"A trip down bad memory lane.
" - New York Daily NewsWHERE: 6603 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028WHEN: Open daily, 10am-4:30pm, first day of business Sunday, April 1 WHAT: The Dearly Departed tour runs 7 days a week at 9:30am and 1pm. Reservations strongly recommended. The Hollywood Movie Tour runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am. The Helter Skelter Tour runs every other Saturday at 9am.PREVIEW: "Crime-scene tape cutting" and reception for friends and media, Saturday, March 31, 6:30pm, RSVP to 323-466-3696 or scottATdearlydepartedtoursDOTcomTICKET LINE: 1-800-979-3370HOLLYWOOD, California â Filmmaker and celebrity death expert Scott Michaels ("The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter," "Dearly Departed Vol. 1") announces after 8 years in business in Hollywood, his famous sightseeing tour will begin operations at its permanent plot on the legendary Sunset Boulevard on Sunday, April 1.Dearly Departed tour guides Brian Donnelly, Richard Sebastian (also an actor appearing in "Glee" and "J. Edgar") and Scott Michaels will be on hand for an intimate "crime-tape cutting ceremony" at 6:30pm on Saturday, March 31, with the store opening to the public at 10am Sunday, April 1. Since 2005 Dearly Departed Tours has escorted over 21,000 passengers to the "dark side of Hollywood." The tour was recently featured on Anthony Bourdain's "The Layover," and has been seen on "AC360," "The Girls Next Door," "E! 20 Most Horrifying Hollywood Murders" and dozens more, and in hundreds of publications.Not bad for three guys and two small buses!"Creepy, hilarious, but not for kids or the prissy." - Lonely PlanetThe Dearly Departed storefront will be a place where Scott Michaels can share his collection of weird and unique artifacts acquired over the years. On view: bricks from the 1969 Manson murder scene and Sharon Tate's fireplace, bricks from The Ambassador Hotel, Jayne Mansfield's very own pink Samsonite suitcase (that was in the trunk of the car she was killed in), the door from the hotel room where Divine (the famous "female" star of "Hairspray") died, a piece of John Denver's plane, a pink pillar from legendary Hollywood restaurant Perino's and dozens more. In addition to new Dearly Departed and Death Hag swag, bits of some these rare collectibles (Tate fireplace, Ambassador Hotel, John Denver plane) are available for purchase.Scott Michaels immersed himself in the celebrity death world when he took over the helm of the legendary hearse-driven Grave Line Tours in the '90s. In 1998 began the website Findadeath.com ("Deliciously sordid!" â Los Angeles Times) that documents celebrities' final moments. This solidified his presence as a "Death Hag" -- a term that Michaels coined to describe the "celebrity death" fascination.Stay tuned for announcements of occasional special events and screenings in the Dearly Departed storefront, which Scott Michaels promises will be a social center, a veritable Death Hag Club House for the dead celebrity obsessed. First up: an event honoring the actress Susan Cabot, star of the 1960 Roger Corman film "The Wasp Woman." Date and details will be announced shortly.A proud member of 7 Days in L.A., the consortium of independent Southern California tour guides, Scott Michaels has given a prominent spot in the Dearly Departed storefront to displaying fliers of other member tour providers, including Esotouric bus adventures, Architecture Tours L.A., Crimebo the Clown, The Dorothy Parker Society, The Felix in Hollywood Tour Company, Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour, L.A. Active Adventures, LA Double Decker, L.A. Gang Tours, Melting Pot Food Tours, Out & About - Hollywood's 1st & Only Gay Bus Tour, Santa Monica Venice Tours... Now and Then, Take My Mother*Please (*or any other VIP), Terry Bolo - The Hollywood Gal, TOURific Escapes and Vintage Venice Reel to Real. Of 7 Days in L.A., Scott Michaels says "I think people will welcome these unique perspectives of Los Angeles â and each is truly unique. There's no competition here. We are just people who love Los Angeles and are eager to share what we've learned from it."For more info on Dearly Departed Tours, visit http://www.dearlydepartedtours.comFor more on 7 Days in L.A., the independent tour consortium, visit http://www.7daysinla.comProprietor Scott Michaels is available for interviews, and journalists on assignment can often be accommodated on the bus. Contact Scott at 323-466-3696 or scottATdearlydepartedtoursDOTcom.