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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Rating: 3
Sadly, I was left disappointed...
Sat, Jun 27  1:00 PM Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
Our group of 8 took this tour as part of a field trip for our book club. We read a true crime book about a serial killer (yes, this gives you some insight into how twisted our group is) so we were looking forward to the Dearly Departed Tour. Our group was comprised mostly of locals who had heard about this tour for years and were excited to take a closer look into the darker side of Hollywood.

Imagine our disappointment when our tour guide started pointing out Ellen DeGeneres' house and giving us backstory on Aaron Spelling's house (and not his death or the controversy surrounding the will, which would have been relevant to the tour). I'm sure on any other tour this information would have been intriguing, however our group was left confused as to why we were being shown the place to get the best pancakes in LA (The Griddle Cafe, in case you were wondering). I understand that the tour guide probably was at liberty to fill in time gaps from location to location but it just seemed to veer all the way to left field.

Also, some of the locations on the tour had nothing to do with the subject matter (ahem, Dearly Departed). We went to visit the intersection where Halle Berry had her hit and run, which I could have had less interest in. Our tour guide was also obsessed about bringing up wealth and how ridiculous people in Beverly Hills are (ok, I get it, you can let it go).

Of the parts that actually did showcase murder and death, there were some fairly interesting points. The highlight was stopping at the cemetery in Westwood, I would have never knew that existed. I am leaving a neutral review because I am hesitant to recommend this tour to anyone. For $50, I definitely felt like I didn't get what I paid for. However, I am willing to give this company another shot, maybe the Helter Skelter tour will be more up my alley. Hopefully we can get a tour led by Scott, I hear his are the best.
Dearly Departed Tours responded:
With respect to your feelings about our tour, we have always advertised in our print ads, brochures and various television projects that we feature not just deaths, but the Deaths and Scandals of Hollywood. We very much appreciate your honest feedback. It will be shared with all staff. Best wishes.
Rating: 5
Fantastic.. Funny and quite spooky!
Wed, Jun 24  12:00 PM Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Unspecified
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
Loved it
Rating: 5
Fun tour off-the-beaten path
Sun, Jun 21  3:15 PM Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
The guide was very nice and knowledgeable. We went off-the-beaten path for the average LA bus tour. We appreciate all the trivia about our home city. It was a fun family afternoon.
Rating: 5
Excellent tour!
Sun, Jun 21  3:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
This tour was fun and interesting! As a first time visitor to Los Angeles, I was very interested in the "darker" side of Hollywood, and this tour was perfect. It was 2.5 hours long, and we were shown a number of different locations where celebrities had passed as well as famous landmarks. Throughout the tour you learn a variety of history about Hollywood, not just the morbid stuff, but interesting facts about cinema and the city itself. You are shown photos throughout the tour, and also get to hear different audio excerpts including interviews, 911 emergency calls, and some music. Our guide was very helpful, insightful, funny, and accommodating to our group. We were able to stop at a cemetery and visit the tombs of several different stars, and our guide was quick and eager to answer any questions we had. We learned a lot on this tour, and it was a great was to spend the afternoon. I would highly recommend this tour, and I will be taking the Helter Skelter tour with them on my next visit to Los Angeles.
Rating: 5
Sun, Jun 21  12:00 PM Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Other
Attended: Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour
This trip was superb and so much information provided by our tour guide that you felt part of the murders and highlights that were told to you. You also visited Westwood Cemetery where Marilyn Monroe is buried as well as other well known hollywood stars including Farrah Fawcett and Jack Lemmon. We enjoyed every moment.