The Death of Elisa Lam
Elisa Lam was last noticed on January 31, 2013, in the lobby of the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. She was vacationing through the West Coast, detailing the trip on her blog. And checking in with her parents every day. On January 31 those calls halted. Lam had disappeared. Shortly the police were involved and her parents reached to assist with the search.
Video Of Lam
They had nothing. That February, LAPD published an elevator surveillance video of Lam before her disappearance. The video reveals Lam behaving strangely in the elevator, seeming to speak with invisible people, peering around the corner of the entrance, crouching in the corner, and opening and closing the door. But what precisely is going on in the footage brings up more questions than answers. Assumptions range from psychotic episodes to demonic possession, to unfamiliar attackers just out of the camera’s view:
Around that time, hotel guests began reporting strange things occurring with the Cecil Hotel water supply.
The shower was terrible,” said Sabina Baugh, who expended eight days there during the inquiry. “When you turned the tap on. The water was appearing black first for two seconds and then it was going back to normal.”
The tap water “tasted terrible,” Baugh said. “It had a very funny, sweety, offending taste. It’s a very unusual taste. I can hardly describe it.”
But for a week, they never complained. “We never thought anything of it,” she said. “We guessed it was just the way it was here.”
On the morning of February 19, a hotel worker climbed to the roof. And utilized a ladder to examine the hotel’s water storage tanks. That’s where authorities discovered the decomposing, nude corpse of Lam, whose private items were discovered nearby. After an autopsy, her casualty was labeled accidental. NBC Los Angeles reported at the time about the unusual situations in the hotel’s past.
The tank has a metal lock that can be opened.
But authorities told them access to the roof is protected with an alarm and lock.
The single-room-occupancy hotel has an extraordinary history. “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez, who was found guilty of 14 massacres in the 1980s, resided on the 14th floor for numerous months in 1985. And international serial killer Jack Unterweger is doubted of killing three prostitutes during the time he resided there in 1991. He killed himself in prison in 1994.
In 1962, a female inhabitant jumped out of one of the hotel’s windows. Murdering herself and a pedestrian on whom she landed.