Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Esotouric's Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour June 8

Esotouric's Pasadena Confidential Crime Bus Tour Explores the Crown City's
Dark Side

WHAT Esotouric presents the Pasadena Confidential crime bus tour with
Crimebo the Clown
WHEN: Saturday June 8, 12pm-4pm (tour repeats September 28)
WHERE: Tour departs from Fair Oaks and Arlington Street, South Pasadena
COST: $58/person
RELATED TOURS: The crime bus rolls every Saturday in June, including East
Side Babylon (6/1), Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice (6/15) and Weird West
Adams (6/22)
INFO:, 213-373-1947

 On June 8, Esotouric, the eclectic bus adventure company whose
offbeat tours expose L.A.'s secret history, offers its popular, occasional
Pasadena Confidential tour, a true crime bus adventure delving deep into the
weird and horrible past of one of L.A.'s most exclusive suburbs. Making a
special appearance on this tour: Crimebo the Crime Clown, providing comic
relief and leading a supervised history walk onto Pasadena's legendary
Suicide Bridge.

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.

Tour guide Kim Cooper, who wrote and researched the Pasadena Confidential
tour, 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."

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 Pasadena resident), "Eraserhead" star Jack Nance's
strange end, firebug arson investigator John Orr, 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

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. And they'll
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

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)
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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