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Hollywood Forever Cemetery Walking Tour

Ghost Tours Los Angeles
$20
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Walking Tour

Come learn about the historic tales, scandals and mystery that make Hollywood Forever Cemetery one of the most fascinating locations in Los Angeles.

Come visit legendary notables such as Cecil B. Demille, Marion Davies, Tyrone Power, Rudolph Valentino, Vampira, John Huston, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and more. It is a great overview of the cemetery and its most famous residents.

Tour guide Karie Bible is a film historian and has been the official tour guide at Hollywood Forever Cemetery since 2002. She is a published author and the current "Lady in Black." The tour has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Best of LA Weekly and Los Angeles Magazine.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery is one of the most celebrated and intriguing locales in Los Angeles. Since 2002, historic tour guide Karie Bible has been giving official walking tours of the property. This tour has been one of the city's best kept secrets--until now. 

The 2 1/2 hour tour highlights the various historic tales, scandals and mysteries that remain a part of Hollywood lore. The tour begins with an introduction that focuses on the diversity of the cemetery and how it has evolved over the past several decades. Attendees then take a journey around the pond and into the life stories of numerous luminaries, including Griffith J. Griffith, who gave the city Griffith Park--and in 1903 gave his wife a bullet to the head. Surprisingly she survived the attack and Griffith served only two years in San Quentin for the crime.

Showbiz names on the tour literally run the gamut from A to Z, with award-winning director John Huston being only feet away from Maila Nurmi, known to the world as "Vampira" from Ed Wood¹s "Plan 9 From Outer Space." Legendary director Cecil B. De Mille also rests only a short distance away from bit player Virginia Rappe, whose only fame came through her death days after Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's ultimately tragic weekend party in San Francisco.

Other stars featured include Fay Wray, Janet Gaynor, Cecil B. De Mille, Marion Davies, Tyrone Power, Mickey Rooney and Columbia Pictures founder Harry Cohn. The tour also includes "cenotaphs" or memorials for stars whose remains are interred elsewhere including Jayne Mansfield and Hattie McDaniel.

Later the tour explores the Cathedral Mausoleum, which houses silent screen star Rudolph Valentino.  According to tour guide Bible, "In all of the years I've been giving this tour, his grave remains the most popular and asked about one in the entire cemetery." The Cathedral Mausoleum also includes slain film director William Desmond Taylor and actors Peter Finch and Peter Lorre.

 After the Cathedral Mausoleum, the tour visits the newly installed cenotaph for “Toto” the canine star from The Wizard of Oz and the grave sites of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Jr., Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, "Golden Girl" Estelle Getty and Mel Blanc whose grave fittingly reads "That¹s All Folks!"

The tour ends with a visit to the legendary Judy Garland who remains the greatest all around entertainer in the history of show business.  

Appropriately, Karie Bible was born on Halloween night, has two different colored eyes and a very pale complexion which helps to make her a perfect host for an afternoon of walking among crypts. In an effort to evoke old Hollywood glamour, she even gives the tour in a black vintage gown and matching parasol, which makes her a living photo op for tour guests wanting to remember their adventure at Hollywood Forever. 

Tours are offered year round and future tour dates can be found at http://www.cemeterytour.com

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Haunted Tales of Downtown Los Angeles

Ghost Tours Los Angeles
$22
This 2-hour guided walking tour of Los Angeles' spookiest places will satisfy mystery lovers, ghost hunters, and followers of cold cases. Follow your guide along a trail of haunted hotels, historic massacres, bombings, underground tunnels, and true crimes that have never been explained. Starting at the haunted Pico Hotel and ending at Pershing Square, this nighttime tour is not for the faint of heart. Peek underneath the sunny allure of the City of Angeles into its dark side.

Meet your guide at 6:30pm in front of Pico House just across the street from Union Station. For two hours, you'll walk through some of Los Angeles' spookiest sites as your guide recounts true stories of unsolved murders and ongoing mysteries. Are the footsteps and voices heard in Pico House the ghosts of Pio Pico, the last Mexican governor of California, who built the hotel? Or are they the cries of the immigrants killed nearby during the Chinatown Massacre of 1871? Does Rudolf Valentino still haunt his old suite at the Alexandria Hotel? Walk the underground pedestrian tunnels beneath Civic Center, learn about the bomb that  leveled the L.A. Times building in 1910 and killed 21 people, and ponder what is perhaps the city's oldest cold case: the infamous 1947 murder of Elizabeth Short, "The Black Dahlia." The tour ends at Pershing Square Downtown.

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True Crime History Tour of Los Angeles

Ghost Tours Los Angeles
$58
Cool, brainy, surprising, profound. These are not words ordinarily associated with guided city bus tours, but the Esotouric crime bus experience is anything but ordinary. Locals and visitors alike love these immersive excursions into a noirish Los Angeles populated with b-girls and bad guys, kooks and killers. Hop aboard the comfortable coach class bus, equipped with video monitors, air conditioning and a restroom, to enjoy the dark side of local history revealed through wild tales told at the scenes of the crimes. Go off the beaten path with Kim and Richard, the married couple who write and host all the tours, to visit scenic parts of the city where the other companies' tour busses never go, and hear fascinating tales that you won't find anywhere else. When booking a true crime tour you'll have a choice of one of eight unique tours in the series.

Cool, brainy, surprising, profound. These are not words ordinarily associated with guided city bus tours, but the Esotouric crime bus experience is anything but ordinary. Locals and visitors alike love these immersive excursions into a noirish Los Angeles populated with b-girls and bad guys, kooks and killers. Hop aboard the comfortable coach class bus, equipped with video monitors, air conditioning and a restroom, to enjoy the dark side of local history revealed through wild tales told at the scenes of the crimes. Go off the beaten path with Kim and Richard, the married couple who write and host all the tours, to visit scenic parts of the city where the other companies' tour busses never go, and hear fascinating tales that you won't find anywhere else. When booking a true crime tour you'll have a choice of one of eight unique tours in the series: The Real Black Dahlia, Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice, Weird West Adams, Eastside Babylon, Wild Wild Westside, Echo Park Book of the Dead, Pasadena Confidential or Hollywood!