All Aboard the Crime Bus!

With my love of all things Halloween, and my embarrassing addiction to Investigation Discovery shows, I decided to kick off my favorite month of October with a little bit of crime… while lazily sitting on a moving bus. Thankfully, I was not an unwitting victim of the MTA, but rather a purchaser of a ticket to one of Esotouric’s LA bus tours.

Titled as the “Echo Park Book of the Dead”, all I knew was that I was I about to hear creepy stories about people that once populated the Echo Park area. And, well… I did. There were various accounts of murder, murder… and yes… murder. And possibly a kidnapping that shockingly ended up in murder.

We also dropped by the architecturally-famous Carroll Avenue, which is known for its concentration of amazing, well-kept Victorian homes. Naturally, while everyone else was busy documenting the many magazine-ready examples… I was excited to find this little gem:

Carroll Avenue Angelino Heights

It chose to destroy itself rather than live with us. You can’t help but feel a little rejected.

Come on people. I willingly signed up for a crime tour. I don’t think it’s shocking that I’d want to put the haunted back in the house. What I wouldn’t give to own this place during Halloween.

For the big finale, we also were let loose to explore the Parsonage of Sister Aimee Semple McPherson, which is now a museum. It was a cool little building, but I’ll have to be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure how it fit into the whole crime theme of the tour. Unless… I don’t know, it was that whole supernatural religion thing? Or, uh… the faith healing? Yeah, sorry. That’s pretty much what I’m going to assume.

Come for the photography of interesting vintage objects. Leave with the inexplicable desire to hand out Halloween-themed religious tracts to unsuspecting children. “The power of Christ compels you!”

Treadle Sewing Machine

White Family Rotary treadle sewing machine.

Piano Strings

Sonata for Unprepared Piano.

Boat Painting on Door

There’s Klingons on the starboard bow, Jim!

Should I be concerned about the voices I’m hearing?

Grandfather Clock

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.


This is Jesus, Kent. And you’ve been a veerrry naughty boy.




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