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Rating: 4.8  410 rating points
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Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour

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Experience the real Hollywood as celebrity secrets, scandals, and Tinsel Town's seedy underbelly is exposed.

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Rating: 5
Forget the Zombies; here's a real horror-fest.
Sat, Nov 24, 12   1:15 PM Janslow45 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My daughter selected this tour (Tragical History) as an activity she thought I would like during my visit to Los Angeles. Good guess! I am something of a classic movies buff and especially like film noir. I am not a big fan of the 24/7 cable news coverage of celebrity deaths, but this tour and its phenominally knowledgable guide brought the crimes to life as if they had been 'scooped' in this morning's Times. While waiting for the tour to get underway in the small but interesting office/museum, I was gratified to hear our guide (sorry, I am terrible with names) explaining the details of Jane Mansfield's death--precisely as I remember it from newspaper and radio accounts in the South, where the accident ocurred and where I was living. This unplanned test, along with several other presentations of facts on the tour of which I possess knowledge not generally known, specifically involving Mae West, O.J.Simpson and The Witch's House, certified to my satisfaction that this tour was rooted in facts; the best, most juicy and morbid facts. Our guide did not just concentrate on the macbre; nothing ever occurs in a vacuum and this is very much the case for the sins of Hollywood; deeply set in their matrix of greed, ambition, jealousy and extreme wealth. The wealth of information gleaned from the tour about the nuts and bolts of the movies and Hollywood in general would alone be worth the price, $$, of the tour. In addition, the tales of tragedy befalling such persons as Joey Ramone, Bryan Jones, and Janis Joplin; musicians and not movie people, adds a nice depth to the tale of lives ended too soon by fair means or foul. OK; enough of the love-in. People who may be offended by nude pictures of mutilated bodies; graphic descriptions of horrendous brutality and mutilated bodies; perverse-to-depraved sexuality; extreme human cruelty or even excessive violence would probably be better off spending their time and money at Universal Studios or the wax museum. This subject is not for the faint of heart; it would rate a hard 'R' if it were a film, other than the lack of profanity. In my opinion, it is not suitable for persons under 14 to 16, depending on how world-wise the youngsters are. Thank God I don't have to be the one to tell a twelve-going-on-twenty-one tweeting tween that she can't go because it isn't appropriate. There's a real Hollywood horror story for you! Good as it is, the tour could benefit by a few more stops to get out and explore. Understanding that so much Hollywood history is gone, such as the Brown Derby, it would be worth the while of Dearly Departed to scout a few locations where old/dead Hollywood could be experienced up close and personal. As to specifics, I would have been interested in seeing where Tom Mix buried his horse and where the corpse of Elizabeth Short was located. But that's just me. I cant wait to take the Manson tour next time I'm in town and I give Tragical History Tour two severed thumbs up!
Rating: 5
Love These Tours!
Mon, Feb 24  1:00 PM jannep1980 Female 30-39 Unspecified Unspecified
My first trip with Dearly Departed was back in 2007, when the company was just starting up, and my friends and I loved it! Not only did we go all over Hollywood and Beverly Hills and see many different locations, but also our tour guide, Scott, knew so much information and was so passionate about the history of the city that we've since been inspired to learn more on our own and have our own passion for Hollywood's darker side. Since then, I've taken three more tours: two Helter Skelters and one more Tragical History Tour, the latter with a different guide, Richard. This is a great way to see LA, if you are into the macabre and want to learn about LA's true crime events. Dearly Departed Tours has my highest recommendation, and if you don't take my word for it, talk to E! Television; they have used Scott at least three times: on The Girls Next Door, 20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders, and most recently on Hollywood Death Trip.
Rating: 5
It's Great
Mon, Jul 15, 13   1:00 PM Janna5801 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
My college aged daughter and I took this tour and had the best time ever.. Richard is awesome. He has so much knowledge and information on the history of Hollywood .. He was funny and entertaining .. Never a dull moment .. This tour was so fun .. Very much worth the price .. We were running late because of the traffic and we called and they waited for us .. Who does that ? Richard does! He's great ! The tours great ! We're planning on going to the Helter Skelter tour next .. Can't wait !!
Rating: 4
Very Informative
Sun, Mar 28, 10   1:00 PM janjakopin Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Liked th Manson Murders, Where Sharon Tate lived, and where Michael jackson Lived, the Mendez brothers murders, liked th 911 calls, ingeneral it was very much worth the money.
Rating: 5
Tue, Aug 10, 10   1:00 PM janicemae Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This was the best tour that we took. Our tour guide was very good. Friendly, knowledgeable, funny and took his time telling us about different things. Highly recommend. If there is one tour you should take it is this one.
Rating: 5
must do
Sun, Dec 21, 08   9:30 AM janewal Female 20-29 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Really informative and interesting. We learnt heaps and well as having a lot of fun.
Rating: 5
Fantastic tour!
Sat, Aug 11, 12   1:00 PM JanetWheeler Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Individual
This tour was enthusiastically recommended by a friend and I'm so glad that I did it. It is run by highly professional tour guides who obviously have a passion for what they do and strive hard to ensure they get the facts right. It's worth getting to the tour early to chat with the friendly staff and see the display cabinets that include items such as the pink suitcase that was in Jayne Mansfield's car when she was killed and a piece of the wreckage from Carole Lombard's plane crash.
Rating: 4
Highly Recomended
Sun, Jun 28, 09   1:00 PM janetmeeks Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
This tour is a great way to learn about Hollywood and it's stars not only their deaths and how they occured, and where they occured,but a lot of Hollywood Star history and information. Our tour guide Richard was very informed.The only thing I could recomend is expanding the tour into the San Fernando Valley where numerous stars have either died or have been killed. Maybe it could even be an additional or different tour. Janet & Friends
Rating: 4
Fun, comfortable trip - very well organized
Fri, Nov 13, 09   1:00 PM janetculik Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
My friends and I, all around 38-39 years old, took this tour in November 2009. We all enjoyed it very much. The directions to the tour start site were clear and easy to follow. The driver/tour guide was funny and very personable. With the use of a headset microphone, and some accompanying audio, it's easy to hear his descriptions of the tour sites. The van is covered, air conditioned, and comfortable. There are two things I think prospective attendees should know: 1) The seats in the van are comfortable for most, but may be on the small side for more "robust" passengers. 2) The sites visited might not be interesting to those younger than 35; a lot of the references and movie stars mentioned are from long ago.
Rating: 3
Couldn't go
Fri, Aug 29, 08   1:00 PM janeinks Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Steve called me on Friday to advise that the tour was leaving at 1, but I had mistakenly written down the tour information for Saturday. As I was in the middle of having lunch with an actor friend at Musso's when Steve called, I was unable to make the Friday tour.