This Saturday, True Crime Tour Follows the Black Dahlia

dahlia%20mugOn the 69th anniversary of her kidnapping, the True Crime Tour traces the steps
of L.A.’s Black Dahlia. This Saturday, January 9 2016, from 12pm-4pm, Esouteric will take you on their most popular crime tour. It was in Leimert Park that the bisected and mutilated body of 22 year-old Elizabeth Short was discovered in January of 1947. The victim of the Black Dahlia murder was lying in what was once a vacant lot in a now-residential neighborhood. Esotouric’s Kim Cooper, who created and co-hosts the tour, says “It’s always a moving experience to stand with a group of thoughtful folks on the sleepy suburban street where Beth Short’s body was discovered and honor her memory…”.

LA’s most famous unsolved murder has been the subject of countless books and films. “Suspects in the Black Dahlia murder have included L.A. Times publisher Norman Chandler and Orson Welles, crazed lesbians, twisted drifters, Woody Guthrie and more than one writer’s father, but still the mystery abides.” More than fifty people have confessed to the murder. The tour focuses on the detectives’ attempts to solve the case by studying the investigation and media coverage. There will also be discussion of topics ranging from post-war LA to Elizabeth Short’s unusual makeup.

The tour begins at the Biltmore Hotel downtown, where on the night of her death, Elizabeth Short hung around the bar for hours making phone calls until around 10 pm, when the doorman watched her walk out the door and into the annals of unsolved crime. After visiting several sites in downtown, the tour terminates on that sleepy suburban street in Leimert Park.

The Bus tour departs at 12 noon sharp from The Daily Dose Cafe, at 1820 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021. COST: $58/person. See a complete schedule of upcoming Esouteric bus tours after the break.

Upcoming Esotouric bus tour and special event schedule

Saturday, January 9 – The Real Black Dahlia crime bus tour
Saturday, January 16 – Charles Bukowski¹s Los Angeles
Sunday, January 17 – Detective’s Casebook: L.A. Bombing & The Making of a
Serial Killer forensic science seminar (info at
Saturday, January 23 – The Lowdown On Downtown
Saturday, January 30 – Eastside Babylon crime bus tour
Sunday, February 7 – South Los Angeles Road Trip
Saturday, February 13 – Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles
Saturday, February 20 – Weird West Adams crime bus tour
Saturday, February 27- Boyle Heights & The San Gabriel Valley: The Hidden
Histories of L.A.¹s Melting Pot
Saturday, March 12 – Wild Wild Westside crime bus tour
Saturday, March 19 – The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain¹s Southern California
Saturday, March 26 – Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour

Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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