The bizarre circumstances surrounding the death of Elisa Lam

Workers at the historic Cecil Hotel near Skid Row made the gruesome discovery after hotel guests complained of low water pressure, and although there was a very strange surveillance footage video of Lam inside an elevator pushing buttons and behaving oddly.

The first piece of evidence that needs to be considered is an elevator surveillance tape that recorded Elisa’s behavior only a few moments before she lost her life.

The four-minute video posted on YouTube shows Elisa pressing all of the elevator buttons and waiting for it to move. Her plan was to travel to Santa Cruz, but on February 19, a maintenance worker found her body in one of the four 8-foot tall, 4-foot diameter tanks on the hotel roof.

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Surveillance video taken minutes before her death shows Elisa Lam entering and exiting the elevator in the hotel’s lobby, pushing all of the buttons, and generally acting very strange.

It’s also difficult to understand how she accessed the water tank, when the rooftop area is locked and protected by an alarm system. Plus, the holding tanks themselves look really hard to get into, and how would she have managed to shut the lid of the tank?

The coroner report noted that the medical examination found no visible signs of trauma on Lam’s body and toxicology tests found nothing that contributed to her death.

Richard Ramirez, a serial killer and rapist known as the “Night Stalker,” lived on the hotel’s 14th floor for several months in 1985.

The hotel has also been home to a number of suicide deaths from patrons who leaped from an upper-floor windows, including a woman who jumped from the 9th floor in 1962 and killed a man walking below.

The 2005 film Dark Water (a remake of a 2002 Japanese movie by the same name) tells the story of a young woman found drowned in a hotel water tank.

Just days after Elisa Lam’s body was found, national health experts were called into Skid Row near the hotel to investigate a deadly persistent tuberculosis (TB) outbreak that local health officials called the largest in a decade.



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