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.
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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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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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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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Jolee
nóvember 2021
Michael was very informative. We loved the suspense that he developed throughout the tour. He is very knowledgeable and provided so many historical details. He is very thoughtful and even walked us back to catch the train.
Zachary
nóvember 2021
Michael is an amazing story teller with incredible knowledge. It was totally captivating from start to finish; he knows how to keep you on your toes. It was like a live crime themed podcast. Would highly recommend
Samantha
nóvember 2021
This was a great tour! We ended up in a great group. Michael was attentive and engaging with all of us. He had vast knowledge of the experience and town and even gave us a great dinner place! If you're ever in Boston and want to pick up a little bit of history take this tour!
Claudia
nóvember 2021
Great story telling!!! Michael provided factual and entertaining information! I learned a little more about Boston which was my only expectation! I wouldn’t recommend this as your first tour if it’s your first time in the city as it does not cover the typical tourist stops BUT totally worth it! You’ll change your perspective and won’t look at boston the same! Michael was very informative, approachable, and entertaining!
Ron
nóvember 2021
My daughter and I enjoyed the walking tour regardless of the rain and wind. Michael clearly is a great storyteller and knew a lot of history of the area. This was a nice departure from the typical revolutionary era tours that abound in Boston.
Jackie
nóvember 2021
Michael was a great storyteller and he’s very personable! We learned so much about the history in Boston and that time period and Michael even added some extra information on buildings we passed on the tour! Would highly recommend this tour!

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