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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.
The Old Hollywood Movie Theater that Intrigued
Our Private Tour Guests
Sightseeing along Hollywood Boulevard always takes us past an old movie theater that faded away in the 80s and subsequently hosted all sorts of other businesses. The most recent, for the past 6 years, has been Supperclub L.A. A nightclub designed for this time in Hollywood history the club featured wild entertainment and the most contemporary music to dance away the night. The food was good, too. But alas, all things must pass and Supperclub L.A. will suspend operations tonight with a Halloween send off that should rival all the other wild and woolly parties happening over All Hallows Eve weekend. Imagine a frolicking crowd with fabulous costumes drinking and dancing in chaotic frenzy as though everything returns to boring order the next day. That’s what to expect with DJ Reflex pushing the beats and the cast and crew of Supperclub L.A. making sure their last night is remembered on all nights to come. For you party monsters here is a list of other haunting venues to consider for your weekend’s delight. Visitors to our fair city might enjoy an opportunity to join us for a private Dark Side Tour of Los Angeles so you can be creeped out before nightfall and ready to dance until your spirits (or those of past Angelenos) rise up to greet the dawn.
Murder and Mayhem Piques Our
Private Tour Guests’ Interests
Los Angeles, like any major American city, has its share of tabloid murders and scandals. Many of our private Los Angeles tour guests request that we show them the city from this perspective which we are highly qualified to do. Besides more recent show trials like O.J. Simpson and the Mendendez brothers, we can also go back in time through L.A. history to the Manson family massacres and still farther back, to 1947 and the Black Dahlia murder. This front page story in January of that year described the horrible mutilation of 22-year old Elizabeth Short and the lurid discovery of her remains in a part of Los Angeles now called Leimert Park. Nicknamed the Black Dahlia after a recently released film noir, Blue Dahlia, the details of the scene and the investigation titillated readers for months. Despite numerous confessions and suspects no single perpetrator emerged through the months and there was never a prosecution. The sad circumstances led to novels, films and television movies through the years but no additional evidence or facts. Our visiting the present day location where the poor murdered woman was found is a small contribution to keeping her memory alive.
Our Private Tour Guests Visit Notorious Landmarks
While spring remains in the air we revel in thoughts of rebirth and renewal. Despite the drought Los Angeles is verdant and full of sweet pollen and bumble bees. Yet, despite the fine weather and sunny days many of our guests are fascinated by death. Not just the timely passing of older stars and performing artists but the tabloid covered sensational deaths. Since our tour of Los Angeles is always private and custom that means we will be stopping at the Viper Room (above) on Sunset Boulevard to talk about the drugged ending of River Phoenix at the famous West Hollywood nightclub owned at the time by Johnny Depp. That was 22 years ago when River was only 23 years old. More recent was the widely covered untimely death of Michael Jackson in a Holmby Hills mansion that he was renting during his preparation for his THIS IS IT comeback concert series in London. From the Hollywood Sign itself to some now seedy apartments around Hollywood we can bring our guests to numerous destinations associated with murder and mayhem, accidents and unexplained passings of the rich and the famous….our Dark Side custom Los Angeles tour.
Private 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.
Next 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.
An Tale from Our Guide of a Recent Private Los Angeles Tour
Elite Adventure Tours guide Paul shared the following account with our staff of his recent tour and we are sharing it now with you because it is so interesting:
My guests from Adelaide (Australia) had something a bit different at the top of their wish list for their custom private Los Angeles tour: they wanted to visit the remains of the old Spahn Movie Ranch in the Santa Susana Pass (near Chatsworth). Back in the late ’60s, this is where Charles Manson and his “family” were living in a communal society — in the old buildings on the ranch and throughout the caves and canyons of the area. The Spahn Ranch structures were destroyed by fire years ago, and I knew there wouldn’t be much to see — but our guests didn’t care. They just wanted to be able to say they were there.
I knew where the entrance of the Spahn Ranch used to be, so we started walking. We soon found a steep path leading down into a rocky canyon. We had no idea what to expect or what we might find.
Years ago, I read a 1969 Life Magazine story on the Manson “family” and their involvement in the infamous Tate – LaBianca murders — and I always remembered a photograph in that story — it showed nine members of the “family” huddling in a cave-like rock overhang somewhere deep within the canyons of the Spahn Ranch property. This is the photo from the Life Magazine article…
As we continued to explore the canyon, we found a few pieces of a mid ’60s Volkwagen. I knew we were on the right track and that we had to be getting close to the epicenter of the Manson “commune” — where Charlie, Squeaky, Sadie, Tex and all the rest were living.
After 15 minutes of climbing down to the bottom of the canyon and another 10 minutes of exploration, we stumbled upon a chilling discovery…
There wasn’t a soul to be seen anywhere in the area — but someone before us had written MANSON in the dirt. We noticed it immediately as we approached the cave. It looked fresh — as though it had been done earlier in the morning. It was BEYOND creepy.
Inside the “cave” we found a copy of the Life Magazine photo — with the name of each “family” member written above their picture…
We both took time at this location to reflect on the truly terrible events of August, 1969 and I said a silent prayer for the innocent lives destroyed by the very evil Charles Manson and his “family.”
I’ve been to some creepy places in Los Angeles. This one topped them all.
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