Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Unbelievable Real Life Serial Killer Tours

Looking for something totally different to do on your next vacation? These terrifying real life serial killer tours will add the perfect scary twist to your next vacation.

What is it about the dark and dreadful that is so magnetically fascinating? One would think that the more wicked and bloody the tale, the less a sane and decent person would be drawn to it. But not so! We often find that tales of murder, intrigue, and horror tend to draw us in with their stranger-than-fiction appeal. If ghost stories bore you and true crime shows are the way you relax after dark, then these horrifying serial killer tours are the perfect vacation activity for you. From London to Iowa, the most infamous murderers of all time have sparked widespread interest that has inspired books, movies, and even tours. Check out these unbelievable serial killer tours for some hair-raising, R-rated experiences on your next vacation.
 
Jack the Ripper Tour, London

Jack the Ripper wreaked fear and havoc across the United Kingdom, spurring many tales and rumors. Some even alleged that Jack the Ripper was Prince Edward! Perhaps it is this unknown identity that has created so much thrill and suspense around the horrifying 19th Century murderer. Today, London actually features a variety of frightening Jack the Ripper serial killer tours that you can take. The Jack the Ripper CSI Tour features 11 sites, a more than any other tour we know of.
 
Jack The Ripper Tour, London
Charles Manson Tour, Los Angeles

Southern California isn’t all sunshine and beaches. Dearly Departed Tours’ “Helter Skelter” tour is all about the horrifying Manson family murders. Only a few decades ago, Charles Manson established a commune called the “Manson Family” who attempted to start a war through the murder of many victims, including a famous actress. You can visit significant sights in this saga and learn about the bizarre community behind the legends. This tour is three and a half hours of horrifying history about the lives of the murderers and their victims. Step back in time to 1969 and discover the horror of the victim’s last moments and the murderers’ motivation.
 
Charles Manson Tour, Los Angeles
Boston Strangler Tour, Boston

The R-rated Beacon Hill Crime Tour is a walking tour from Free Tours by Foot. On this tour, you pay whatever you like at the end of the experience. The area of Boston in question has been the site of many serial killing episodes, including the Boston Strangler. In the 1960s, this serial killer murdered 13 women in their own homes. During the Beacon Hill Crime Tour, you’ll get to see the homes and murder sites of some of the victims as well as several other crime-related sites.
 
Boston Strangler Tour, Boston
Torso Murder Tour, Cleveland

This two-hour tour takes you on a bus through the grisly story of the Torso Serial Killer, as known as the Mad Butcher. This series of 1930s murders was horrifying at best—the killer removed the heads of his 12 to 20 victims and set the whole city into a panic. Who was the murderer, and why couldn’t police officer Elliot Ness solve the crimes? Form your own theories as you take this macabre Cleveland tour.
 
Torso Murder Tour, Cleveland
The Cannibal Tour, Milwaukee

If you’re easily nauseated, you might want to skip this description. In the 1990s—a time still well within memory for many Milwaukee residents—murderer Jeffery Dahmer killed and dismembered seventeen boys and men. Even more horrifyingly, he stored part of their bodies in his refrigerator and ate them. If you think you can handle the real-life horror, this tour takes you to the murder site of seven of Dahmer’s victims and details the story of his insanity, killing sprees, and death.
 
The Cannibal Tour, Milwaukee
H. Holmes Tour, Chicago

Weird Chicago Tours opens up the dark secrets of the Murder Castle, where Chicago serial killer, according to legend, ran a hotel for the very purpose of murdering his patrons. If you take this tour, you’ll get to hear the legends that have grown indistinguishably mixed with the terrible truths, see the site of several murders, and learn about the Chicago World’s Fair that set the backdrop for these killings.

 
H. Holmes Tour, Chicago
Ted Bundy Tour, Seattle

The Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle is perhaps the most infamous neighborhood in the entire state of Washington. Tour the area for three hours while your expert guide teaches you about the horrific crimes of serial killer Ted Bundy. In the 1970s, this human monster tortured, raped, and killed at least 36 women. For a while, Bundy lived in Capitol Hill, and he committed a number of his crimes here.
 
Ted Bundy Tour, Seattle
Zodiac Killer Tour, San Francisco

One of the most terrifying unsolved serial killer mysteries of all times is that of the Zodiac Killer. The slightly sketchy Zodiac Killer Tour is the only company who will take you through the crime scenes of the killer’s seven victims. Like a possessed TV show murderer, the Zodiac Killer took pleasure in creating macabre clues about his identity and whereabouts. The ciphers in his notes are mostly unsolved, but his famous signature symbol is recognizable by crime enthusiasts.
 
Zodiac Killer Tour, San Francisco
Villisca Ax Murder House, Iowa

Head to the small town of Villisca, Iowa for a trip through a haunted house. Part ghost tour, part serial killer tour, you will be guided through this murder house, where eight people were killed with an ax by an unidentified murderer. The story is horrifying, but the tour is pretty scary, as well. Local legends say that the house is haunted by the mournful victims, something you’ll have to find out for yourself when you take the tour.
 
Villisca Ax Murder House
 
Looking for something totally different to do on your next vacation? These terrifying real life serial killer tours will add the perfect scary twist to your next vacation.
 

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