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ESOTOURIC TOURS PRESENTS: The Real Black Dahlia Walking Tour

July 6, 2024

Saturday, July 6, 2024

The Black Dahlia murder in 1947 is the most compelling unsolved crime Los Angeles has ever known. 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, decades after she was slain?

The Real Black Dahlia tour seeks to answer this question by intimately exploring the last weeks of Elizabeth Short‚Äôs life, asking not ‚Äúwho killed her?‚ÄĚ but ‚Äúwho was she?‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒand how do we know so much about a person who was a stranger in town, with no fixed address, no means of support and no real confidantes? The answer takes us deep into the twin shadow worlds of mid-century investigative reporting and detective work, and a high stakes race to turn trauma into gold.

This walking tour around the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles takes us from the human hustle of Main Street to the serene lobby of the Biltmore Hotel (the second-to-last place she was seen alive), the discreet gay bar that was her final intended destination to the Greyhound station where she checked her bags, and to the newspaper offices that sensationalized and humanized her.

This walking tour is illustrated with rare images you can view on your smartphone.

Tour begins at 10:30am sharp, with check-in time 10am at the patio outside Grand Central Market in front of Maple Block BBQ at 324 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Please arrive on time and proceed to the check in table to get signed in and logged in to the smartphone slideshow. Scroll down for tour rules and recommendations.

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