Dearly Departed Tours

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Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  523 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 45 110 1 = 109 98% 4.7
Last 6 months 109 274 3 = 271 97% 4.7
Last 12 months 202 526 3 = 523 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 385 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 2 50% 3.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
Film Buffs/ TCM Attendees
Wed, Mar 25, 15   1:00 PM 1Tikibird Female 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
Enjoyed the tour. It was definitely worth our time. We would do this again ! The tour's campy funkiness made it enjoyable, fun. We would never have been able to find these sights on our own. There was perhaps more of an emphasis on paparazzi than classic Hollywood (our metier) but the economics of this kind of thing dictate that you market to the common denominator and we're certainly not that. I especially liked our driver's editorial repartee and gatling gun delivery.
Rating: 5
Sun, Feb 1, 15   4:00 PM adonaldson6 Unspecified 20-29 Combination Individual
Ms. Arngrim was endlessly gracious, willing to discuss any subject suggested by tourgoers. She was happy to sign anything and made sure that everyone who wanted photos was able to get them without feeling rushed. The stories were certainly entertaining - I highly recommend this tour for any "Prairie" fans, and anyone who is interested in Hollywood in general.
Rating: 5
Terrific Tour!
Fri, Dec 26, 14   10:00 AM CushyB624 Female 60-69 Combination Family With Children
Lots to see, lots of information, lots of fun, all delivered brilliantly by Brian Donnelly, our outrageously knowledgeable and funny tour guide. WAAAY more than just a bus ride around to see some celebrity death locations -- this felt like an in-depth experience of LA's most illustrious neighborhoods, past and present. We learned so much and really enjoyed ourselves. Brian is a gem!
Rating: 5
Awesome experience...
Thu, Nov 27, 14   1:00 PM emccormick22 Female 30-39 Combination Family Without Children
Would recommend to anyone. Great way to see and learn about Hollywood/ Beverly Hills, with a bit of morbidity sprinkled in. :) Brian was an enthusiastic tour guide with a wealth of knowledge. Such a fun experience and all 8 members of our family enjoyed it. Great value also!
Rating: 5
Real Information
Wed, Sep 10, 14   1:00 PM TristaHW Female 30-39 Combination Couple on a Date
This was not some guy saying what he 'heard about' in the area, it was clear information about true events that can be researched and confirmed. It was refreshing for someone who spends most times looking up details and obsessing over topics for a living. We were lucky to get Brian, just something about his memory and jokes made the 2 hours fly by and the break in between is at my favorite outdoor mall (The Grove), so that was an added bonus.

Anyone who lives in the area (I currently live in West Hollywood) or visiting (my sister visiting from Toronto, Canada), it is a must for a good laugh and a chilling true story.
Rating: 5
Fascinating and authentic!
Sun, Jul 20, 14   1:00 PM Rosieeb Female 20-29 Combination Individual
I had a great time on the tour and it seemed to be well-researched and thorough. There were sound clips from 911 calls and interviews and photo books which really helped to tell the stories and bring them home - the photos also served to convince me of the authenticity as well, which I've heard the other tours in town are lacking.

