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The Mysterious Case of Elisa Lam

The mysterious death of young student Elisa Lam is a case that has intrigued me since I first heard about it. In February of 2013, Elisa from Canada was found dead in a rooftop water-tank at the top of Cecil Hotel. The LA County Department ruled her death “accident, due to drowning.” Yet this official ruling has done little to stop those who think the case is much more than that.

So, what makes this case so strange? First of all, CCTV footage was released, showing Elisa getting into the hotel’ lift/elevator. The video shows Elisa behaving very oddly. She enters the elevator, presses the buttons, but the door doesn’t close. Seemingly distressed by this, Elisa pokes her head out of the door, looks both ways, as if frightened of someone or something that she seems to think may be following her. She appears to stand inside to the far corner, as if trying to hide. Later in the clip, Elisa steps out, then back in again, and almost appears to be having a conversation. She is not holding a phone or device, by all accounts. Take a look at the video – although nothing overt happens, it does seem unsettling.

Shortly after the CCTV footage was filmed, Elisa eventually made her way to the roof top of the hotel, where somehow she ended up climbing into a huge water tank, closed the lid, then drowned. The rooftop area is protected by an alarm system and the water tank is not easy at all to reach. How did Elisa reach get there? Also, how did she close the water tank lid herself?

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During Elisa’s autopsy, it was determined that she had no drugs or alcohol in her system. Authorities said she “may” have had Bipolar disorder. She was not psychotic or unstable, or suicidal, according to family.

To add fuel to this unusual case, apparently there are a lot of dark accounts and unsettling history associated with the Cecil Hotel. Here is a list of frightening deaths and events associated with the hotel itself:

“Part of its sordid history, involves two serial killers,  Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger.

Now on death row, Ramirez, labeled “the Nightstalker”, was living at the Cecil Hotel in 1985, in a top floor room.  He was charged 14 dollars a night.  In a building filled with transients, he remained unnoticed as he stalked and killed his 13 female victims. Richard Schave, said “He was dumping his bloody clothes in the Dumpster, at the end of his evening and returned via the back entrance.”

Jack Unterweger, was a journalist covering crime in Los Angeles for an Austrian magazine in 1991.  “We believe he was living at the Cecil Hotel in homage to Ramirez,” Schave said.

He is blamed with killing three prostitutes in Los Angeles, while being a guest at the Cecil.

In the 50’s and 60’s the Cecil was known as a place that people would go to jump out of one of the hotel’s windows to commit suicide.

Helen Gurnee, in her 50s, leaped from a seventh floor window, landing on the Cecil Hotel marquee, on October 22, 1954.

Julia Moore jumped from her eighth floor room window, on February 11, 1962.

Pauline Otton, 27, jumped from a ninth floor window after an argument with her estranged husband, on October 12, 1962.  Otton landed on George Gianinni, 65, who was walking on the side walk, 90 feet below. Both were killed instantly.

There was also a murder of one of the residents.  “Pigeon Goldie” Osgood, a retired telephone operator, known for protecting and feeding pigeons in a nearby park, was found dead in his ransacked room on June 4, 1964.  He had been stabbed, strangled, and raped.  The crime still remains unsolved.”

– Las Vegas Guardian Express, Elisa Lam, Morbid History Of Two Serial Killers Unfolds At “Cecil Hotel”

All in all, there are a lot of frightening things associated with Cecil Hotel, even without the added tragedy of Elisa Lam.

There are those that think Elisa’s death may have been occult related, or that a killer was stalking her. Some paranormalist’s are proponents of the idea that some dark energy effects the minds of guests who stay at the hotel. Either way, this is a very sad and unusual case.

Thanks for reading.

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