Dearly Departed Tours

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Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  493 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 47 126 0 = 126 100% 4.8
Last 6 months 74 203 0 = 203 100% 4.9
Last 12 months 185 493 0 = 493 100% 4.8
All 1,822 4,708 41 = 4,667 99% 4.8
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour 366 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Helter Skelter Tragical History Tour 89 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour 19 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Hollywood Movie Tours! 19 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
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Rating: 5
Great fun!
Thu, Dec 27, 12   1:00 PM holeighannie Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My husband and I went on this tour as a part of our honeymoon in California. I was the one who initiated it, because I love Hollywood history and, but my husband really enjoyed himself as well. Our guide was hilarious, very knowledgeable and personable. The tour itself comprises a large amount of the city and is a great way to see the landmarks and sights and make the most of your time there.
Rating: 4
A good value.
Sat, Dec 1, 12   1:15 PM allanhurst Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
The DD Tour had some fascinating history of Hollywood and Los Angeles, with just enough salacious detail to keep me interested. I'd like to see a few less "There used to be a house here, but they tore it down" sites, and perhaps fill in some of those blank spots with other Hollywood anecdotes.

They say this on the website, but I think it bears repeating: THIS IS NOT A TOUR FOR CHILDREN. There are explicit dicussions of rape, torture, and sexual acts. This is a TOUR FOR ADULTS.

The staff were all charming and friendly. If you're a Rocky Horror fan, be certain to say hello to Scott, one of the managers, who wrote a book on RHPS.

I would take this tour again.
Rating: 5
Interesting,fun and fascinating
Sun, Nov 25, 12   11:00 AM 5alex5 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Not only how someone died,but under what circumstances and if things were "adjusted" to improve publicity. Not all death and gore,tho! Lots of other places and locations that make the subject of Hollywood so fascinating to all of us.
Rating: 5
Forget the Zombies; here's a real horror-fest.
Sat, Nov 24, 12   1:15 PM Janslow45 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My daughter selected this tour (Tragical History) as an activity she thought I would like during my visit to Los Angeles. Good guess! I am something of a classic movies buff and especially like film noir. I am not a big fan of the 24/7 cable news coverage of celebrity deaths, but this tour and its phenominally knowledgable guide brought the crimes to life as if they had been 'scooped' in this morning's Times. While waiting for the tour to get underway in the small but interesting office/museum, I was gratified to hear our guide (sorry, I am terrible with names) explaining the details of Jane Mansfield's death--precisely as I remember it from newspaper and radio accounts in the South, where the accident ocurred and where I was living. This unplanned test, along with several other presentations of facts on the tour of which I possess knowledge not generally known, specifically involving Mae West, O.J.Simpson and The Witch's House, certified to my satisfaction that this tour was rooted in facts; the best, most juicy and morbid facts. Our guide did not just concentrate on the macbre; nothing ever occurs in a vacuum and this is very much the case for the sins of Hollywood; deeply set in their matrix of greed, ambition, jealousy and extreme wealth. The wealth of information gleaned from the tour about the nuts and bolts of the movies and Hollywood in general would alone be worth the price, $$, of the tour. In addition, the tales of tragedy befalling such persons as Joey Ramone, Bryan Jones, and Janis Joplin; musicians and not movie people, adds a nice depth to the tale of lives ended too soon by fair means or foul.

OK; enough of the love-in. People who may be offended by nude pictures of mutilated bodies; graphic descriptions of horrendous brutality and mutilated bodies; perverse-to-depraved sexuality; extreme human cruelty or even excessive violence would probably be better off spending their time and money at Universal Studios or the wax museum. This subject is not for the faint of heart; it would rate a hard 'R' if it were a film, other than the lack of profanity. In my opinion, it is not suitable for persons under 14 to 16, depending on how world-wise the youngsters are. Thank God I don't have to be the one to tell a twelve-going-on-twenty-one tweeting tween that she can't go because it isn't appropriate. There's a real Hollywood horror story for you!

Good as it is, the tour could benefit by a few more stops to get out and explore. Understanding that so much Hollywood history is gone, such as the Brown Derby, it would be worth the while of Dearly Departed to scout a few locations where old/dead Hollywood could be experienced up close and personal. As to specifics, I would have been interested in seeing where Tom Mix buried his horse and where the corpse of Elizabeth Short was located. But that's just me.

