Absolutely No O.J. Guaranteed on Esotouric's Historic West LA Crime Bus Tour
WHAT: Esotouric's Wild Wild West Side Crime Bus Tour
WHEN: Saturday October 10, 12pm-4pm
WHERE: Departing from The Museum of Jurassic Technology, 9341 Venice Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
COST: $58/person (15% off for KCRW or KPCC members)
INFO: http://www.esotouric.com, 323-223-2767
RELATED TOURS: The tour's opposite, East Side Babylon (Boyle Heights, Commerce, Montebello and East LA crimes), debuts on Sunday November 1
On Saturday, October 10, Esotouric, the eclectic bus adventure company that's redefining bus tourism for a more sophisticated audience, presents its only West Los Angeles crime tour, WILD WILD WEST SIDE. All Esotouric tours defy expectations, and this tour avoids such obvious and familiar West L.A. crimes as the O.J. Simpson and Menendez murders in favor of revealing shocking historical crime lore.
To create this tour, Esotouric's crack researchers dove head first into West L.A.'s blood-soaked history to uncover a selection of forgotten and utterly fascinating crime stories dating from the 1910s through the 1960s, and spanning Venice, Santa Monica, Marina del Rey and Culver City.
Tour creator Kim Cooper says, "I started stockpiling amazing crime stories from the west side of town in Esotouric's early days, knowing my husband Richard was adverse to starting a tour anywhere but downtown. Eventually, the crimes in my stash were simply too compelling to ignore, and WILD WILD WEST SIDE was born. Where else in LA could we visit the grave of a mummified teenage cult priestess who was buried with seven puppies for future reanimation? Only on the West side!"
Crime Bus passengers will be treated to detailed descriptions of some of the most notorious, strange and fascinating forgotten tales of the region, each told at the scene of the crime. They'll shudder to tales of wicked mothers, when they meet the secret wife who shot her hubby as he celebrated New Years Eve with his controlling mommy (then willed herself into a coma rather than face sentencing!), the evil old ladies who kept unwanted children as prisoners in a filthy beachside shack and may have gotten away with dozens of murders, and the gifted UCLA film student who slaughtered his girlfriend because he believed his dead mother's evil spirit possessed her. All this,plus a wealthy retiree tried for a murder that may never have happened, the vicious slaughter of a child by a serial killer beneath the Santa Monica pier, the school for feeble minded children burned down by a miserable resident, the grand old hotel that became home to a murderous anti-drug cult, a traditional duel conducted by knife-wielding teenage girls for the love of a married bus driver, and other tales of terror and mystery that will forever change the way you view the West Side of Los Angeles.
Upcoming Esotouric bus tour schedule:
Sat Sept 12 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California Nightmare
Sat Sept 19 - John Buntin's L.A. Noir (debut)
Thurs Oct 8- The Hippodrome (Downtown Art Walk Shuttle, free)
Sat Oct 10 - Wild Wild West Side
Sat Oct 17 Raymond Chandler's Bay City
Sat Oct 24 Raymond Chandler's L.A.
Sat Oct 31 Maja's Mysteries spiritual L.A. tour (debut)
Sun Nov 1 East Side Babylon crime bus tour (debut)
Sat Nov 7 - Charles Bukowski's LA
Thurs Nov 12 - The Hippodrome (Downtown Art Walk Shuttle, free)
Sat Nov 14 - The Real Black Dahlia
Sat December 5 Pasadena Confidential
Thurs Dec 10 - The Hippodrome (Downtown Art Walk Shuttle, free)
Sat December 12 Blood & Dumplings
For more info on Esotouric, visit http://www.esotouric.com