Esotouric owners Kim Cooper and Richard Schave at Thelma Todd Beach Cafe. Image courtesy of Rich Schmitt Photography
What were some of the most notable or unusual crimes that really stood out for you in your research?
Were there crimes that you came across that you were surprised had been forgotten over time by the public?
Barclay Hotel from Hotel Horrors tour. Image by Derek Hutchison
Based on the 1947project, you seem to suggest that certain time periods stand out for being particularly crime-riddled and violent? What other time periods in LA stand out for you in a similar way? And do you think there are certain societal factors that contribute to those heightened moments?
Esotouric Black Dahlia tour co-host Joan Renner and passengers walk to body dump site. Image by Kim Cooper
What do you think distinguishes LA's relationship with crime from other big cities like New York and Chicago?
What do you think fascinates the public about major crimes or criminals?
Some say that talking about criminals is problematic because it can sometimes give them the notoriety they seek or can inspire copycats. What are your thoughts on that?
What current projects do you have in the works?
Deputy sheriffs lead Charles Manson to court during the Sharon Tate murder trial. Image courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
LA's Most Notorious Crimes:
The Manson Murders
The Night Stalker
Hotel Cecil in the mist. Image by Kim Cooper via Esotouric Instagram
The Black Dahlia
The body of murder victim Elizabeth Short, AKA“The Black Dahlia,” found in a field in Leimert Park. Image courtesy of Delmar Watson Archives
The O.J. Simpson Case
El Mirador Glatman crime scene. Image by Kim Cooper
Skid Row Slasher
Esotouric's Echo Park Book of the Dead tour
The Grim Sleeper
Trash Bag Killer
Huge crowds gathered in front of the Hall of Justice for the trial of William Edward Hickman in 1927. Image courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
The Bat Man
The Oesterreich's house, Echo Park
Danny Jensen is an LA-based writer and photographer covering food, culture and travel. You can follow him into the shadows on Twitter and Instagram @dannyseamus.