Meet our Ghost Hosts

You can’t very well be expected to take a spine-tingling journey to the dark side without the aid of some very seasoned guides. Meet some of the guys and ghouls eager to regale you with tales of wandering spirits, malevolent forces and spooky souls that accompany you through the sinister streets and graveyards on your tour of the doomed. See you on the Other Side!

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Grimsley
We found Grimsley wandering around the railroad station where he was employed as a railroad sheriff. He always has that grim look about him; that's how he got the nickname. His dark and morbid way of relaying the grave and creepy stories of Old San Diego will give you pleasant dreams. All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. Grimsley likes giving people the creeps. Grimsley, also known as Curly, has been at Old Town Trolley Tours for 11 years. He is the lead conductor and loves giving the Ghosts & Gravestones tour. He has been doing it for the past three years. As the lead of Ghosts & Gravestones, he has assembled a group of ragtag spooky ghost hosts that will open your mind to the wonders of the Spirit World.
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Grimsley
Grimsley was a railroad detective in San Diego circa the Late 1800s. One day after work I wandered into Cassidy’s bar in the Gaslamp Quarter for a drink. Cassidy had a peculiar hobby… He imported spiders from all over the world and let them spin their webbing in the rafters of the bar. On the day I was there, a poisonous Black MA gumbo spider from Australia fell out of her webbing and bit me on the neck. Next thing I find myself waking up in Morti the Mortician’s lab, dead. I am now a bounty hunter finding dead bodies for Morti to embalm…
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Ace “The Gambler”
Ace came to San Diego in 1887 upon riding the Hell Bound Train. A confidence man is what they called him, what we today call a charlatan and con man. He was an all-star athlete in the world of playing cards. He frequented the area known as the Stingaree District, modern day Gaslamp Quarter. He played cards at one of Wyatt Earp’s gambling halls, winning every time and making enemies. He caught someone cheating at one of his games and he ended up chasing the guy down and killing him at gunpoint. A vigilante caught up with ace and shot him in the head a week later. Now he gives tours in San Diego looking for his killer to seek his revenge…
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san diego ghosts host the professor
The Professor
The Professor is an ambitious lifelong learner consumed with curiosities of the Transcontinental Mosaic. His travels and research in cultural anthropology focus primarily on folklore, customs, music, and superstition, exploits in the paranormal, and things perceived yet unexplained prevail as well.
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Wyatt Earp
I am Wyatt Earp and you know me from my gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. I arrived in San Diego during this city's "1880's Boom." I managed a couple of gambling halls, owned race horses, and on occasion refereed boxing matches. I experienced something else too... "Ghosts." As a lawman familiar with death and dying, let me share with you what it really means to be "Wanted Dead of Alive."
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Cave Couts
Cave Couts has many names that he accumulated during his life. Scoundrel, pompous, arrogant, marksman, and a good dancer. He is a southern gentleman from Tennessee. He graduated from West Point Military Academy and fought in the Mexican and American war. After the victory of the war, Couts stayed in San Diego for a time and that’s where he met the love of his life, Ysidora Bandini, daughter of the famous Italian family in San Diego; They were the most powerful and influential as well... Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Couts lead a string of crimes after his marriage and got away with it due to his powerful father-in-law. His highest crime of course being murder… many of them. Now he gives tours in San Diego to clear his name and show the other side of the story! Just don’t look him into the eye for too long.
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The Dead Preacher
The Dead Preacher was born in 1800 in what is now Southern West Virginia. Just call him “Preacher.” In 1830 he was one of ten miners who became trapped in one of the first underground coal mines after a cave in. They had plenty of air and plenty of water, too, because clear water seeped out of a crack in the rock wall. After two weeks, though, they were starving and weak. They made a deal with each other that the first one of them who couldn’t stand up on his own… well… they agreed they wouldn’t judge each other for what they had to do to survive. One day, one of the miners couldn’t stand up. The Dead Preacher joined the rest of the men who swarmed over him. He didn’t remember what happened next, but he remembered falling asleep with a full stomach. Incredibly, the coal company broke through cave-in the next day and rescued nine miners.The coal company reported that one body was unrecoverable. The Dead Preacher never returned to the mines. He became a traveling preacher, saving souls and trying to make up for the sin he’d committed in the mine in that day.
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Morti
Morti was born in the UK and sent to Australia when it was a prison colony in 1829. He was sentenced as guilty for committing a long string of serial murders, which today he claims his innocence. After 20 years, he escaped and found his way to the West Coast of the USA during the Gold Rush of 1849. Making his way down to San Diego, he found a new career interest somewhat similar to his criminal past… working as an undertaker and executioner for Old Town San Diego!
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