Monday, May 20, 2013

Esotouric offers East Side Babylon crim tour June 1

Go East, Young Crime Fiend, with an Esotouric tour exploring the wild side
of East Los Angeles

WHAT: Esotouric, L.A.'s most eclectic tour company, reveals the criminal
history of L.A.'s East Side with Esotouric's East Side Babylon crime bus
WHEN: Saturday June 1, 12pm-4pm
WHERE: Tour departs from The Daily Dose, 1820 Industrial St., Los Angeles,
CA 90021, and includes crime scenes in Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles,
Commerce and Montebello
COST: $58/person
RELATED TOURS: The crime bus rolls every Saturday in June, including
Pasadena Confidential (6/8), Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice (6/15) and
Weird West Adams (6/22)
INFO:, 213-373-1947

LOS ANGELES- 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.

In June, Esotouric offers four different neighborhood crime bus tours: East
Side Babylon (6/1, East LA, Boyle Heights, Commerce, Montebello), Pasadena
Confidential (6/8, Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino), Hotel Horrors &
Main Street Vice (6/15, Downtown LA), Weird West Adams (6/22, West Adams).
Taken together or individually, they offer an alternative history of life
and death in 20th Century Los Angeles.

On Saturday, June 1, 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‹the focus of Esotouric's latest historic preservation campaign.
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.

And if you're looking for offbeat L.A. history but can't wait to ride the
Esotouric bus, there's plenty of good stuff online. Esotouric's weekly
podcast You Can't Eat The Sunshine launched in January 2013 and can be found
at and on iTunes and excerpted on L.A.
Magazine's CityThink blog. And in addition to this and other historic Los
Angeles bus tours, Esotouric's team created the 1947project "time travel
blog" series of alternate history websites, including In SRO Land ("lost
lore of the historic core" at, On Bunker Hill
( and the original 1947project ("a crime a day" from
1947, 1927 and 1907 at

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and special event schedule (free events starred)
* Sun May 26 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at
* Mon May 27 - Tour of historic Savannah Cemetery (info at
Sat June 1 - Eastside Babylon crime bus tour
Sat June 8 - Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour
Sat Jun 15 ­ Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour
Sat June 22 - Weird West Adams crime bus tour
* Sun June 30 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at
Sat July 13 - Charles Bukowski's LA
Sat July 20 - The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain's Southern California
Sat July 27 - The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
* Sun July 28 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at
Sun August 4 - South L.A. Road Trip: Hot Rods, Adobes, Googie & Early
Sat August 10 - Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles
Sat August 17 - Boyle Heights & The San Gabriel Valley: The Hidden Histories
of L.A.'s Melting Pot
Sat August 24 - The Lowdown on Downtown
* Sun August 25 - LAVA's Sunday Salon (info at
Sat September 7 - Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour
Sat September 14 - Weird West Adams crime bus tour
Sat September 21 - Eastside Babylon crime bus tour
Sat September 28 - Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour

Esotouric's Richard Schave and Kim Cooper are proud members of LAVA - The
Los Angeles Visionaries Association.

For more info on Esotouric, visit

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