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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.
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.