Helter Skelter Tragical History Tour

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Activity #905
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Rating: 4.9  127 rating points
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Helter Skelter Tragical History Tour

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Join us for a captivating look into the tragic deaths of the victims of Charles Manson's famous Tate-LaBianca murders in Hollywood!

Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Sat, Jan 9  9:00 AM Caroljoelark Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Very well done. I would like to do another tour soon.
Rating: 5
Coolest tour guide in LA
Sat, Jan 9  9:00 AM cduke14 Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
My husband and I took the Helter Skelter tour with Scott as our tour guide.

I am obsessive about the Manson murders and case (in fact, during one of my visits to LA I gave myself my own Manson tour before I learned of Scott's tour) and thought it would be a little boring for me, knowing so much about the history. Not only did Scott teach me a thing or two, but for my husband (who's not a creepy murder-obsessed weirdo) had a blast and loved the tour, too.

It's also a fantastic way to see LA and learn fun facts about the cities history. We'll do another Dearly Departed tour the next time we're in LA.
Rating: 5
Only in LA!!! Helter Skelter tour. Must do!
Sat, Sep 12, 15   9:00 AM betsyct Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
You can tell Scott loves being a guide. He put together a very thoughtful tour based on the Helter Skelter Murders. If you read the book and/or anything about Manson and the family you will have a very interesting time and learn little tidbids you probably didn't even know! Highly recommended!
Rating: 5
A trip to helter skelter and back
Sat, Jul 26, 14   9:00 AM ChunkKing Male Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
If you are at all interested in Manson or even LA crime history, you don't want to miss this tour. We did this tour right before we left LA. We all agreed it was the highlight of our trip. After reading about this case for all these years, we wanted to see the spots where all of it went down. The tour takes you along the route the killers followed and even by locations that pertain to the whole scene, for instance the site of Jay Sebring's hair salon, the spot where Manson hit the ground after being thrown out of the Whiskey, and homes where the Family creepy crawled. There's a screen on the air conditioned bus which shows photos from the original crime scene and of the locales as they looked in the 60s.

I've got to tell you I felt a chill go down my spine when we pulled up in front of the LaBianca house and when we made the turn onto Cielo Dr which winds up the hill to the Tate house. Scott was our guide and he encourages interaction among the group and the tour is kept small enough at 12 or 13 people to do that. He also wisely limits this tour to only Manson related sites. It isn't a celebrity homes or architecture tour. The tour bus moves effortlessly and seamlessly between all the sites.

This is not a tour which could be offered at your average Hollywood sight seeing outfit. It takes more than a passing interest in the subject . Scott & co. get it.
Rating: 4
Really informative and interesting tour
Sat, Jul 19, 14   9:00 AM brookebrigh Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
This tour is really informative and filled with good insights on the Manson murders and the Hollywood connections surrounding Charles and the case. My only qualm would be is there should be a sign to turn off phones or to ask the group before hand not to use them. The driver asked the girl in the front who was taking notes on her phone to put it away because it was distracting him and made it seem like he was boring and I'm sure that was embarrassing for her, while later on the tour a guy in the back answered a phone call and the driver just let him take the call! Other than the confusion regarding phone etiquette the tour was really great and informative.
Rating: 5
Best tour in LA
Sat, Jul 12, 14   9:00 AM Rotten Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
We have gone on many tours in LA

This is the best!
Rating: 5
yes it was helpful information.
Sat, Mar 2, 13   9:00 AM Stefancole Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
It gave me a little more sight on the locations,over all it was worth the trip.
Rating: 5
Great, Informative Tour!
Sat, Jun 23, 12   9:00 AM Sumpasia Male Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Scott was the best! This was a great tour that was done with respect shown to the victims and their families. Scott was very informative and a great guide. He was open to all questions and comments. Highly Recommended!!!
Rating: 4
Very cool tour
Sat, May 19, 12   9:00 AM livvidoll Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Awesome tour. Got a lot of information. The only thing I wish was if we could get out of the car and take photos. He has an awesome museum back at the shop so thats definitely worth checking out. Really weird to be right in front of all these famous sites. Its really cool to see the houses now and think back to the photos taken back in 69.' Glad they have a tour like this. Definetely recommend it.
Rating: 3
Helter Skelter Tour
Sat, Apr 7, 12   9:00 AM mmmonet Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
I took the Tragic History tour from DD last year and really enjoyed it. I was hoping that the Helter Skelter tour would be as good. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this tour for anyone who has just a casual interest in the topic. The tour guide is knowledgeable and obviously passionate about this subject but some of the sites pointed out are just inconsequential (or irrelevant) to the overall story. The tour is long, around 4 hours, and in my opinion should be cut down to a more manageable time. If you have read everything about the Manson family and are really interested in seeing everything then this is the tour for you. If you are just a little curious, take the other tour - it's way more interesting.