Bloodlust: Mysteries of Victorian Boston

Boston, Bandaríkin

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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.
Other things to note
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.
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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Þetta er gestgjafi þinn, Michael

Gestgjafi á Airbnb síðan 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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Staðsetning

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.

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Kayee
október 2021
Michael is a wonderful AirBNB Experience host. It's very clear that he's passionate about the history of Boston, certainly does his homework, and kept the pace of the tour interesting. I was traveling with my small dog, and appreciated that this tour is very dog-friendly and very walkable.
Tiffany
október 2021
While the tour was misleading at times, intentionally, we had fun trying to guess our killer. (I think I was on the right track too soon.) The story was engaging and he was very encouraging of questions, active thought and communication. It was a different experience in that it was interactive rather than just following and listening, which was great. I would highly recommend for some one willing to play along with the experience, but per haps not for those who prefer not to speak or engage with others. Also, fun bonus he knew a lot about the building and structure of the city which added an extra layer to the experience. I feel like I know Boston just that much better for it. Would highly recommend!
Melanie
október 2021
Michael is a wonderful guide and host! He is a very engaging storyteller who involves the audience and plays into their personalities and energy. He wove the stories, historical facts, and locations together well--we all left seeing the city in a new light. Highly recommend!
Elizabeth
október 2021
This is a must if you're looking for something to do in South Boston! It's a great way to see some of the neighborhoods and learn some neat facts. Michael is knowledgeable and charismatic so I was never bored. ☺️
Kacy
október 2021
Super interesting way to look at the history of boston and how certain aspects tie into today’s culture. Michael is a great host and even made sure we made it to the train station. 100/10!!
Kaitlyn
október 2021
Michael’s tour was excellent and such a unique way to see another side of Boston. His passionate storytelling kept us captive throughout the entire tour. Highly recommend!

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