Notorious 313 Sinister Detroit History Lantern Tour

Detroit's original true crime and ghost tour takes you for a stroll on the city's sinister side where  terrifying true stories and ominous local legends from the past are revealed.

Why do downtown pedestrians walk over the dead daily? Who's buried beneath the Ren Cen? Why do some people believe a busy parking lot, gentrified park, and library are haunted? Why is the spirit of master illusionist Harry Houdini tied to Detroit?

Discover the answer to these questions and more creepy true stories such as Dueling Undertakers, Mob Hits, Last Man Hanging, and Happily Never After on this downtown Notorious 313 Sinister Detroit History Lantern Tour. 


Notorious 313: Where the real crime is not taking this tour. 


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Starting Location: Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza (Jefferson and Woodward Avenues), Detroit 48226. Meet in front of the park's electronic sign. Approximately 2.5 hours and 2 miles.

Notorious 313: Midtown Unmasked

Notorious 313: Midtown Unmasked tour cuts through the fancy branding found in this trendy part of town and takes you for a stroll on the sinister side where you'll become immersed in frightening true stories of murder, mysticism, and mayhem.

Tommy gun's gruesome debut on the streets of Detroit. Teenage girl killed for being a hippy. Haunted home for the aged. Houdini hot spots, Victorian mourning customs. Young girls ghost. The Gothic and Victorian buildings provide the perfect ambiance for these and many other stories told on the Notorious 313: Midtown Unmasked walking tour.


Notorious 313: Where the real crime is not taking this tour.
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Starting Location: Outside of Great Lakes Coffee, 3965 Woodward, Detroit 48201

Notorious 313: Deadly District

Beacoup bucks have been spent transforming the recently branded "District" into an entertainment hotspot. Will money and clever marketing be enough to quell the restless spirits roaming these streets long before stadiums and trendy restaurants/clubs moved in? Or ... will the ghosts of those who met their tragic demise here continue to haunt and give new meaning to the concept of active nightlife?

Murder dominates this tour as guides disclose actual terrifying accounts of Cass Corridor serial killers, a luxury hotel known for its guests literally checking out, the mysterious offing of a benevolent drug lord who owned lots of property in this now desirable area, a theater's deadly drama, scrub woman's revenge, and the double life of the dismembered doctor. A few ghosts, murders for hire, tragic accidents, Purple Gang exploits, and a man who outsmarted the mob -- and lived to tell about it, make for a morbid stroll down the seedy side of the city with Notorious 313: Deadly District walking tour.

Notorious 313: Where the real crime is not taking this tour. 
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Starting Location: Corner of Winder Street and Woodward Avenue (across from Little Caesars Arena)

Notorious 313: Creepy Corktown

Notorious 313: Creepy Corktown takes you for a sinister stroll through Detroit's oldest neighborhood where guides rip apart the hip façade presented in this popular part of town by exposing terrifying true events and ominous local legends. Happily Never After, Pawnshop Slaughter, Field of Ghosts, Irish Mourning, Macabre Motel, are just a few of the stories told on this walking tour through this favorite historic district once home to spiritual readers, residential funeral homes, mobsters, and more.

Notorious 313: Where the real crime is not taking this tour.

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Starting Location: Outside P.J.'s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Avenue, Detroit 48226

* Minimum attendees are required for all tours to be a go. Please double check your email for messages 24 hours prior to tour or contact City Tour Detroit by phone. 

Notorious 313: Afternoon @ the Detroit Police Museum

Saturday: October 12 / 11:30 AM* to 1 PM / $25 

Join us for an Afternoon at the Detroit Police Museum where we'll enjoy "special Saturday access” to exhibits chronicling over 150 years of DPD history. Mugs shots of Detroit's early criminals, old-school call boxes and other equipment, an original jail cell removed from the 1st Precinct at 1300 Beaubien, and the "Iron Man" a 1950s bulletproof suit or body armor are just some of the cool things on display.

Museum founder and curator Jeff LeMaux will be on hand to provide personal insight into the incredible collections housed within the museum. Fun photo ops include wearing old police jackets and posing inside an original jail cell from the former DPD Headquarters or next to "Purple Gang" cut outs. Cool DPD swag available for purchase in the gift shop.

Meet for coffee and donuts in the parking lot at 11:30 AM sharp. We'll go inside the facility as a group at 11:45 AM.*NOTE: Security clearance is required to enter. No weapons of any sort shall be permitted in the building. Everyone must produce a valid ID.

Portion of all ticket sales benefits the Detroit Public Safety Foundation.

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Tour meets: Detroit Public Safety Headquarters, 1301 Third Street, Detroit. FREE onsite parking.

Notorious 313 Spooky Bus Tour

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