Does L.A. still have a tour that takes you around in a hearse?
Excursions in hearses were popular in the 1980s. Grave Line, which ran the tours, removed the coffin turntables from the vehicles and installed passenger seats. The drivers wore morning suits. The company passed away around 1996, but Scott Michaels, a Grave Line manager, resurrected the trips in 2005 as Dearly Departed Tours. Michaels uses vans, and the gloomy gray suits have been replaced by black shirts bearing funereal lilies. His offerings include a Hollywood Tragical History Tour (featuring sites where stars such as Michael Jackson and River Phoenix took their final breaths), a Hollywood Movie Tour (with locations from scary movies such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween), and the Charles Manson-focused Helter Skelter Tour (which includes a souvenir: a flagstone chip that was salvaged from the demolished home of Sharon Tate).