Crime

Film Noir classic, The Blue Dahlia

Film Noir: A Dark Side Of The City Of Angels

March 3, 2024

There’s something very LA about Film Noir. In a similar way that the novels of Charles Dickens recreate the feel of Victorian London, Film Noir captures the aesthetic and atmosphere of 1940’s and 50’s Los Angeles. The different aspects of the city, from lovely sunny beaches to downtown concrete jungle, made a perfect setting for these dark stories, as the paranoid protagonist falls into a…

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the black dahlia

Crime Seen: The Black Dahlia

January 8, 2024

The Black Dahlia is one of the most famous unsolved murder cases in criminal history and a subject for numerous documentaries, books, TV episodes and movies. Law enforcement agencies, criminal experts, on-camera presenters and amateur sleuths have all attempted to solve the case, all without success. Rather like the Jack the Ripper murders in London…

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Crime Seen: Prohibition in LA

Crime Seen: Prohibition in LA

January 4, 2024

America is almost unique among developed countries for its ban on alcohol, beginning in January 1920 (104 years ago this month) with the passage of the Volstead Act, which is known as Prohibition. Although it’s now synonymous with the corruption and organized crime that it later spawned, at the time the intention was to address…

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The Sunset Strip

The Sunset Strip: LA’s Adult Playground

January 3, 2024

Victor Ponet, a Belgian businessman and diplomat, bought 240 acres of the old Rancho La Brea in 1890. His new estate consisted mostly of poinsettia fields and was a couple of miles west of a small village that was only just becoming known as Hollywood. Fourteen years later Ponet had a six-hundred foot long dirt…

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The Sunset Strip: True Crime & Ghost Tour

The Sunset Strip: True Crime & Ghost Tour

January 3, 2024

What do Lindsay Lohan, Bugsy Siegel and Charles Manson have in common? Sunset Boulevard. Find out if they have any other similarities on our true crime deep dive of the Strip. The Sunset Strip is one of the most famous streets in Los Angeles – and that’s saying something, bearing in mind that Hollywood Boulevard…

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Crime Seen: LA Chinatown Massacre

Crime Seen: LA Chinatown Massacre

October 24, 2023

One of the things we believe in at the Real Los Angeles Tours is talking about the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of history. It’s really the only way of looking at our past, if we ignore the nasty and ugly episodes then we are almost certainly dooming ourselves to continue making the…

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The Barclay Hotel

Crime Seen: The Barclay Hotel

November 13, 2022

The Barclay Hotel is, more or less, right in the navel area of the dark underbelly of downtown Los Angeles.The Hotel Cecil has become famous in the last few years, reaching a peak in 2021 with the Netflix mini-series The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel. However the Barclay has just as dark a history as the Cecil,…

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Crime Seen: The Hotel Cecil

July 17, 2022

Amongst Los Angeles hotels the Hotel Cecil holds a unique place. It’s a marquee name that not only a lot of Angelenos know, but also many visitors too. It’s been the subject of numerous documentaries, articles and, even, a TV horror series, yet you can’t actually rent a room there (at time of publication). In…

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poster for Bobby Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel

The Ambassador Hotel’s Date With Destiny

June 14, 2022

The Ambassador Hotel is one of Los Angeles’ most famous hotels. Which is no mean feat in a city that boasts the Biltmore, the Beverly Wilshire, the Chateau Marmont and many other famous, and infamous, establishments. The Ambassador’s renown comes from its reputation as a place of entertainment and glamor from its opening in 1921 to…

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Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park

Griffith Park: LA’s Greatest Gift

April 26, 2022

Visitors to Los Angeles may not know Griffith Park by name (although many do), but you would struggle to find anyone in the world not familiar with its best-known landmark, the Hollywood Sign. Griffith Park’s 4,300-acres make it five times the size of Central Park in New York (it’s not a competition – but if…

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