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What Jack the Ripper is to London, the Torso Killer to Cleveland, the Black Dahlia is to L.A. And yet unlike those other cases, the name Black Dahlia refers not to the killer, but to the victim. What was it about Elizabeth Short that keeps her the object of obsessive fascination by writers, musicians, artists, filmmakers, cops and readers, more than sixty years after she was slain?
The Real Black Dahlia Crime Bus Tour seeks to answer this question by intimately exploring the last weeks of Elizabeth Short's life, asking not "who killed her?" but "who was she?"
The tour takes us from the human hustle of Main Street to the serene lobby of the Biltmore (the second-to-last place she was seen alive), to the newspaper offices and the Greyhound station where she checked her bags, and concludes at the site where her bisected body was found in Leimert Park and with a little known suspect who lived nearby.
From the few personal possessions she left behind to the friends who scarcely knew her, from the mass hysteria of the investigation with its fruitless leads, wacko suspects and false confessions, the tour reveals all that's known about this enigmatic black-haired girl who reinvented herself at whim, and shows how she came to be the unfortunate symbol of her time and place.
DEPARTURE LOCATION: Olive Street entrance
to the Millenium Biltmore Hotel
on Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles.
DEPARTURE TIME: Check in is at 11:30AM for a 12;00 Noon sharp departure. Your name will be
on a list at the bus door. Call
213-915-8687 if you get lost.
The tour is approximately 4 hours, and will we return in time for
riders to take high tea in the Rendezvous Court (the Olive Street Lobby
where Beth Short spent some the last known hours of her life).
MORE INFO: Food and drink are permitted and suggested; no audio or video-taping without permission. We regret
that there are no refunds for passengers who miss the bus.
For additional tour information (non-tour days) call 213-373-1947