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Bloodlust: Mysteries of Victorian Boston

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 170 reviews.Boston, United States

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Experience hosted by Michael

2 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

In the late 1800s, Boston experienced a rash of gruesome murders and unexplained phenomena. The “Boston Medical and Surgical Journal” observed, “The increase in the number of the criminally insane has been exceptionally rapid…” Most interesting was the way one community reacted to this – The South End, the country’s oldest and largest Victorian neighborhood.

Not only was there a reawakening of the notorious Witchcraft Trials that happened 200 years earlier, but people were also accused of being vampires and conversing with the dead – all while serial murders and molesters lurked just out of sight.

Explore this quaint post-Civil War suburb, its architectural gems and strange statuary that tourist rarely get to see. Then delve into the concerns of the people who lived here, their art, science, politics and stories of true crime, with demonstrations on Victorian phantasmagoria and the new fields of forensics and toxicology.

Did you know that one of Boston’s wealthiest entrepreneurs was a woman? So was America’s first accused vampire. We’ve also hosted mad scientists, homicidal healthcare workers and psychologists who treated the mentally ill in unsavory ways.

Buried the beneath this neighborhood's eye-catching English gardens and breathtaking brick rowhouses is a unique experience you won’t want to miss, and all within a few blocks of Copley Square and Back Bay.
In the late 1800s, Boston experienced a rash of gruesome murders and unexplained phenomena. The “Boston Medical and Surgical Journal” observed, “The increase in the number of the criminally insane has been exceptionally rapid…” Most interesting was the way one community reacted to this – The South End, the country’s oldest and largest Victorian neighborhood.

Not only was there a reawakening of the notorious Witchcraft Trials that happe…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Hand sanitizer,
    Umbrella (please request)
From $24
/ person
Book for 4 guests, save 10% or more
Fri, Sep 25
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
$29 per person
$29 per person
Fri, Sep 25
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
$29 per person
$29 per person
Sat, Sep 26
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
$29 per person
$29 per person

Meet your host, Michael

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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Hi, I'm Michael,

As an experienced educator, artist, historian and tour guide, I will provide a wealth of information about my neighborhood and its place in one of the most historically complex cities in North America.
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Where you'll be

Designed to reflect the refined, English sensibilities of the 1800s, the South End has gone through many changes over the years. It was created as a suburban neighborhood for the upper-middle class. In the 1900s, it became a haven for cultural diversity, emigration and women’s rights. Enigmatically, it has also been an urban wasteland, a hotbed of crime and a mecca for artists. Now, it's some of the most expensive real estate in the country.

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 170 reviews.

Aditi
September 2020
It was a great experience! Michael was great at story telling and also kept all of us engaged.. We had fun learning about Boston's history and serial killers xD. Would definitely recommend!
Christopher
September 2020
Michael’s tour was a very enjoyable journey into both the “dark” history and more traditional historical recounting of what made the south end and surrounding neighborhoods unique. Michael’s story telling was very interactive and engaging. He provided recommendations of where to go and what to see even after the tour concluded. I would recommend!
Michael’s tour was a very enjoyable journey into both the “dark” history and more traditional historical recounting of what made the south end and surrounding neighborhoods unique.…
Kaylee
March 2020
Excellent tour! Michael really knows about the period, and he took time to engage with all of us, even walking us to a pub after the tour. We had a great time and learned a lot. Definitely recommend this experience.
Paul
March 2020
Really very interesting and a good balance of discussion around local Bostonian issues but also how these feature in an increasingly globalised stage from the Victorian era onward. Interesting stories with a murderous backdrop - what else could you ask for? Loved it.
Really very interesting and a good balance of discussion around local Bostonian issues but also how these feature in an increasingly globalised stage from the Victorian era onward.…
Brittany
March 2020
This tour was very fun and informative, and was a great way to spend a beautiful day. Michael was a wonderful host and really knows how to draw you in with his storytelling. He seems very passionate about his work. Would definitely recommend!
This tour was very fun and informative, and was a great way to spend a beautiful day. Michael was a wonderful host and really knows how to draw you in with his storytelling. He see…
Jaimie
March 2020
Michael is a wonderful host! His knowledge about the dark side of Boston’s history was truly remarkable! We learned a ton, not only about Boston but many other topics. It was like a murder mystery walk, Michael was a great storyteller. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about Boston!
Michael is a wonderful host! His knowledge about the dark side of Boston’s history was truly remarkable! We learned a ton, not only about Boston but many other topics. It was lik…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 11 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

We will walk outside, about a mile, through the streets and parks of the South End. We will see architecturally significant homes and churches, the background for a number of historic movie and shows. There will be some graphic discussion of violence and murder. Participant discretion is advised.

What to bring

Weather appropriate clothing

Comfortable shoes