Our friends at the eclectic bus-tour company Esotouric are offering our readers a deal on their next Pasadena Confidential tour on May 1st. Just send a message through Esotouric’s website, or call the number below, and say the secret phrase “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,” and you can go on the popular tour for half price: $29 instead of the usual $58.
Here’s how Esotouric’s Kim Cooper so amusingly describes the tour, which deals in history, scandal and intrigue:
The Crown City masquerades as a calm and refined retreat, where well-bred ladies glide around their perfect bungalows and everyone knows what fork to use first. But don’t be fooled by appearances. Dip into the confidential files of old Pasadena and meet assassins and oddballs, kidnappers and slashers, Satanists and all manner of maniac in a delightful little tour you WON’T find recommended by the better class of people! From celebrated cases like the RFK assassination (with a visit to Sirhan Sirhan’s folks’ house), ”Eraserhead” star Jack Nance’s strange end, black magician/rocket scientist Jack Parsons’ death-by-misadventure and the 1926 Rose Parade grandstand collapse, to fascinating obscurities, the tour’s dozens of murders, arsons, kidnappings, robberies, suicides, auto wrecks and oddball happening sites provide a alternate history of Pasadena that’s as fascinating as it is creepy. Passengers will tour the old Millionaire’s Row on Orange Grove, thrill to the shocking Sphinx Murder on the steps of the downtown Masonic Hall and discover why people named Judd should think twice before moving to Pasadena.
Pasadena Confidential Tour
Saturday, May 1, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Meet on Arlington just west of Fair Oaks, Pasadena