway” teen abuse prevention and is currently at work on her second book.