Based in Brooklyn, NY, I write about all things creepy and strange. My book based on the real haunting of Doris Bither (The Entity 1982 movie) will be released soon. Got a question? Drop me a line.


A block away from where I live stands the Hotel Cecil. A tall, tower-like complex with a history almost as sordid as the one that haunts the Tower of London. Hotel Cecil has always been known as the place where serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka The Nightstalker, lived for some time. rramirez
The hotel also housed another serial killer whose victims were all prostitutes. The cold-blooded Austrian serial killer, Jack Unterweger.

The Hotel Cecil is once again making headlines. However, it’s not because of another serial killer but rather of the mysterious and eerie death of Canadian tourist Elisa Lam.

The body of 21 year-old Elisa Lam was found floating inside one of the hotels water tanks on February 19th of this year. When the LAPD was called to the scene they requested any surveillance video the hotel might have kept for the last few days. It was then that the LAPD stumbled into the controversial and bizarre video of Elisa Lam’s last moments.


This video was taken minutes before she died and shows an obviously mentally unstable Elisa Lam entering and exiting the elevator in the hotel’s lobby. At times appearing to be talking to herself and acting erratically. This video went viral in the popular Chinese website, generating more than 3 million hits in the span of a week or so. It comes as no surprise that rumors about possession instantly began as soon as the video hit the internet.

To inject any paranormal or conspiracy theories into the case would be demeaning Elisa Lam’s death. It’s obvious that something is not right. Her abnormal behavior in the elevator suggests that she may be hallucinating or under a severe form of psychosis. Yet most of the comments you read are from those who believe that either Elisa Lam was possessed or haunted, therefore causing her to commit suicide.

After keeping the public in suspense for months, the LAPD finally released the results of Elisa’s autopsy and toxicology screen. They didn’t find any drugs in her system, ruling Elisa’s death as accidental.

Drugs did not contribute to the death of a Canadian tourist whose body was discovered in a water tank atop a downtown Los Angeles hotel four months ago, coroner’s officials said.

A maintainence worker discovered the body of Elisa Lam, 21, on Feb. 19 after residents of the Cecil Hotel complained about low water pressure. At the time Lam had been missing for several weeks from the hotel after traveling there from Vancouver, Canada.

Los Angeles County coroner’s officials said Thursday that Lam died of an accidental drowning. Herbipolar disorder was a significant condition but authorities did not elaborate.

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

Lam had been missing for three weeks before being found. During that time, detectives with the LAPD‘s robbery-homicide division appealed to the public for help in the case that included the release of video of her inside a Cecil Hotel elevator. In surveillance footage, Lam could be seen pushing buttons for multiple floors and at one point stepping out of the elevator and waving her arms.

The only ways to get to the roof are via a locked door that only employees have access to and a fire escape. The door is equipped with an alarm system that notifies hotel personnel if someone is on the roof, Los Angeles police Sgt. Rudy Lopez said.

Lam’s case inspired amateur sleuths to post numerous theories on websites about what might have happened to her. International media outlets, particularly in Canada and China, have also continued their coverage of the story.

Much of the speculation focused on the surveillance video of Lam in the hotel elevator. The video went viral on the Chinese video site, with more than 3 million views and 40,000 comments in a 10-day span.

Many commenters said they were disturbed by the tape, with one calling it “spooky.”

“I knew about Elisa Lam but this is the first time I saw the video,” one wrote. “I’m so scared, I’m shaking. I’m numb.”

LA Times

The strange circumstances surrounding her death keep haunting Elisa Lam.

Many are not content with the police’s investigation into the case, asking why the alarm did not go off when she opened the door that lead to the rooftop? Or why would she commit suicide by drowning herself inside a dark water tank as opposed to simply just jumping off the ledge of the building. The flames of conspiracy keep being fanned by the LAPD’s secrecy on the case.

  • juan

    I heard this from somewhere, but what if she played the elevator game? the red color when the elevator last opens suggest something. either way, i’m creeped out

  • Mia
  • Dani

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  • Ling

    One of the weirdest coincidences in the Elisa Lam case is this-

  • Ling
  • Lilith

    It’s obvious to me that some fans of Dark Water and of the hotel’s creepy past raped and killed her. These fans are most likely hotel employees who have access to the water tank. They were aware of what happened in Dark Water, so they reenacted that by throwing her into the water tank. Why hasn’t anyone anywhere mentioned this yet?! And poor girl – she was raped or sexually assaulted as well. It’s obvious because that’s what often happens in murders of young women, and she was found naked in a water tank. She was a lone young Asian woman at a creepy hotel, so she was an easy target.

    The video that was speeded up to normal speeds makes all her movements look very normal. Even in the super-slowed-down video that the LAPD released, she really doesn’t seem all that weird to me. The police and doctors love blaming everyone on bipolar, hallucinations, and mental illness. It’s definitely foul play in this case.

    The LAPD was very lazy in not investigating this thoroughly and claiming it’s bipolar. They must be too lazy to chase down a murderer – or just too lazy and dumb in general, so they can have this case neatly wrapped up. Poor Elisa and her family – justice has not been served. My heart goes out to her and her family. RIP, Elisa.

  • shaym

    many theories have been announced about Elisa’s death but all what i see is that people or investigators are waiting for an extraordinary explanation to this. Let’s make it this much simple, Elisa has been murdered by someone ok she’s suffering from bipolar disorder and she was hallucianting …. But how could she get inside the tank somebody whether helped her maybe she wanted to commit suicide this way she wants to be remembered this way i’m just trying to think about other posibilities and they can be true nobody can say no, but what i think is tru is that she has been murdered in a perfect way without living traces because the biopsy didn’t help to discover how she has been killed plus the tape of the hotel has been edited and ou guys can look on internet and see that the tape has been really edited which for me makes the hotel ( employees or whoever) are the main suspects regardless of the history of the hotel it’s like a chosen place for mystirious crimes . i keep wondering how this hotel hasn’t been closed yet unless if we’ll see other murder cases in the future that’s why they’re keeping open. Really people should stop going there to prevent another murder case. I also when i first watched the video thought that something paranormal was the cause but after thinking again and again and discussing this with friends and reading many articles watching videos all , i said to myself why wan’t we just think about it simply someone simply killed the girl he must be a pro to make this look like that.

  • shaym

    oh please how could she got into the tank and how could she took them off inside the tank ? or she took them off before ? come on

  • Dr.Megan