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The tragic
43rd anniversary, August 201

Go back in time to the hot summer of ’69, on the Helter Skelter Tour of the Manson murder sites in LA!

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On this 3+ hour tour you will visit the sites of the brutal Tate and LaBianca murders carried out by the Manson Family. Anyone who followed the Manson Murders and ensuing repercussions knows that this subject continues to shock and fascinate. Learn why, on this tour.  We reconstruct the lives of both killers and victims - leading up to these horrific crimes.

"A hair-raising trip to the dark side of Hollywood, better than any movie...Nothing helter skelter about it.  It cuts to the facts and gives you nightmares!"   REX REED

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Those with just a cursory knowledge of the events of that August will be filled to the brim with info and even hardcore aficionados will most likely discover tidbits that they never knew. There is literally no better way to learn more about these shocking crimes than by taking this guided tour of where these events actually unfolded. The story of those sticky summer nights continue to live on in our minds, woven as they are into the fabric or our popular culture. Find out why on this tour.

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Scott Michaels with Vincent Bugliosi

Vincent Bugliosi, author of HELTER SKELTER
with Scott Michaels

The Helter Skelter tour of the Manson murder sites is darker and more cerebral in tone than our Hollywood Tragical History Tour of celebrity scandal and death. Tour-goers are encouraged to ask questions and discuss the details Tate and LaBianca murders during the ride and, as you might imagine, it is not recommended for children.

This tour is not endorsed by Vincent Bugliosi,
though we'd love him on board some day.

Charles Manson

"Now is the time for Helter Skelter."
Charles Manson to The Family, August 8, 1969


LaBianca house

This tour runs throughout the year.

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The Helter Skelter Tour of the Manson Murder Locations

"Now is the time for Helter Skelter." Scott Michaels of Dearly Departed Tours to horrified Angelinos - August 8, 2006

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Hollywood, CA  (August 2, 2006) – The 37th anniversary of the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders at the hands of the Charles Manson family continue to be a fascination, and will be commemorated in typical death hag style by Dearly Departed Tours, with a special three + hour “Helter Skelter” theme tour the week of August 8, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.
“This time of year is like our Christmas,” said Scott Michaels, Dearly Departed’s owner and director of undertakings.  “The Manson Family murders are part of our regular tour, and because it always prompts wide-eyed interest I’ve decided to expand and make it an entire tour option for my clientele. Besides the murder residences, Michaels will include on the tour sites that relate to the day-to-day aspects of life of the victims, such as victim Jay Sebring’s hair salon, the El Coyote restaurant where the Tate group had their “last supper”, the bicycle shop where victim Abigail Folger purchased her yellow bike the afternoon of her murder.  On the other side of town, we retrace the final steps of Rosemary and Leno LaBianca, victims of the second night of murders.  “These sites make the whole thing seem more real and give life to the victims as everyday people,” said Michaels. Additionally, guests will see where the murderers threw their clothing and hosed off after the murders, and where they threw the murder weapon out the window of their car.  You’ll see a house that was “creepy crawled”  by the Manson family, well before the murders, when they would break in to random homes and burgle or just rearrange things.  Many sites have been altered since 1969 and with the help of photographs and home video footage; guests are able to relive them on Scott's 13-passenger bus. The tour will also include a multimedia presentation made up of film and audio clips surrounding the murders and their victims, and a soundtrack playing the Top 20 of August 1969. 
The price of the tour is $50, with five dollars of each ticket being donated to The Doris Tate Crime Victim Foundation, a California-based lobby & crime victim’s organization focusing on victim’s rights and criminal legislation.  It is named in honor of Sharon Tate’s mother who became a crime victim activist until her own death in 1992.
The price also includes a piece of memorabilia – a rock from the actual fireplace of the Tate house, which Michaels himself obtained when the original house was razed in late 1993.

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37 miles and 3.25 hours of the most famous and infamous sights of death, murder and scandal in Los Angeles.

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