Friday, November 16, 2012

Esotouric offers two LA crime bus tours Dec. 1 and 2

L.A. neighborhoods get the historic crimes they deserve in Esotouric's
December crime bus weekend

WHAT: Esotouric, L.A.'s most eclectic tour company, reveals the criminal
history of L.A.'s fascinating neighborhoods with the PASADENA CONFIDENTIAL /
EAST SIDE BABYLON crime bus tour weekend

WHEN: "Pasadena Confidential with Crimebo the Clown" tour Saturday, December
1, 12-4pm;  "East Side Babylon" tour Sunday, December 2, 12pm-4pm
WHERE: "Pasadena Confidential with Crimebo the Clown" departs from Fair Oaks
and Arlington Street, Pasadena, CA 91105;  "East Side Babylon" tour departs
from The Daily Dose, 1820 Industrial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021
COST: Pasadena Confidential or East Side Babylon tickets $58/person;.
Weekend pass for both tours $90/person.
INFO:, 213-373-1947

 Ask the average person to name a true crime location in Los
Angeles and you'll hear about Nicole Brown's Brentwood condo, the Manson
Murders scene in the Hollywood Hills, the Black Dahlia's disappearance from
the Biltmore Hotel or Bugsy Siegel's Beverly Hills death house.

But when the crack researchers of Esotouric, L.A.'s most eclectic bus tour
company, go crime hunting, they throw out the map to the stars homes and
cast their eye to less glamorous L.A. neighborhoods that prove to be packed
with bizarre crime histories. True crime buffs have already heard the famous
stories a dozen times before on cable TV, but the forgotten crimes Esotouric
digs up are fresh, fascinating and truly chilling. And now, Esotouric offers
a weekend double feature packed with the weirdest crimes ever committed in
two of L.A.'s most iconic communities: the old money suburb of Pasadena and
the gritty working class neighborhoods on the East Side of the L.A. River.

TOUR #1:
First up, on Saturday, December 1, it's Esotouric's very popular PASADENA
CONFIDENTIAL WITH CRIMEBO THE CLOWN tour, a true crime bus adventure delving
deep into the weird and horrible past of one of L.A.'s most exclusive
suburbs. Our special guest host on this tour is Daily Candy's favorite
strange entertainer, Crimebo the Crime Clown capering as only Crimebo can.

Crime fiends will enjoy a four-hour guided luxury bus tour to the darkest
recesses of Pasadena history, with vintage photos and film clips show to set
the scene. From celebrated cases like the Robert Kennedy assassination
(Sirhan Sirhan was a local Pasadena resident), "Eraserhead" star Jack
Nance's strange end, black magician/rocket scientist Jack Parsons'
death-by-misadventure and the 1926 Rose Parade grand stand collapse, to
fascinating obscurities, the tour's multitude of murders, arsons,
kidnappings, robberies, suicides, auto wrecks and oddball happenings provide
an alternate history of Pasadena that's as fascinating as it is creepy.
Crime Bus passengers will tour the old Millionaire's Row on Orange Grove,
boggle at the shocking Sphinx Murder on the steps of the downtown Masonic
Hall, thrill to the misadventures of one very poorly-behaved (but
beautifully dressed!) chimpanzee and discover why people named Judd and
rocket scientists should think twice before moving to Pasadena. They'll also
enjoy the offbeat charms of Crimebo the Crime Clown as he leads passengers
out onto Suicide Bridge for a personal look down into the gorge that tempted
dozens of tormented souls to their demise. Riders on this eye-opening, funny
and informative tour will forever see Pasadena in a new light. It is highly
recommended for natives and newcomers alike, crime and history buffs and
anyone who likes to seek out the unexpected.

Tour guide Kim Cooper, who researches and writes all of Esotouric's true
crime tours, says, "I believe every neighborhood gets the crimes it
deserves, and Pasadena's dark side is suitably rife with rocket scientists
driven mad by their work, wealthy eccentrics spoiling their pet chimps and
bears, seemingly respectable families misbehaving behind tall hedges and a
general air of genteel psychic decay."

TOUR #2:
Then on Sunday, December 2, a select crew of urban explorers will climb
aboard for EAST SIDE BABYLON, the latest addition to Esotouric's popular
crime bus tour series. 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 and offbeat oddities.

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and special event schedule (free events starred)
Sat December 1 - Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour (weekend pass
Sun December 2 - Eastside Babylon crime bus tour (weekend pass available)
Sat December 8 - Weird West Adams crime bus tour
Sat December 15 ­ Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour
Sat January 5 - The Real Black Dahlia
Sat January 12 - Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
*Sun January 13 - A Tour of Rancho Los Cerritos info at
Sat January 19 - Charles Bukowski's LA
Sun Jan 20 - Crime lab seminar: Arson Murders and Fire Death Investigation
(info at
Sat January 26 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California

Esotouric's Richard Schave, Kim Cooper, Joan Renner and Michael "Crimebo the
Clown" Perrick are proud members of LAVA - The Los Angeles Visionaries

For more info on Esotouric, visit

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