I cant wait to take the Manson tour next time I'm in town and I give Tragical History Tour two severed thumbs up!
Rating: 5
Informative & Fun
Sat, Nov 24, 12   1:00 PM VAC2012 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
You need to have a sense of humor to do a job like this & even though this tour shows the dark side of Hollywood, our tour guide was well informed & made the tour fun.

Looking forward to reserving more tours with this company in the near future.
Rating: 4
I would absolutely refer all to Dearly Departed.
Mon, Nov 19, 12   1:00 PM surferBoy1 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Scott and Richard, my driver and guide was insanely personable and knowledgeable. I however regret sitting in the front seat as today I am fighting a bad cold from the A.C. blowing on me for 3 hours.. I look forward to my next trip to L.A. to take another tour.. Great Job Rich!!! Sincerely, Rich Peters, Pismo Beach, Ca... P.S. I will sit in the back on the next trip and/or bring a hoodie..
Rating: 5
OUTSTANDING - Awesome information/COOL TOUR
Sat, Nov 10, 12   1:00 PM jsanfillippo Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My brother and I like the macabre And thought this might be fun! It was better than expected with sound bites and background on every death site we went to. They even had pictures and coroner reports. Was very well done and our guide Brian was FANTASTIC and fun!!! Learned a lot about the dark side of hollywood - anyone who likes unsolved mysteries, ghosts, or fascination with death should definitely take this tour!!!! I wouldn't recommend bringing kids under 15 however.....
Rating: 5
We are still quoting funny things Bryan told us!
Fri, Nov 9, 12   1:00 PM NollieG Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We travel all over the world and have had some of the best guides and some of the worst. Bryan is one of the most entertaining, enthusiastic leaders we have encountered. In addition to continuously throwing out fun facts, he does it without getting us all killed in the crazy LA traffic. We commend him for passing up the obvious opportunity of knocking us off and adding us as a tour stop. @B^)
Rating: 5
Perfect LA Activity!!
Sat, Nov 3, 12   10:00 AM DGarretson Unspecified 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
Disclaimer: I love off-humor shows such as South Park and Arrested Development.

Our tour guide was so enthusiastic and funny. He knows his history. It's stalking celebrities and finding out where they lived except you don't worry about pestering them because they are...dearly departed. I've visited LA many times in the past, and this tour is probably the most unique and awesomely memorable LA experience I've had. Of course we all want to see the typical Hollywood landmarks when we visit LA, but this tour's character is what makes the experience awesome. You can think of this tour as like Perez Hilton or TMZ but more crass.
Rating: 5
super cool
Sun, Oct 21, 12   10:00 AM rlarson24 Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
totally awesome fun if you're into macabre details of famous incidents and celebrity demises...loved it, and the tour guides and staff are really friendly and funny
Rating: 5
Great Tour
Sun, Oct 14, 12   1:00 PM sabualia Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We had a great time on this tour. It was very informative and entertaining.
Rating: 5
Amazing Tour & Brian was Chalk full of Knowledge
Sun, Oct 14, 12   1:00 PM imon642 Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
I would recommend this to anyone! Very informative and interesting! Loved the tour guide!
Rating: 4
Fun for those over 50
Sun, Oct 14, 12   10:00 AM EileenAltman Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My spouse and I had a great time on the tour, but our teen and young adult children didn't know many of the people who the tour guides were talking about. It would have been more enjoyable for them to learn more about contemporary pop culture figures and the places of their scandals in addition to the other locales and people.
Rating: 5
Great fun
Sat, Oct 13, 12   1:00 PM BDickson114 Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Brian did a fantastic job combining some of the more macabre stories from Hollywood with just great tour-guiding. Stories range from the deaths of Rebecca Schaefer to Mae West, with a fair amount of myth-debunking involved. Brian was very funny and personable...and knowledgeable. A great way to spend the afternoon.
Rating: 5
Great insights into the case
Sat, Oct 13, 12   9:00 AM BDickson114 Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Scott gave a fascinating tour. It was really interesting to actually see the areas where the murders took place and to get a feel for that time. The use of audio and video really added to the atmosphere. Scott was friendly, considerate of the group, a great narrator, and very sensitive to the nature of what he discussed. He also pointed out sites not necessarily related, but interesting to see nonetheless. Highly, highly recommended for anyone interested in this case.