The Crimes and Oddities of L.A.’s Sunset Boulevard On-demand Webinar

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Many years ago, cultural historian Kim Cooper began collecting offbeat news stories to feature on her 1947project blog. As the blog grew and evolved into Esotouric’s true crime history tours, certain neighborhoods positively glowed with layer upon layer of weird lore. And one of the strangest parts of Los Angeles was centered around the Sunset Junction neighborhood, a pedestrian friendly commercial corridor nestled between East Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Echo Park, Victor and Angelino Heights.

Join Esotouric, L.A.’s most eclectic sightseeing tour company, for a time travel trip on the dark side of Sunset Boulevard, as they dig into the archives and share a selection of weird historic crimes and oddities you won’t find featured in the tourist guides. From the Bat Man’s hidden love nook to the exploding gun shop horror, the deadly fortune teller to witch woman’s art inferno, the jail-themed chicken joint to the decaying giant elephants of Babylon, you’ll thrill and shudder to tales of oddball antics strung along the spine of Sunset Boulevard.

This webinar is an illustrated lecture packed with rare photos that will bring true crime history to life. And you’ll find the look of an Esotouric webinar is a little different than your standard dry Zoom session, with lively interactive graphics courtesy of the mmhmm app.

After the presentation, Kim and Richard will answer your questions, so get ready to be a part of the show.

About Esotouric: As undergraduates at UC Santa Cruz, Kim Cooper and Richard Schave inexplicably hated one another on sight. (Perhaps less inexplicably, their academic advisor believed they were soul mates). A chance meeting 18 years later proved much more agreeable. Richard wooed Kim with high level library database access, with which she launched the 1947project true crime blog, highlighting a crime a day from the year of The Black Dahlia and Bugsy Siegel slayings. The popular blog’s readers demanded a tour, and then another. The tour was magical, a hothouse inspiring new ways for the by-then-newlyweds to tell the story of Los Angeles. Esotouric was born in 2007 with a calendar packed with true crime, literary, architecture and rock and roll tours. Ever since, it has provided a platform for promoting historic preservation issues (like the Save the 76 Ball campaign and the landmarking of Charles Bukowski’s bungalow), building a community of urban explorers (including dozens of free talks and tours under the umbrella of LAVA) and digging even deeper into the secret heart of the city they love.

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