Dearly Departed Tours

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Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  535 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 48 117 1 = 116 98% 4.7
Last 6 months 114 287 3 = 284 97% 4.7
Last 12 months 206 538 3 = 535 98% 4.8
All 1,965 5,074 44 = 5,030 99% 4.8
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour 394 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Helter Skelter Tragical History Tour 127 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Hollywood Movie Tours! 9 100% 5.0 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour 5 67% 4.0 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
More than a tour about the departed
Mon, Jul 6, 09   1:00 PM HEIDIKMCC Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We booked this tour because my grown daughter was interested in this type of tour. The tour was very interesting, and we enjoyed it. As we passed many of the places where people had "departed" we also passed other sights which were brought to our attention. We took a general tour of LA the following day, and found that we had already seen many of the sights with Scott on the Dearly Departed tour.

Scott was extremely knowledgable about this topic. We were allowed to ask questions, and he answered them all willingly.

I understand that Scott is planning a new tour about filming sites of movies. The people on the tour will be shown a clip of a movie and will then see the actual filming location. I would love to go on this tour, and will definitely do so if I am in LA again.
Rating: 4
We got our money's worth.
Fri, Jul 3, 09   1:00 PM cmcevoy18 Male 30-39 Local Family Without Children
This tour wasn't as morbid as I thought it would be -- which is a good thing. Scott packed a lot of material in 3.5 hours -- all of it interesting.
Rating: 4
Very fun afternoon
Sun, Jun 21, 09   1:00 PM bigredsmurf Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
My husband and I took our parents on this tour on Father's Day afternoon. All of us grew up here in So. California, but just thought this would be a fun way to explore the LA and Hollywood areas. The tour van held 14 passengers so it was a nice sized group, not to large. The guide was very friendly and knowledgable. The price was great, especially for the length of the tour. We loved that the tour wasn't all about death and crime scenes... while it did include some of those things, it also included information on historical movie and tv filming locations and a well rounded bunch of hollywood history. Our only complaint, and it's a small one, is we wish the windows on the van were a little larger, making it easier to take in all the sights. Overall, it was a fabulously fun way to explore the area and spend time together. We would love to take some more of these tours.
Rating: 4
Fri, Jun 19, 09   1:00 PM APRILANNE Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Went on the tour with my 17 yr old daughter and 2 adult nieces. We really loved it and enjoyed seeing places we had only read about or saw photos. Our tour guide was Rick, (i think) he was filled with loads of info to keep the tour interesting. One note: my niece left her camera on the bus and we contacted our guide via email and voice mail and he met us the following day to return it:) THANKS AGAIN!!!
Rating: 5
Great for seeing a different side of Hollywood
Thu, Jun 18, 09   1:00 PM JoeCanchola Male 30-39 Combination Family Without Children
My family was out from Chicago. I am a local, but decided to take my family from Chicago to see "a different side of Hollywood" and surrounding areas. It was very informational and Richard was very knowledgeable. Although there were a few spots where we were looking through the trees and could barely see what he was referring to, most of the 3+ hour tour was not like that. The reference books he pulls out with photos of how things were then is a plus because you get to compare how they looked then to how they look now; it is a very interesting tour. The audio recordings that includes 911 calls or the background information about the sites he shows you was very well put together.
Rating: 4
Underbelly of LA
Sat, May 23, 09   1:00 PM lyddite Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
This is a good tour to show your friends and relatives the underbelly of Los Angeles. I would not recommend it for someone's first visit to LA, but if they have been here before it is interesting to see another side of the city. Scott is passionate about his work and welcomes questions.
Rating: 5
Great tour!
Sun, May 17, 09   1:00 PM ward080200 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The great reviews were the reason we booked this tour and they were correct. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable--an excellent guide. Seemed to have lots of first hand knowledge, not just a memorized script. Tour had not only lots of interesting facts and sites of "the dearly departed" but also lots of movie sites and current stars' homes also, which was fun. The connection between the Beach Boys and Charles Manson was something I'd never heard before and the use of audio clips made it even more fascinating. Too bad we won't be back to LA soon since he's adding a movie sites tour with video clips!
Rating: 5
Excellent, comprehensive tour
Sat, May 16, 09   9:00 AM janaho Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
I highly recommend the Helter Skelter tour for anyone who's interested in history in general or the murders in particular. Scott knows so many details and locations, it was incredibly fascinating. Not a dull moment on the whole tour, and the integration of multimedia sources made it all the more interesting. Very well done!
Rating: 4
Really liked the tour
Wed, May 13, 09   1:00 PM t_swygert Unspecified Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
But didn't care for the bus. It was hard to see out the windows. We did however have crazy and fun conversation that was enlightening and was the core of the tour. I will do this tour again!
Rating: 5
Sat, May 9, 09   1:00 PM TBALLIN187 Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Scott is a great guy. Very friendly and outgoing. The most impressive thing is his knowledge on Hollywood. WOW!! I'm signing up for the Helter Skelter tour next...
Rating: 5
Sat, Apr 25, 09   1:00 PM davidmadin Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We were only in LA for a day so we had to be very selective as to which tour we booked. This seemed very querky and unusual whilst covering the areas of the city we were most interested in. We were not disappointed. It was brilliant and so very interesting and entertaining we are still talking about it. It was the highlight of our trip and it is so good to be able to tell friends we have seen such varied sights from the places we had only previously seen on television. These included the homes of the famous, points of interest, famous murder spots, and, of course, the gossipy stuff like where George Michael and Hugh Grant was arrested. It was so very interesting !!! Our guide was excellent - he was very knowledgable and I was really disappointed when it was over. I was so engrossed I forget to take photos. I suppose I will just have to go back and do it all again.
Rating: 5
Great, Informative -- Creepy
Sat, Mar 14, 09   9:00 AM groolster Male 40-49 Local Family Without Children

