Dearly Departed Tours

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Dearly Departed Tours began operations in 2005 and has escorted over 35,000 people through "A trip down bad memory lane." - NY Daily News

The tour was recently the focus of E! Show Hollywood Death Trip and has been featured on Haunted Collector, Haunted History, Anthony Bourdain's The Layover, and The Girls Next Door, E! 20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders!

"Insightful and highly recommended" - Time Out

"Creepy, hilarious, but not for kids or the prissy!" -  Lonely Planet

Scott Michaels is the founder of Dearly Departed Tours. A lifelong fan of the "Dearly Departed", Scott came to Hollywood to become part of the infamous hearse-driven Grave Line Tours of Hollywood.  With the demise of Grave Line, Scott launched Dearly Departed Tours.  Scott is the creator of the infamous  "Deliciously Twisted." - San Francisco Chronicle

In 2012 the Dearly Departed Gallery  was opened on the legendary Sunset Blvd.  The Gallery houses one-of-a-kind artifacts like Rock Hudson's Death Bed, Jayne Mansfield's suitcase rescued from her fatal crash, bricks from Sharon Tate's fireplace and the door from the hotel room in which Divine died.

Dearly Departed Tours was launched on January 1, 2005.
1,801 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
  Date Attended Gender Age Where From Group Type
Rating: 5
Wed, May 20  12:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
Was a very awesome experience and tour, would definitely do again. Would and will recommend to everyone I can. Thank you again for a great tour, was a wonderful experience.
Rating: 5
Very interesting and informative
Sat, May 16  9:00 AM Female 30-39 Combination Other
Attended: Helter Skelter Tragical History Tour
Everyone in my group of 6 had a great time on this tour! Scott (the owner) was our tour guide, and he did a great job of presenting a TON of information in a way that was both impartial and engaging. It was neat to see the various sites, but I think for all of us in my group the best aspect of the tour was the information, which presented different theories along with the known facts, but was still very logical and impartial. Even my father-in-law, who considers himself a casual expert on the Manson murders, came away learning a lot. Anytime anyone had questions, they were answered immediately and thoroughly -- Scott is a legitimate historian and it shows. It was also great as a look back at Los Angeles in the Sixties, and the ways in which the area was affected by the murders. I wouldn't recommend it for the squeamish: You have the option to not look at the crime scene photos (and plenty of warning is given), but there are also some audio descriptions that might be slightly upsetting to more delicate sensibilities. But as long as you are aware of what the tour is about and are comfortable with the subject matter, it's definitely worth the time and money.
Rating: 5
Absolutely Loved It!
Fri, May 15  12:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
The tour was so much fun and informative! I'm so happy that I booked with y'all!
Rating: 3
Great tour but not what I expected
Sun, May 10  12:00 PM Female 20-29 Unspecified Unspecified
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
Our tour guide was great and the tour was very well structured but I didn't know many of the people we talked about so it was a little bit more boring than I expected. Im not sure if I didn't read the tour description accurately but I think it should be specified that the tour was about older cases and older Hollywood.
Rating: 5
outstanding experience
Sat, May 2  1:15 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
Tour leaders were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Tour was very interesting and quite fun.