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Police Officers As Tour Guides: New LA 'Crime Scene Tours' Opens

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A new Los Angeles tour business opened last week offering crime scene tours led by law enforcement personnel who "offer personal perspectives on the crimes," according to Studio City Patch. Crime Scene Tours creator Lonnie M. Levine worked with the LAPD for eight years as a civilian detective and wanted to offer people a view of police work that is "rarely presented."
Los Angeles Police Officer Ramon Muniz led a recent tour. His first police assignment was in the North Hollywood Division. He learned the division (at the time) held the record for the highest incidence of injuries for rookie cops. Early in his career, Muniz was frustrated to be on desk patrol when he showed up for work the morning after the Bonny Lee Bakley murder. But missing the chance to go out on the particular call certainly did not hamper his ability to bring it and other crimes vividly to life.

Different crimes are covered on different tours from the North Hollywood shootout to Vitello’s in Studio City to the homes of Nicole Brown Simpson and Jose and Kitty Menendez, to Manson family murders, Nightstalker and Hillside Strangler locations and some high profile celebrity deaths to round out the offerings.
Before the first official tour had started, numerous buses were pre-booked for visitors from Japan. The Japanese had followed the Kazuyoshi Miura case very closely. Miura was scheduled to go to trial in Los Angeles for killing his wife, but hung himself in his Los Angeles prison cell. That crime, which Levine said was Japan’s version of the O.J. Simpson trial, will be included for his Japanese tourists.