Saturday, October 18, 2014
Countdown To Halloween Blog Post #18
I first came across the story of Elisa Lam while reading an article on-line about true events that would make great horror movies. It was suggested that the film be based on the detectives investigating the circumstances of her death, and the possibilities of a supernatural link. They included a link to a video, and once I watched it I couldn't stop watching it. Over and over I watched it, looking for clues and answers.
This shows the last known moments of Elisa Lam's life. It is taken from an elevator camera inside the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. When patrons of the hotel began complaining the water smelled and tasted funny, a routine check of the water supply tanks on the roof lead to the discovery of Elisa Lam's body. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning but when the video of her bizarre behaviors in the elevator surfaced many began to think that perhaps there was something more to the story.
Elisa Lam did suffer from a bipolar disorder, and she was traveling by herself in California at the time of her death. Her family admits that she did suffer from severe bouts of depression. What makes some question the accidental drowning conclusion is that in order for her to have gained access to the roof where her body was found she would have had to bypass a locked door and a security buzzer.
The Cecil Hotel has had it's fair share of troubled history. The Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short stayed at the Hotel shortly before her infamous murder. The Serial Killers Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger were also guests. There are a number of supernatural theories surrounding Elisa Lam's death, many that are as "out-there" as you would think, but one has to admit that the behaviors she exhibits in the elevator are chilling. For me, it gets weird at about the two minute mark. She appears to be almost petting an animal that is clearly not there. She also seems to be holding a discussion with someone out of the view of the camera. Very creepy.