Esotouric’s Pasadena Confidential

Sep 2, 2013

Jack Nance in EraserheadA wife screams through the phone, “If you hang up on me, I’m going to kill myself.” The husband does not hang up, but a severe storm cuts the phone lines. The husband tells a friend, “I think my wife just committed suicide.”

Such is the one of many story lines in the life of Jack Nance, who portrayed Henry Spencer in David Lynch’s cult classic Eraserhead. Nance’s own death would be similarly dramatic, as are the many other subjects of Pasadena Confidential.

September 28th, Esotouric offers another tour of Pasadena’s most fascinating, obscure, bizarre, and shocking local characters and incidents. The tour reveals the mysteries behind Millionaire’s Row on Orange Grove, relives the Sphinx Murder at the Scottish Rite, and drops by for a visit at the home of Sirhan Sirhan’s folks.

Scottish Rite Center (2009) by Tee Why/

Scottish Rite Center (2009) by Tee Why/

Learn about Jack Parsons—a rocket propulsion researcher and one of the principal founders of JPL—and “his death-by-misadventure”; investigate the 1926 Rose Parade grand stand collapse; and “discover why people named Judd should think twice before moving to Pasadena.”

Rocket propulsion researcher John "Jack" Whiteside Parsons

Rocket propulsion researcher John “Jack” Whiteside Parsons

This tour is recommended for those who like “to dig a little deeper and discover the world beyond the everyday.”

Pasadena Confidential (Crimebo-less Edition)
Saturday, September 28th, noon-4 p.m.
Tickets: $58
1017 S. Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena, 91030; for last minute bookings, call 213.915.8687



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