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“Different look into Hollywood and its history”

Dearly Departed Tours
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Dearly Departed: The Tragic History Tour of Los Angeles
Ranked #14 of 248 Tours in Los Angeles
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Murders, Deaths, Scandals and fun things happened all over Los Angeles. But it's light hearted. Promise. Dearly Departed Tours is a 3 hour tour of the Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous. Legends from Mae West and Bela Lugosi, to Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. With a side of Hugh Grant and Chris Brown and Rihanna thrown in for good measure. "Creepy, Hilarious, but not for kids or the prissy." - Lonely Planet Also available, The Helter Skelter Tour - based solely on the Manson Murders. Join Scott Michaels, the host of the documentary, The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter will unravel this bizarre time in American History. American Horror Story based their "Eternal Darkness Tour" on us and we've been featured in Anthony Bourdain's The Layover, E! 20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders and The Girls Next Door. Hundreds of unedited positive reviews online, Tripatini, Yelp, Yahoo Travel and Tripadvisor. *** Because of our recent move, the MUSEUM is closed until mid to late April.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Different look into Hollywood and its history”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

The tour start is quite convenient - about a 10 minute walk from the main sights (Chinese theatre etc) so it's not hard to find. The tour itself was fantastic! I have been a few of the other movie stars homes, scandal tours and this one was the most organized, offered the most in depth commentary and the best value for money. The tour guide was amazing - didn't stop talking the whole tour and his knowledge was phenomenal. The tour is not all about death and scandal and gives you a great overview of the neighborhoods and some of the darker stories that you may have never known about. It also delves into the lives and deaths of some older and less known celebrities which is a welcome arrival after talking about the hasbeens such as the Kardashians and Paris on the other tours Ive been on.

The tour does also touch on some quite gruesome deaths such as the Black Dahlia and some other murders in the area which is not for the faint hearted. The visual and audio props on the tour were also very well organized and added a great element to the tour.

I cant wait to head off on the Helter Skelter tour next time (maybe 2 or so years away) im in LA, or head off on this tour again. Keep up the amazing work!

Visited October 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fourth tour and did not disappoint”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

This was my fourth tour with Dearly Departed Tours, and, as usual, I was not disappointed by this tour. It is a real pleasure to do a tour with someone like Brian who really enjoys what he does so it feels more like friends taking you around. Can't wait til I get back to the US and can take the Helter Skelter tour. The tour I did this was time the Halloween Tour and even though I did it last time I was in town this was even better as there were different things added and different photo opportunities. Highly recommend

Visited October 2012
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“The best tour ever”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

This was the best tour I have ever done. Exceptionally knowledgable guide, great atmosphere in the office, great memorabilia, great everything. Looking forward to doing the Helter Skelter tour. Ten out of ten!!!

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“Well researched and lots of fun!”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

We took the tour recently and found that all of the information provided has been very well-researched and accurate. Facts from historic and recent incidents presented with a sense of humor make this tour very enjoyable. It's also a great way to see a lot of L.A. in comfort and leave the driving to someone else!

Visited November 2012
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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Super Tour”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Did the Dearly Departed Tour of Hollywood's "lowlights" and truly enjoyed it. The driver was helpful, informative and funny. The tour lasted around 3 hours and was jam packed full of sites. At times we were seeing new houses or locations every few minutes. It's a combination of less pleasant, gory tales and more pleasant looking at homes owned by famous celebrities. Highly recommend the tour.

Visited November 2012
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