The Cecil Hotel has a bit of a scary history. It is the location of 3 murders and several suicides, in addition to being the home, back in 1985, of notorious serial killer Richard Ramirez as well as another murderer named Jack Unterweger in 1991. In addition, the Black Dahlia, the actress tragically and grotesquely murdered in the 1940s, spent time at the hotel.
Bad vibes must surround that place, some people think.
So, it's no surprise some people have a lot of questions about Elisa Lam who was found dead in a water tank atop the hotel.
Elisa was from Canada and decided to take a trip to California, by herself. She made a stop in LA, planning to head to Santa Cruz afterward.
She kept a blog, and the blog clearly shows she was depressed. It was found out that she suffered from Manic-Depression. It is said she sent a postcard to a friend that talked about wanting to see Ryan Gosling. Some point to the fact that Gosling released a song about being "Buried In Water" as something possibly related to her death. That is indeed a strange coincidence.
The coincidences get stranger, which we will cover shortly. But probably the strangest of all aspects of this story is a video uploaded to the Internet which is surveillance footage of Elisa on the elevator at the hotel just prior to her death. She is acting erratic in the video, pushing multiple buttons on the elevator, hiding in the corner of the elevator, talking to someone we can't see, grabbing her head as if distressed and waving her hands in a bizarre way with her wrists and fingers contorted.
The video has caused many people to speculate about what happened to her. No drugs were found in her system, nor was there any sign of trauma. Some people claim she had complained of being stalked in her blog.
Even stranger are claims that get pretty paranormal. One claim is that infamous occultist Alistair Crowley had stayed at the Cecil Hotel in London in the late 1800s and while there wrote a poem about a death in a tower; to add to this creepy conjecture, it is said he conjured up an old spirit called Lam.
Another odd piece of coincidence is that during Elisa's stay in LA there was an outbreak of Tuberculosis; the kit to diagnose TB happens to be called LAM-Elisa.
At the same time, there are those who think there is someone else in the video that we can't see; that they are hidden by some kind of military cloaking device. To support this, web sleuths say that Elisa's Facebook account had a friend from the military on it who was stationed in South Korea; a place where, supposedly, the Government does a lot of experimentation with military cloaking. Also, she had posted an article about cloaking on her Twitter account.
The theories abound. Do any of the speculations resemble anything close to objective truth? I think some of it does.
Some Unanswered Questions
One of the biggest holes in the official story involves the question of how Elisa even got on the roof of the hotel in the first place. The roof is secured with locks and an alarm system. It is virtually impossible to access the rooftop undetected. I think there's no doubt someone would have to have some really good stealth skills to get to that rooftop without anyone knowing it.
The other thing is that the lid to the water tank she was found in is very heavy; difficult for someone to lift in the first place. Elisa was found in the tank with the lid closed. It would be very difficult for her, by herself, to close that lid after she climbed through the 16-inch opening on top of the tank.
Her strange behavior on the elevator, that she accessed the roof undetected and somehow climbed up to the top of the water tank, opened the heavy lid, climbed into the tank through a small opening and then managed to close the heavy lid behind her leaves a lot of unanswered questions in this case.
The question remains: What happened to Elisa Lam?