Thursday, September 4, 2008

Phil Spector famous or notorious?

I love it! Phil Spector is a stop on a bizarre true crime and cultural history tour in L.A.! Right where he belongs! This is a bulletin posted on MySpace by True Crime Blogs. Made my day!

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LA 9/13- Blood & Dumplings Crime Bus Tour

WHAT: Esotouric's Blood & Dumplings Crime Bus Tour

WHEN: Saturday September 13 2008, 12pm-4pm (repeats 11/29 in a special Thanksgiving edition as part of the Noir November series)

WHERE: Tour departs from Philippe the Original, 1001 N.Alameda Street
COST: $63, including dumplings (vegetarian options available on request)INFO: or call 323-223-2767
LOS ANGELES- On Saturday, September 13 (repeating 11/29), offbeat bus tour company Esotouric presents its most bizarre true crime and cultural history tour, BLOOD & DUMPLINGS.
Starting from the premise that the secret heart of Southern California's weirdo culture beats strongest in the Eastern San Gabriel Valley, the tour introduces passengers to such fascinating local characters as the Man from Mars Bandit, record producer Phil Spector, lion tamers Charles and Muriel Gay, and indie filmmaking icon Timothy Carey, whose notorious "The World's Greatest Sinner" was shot on location in 1960s El Monte.
Heading due East out of downtown, the tour explores several historic communities that reflect the growth and eccentricity that are hallmarks of 20th century L.A. Crime Bus passengers will be explore notorious, strange and fascinating forgotten tales from the past hundred years, each told at the scene of the crime. They'll thrill to the freakish case of the Man from Mars Bandit who stalked area supermarkets for months in 1951 before meeting his match in a police sharpshooter, shock to discover the deadly infighting among El Monte's American Nazi Party members, mourn the Case of the Buried Bride dragged beneath her home on her wedding day by her secret lover, gnash teeth at the weird lion farm (home to every MGM lion) that served lion meat barbecues on special occasions, and view scenes of notorious cases including Phil Spector's spooky hilltop castle and James Ellroy's slain mother Geneva (the true-life inspiration for his Black Dahlia novel).
And since no visit to the San Gabriel Valley is complete without a delicious Chinese meal, the Crime Bus will stop at 101 Noodle Express (one of L.A. Weekly critic Jonathan Gold's picks for 99 L.A. restaurants not to be missed) to pick up a dumpling feast, which will be enjoyed picnic-style at Monster Park, a remarkable sea-themed folk art environment recently saved from demolition. There passengers can enjoy their snack in the mouth of a concrete whale, or under a grinning octopus, then pose for photos with the creatures.All this, plus wild shootouts, dope-dealing druggists, missing Salvador Dali paintings, the original "little girl down a well" 1940s television sensation, and a very strange story about ducks.
Don't miss the Crime Bus tour that guide Kim Cooper calls "My personal favorite of all our tours, packed with more offbeat history, horror, roadside architecture and fabulous Route 66 vistas than any other."For more info on Esotouric, visit Sphere: Related Content


  1. I would cover up a crime that my son or daughter committed. I don't see how that is distressing? It may be illegal, but family is above the law in my mind.

  2. Thanks for commenting nick,
    We just have different opinions about this one.I would not abandon my family member, but I don't think I could cover-up a death.I should add, at this point I'm not sure the Anthony's have covered anything up. They are definately supporting Casey.

  3. Hey, thanks for the comment. What did you like about my blog? Was there anything that stood out? Anything I can fix? I'm open to constructive criticism. Thanks again.

  4. I'm a rookie in the blogging world. I started my blog trying to format a guest entry for Trials and Tribulations about a couple hearings that I'm attending. LOL Once I had it set up I thought WTH and here we are. That's not what you wanted to know though is it?
    What I like about your blog is that it seems well researched and you inject some humor (IMO, a neccessity in this crazy world).
    What I would change is .... I think you're a little smarter than really make me think! Could ya tone that down, your making me feel bad ? LOL jk