Thursday, December 31, 2009

Esotouric offers darkest East Los Angeles crime bus tour

Esotouric's New Crime Bus Adventure Explores Darkest East Los Angeles

WHAT: Esotouric, L.A.'s most eclectic tour company, looks across the L.A. River with the EAST SIDE BABYLON crime bus tour

WHEN: Saturday January 30, 12pm-4pm

WHERE: Tour departs from Philippe The Original, 1001 Alameda, Chinatown

COST: $58/person

INFO:, 323-223-2767

Most tourists who visit Southern California confine their explorations to such famous destinations as Hollywood Boulevard, Rodeo Drive or the Santa Monica Pier. And there's certainly plenty to do and see at any of those old favorites. But when looking for something off-the-beaten path, savvy natives know the tour company to call is Esotouric.

On Saturday January 30, a select crew of urban explorers will climb aboard for the second excursion of EAST SIDE BABYLON, the latest addition to Esotouric's popular crime bus tour series, which debuted in a sold-out Halloween weekend date.

Passengers on this unusual bus adventure will discover fascinating, little-known historic neighborhoods and the grim memories they hold. With crimes spanning the 20th Century, some hideously gruesome, others weird and frankly unbelievable, the tour provides a new way of discovering the city,via crime scenes and oddities that make ordinary houses and intersections seem to vibrate with a mysterious energy.

Come visit Boyle Heights, where Night Stalker Richard Ramirez was captured and a mad dad ran amok. Roam the hallowed lawns of Evergreen, L.A.'s oldest cemetery and home of some memorable haunts and strange burials. Visit East Los Angeles, where a deranged radio shop employee made mince meat of his boss and bride-- and you can get your hair done in a building shaped like a giant tamale. Explore the ghastly streets of Commerce, where one small neighborhood's myriad crimes will shock and surprise. Visit Montebello, for scrumptious milk, eggnog and cookies at Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy washed down with a horrifying case of child murder. All this, and so much more on EAST SIDE BABYLON, Esotouric's exploration of L.A.'s most horrifying forgotten crimes.

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and special event schedule:
Sat January 9 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
Sat January 16 - Wild Wild West Side crime bus tour
Sat January 23 ­ Weird West Adams crime bus tour
Sat January 30 - East Side Babylon crime bus tour
Sun Feb 7 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: South LA
Sat Feb 13 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Route 66
Thurs Feb 18 ­ Jeremy Kasten presents "Spider Baby" with director Jack Hill
Sat Feb 20 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: The New Chinatowns
Sun Feb 21 - Joan Renner lecture "How the 'Bob' Changed History" (tentative)
Sat Feb 27 - Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: The Lowdown on Downtown- The Secret History of LA
Sat March 6 - Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour
Sat March 13 - Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
Sat March 20 - Maja's Mysteries: Rapture & Release (debut)
Sat March 27 - Raymond Chandler's Bay City
Sat April 3 ­ John Buntin's L.A. Noir
Sat April 10 ­ Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits' L.A.
Sat April 24 ­ Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's L.A.
Sat May 1 - Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour with Crimebo the Clown
Sat May 8 - Blood & Dumplings crime bus tour
Sat May 15 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
Sat May 22 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's So. Cal Nightmare

For more info on Esotouric, visit

For East Side Babylon info, visit

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