March 5, 2012

Gentle reader,

We’d like to thank you for being part of the LAVA community and for having signed up to get updates about our occasional crime lab seminars at Cal State Los Angeles.

LAVA now has its own page on the social media reviews site Since we don’t advertise, positive word of mouth is how we let new people know about LAVA—both as attendees, and as LAVA Visionary members who post their own cool activities to our website calendar.

If you’ve attended one or more LAVA events and are inclined to write a short review, you may do so at the link below. We’d really appreciate it!

Yesterday’s event with Ed Nordskog was a fascinating exploration of the poorly understood psychology of serial arson offenders, and the startling contrast between the pathetic real-life criminals and Hollywood’s romanticized image of arsonists. If you missed Ed’s presentation, you can still pick up a copy of his terrific new book ”’Torchered’ Minds: Case Histories of Notorious Serial Arsonists” from the link on the event page:

The next crime lab seminar is THE KILLER BEHIND THE CAMERA on June 3, and reservations are already being accepted at the link below.

We hope to see you at the event on June 3, but you’re most welcome to check out LAVA’s other interesting events.

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

Wild Wild West Side crime bus tour

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

For the first time, the true crime archeologists of Esotouric have set their sights on points west of Robertson, and the results are truly mind-boggling. Originally offered in Esotouric’s 2008-2009...

The Daily Dose
1820 Industrial St
Los Angeles 90021


Kim Cooper

(Postponed) LAVA's 41st Sunday Salon

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

An important message from LAVA - September 9, 2014 Dear friends, It is with no small amount of regret that we are putting the monthly LAVA Sunday Salon and Broadway on My Mind walking tour series on...

Les Noces du Figaro
618 S Broadway
Los Angeles 90014

(213) 915-8687

Richard Schave

Haunts of A Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski's Los Angeles

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

"[This tour is] a poetic journey full of rare insight into the life of a man who's come to represent the ghettoized contingency of the City of Angels.” - Tanja M. Laden, Flavorpill "Haunts of a Dirty...

The Daily Dose
1820 Industrial Street
Los Angeles 90021


Richard Schave

Bruckman Rare Book Friends Talk: Kim Cooper and Richard Schave on "The Kept Girl"

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Bruckman Rare Book Friends present Kim Cooper discussing and signing copies of her latest book, The Kept Girl, a 1920s mystery starring the young Raymond Chandler, his devoted secretary and the real-...

Mark Taper Auditorium, Los Angeles Public Library
630 W 5th St.
Los Angeles 90071

Kim Cooper

Weird West Adams crime bus tour

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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,...

Benny H. Potter West Adams Avenues Memorial Park
2413 2nd Avenue
Los Angeles 90018


Kim Cooper

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

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

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...

Future Studio Gallery
5558 N. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles 90042


Amy Inouye

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

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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 Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center (Cal State L.A.)
1800 Paseo Rancho Castilla
Los Angeles 90032

213 915 8687

Donald Johnson

Bouchercon edition of Esotouric's Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles bus tour

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Looking for pre-Bouchercon activities for hard-core noir, pulp and mystery fans? You've come to the right place. This is a special edition of Esotouric's acclaimed Raymond Chandler bus tour of...

Hyatt Regency in Long Beach
200 South Pine Ave.
Long Beach 90802


Richard Schave

Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice crime bus tour

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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...

The Daily Dose
1820 Industrial St
Los Angeles 90021


Kim Cooper

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

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

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...

The Daily Dose
1820 Industrial St
Los Angeles 90021


Richard Schave

Pasadena Confidential (with Crimebo the Clown)

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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....

Street corner
1017 South Fair Oaks
South Pasadena 91105


Kim Cooper