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The mysterious case of Elisa Lam, the girl found dead inside the cistern of a hotel

The death of 23-year-old Elisa Lam: a mystery still unsolved. Everything revolves around this video recorded by the surveillance cameras of the hotel where she died

There are so disturbing and strange mysteries that remain printed in the mind for days and days. The case of Elisa Lam is one of them. In February 2013, the 21-year-old student from Vancouver, Canada was found dead inside the water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Coroner Department ruled that it was “accidental drowning” death and found no traces of drugs or alcohol during the autopsy. HOWEVER, police reports tell us little or nothing about the whole affair. The first test to consider is a monitoring tape recorded in the elevator which shows Elisa a few minutes before her death.

The four-minute video posted on YouTube shows Elisa pressing all the elevator buttons while she is waiting for the elevator to close. Seeing that the doors don’t close, he starts to behave in a very strange way. Here is the video.

At first, Elisa enters the elevator and presses all the buttons. Then he seems to be waiting for something, but for some reason, the elevator door does not close. He starts looking around, like he’s hiding from someone. At 1:57, the arms and hands begin to move in a very strange (almost non-human) way, apparently seeming to be talking to “someone”. Then he walks away. The elevator door closes and starts working again.

Immediately after the events of the video, Elisa had access to the roof of the structure, climbed onto the water tank and, somehow, ended up drowning us. His body was found two weeks after his death, because hotel guests complained about the taste and color of the water. Unbelievable.

Seeing the surveillance footage, most people would conclude that he was under the influence of drugs. HOWEVER, Elisa has never made use of drugs and her autopsy matches this statement. When you look at the context and circumstances of this death, things become even more mysterious.


Built in 1920 to satisfy “entrepreneurs who came to the city to spend a night or two”, the Cecil Hotel was quickly overshadowed by more starred hotels. Located near the infamous Skid Row area, the hotel began renting long-term rooms for cheap prices, a policy that attracted different types of people.

“Part of its sordid story, it includes two serial killers Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger.

Now on death row, Ramirez, labeled “the Nightstalker” lived at the Cecil Hotel in 1985 in a top floor room. It paid $ 14 a night. He remained undetected stalking and killing 13 female victims. Richard Schave said: “He threw his bloody clothes into the dumpster at the end of the evening and returned through the rear entrance. “

Jack Unterweger was a journalist who investigated crimes in Los Angeles for an Austrian magazine in 1991. “We believe he lived at the Cecil Hotel in tribute to Ramirez,” said Schave.

He is accused of killing three prostitutes in Los Angeles, despite being a guest at Cecil.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Cecil was known as a place where people committed suicide by throwing themselves through the windows.

Helen Gurnee jumped out of the seventh floor window, landing on the tent of the Cecil Hotel on October 22, 1954.

Julia Moore jumped out of her bedroom window on the eighth floor on February 11, 1962.

Pauline Otton, 27, fell from the ninth floor after an animated discussion with her ex-husband on October 12, 1962. Otton landed on George Gianinni, 65 years old 90 meters below. Both died instantly.

There was also a murder among the residents. “Pigeon Goldie” Osgood, a retired telephone operator known to protect and feed pigeons in a nearby park, was found dead in his ransacked room on June 4, 1964. He was stabbed, strangled and raped. The crime still remains unsolved. “

But there is yet another strange episode in the history of the hotel that leads us to ask ourselves: “What the hell is wrong with that place”?

The story of Elisa Lam is strangely similar to the 2005 horror film, Dark Water. Dahlia, the main protagonist of the film moves in an apartment building with her young daughter Cecilia. Both of these names are to be taken into consideration. Black Dahlia is the nickname given to Elizabeth Short, a woman who was the victim of a gruesome murder in 1947 – who appeared ritually-minded. The case has never been resolved. According to LA Observed, Black Dahlia is said to have been at the Cecil Hotel just before he lost his life.

In the film, her daughter’s name is Cecilia, quite similar to the name Cecil Hotel.

After moving to her apartment, Dahlia notes that dark water flows out of the ceiling into her bathroom. Eventually he discovers that a young girl named Natasha Rimsky had drowned in the water tank on the roof of the building. The owner of the building knew about this fact but refused to intervene.

Elisa Lam’s body remained in the water tank for over two weeks, causing guests to complain about the color and taste of the water.

The film’s ending is strangely relevant: the elevator was malfunctioning and the ghost of Cecilia’s mother was braiding her hair. Is Elisa Lam’s death one of those ritual murders mirrored in Hollywood movies?


Shortly after Elisa Lam’s body was found, an outbreak of tuberculosis occurred in Skid Row near the Cecil Hotel. You will probably never believe the name of the test kit used in these situations: LAM-ELISA.


Los Angeles authorities in June 2013 determined that Elisa Lam’s death was accidental and that it was “probably bi-polar”. That said, some questions remain unanswered. How did Elisa, who was evidently not in herself, end up in the hotel water tank, an area whose access is difficult?

The roof area is protected by an alarm system and the water tank is difficult to reach. How did Elisa manage to reach that area? Also, how did you close the lid of the water tank?

As in the case of strange / unresolved deaths, the authorities tried to disclose as little information as possible. What really happened? Why are there so many strange coincidences? The mystery seems to be there but the authorities don’t want to investigate further. Maybe I should mention the slogan that appears on the posters of the Dark Water films: “Some mysteries are not made to be solved.

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