Dearly Departed Tours

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Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.8  516 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 60 159 1 = 158 98% 4.8
Last 6 months 121 316 2 = 314 98% 4.8
Last 12 months 193 518 2 = 516 99% 4.8
All 1,926 4,980 43 = 4,937 99% 4.8
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History Tour 364 99% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Helter Skelter Tragical History Tour 131 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Hollywood Movie Tours! 12 100% 5.0 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Nasty Nellie Oleson Tour 9 80% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Sort Descending Group Type?
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!
Rating: 5
Eerily Fascinating and Mad Cool Tour
Thu, Nov 1, 12   1:00 PM LonnieMay Male 40-49 Combination Group of Friends
Visit some of the coolest places where famous people met there untimely demise, and just some cool spots where celebs lived and died.

It is like a Major Headlines come back to life tour of LA.
Rating: 5
Sat, Oct 27, 12   10:00 AM Senagoo Female 40-49 Combination Group of Friends
Really enjoyed our tour with Brian Donnelly. He is so knowledgeable about the area. His head is filled with an endless amount of facts and trivia-which I love. Also love his sense of humor. Never a boring moment. The only problem is I wish it was longer!! I could have driven around all day with Brian telling interesting stories and facts about L. A. and its tragic history.

Additionally Dearly Departed Tour's office contains some great memorabilia that must be checked out. All staff was very friendly and helpful. Definitely doing another Dearly Departed Tour when I visit my friends in L.A. again.
Rating: 5
Dearly Departed Tour
Fri, Sep 28, 12   1:00 PM Ladysil Female 50-59 Combination Family Without Children
Highly recommend this tour. The driver was funny, very informative which made the tour very interesting. There were 3 generations of my family on this tour, and each one of us enjoyed it immensely.
Rating: 5
Best way to spend several hours in LA
Mon, Sep 17, 12   1:00 PM brittybritt Female 20-29 Combination Group of Friends
I had a blast on this tour! I made my friend go with me and she was not very enthusiastic beforehand ("Bus tours are tacky"), but once we got going, she was really into it and told me later she enjoyed it a LOT more than she thought she would. Our bus driver was awesome and he knew a lot of Hollywood insiders, as he was a part-time actor, so we got a lot of gossip from him as well. He was funny and answered any questions we had. I LOVED seeing places that I was not expecting to see on this tour, such as the place where Chris Brown beat up Rihanna and the restroom where George Michael became famous for more than just his music. There was the perfect balance of history, pop culture, and violence. I also liked how they played movie and audio clips to tell us a bit more about the areas we were visiting. I also highly recommend buying or renting the documentary made by the owner of Dearly Departed Tours on Amazon. I watched it before I came to LA and got me extra excited for the tour. By the way, the "museum" of memorabilia in the office is quite interesting too, if not odd.
Rating: 4
Very good tour
Wed, Aug 8, 12   9:00 AM MDalbor Male 50-59 Combination Unspecified
I am very familiar with the case, so there wasn't much new for me personally. Another problem is that the Cielo residence is long gone, and the LaBianca residence has changed somewhat with more high shrubs and security fencing (thanks to Mr. Manson).

However, Scott Michaels is an expert (even though he denies it). He is a super nice guy and is very respectful of the victims and their families. He adds to the tour by showing video snippets (Jay Sebring in Batman, bad Sharon Tate movies, etc.) that I found interesting. He also provides a rare souvenir at the end of the tour.
Rating: 5
Fun, interesting and informative
Sun, Apr 22, 12   1:15 PM kaycolthup Female 60-69 Combination Other
I have been on this tour at least 5 times with visiting friends from the UK. It is fun, interesting and informative, because we not only hear about "the dearly departed", but lots of other things are shown and told to us by the tour guides. The guides are extremely friendly and funny, and the buses are comfortable and just the right size to allow all the customers the opportunity to interact with each other (if they want to). So by the end of the tour everyone is on friendly terms, which adds to the enjoyment. I highly recommend this tour.
Rating: 5
Great Tour!
Sun, Sep 18, 11   1:00 PM sukaphish Female 40-49 Combination Other
Brian was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable about Hollywood past and present. I'd recommend this tour to people that live in LA as well as tourists.
Rating: 4
Very fun tour
Thu, Jul 7, 11   1:00 PM kleiber10 Male 30-39 Combination Family With Children
The tour actually ended up going almost three and a half hours, but that was just fine. The family had a lot of fun. The Black Dahlia and Albert Dekker stories aren't suitable for kids, so know that ahead of time. But for those interested in hearing those type of stories, it was very interesting. Our sixteen year old handled it well, but I wouldn't have wanted to take her if she were younger. Although the tour is focused on the sites of death and scandal in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, the tour points out plenty of celebrity homes and other sites. I was a little skeptical before the tour, especially about whether or not the family would be interested. They had a blast, though, so everything turned out very well.
Rating: 5
Crazy Fun and Unexpected Awesomeness!
Fri, Jun 3, 11   1:00 PM daniahali Female 30-39 Combination Family Without Children
Wanted to do something different for my mom's 60th birthday... started by looking into the cheesy Hollywood tours that take you around and show you the giant bushes and front gates of the stars homes. Too much money for not enough excitement. Somehow I stumbled upon the Dearly Departed Tour description and did my usual investigation and review reading. How could I pass up the opportunity to have someone drive me around Hollywood and adjacent areas pointing out the dark seedy side of all the locations? We booked. And we loved it. Brian is AWESOME!! And so much fun. He is clearly well versed on the creepy happenings of Hollywood and obviously loves what he does. His passion rang true from the minute he started the tour until we arrived back at the drop-off three and a half hours later! Side stories, jokes, FYI tidbit comments tossed in here and there. I couldn't get enough. Mom had a blast - what a great way to spend a 60th birthday - posing for a picture with a Death Hag bumper sticker! Big kudos to Brian for not only keeping us informed, entertained, and involved... but he cleverly and very meticulously navigated Hollywood traffic while doing all of the above. I'm happy if I get a big enough break in the cars to cut in... and I certainly can't talk, point, and laugh while doing it. Brian is the master. I'm trying to recruit some local friends to go with me - I want to go again! We had so much fun the first time... I want to hear it all again... see it all again. And I'm sure each experience is dependent on the passengers each time... so why not go for an all new experience? Don't miss Dearly Departed. Its a blast. And ironically, what makes Hollywood so Hollywood.
Rating: 5
Murder and scandal have never been so much fun
Fri, Mar 25, 11   1:00 PM nicolel80 Female 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
The tour was funny, smart, interesting and absolutely fascinating. While the spots were great, and the original tour full of great tidbits, our tour guide had so much knowledge on every Hollywood subject that I could have listened for hours more. Well worth the money, and something I will recommend to locals and tourists alike.