Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 by Chris Evangelista
On January 26, 2013, Canadian student Elisa Lam came to Los Angeles. She eventually checked into the run-down Cecil Hotel located in Downtown Los Angeles. But by January 31, 2013, she had vanished, seemingly into thin air. There was no record of Lam checking out of the hotel, and all the police really had to go on was mysterious security camera footage from one of the hotel’s elevators that showed Lam behaving oddly. The case went cold – until February 19, 2013, when Lam’s body was found floating in one of the hotel’s rooftop water tanks. Lam’s disappearance and death – and that disturbing elevator footage – created a wealth of conspiracy theories – some plausible, some ludicrous (the prospect of the supernatural came up, for instance). Now, the Netflix docuseries Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel tries to uncover the real story.