I absolutely loved the tour and was properly creeped out all weekend for a variety of reasons. (The main one being that I truly almost bought what I know know was Voycek Frykowski's (sp?) drug house on Woodstock Drive, the other being that as a now slightly dirty old man, I found some of the Manson chicks to be hot - especially Leslie Van Houten, and also because of the group song that the Family was singing about "Come On Home". The song was catchy, and not bad musically, and it has stayed in my head every day, which scares me to think I could "Come on home" and be inducted into the family). Anyway, my cousin Fred and I had a great time, and I'm sure I'll be back with other friends from work, including my friend Gary, whose ticket you graciously told me you'd honor when we're able to see the tour again. That being said, I did want to offer two pieces of criticism, which I only intend to be constructive, and they are as follows.

First, remember when people in the seats closest to you in the van ask questions or comment, those of us in the back seats can only hear your response. So whenever that happens, I would remind you to repeat people's questions so we all know what's going on. On the day we were there, you had a bit of a fanatic riding shotgun with you and there was all sorts of give-and-take between the two of you that most of us couldn't hear, which was a little frustrating. It was still great though.

The second criticism, or suggestion if you will - and I really hope you'll take this to heart - would be that those crime scene photos are truly horrible and my one errant peek into the binder at the slaughtered corpse of Sharon Tate deeply disturbed me, and though I'm admittedly more sensitive than some people, it put a bit of a pall on the whole experience for me and I wish I didn't have that image in my head. So, here's my suggestion - perhaps you could offer a couple of binders that are censored in the manner that the photos in the Bugliosi book are - or perhaps don't have the photos at all. That way, your customers would be able to enjoy the other photos, such as the Helter Skelter slide, the vintage photos, and even the coroners reports, etc. without being exposed to the grisly reality of those horrible images. (My cousin Fred isn't thrown by gore, but I had a lot of trouble with it). So, maybe a couple of "PG-13" books for the sqeemish such as I. Just a thought.

Thanks again for an awesome experience. I'm certain I'll see you again, and I'm also talking your tour up to people who I think would enjoy it.

Danny Smith
Rating: 4
More death, more details, less drivel and drive-by
Thu, Feb 26, 09   1:00 PM dr92649 Male 40-49 Local Family Without Children
As an avid reader of findadeath I was expecting a tour tightly and entirely focused on the locations and circumstances surrounding the deaths of celebrities. We starting out strong with several specific sites and lots of interesting details supported by a solid audio track and an interesting but barely adequate reference binder. Unfortunately, at times the tour seemed hard-pressed to find anything interesting in a given area other than the barely visible roof-top of some reclusive famous person's home, or worse yet, the lot where an actual, original celebrity home had formerly stood, only to be told it had been demolished long ago. Seeing various sites of recent scandals involving still-living celebrities was topical but I thought it was outside the advertised scope of the tour and therefor superfluous. The final third of the tour seemed fixated on the Manson Family saga (heard WAY too much about that thanks!), and the run past Paramount added little to the journey. The van was pretty comfortable and we both appreciated the bathroom breaks. In general this was a good tour -- albeit inconsistent -- with an extremely knowledgeable guide (Well done Richard!).
Rating: 5
Value for Money!
Thu, Feb 26, 09   1:00 PM sjmculver Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I cannot stress how great this tour is for value for money. You get a huge amount of information, see some fantastic places, get a couple of rest stops, all while being driven around safely in absolute comfort. I highly recommend this tour as a great way to see the sights, learn some history and hear some great old time Hollywood stories. Thank you guys - great job.
Rating: 1
Only thing Dearly Departed will be your MONEY
Sat, Feb 7, 09   1:00 PM DBertman Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had taken the Starline tour a week back and were hoping this was a more moody, with-it, cool tour of the underbelly of LA... The reviews all seemed to suggest it was great.

Sadly, it wasn't. There were a couple interesting things but the majority of the tour was our tour guide, an out of work actor, Richard, name dropping. He told us how he's friends with Richard Simmons, knew George Burns, and met all these celebs who "love it when the bus pulls up outside their homes"... Very boring and dull. He kept pointing out buildings he thought had nice architecture but thats it - no details about the architects, why its nice, or the history. Just his opinion.

Most of the tour centered around driving through Beverly Hills. Hancock Park, and Holywood looking at Stars homes. Maybe 10 minutes (of the agonizingly long 3+ hours) is devoted to things like the unsolved Black Dalia mystery and the suicides at the Hollywood sign and the Manson killings -- and ALL of the interesting things are played back through an ipod hooked into the van's speaker system. At certain points he would hit a button and we would listen to an audio clip explaining those things.

And the main selling point of the tour -- seeing locations where celebs ODed or died? Well, all the "dearly departed" stuff centered around driving past a couple locations (like Cedar Sinai Hospital, Chateau Marmont, and the Viper Room) and the driver yelling out lists of celebs who died there. DULL!