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What Really Happened To Elisa Lam?

Submitted by on June 22, 2013 – 8:25 AM210 Comments | 122,854 views


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 Youku.com, 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 Youku.com, 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.

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I'm a writer, a runner, and a hell of a coffee drinker residing in Los Angeles. I'm currently working on a book about Doris Bither and her terrifying account of a haunting in Culver City, California. The case was dubbed "The Entity" and it stands to be one of the most controversial cases ever to be studied by parapsychologists.

  • Amy

    Did anyone notice the way she was walking?

  • guest

    This is one of the most plausible and compelling theories; however, they pronounced her time of death VERY soon after she disappeared from the elevator footage (no clinging- she drowned almost immediately). Also, the tank door was locked, and was closed (and possibly locked again, although I’m not certain) after her, I.e why no employees thought to open it in the following two weeks- it was in the same state it was left in. I’m thinking that the within 10 hours a maintenance worker noticed it was left unlocked or open, and closed and locked without noticing anything in the tank (she would be at the bottom of the tank at that point,) and decided not to mention anything because it doesn’t exactly look good on his part that the tank was left open. Its a major sanitary issue and could cost one their job.

  • Ramiro Tello

    really? i can’t see it, please upload another photo showing where is the face

  • Ramiro Tello

    no dude this is not a prank, Elisa died in that hotel and the police and media are involved, this is NOT a prank

  • Ramiro Tello

    there’s NO cameras on the hallways, only in that elevator and on the entrance of the hotel

  • Kathy

    Why is it that she was missing for 3 weeks and yet no one says whether or not she ‘checked herself out’ (of the hotel)??? She wasn’t supposed to leave for another day or two I believe. Wouldn’t they check the hotel register?

  • Kathy

    You’re an idiot. That is HER reflection.

  • JKC

    Acid and shrooms do not show up in drug tests. Shrooms can show up as food poisoning but is out of the system within 3 days.

  • mysteryman

    On her instagram page you can see a picture of her solving a crossword puzzle…but whats perplexing is the seemingly random drawings on yhe crossword puzzle closely resemble ancient esoteric symbols not to mention THE 666 scribbled on the puzzle page

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  • Susan Hutchinson

    there’s a good post on this
    at http://angelomarcos.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/the-mysterious-case-of-elisa-lam/
    . I read about this event there first, and then found loads more webpages
    (including this one) on google. There’s so much info around so how can they not
    know what happened?!

  • Blackguard316

    It is hers. You can even see how the angle matches.

  • Blackguard316

    Many hallucinogens don’t show up in drug tests, and she was in the tank for 3 weeks. Any drug at all would of dissolved, especially in 60 or less degree water, which would also hold the body down. Water 62 degrees or less will cause hypothermia, and cold water pulls things down. Also, ever considered that police lie?

  • Efra

    Oh my, why does everyboby believe that the authorities tell the truth?! If they have a reason they will lie and not tell how things really are, right?

  • Eee

    Wayyy late on this, but just read about this story today. To me, it looks like she kept pressing the door open button With all the other buttons(why the doors stayed open) and she couldnt figure out why they wouldn’t close (why she kept going in and out, pressing buttons again, waiving at the door, hiding in the the corner). I have literally seen people do all of that trying to get the doors to close on an elevator. Also she probably got confused and frustrated, that’s the hands on head and weird hand motions, and I’m super flexible and my hips are weird so could easily and thoughtlessly replicate that weird foot thing she did. I do some weird shit on the elevator when i think noone can see me, like dance around and stuff lol.I do find it weird however, that time is missing from the video and if the water tower was in fact locked from the outside.