Midtown Unmasked Detroit True Crime / Ghost Tour

MIDTOWN Unmasked True Crime / Ghost Tour (Walking/Partial Bus Tour)


10/27/12 Note Thank you for your interest in public tours offered by Hometown History Tours.  While I so looked forward to the fall season to launch 2 new true crime/ghost tours (Notorious 3.1.3 & Day of the Dead Downriver Bus Tour) as well as re-offer a new & improved Midtown Unmasked (formerly Midtown Macabre) tour, an unexpected breast cancer diagnosis in mid-September threw me off kilter & I was not able to properly focus on marketing and promotion. Therefore, I’m canceling these tours so that I can focus on my treatment. (I’m so lucky. A host of tests have shown cancer has not spread).

One good thing out of all of this, we are now well prepared for next year’s tour season! Hometown History Tours will return in early April with an exciting tour line up for the entire 2013 season!

Although we are finished for the season with public tours, we can provide step-on guides for your private tours! Call 734.642.5712 for rates/services.

All the best,

Karin Risko, Hometown History Tours founder

Bus departs promptly at 6:45 PM for first part of tour, then drops us off in a very scary area where we continue the tour on foot.

(Available on other dates for private groups, or use Midtown Unmasked as a group fundraiser. Call for 734.642.5712 for details)

Early Bird Savings: Order tickets 5 days or more in advance and SAVE $2.50 per ticket!

Dress warm, there’s going to be a CHILL in the air tonight!

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Ripped from the headlines of Detroit’s past, and not so distant past, this chilling look at the city’s sinister side reveals a reality that’s much more frightening than fiction. Join us – if you dare – as we traverse a tragic trail  and unmask macabre tales of murder, mayhem, mystery, and mysticism lurking below the surface of this trendy part of town. History has never been so haunting.

Beautiful by day yet eerily haunting at night, Midtown’s historic Gothic cathedrals and Victorian mansions create a perfectly ominous setting for these scary stories.

Travel down dimly lit streets, through shadowy back alleys and the heart of Detroit’s once infamous Cass Corridor and discover gruesome true crimes of passion, greed and sheer evil.

“Join us – if you dare!”

You’ll hear about Princess – a young WSU student murdered in her sleep by an unimaginable perpetrator, because she was a “hippie”. Or three youths killed in cold blood by those sworn to serve and protect. Their crime:  kissing white girls.  And just as the shower scene in Psycho transformed this routine ritual into a terrifying toilette, our tragic tale of murder via arsenic-infused baked goods may leave you partial to store bought over homemade long after this tour ends.

This tragic trail through Midtown wouldn’t be complete without dabbling into the occult and supernatural. Perhaps, we’ll be the lucky ones to raise Harry Houdini from the dead when we stop by the former funeral home where the famous magician briefly lay in state before his body was shipped to New York for burial.

Maybe, we’ll spot Detroit’s version of Chucky – the doll inhabited by evil that comes to life and wreaks havoc – and other spooky specters.

Ghostly Gasses, photo by Jennifer Bauer

Your nervous laughter won’t keep the evil spirits at bay on this tour, but don’t worry; we won’t mock your feeble attempts to contain your fright.

Be forewarned: popular haunted houses and ghost tours, with their manufactured fright, are great fun and entertainment. They pale, however, in comparison to these terrifying true crime stories wretched from the headlines of Detroit’s past. It’s these vile and ghastly stories of brutality committed by real people – not ghosts and goblins – that will come to haunt your every thought and plague your dreams.

Disclaimer: Tour probably not appropriate for young children – or the faint of heart! In the end, it’s your call.

First part of tour is via the Detroit Bus Company. Then we get dropped off in the midst of a very scary area and walk the rest of way. Tour price includes bus fare and a treat.

Dress appropriately for the weather AND wear comfy, walking shoes – you might have to run!


Hometown History Tours Park Shelton Ticket office open one hour prior to tour start. Call 734.642.5712 for questions or further information.

To insure everyone has a quality experience, ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Space permitting, we will take same day reservations.

Tours depart promptly from E. Kirby Entrance of The Park Shelton located at 15 E. Kirby (Kirby at Woodward), Detroit, MI 48202. The Park Shelton offers secure parking for $5 inside the adjacent parking structure (Woodward Avenue entrance). Additional public parking available in nearby lots.

Call Hometown History Tours for information at 734.642.5712 not The Park Shelton.

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From Belle Isle to Eight Mile, down Woodward Avenue – an original American byway  and site of the nation’s first mile of concrete highway, to Gate 4 of Ford’s infamous Rouge Plant bridge to the Gateway to Freedom at the river’s edge, Hometown History Tours reveals the stories of Detroit that beg to be told.

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