Helter Skelter Tragical History Tour

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Rating: 4.9  136 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 Ascending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Sat, Jul 11, 09   9:00 AM dgcain Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I have been interested in the Tate-LaBianca case for quite sometime. Have read Bugliosi's "Helter Skelter" and followed developments with the victims and the guilty through the years. I've also heard about and been interested in Dearly Departed Tours, and when I discovered they were running a Helter Skelter tour, I knew I had to try and go while I was in Anaheim for a conference. It was an ordeal to get to LA via trains and cabs from Anaheim, but from the moment I got into my seat in the van, it was absolutely worth it! Scott Michaels does a tremendous job as your tour guide, giving you the best information available, all the theories that might make sense, always ready to hear from his guest about what they've read or heard and always ready to answer your questions. Scott takes you to every eerie spot and to some important contextual places to fill out the story I hadn't anticipated. While traveling to the locations, you wind your way through some of LA's most famous locales, the Sunset Strip, Laurel Canyon, Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills and Hollywood. The music from 1969 adds to the atmosphere, and the video and audio clips take you into the lives and minds of both the victims and the murderers. And always at the center is a consummate, enthusiastic tour guide sharing with you what he loves to do. All the stars are in alignment for a great trip back to the moment that helped bring the 60s to its dramatic and disturbing conclusion. It's just not often that you find something that actually exceeds your expectations, but this tour did it for me! Don't worry about the cost or the amount of time or the size of the van or anything else, just sign up and GO! It's a great, great tour you won't forget! I'll certainly do it again next time I'm in the area. Thanks, Scott!
Rating: 5
Sign me up again next time I'm in LA!
Sat, Jul 11, 09   9:00 AM powerwest Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
My friend and I were in LA on vacation from Peoria, Illinois. I've read about the TLB case for years and thought this tour would be informative. Little did I know it would also be so entertaining! Scott did, however, handle the subject matter with dignity and respect...very sympathetic to the victims. I liked the tour so much I even bought his recently released DVD, "Six Degrees of Helter Skelter." I watched it last night and it's like taking the tour all over again. It's a very fringe subject aimed at a very unique (and bizarre, self-admittedly) audience. If you've ever had an interest in what led to the events of July and August 1969 in LA, make your reservation immediately. You won't be disappointed.
Rating: 5
Great tour!
Sat, Aug 8, 09   9:00 AM fredpollard Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Scott Michaels provides a thorough and fascinating tour that not only delves into many aspects of the Manson Family and the Tate LaBianca murders, but also provides a plethora of info about actors and musicians from the area and time period....you get more than your money's worth!
Rating: 5
By Far the Best tour In LA
Sat, Aug 8, 09   1:30 PM ccap216 Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
If you're thinking about visiting Los Angeles or you're from the Los Angeles area, be sure to take the "Helter Skelter Tragical History Tour". This is one tour not to be missed! Relax, sit back in the Helter Skelter tour bus and let Scott Michaels show you Los Angeles through his eyes. You'll never look at LA the same way again! You'll be taken through exclusive parts of Beverly Hills and learn about the darker side of Hollywood. You'll see where the infamous Manson murders took place, where the killers washed up, tossed their murder weapons, and dumped their clothes. You'll also get a first hand account of the murders, getting a glimpse into their world, and learning why and how the murders happened. Get a glimpse into the lives of the victims and retrace their last steps before they met their untimely deaths. See where Abigail Folger bought a bicycle just hours before dying, where Jay Sebring had his internationally famous hair studio, check out where Sharon Tate made her start in Hollywood and see where the victims ate their final meal. Enjoy listening to the top 20 tunes from the summer of '69 as you're being driven through Hollywood. If you want to know everything and I mean everything about the Manson murders, book this tour now. Scott Michaels is the quintessential expert on the Manson murders. You won't regret it!
Rating: 5
Awesome Tour!
Sat, Oct 10, 09   1:30 PM jcrittenden Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Scott does a fantastic job or recounting the Manson Murders. Not only does he provide a detailed description of the Manson Family Members, but also of the victims. Scott is more than accommodating and very hospitable. I highly recommend this tour anyone who has an interest in Helter Skelter.
Rating: 5
Sat, Feb 13, 10   9:00 AM jenifaojenny Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
scott michaels is so awesome!!! amazing and informative tour- i wanna go again!!! i would HIGHLY recommmend scott michaels and dearly departed tours!!! thanks :)
Rating: 4
No other tour like this!
Sat, Mar 13, 10   9:00 AM yoosik Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Individual
Scott really knows the details of the event(s) and the tour is very thorough. Includes every location even remotely connected to the event, and includes pictures of everything, audio clips. Each of us even get a piece of memorabilia from the tragedy as well. And we get to stop at the infamous "George Michael" washroom during our bathroom break! Recommended!
Rating: 5
Terrific Tour!
Sat, Mar 13, 10   9:00 AM VikingsDoll Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed this tour. I've been a fan of Sharon Tate for awhile now, and just to see all these places brought to life was fascinating....I couldn't have loved it more. I was with my sister, who liked it as well; she hadn't really known anything about the case, and it made her really interested in it. It's well worth the money---Scott (our guide, yay!) was so knowledgeable & really has a passion for the subject. Very, very interesting, I love the film clips & songs he plays as you go along. He certainly does know every last thing: from seeing the Tate house, to where Abigail Folger and Voyteck had a house, to the LaBianca's residence, even Jack Jones' old house where the Manson "Family" creepy-crawled----fascinating stuff, all. I wish the tour would go inside the El Coyote for a group lunch, that would be a fantastic grand finale! I waited so long for this day to get here, and being from Minnesota, you have to plan these things out. I whole-heartedly loved everything, it was amazing just being in those same locations, like I said. Two thumbs up for this one for a very good time!!!!
Rating: 5
Very good!
Sat, Aug 7, 10   9:00 AM Dominator Male 30-39 Local Family With Children
I booked my Helter Skelter tour 2 days prior to the actual date. I got in no problem along with my wife. Altogether, there was 13 of us in the group. More than half of that group were my brother and his family (including 3 children) and a couple of cousins. I found this tour to be very interesting and educational. I am pretty familiar with the Helter Skelter murders, but had no awareness of all the intricacies, and levels of relationships associated with the murders. Our tour guide did an excellent job of explaining details, and was very accommodating to our group. All in all, for $50 I feel like the tour is worth it, and I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest for the Helter Skelter murders.
Rating: 4
a creepy cool timewarp
Sat, Sep 11, 10   9:00 AM kevinleghorn Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
with the video and the tour guide and the music of the day playing the tour felt like a time warp to me. it also really put into perspective the whole manson story and that crazy summer, to see where all the locations were in relation to each other. very interesting.