The guide had a good sense of humour too. I will say that there are some pretty gruesome stories that some might not enjoy, and of course it is quite exploitative - but if you have a problem with that then you probably won't want to do a movie stars tour anyway. Personally I preferred an honest tour about the "tragic history" of LA than one that polishes it up.
Rating: 5
So freaking awesome!
Sat, Sep 21, 13   9:00 AM lindsaynyu28 Female 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
So first of all let me just say that Scott is incredible and never ending wealth of information on all things related to this case, Hollywood history, and many many other fascinating things. We had a group of 9 on a bachelorette party this weekend and although 3 of them had already been on this tour previously they enjoyed it even more than the first time. He gave different information, included a few more sites and basically tries to make your experience the best it can be. Although this tour isn't for everyone, I think most people who are generally interested in this case or just in how people lived and died in hollywood would enjoy it. I've been on the tragical history tour as well and LOVED that one just as much. You can't go wrong with this company and you absolutely get your money's worth. The bottom line is if you're on the fence about going this tour is SO much better than any other Hollywood "lets go see the stars" kinda thing. Its just way more awesome and interesting. So you should do it. Thanks for making this a day we won't ever forget Scott!
Rating: 5
Once again, fully impressed...highly recommend!
Sat, Jul 13, 13   1:00 PM lcarverbyerl Female 30-39 Combination Family Without Children
A few years ago, I took the tour with Scott and loved it. This year, we had family visiting from out of state and decided to take the tour again as one of our outings. I wasn't disappointed with that choice! We had Richard this time, who was just as knowledgeable as I remembered Scott being. We met Brian inside before the tour, too--he's a riot! All three gentlemen are extremely welcoming and genuinely friendly, which I'm positive will be a nice relief for people dealing with everyone else in the L.A. area during their stay, haha. Richard made sure he had time to answer any and all questions, and seemed more than happy to do so. The tour is not at all rushed. Excellent Hollywood history, and not all is gruesome--most just interesting and informative. This tour is a great way to see the area without having to drive yourself, and you get all that extra information that's been researched by Scott, et al. over the years. Very reliable, I might add. Bus was comfy and nicely air conditioned. There is a YMCA parking lot right behind the building that is reasonably priced and safe to leave your vehicle. The office has a bathroom to use before and after the tour, and there is one stop in the middle. Visit the website first to brush up on any celebrities you might be interested in--it's fantastic! You will see many homes and "haunts" of various movie/tv people, many being where they died but also others where they just resided at one point or another. Highly, highly recommend for adults with any interest in history or Hollywood, but probably not for children under 13-ish. Some "mature" and disturbing content. This is a death tour, after all! :) Thank you so much Richard, Scott, and Brian!
Rating: 5
Well worth it.................
Sun, Jul 7, 13   4:15 PM Hoopdog Male 50-59 Combination Family Without Children
I am a fan of the web site "Find a Death" which motivated me to take this tour while I was visiting my son who lives in Hollywood. He is the lead guitar player for Katy Perry and even though he is from Iowa he has become a Californian in some ways. My wife, son and I had a really great time on this tour. I was hoping for Shawn Michael but our guide was very enthusiastic and obviously loves his job. It amazed me how all these events happened in such a small radius in the Hollywood, Beverly Hills area. Had a great time!!
Rating: 4
very well researched and interesting
Fri, Jul 5, 13   1:00 PM GRETLUCH Female 50-59 Combination Family With Children
bus was clean and comfortable. driver and owner very informative and obviously extremely interested in the subject, which made it quite interesting.
Rating: 5
Loved It
Mon, May 20, 13   1:00 PM jkmuncy Female 50-59 Combination Group of Friends
I took the tour with a friend from the LA area. She was as fascinated as I was by this tour. The tour--and Brian, our guide--was informative, fascinating and just plain fun! Next time I'm in LA, I plan to take another of the tours offered by Dearly Departed Tours.
Rating: 5
Tour guide well informed.
Sat, May 4, 13   9:00 AM BIGpaco2006 Male 50-59 Combination Group of Friends
Tour started on time guide well informed on his subject matter, good sense of humor . When appropriate would answer questions.
Rating: 5
Brian was terrific!
Fri, Mar 29, 13   1:00 PM JerryW Male 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
The tour was very entertaining and Brian was terrific departing for a few blocks in B.H. to show my 94 year old mother where some of the stars of yesteryear lived. Highly recommend the tour for local and visiting tourists.
Rating: 4
Enjoyed it very much
Tue, Jan 8, 13   1:00 PM notetaker4 Female 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
Our group had a great time. The guys who run it are cool. There are some non-death related facts and tidbits in the tour that provide a good processing time for the rest of the death stuff. At first I was like "why is he talking about that house? No one died there." And then I realized it gave my brain a nice break from all of the other information so I could process more once we got back into the dearly departed part. Good job!!

I think it needs an update and I would say some of the information on the lesser known people is too quick since few people have a reference for it, but other than that, it was great. Loved hearing the 911 calls and interviews while driving past the places. Good mix of information and fun. Thanks!
Rating: 5
Lot's to see and learn!
Sun, Nov 4, 12   10:00 AM latexwonder Female 20-29 Combination Group of Friends
I live in LA and I still learned tons about my neighborhood! Brian was very knowledgeable of Hollywood and Los Angeles. He was friendly and very approachable. I'm excited to the take the Death and Horror tour!