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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 10 February 2016

Remembering O.J. on a Cloudy Day

Mezzaluna (formerly) – where Ron Goldman worked and Nicole and O.J. Simpson liked to eat

Curious Guests Join Us for Dark Side Tour to O.J. Simpson

We have been remembering the O.J. Simpson case throughout the years that we have been providing private tours of Los Angeles.  Visitors from all over the world have arrived with a morbid curiosity for the places associated with the gruesome murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson by famed football player and movie star O.J. Simpson.  We generally try to keep our tours light and entertaining but as soon as a guest suggests an interest in this salacious crime, or any other noted horror tale of Los Angeles, we indulge them with a visit to the places whose names and connection to the crime they might know.  In Brentwood we take them by the site of the former restaurant Mezzaluna where Ron Goldman waited tables and Nicole Simpson ate dinner before they were both brutally murdered by Nicole’s husband, O.J.  We also drive along the road where O.J. once had a house (long ago replaced) where he lived with Kato Kaelin.  We also visit the condominium where the horrifying act was committed and where the “bloody glove” was found.  The trial court, Johnny Cochran’s office building and other homes and offices associated with the case can be visited, too, if our guests are so inclined.  With the new FX series: The People vs. O.J. Simpson – American Crime Story garnering critical praise and a huge viewership we expect to visiting O.J. related sites throughout Los Angeles more often than in the past as our guests come here primed to see in person what is depicted on the television series.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 25 August 2014

Beauty and Dread Together on Our Manson Family Tour

Beautiful railroad pass on our Manson tour

Reliving the Manson Family Days on Our Private Tour

A couple of times a year we can count on having a private Los Angeles tour guest request a tour featuring sights associated with Charles Manson and his murderous clan.  There is much to see of a frightful nature right in Hollywood and nearby neighborhoods but we can generally count on our guests wanting a little more.  That means a trip up into the north part of the San Fernando Valley to visit the old Spahn Movie Ranch in Chatsworth.  Just looking over the area you can see why movie companies loved this scenic area for filming their westerns, a staple during a part of Hollywood’s history.  But the former movie location was also the home of Mr. Manson and his family and we explore their old digs and recount stories to give our guests background where they might not know the facts.  However, sometimes our guests are experts themselves and help us to find the sights they seek, like the cave that featured the family in a 1969 Life magazine spread.

Our guest holding the LIFE photo in the actual cave

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 26 June 2013

Murder They Wrote — The Black Dahlia

Photo of the Hollywood apartment building where Elizabeth Short livedPrivate Los Angeles Tour — Looking for Murder

Because we specialize in custom luxury tours of Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and anywhere else we can get to, we expect to have guests occasionally who board our vehicle with a list of celebrated crimes and a wishing to visit locations associated with those crimes.  This day saw us retracing the history of the Black Dahlia murder, the oldest unsolved murder in the city’s history.  Our first stop was the Chancellor apartment building where Elizabeth Short, the victim, last lived.  We parked our black van in front of the building and walked with our guests around the neighborhood pointing out other buildings that were there at the time and describing the neighborhood.

Photo of the former home of  George HodelNext stop, a building notable as much for its Frank Lloyd Wright Mayan temple design as its possible disreputable history.  Known as the Sowden house, this was at the time of the Black Dahlia murder the residence of Dr. George Hodel, just one of the many suspects.

 

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