February 29, 2012

Gentle reader,

This is a small note to update you on LAVA’s occasional forensic science events in the Cal State Los Angeles crime lab, hosted by Visionary Professor Donald Johnson.

Just announced is the June 3 crime lab seminar, an exploration of two eerily similar Southern California murder cases, which unfolded forty years apart. To learn more about THE KILLER BEHIND THE CAMERA, or to reserve your seat, visit the link below.


The next event on the LAVA crime lab calendar is INSIDE THE MIND OF THE ARSONIST, a new program that debuts this coming Sunday, March 4. We do still have a few seats left for this seminar, and if you’d like to join us we suggest that you buy your ticket very soon. You can get more info or reserve your ticket at the link below.


This is an afternoon focusing on the forensic science and profiling behind the investigation of fire-based crimes. Below is a link to a story in the L.A. Times about our presenter Ed Nordskog and his work on as co-lead investigator on the recent Hollywood arson spree.


The program features an introduction to the six main motives behind the crime of arson, an overview of Ed Nordskog’s investigative specialty, a modification of the standard arson investigation in which he “profiles” the arson scene in order to determine a “motive” for the crime. Also included will be select cases studies of convicted serial arsonists, including nationally known crimes and adjudicated cases on which Ed Nordskog worked personally. Following his presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase copies of his new book ”’Torchered’ Minds: Case Histories of Notorious Serial Arsonists.”

We hope to see you at the event on March 4, but you’re most welcome to check out LAVA’s other interesting events. This month we launch a quarterly series of literary Salon dinners at The Musso & Frank Grill, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood.

Please visit the LAVA website, Twitter or Facebook page (links below), or sign up for the main LAVA Flows email newsletter at the LAVA site for regular updates on events outside the crime lab.

Kim & Richard
LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association

Don't Turn Your Back: Real L.A. Murders from the Dawn of Forensic Science

Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center (Cal State L.A.)

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Event Description:

To purchase a ticket for this special event, click here. If you'd like to be contacted when another crime lab tour and lecture are scheduled, subscribe to LAVA's occasional Crime Lab Newsletter.

100 Not-So-Famous Views of L.A. + Drink: Los Angeles Book Party & Art Exhibit

Future Studio Gallery

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Event Description:

Prospect Park Books will celebrate two recent publications at Future Studio Gallery: "100 Not-So-Famous Views of L.A."--100 paintings by Barbara A. Thomason, inspired by Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. Barbara has painted scenes that only locals might know--beautiful images and a great test for LA nerds.

Weird West Adams crime bus tour

Benny H. Potter West Adams Avenues Memorial Park

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 12:00pm

Event Description:

On this guided tour through the Beverly Hills of the early 20th Century, Crime Bus passengers thrill as Jazz Age bootleggers run amok, marvel at the Krazy Kafitz family's litany of murder-suicides, attempted husband slayings, Byzantine estate battles and mad bombings, visit the shortest street in Los Angeles (15' long Powers Place, with its magnificent views of the mansions of Alvarado Terrace), discover which fabulous mansion was once transformed into a functioning whiskey factory using every room in the house, and stroll the haunted paths of Rosedale Cemetery, site of notable burials (May

Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour

Daily Dose

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Event Description:

From the founding of the city through the 1940s, downtown was the true center of Los Angeles, a lively, densely populated, exciting and sometimes dangerous place. After many quiet decades, downtown is making an incredible return. But while many of the historic buildings remain, their human context has been lost. Esotouric's downtown double feature tour is meant to bring alive the old ghosts and memories that cling to the streets and structures of the historic core, and is especially recommended for downtown residents curious about their neighborhood's neglected history.

Richard's Birthday Bus Tour of Public Mausolea of Los Angeles & Orange Counties

Daily Dose

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Event Description:

A Special Event Esotouric bus adventure: Richard’s one-time only Birthday Bus Tour of Public Mausolea of Los Angeles & Orange Counties hosted by Nathan Marsak.

For Richard’s once-a-year birthday bus adventure, we invite you to climb aboard for a 7-hour excursion exploring some of the greatest buildings in the Southland that you’ve never seen—unless you go to a lot of funerals.

Lunch is included in the ticket price.

Pasadena Confidential (with Crimebo the Clown)

SW corner of Fair Oaks & Arlington

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Event Description:

The Crown City masquerades as a calm and refined retreat, where well-bred ladies glide around their perfect bungalows and everyone knows what fork to use first. But don't be fooled by appearances. Dip into the confidential files of old Pasadena and meet assassins and oddballs, kidnappers and slashers, Satanists and all manner of maniac in a delightful little tour you WON'T find recommended by the better class of people!

Eastside Babylon crime bus tour

The Daily Dose

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Event Description:

Go East, Young Crime Fiend!

Pershing Square Renew Launch Party

Pershing Square

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Description:

The Pershing Square Restoration Society invites you to attend the Pershing Square Renew Launch Party, the first public event from the new non-profit organization "dedicated to supporting and facilitating Pershing Square's revitalization."

Where There's Smoke forensic science seminar

Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center (Cal State L.A.)

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Event Description:

To purchase a ticket for this special event, click here. If you'd like to be contacted when another crime lab tour and lecture are scheduled, subscribe to LAVA's occasional Crime Lab Newsletter.

"The World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words" talk, book signing and walking tour

Library Bar

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Event Description:

To sign up for this free event: First register as a user on this site, and then return to this page. Refresh the page and the signup tab will appear just to the left. Enter your email address. No plus-ones; each guest must register individually.