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The Mysterious Case of Elisa Lam

The Mysterious Case of Elisa Lam 1

There are mysteries that are so eerie and strange that  they boggle the mind for days on end. The case of Elisa Lam is one of them. In February 2013, this 21-year-old student from Vancouver,  Canada, was found dead inside the Cecil Hotels rooftop water tank in Los Angeles. The L.A. County Department of Coroner ruled the death  accidental due to drowning and said no traces of drugs or alcohol were found  during the autopsy. However, there is much more to the story than what is  implied by police reports. The first piece of evidence that needs to be  considered is an elevator surveillance tape that recorded Elisas 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. Seeing that the elevator doors are  not closing, starts behaving extremely bizarrely. Heres the video.
At  first, Elisa enters the elevator and apparently presses all of its buttons. She  then waits for something to happen but, for some reason, the elevator door  doesnt shut. She starts to look around, as if she is expecting (or hiding from)  someone. At 1:57, her arms and hands start moving in a very strange matter  (almost not human) as she appears to be talking to someone, something  or  nothing at all. She then walks away. The elevator door then shuts and appears to  start working again.
Right after the events of the video, Elisa  apparently gained access to the rooftop of the hotel, climbed to its water tank  and, somehow, ended up drowning in it. Her body was found two weeks after her  death, after hotel guests complained about the waters taste and color.  Incredible.
Seeing the surveillance footage, most people would conclude  that she was under the influence of drugs. However, Elisa did not have a history  of drug use and her autopsy concluded that no drugs were involved. When one  looks at the context and the circumstances of this death, things become even  more mysterious.
Built in the 1920s to cater to businessmen to come into  town and spend a night or two, Cecil Hotel was quickly upstaged by more  glamorous hotels. Located near the infamous Skid Row area, the hotel began  renting rooms on a long-term basis for cheap prices, a policy that attracted a  shiftier crowd. The hotels reputation quickly went from shifty to morbid when it  became notorious for numerous suicides and murders, as well as lodging famous  serial killers.
Part of its sordid history, involves two serial killers,   Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger.
Now  on death row, Ramirez, labeled the Nightstalker, was living at the Cecil Hotel  in 1985, in a top floor room.  He was charged 14 dollars a night.  In a building  filled with transients, he remained unnoticed as he stalked and killed his 13  female victims. Richard Schave, said He was dumping his bloody clothes in the  Dumpster, at the end of his evening and returned via the back  entrance.
Jack Unterweger, was a journalist covering crime in Los Angeles for an Austrian magazine in 1991.   We believe he was living at the Cecil Hotel in homage to Ramirez, Schave  said.
He is blamed with killing three prostitutes in Los Angeles, while  being a guest at the Cecil.
In the 50s and 60s the Cecil was known as a  place that people would go to jump out of one of the hotels windows to commit  suicide.
Helen Gurnee, in her 50s, leaped from a seventh floor window,  landing on the Cecil Hotel marquee, on October 22, 1954.
Julia Moore  jumped from her eighth floor room window, on February 11, 1962.
Pauline  Otton, 27, jumped from a ninth floor window after an argument with her estranged  husband, on October 12, 1962.  Otton landed on George Gianinni, 65, who was  walking on the side walk, 90 feet below. Both were killed  instantly.
There was also a murder of one of the residents.  Pigeon  Goldie Osgood, a retired telephone operator, known for protecting and feeding  pigeons in a nearby park, was found dead in his ransacked room on June 4, 1964.   He had been stabbed, strangled, and raped.  The crime still remains  unsolved.
– Las Vegas Guardian Express, Elisa Lam, Morbid History Of Two  Serial Killers Unfolds At Cecil Hotel
Elisa Lams case is yet another  sordid addition to the hotels history and can lead us to ask: What the hell is  wrong with that place?
The story of Elisa Lam is eerily similar to the  2005 horror movie Dark Water. Dahlia, the main protagonist of the movie moves  into an apartment building with her young daughter Cecilia. Both of these names  are relevant. Black Dahlia is the nickname given to Elizabeth  Short, a woman who was the victim of a gruesome murder in 1947  one that  appeared to be particularly ritualistic. The case was never solved. According to  LA Observed, it is rumored that Black Dahlia was at Cecil Hotel right before  she lost her life.
The Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short, is alleged in at  least one book to have hung out at the Cecil and drank at the bar next door  before she disappeared in 1947, though cultural historians Kim Cooper and  Richard Schave of Esotouric say thats just rumor.
– LA Observed, Serial  Killer Central
In the movie, the daughters name, Cecilia, is, obviously,  quite similar to the name Cecil Hotel.
After moving into her apartment,  Dahlia notices dark water leaking from the ceiling in her bathroom. She  ultimately discovers that a young girl named Natasha Rimsky drowned in the  buildings rooftop water tank, which caused the water to turn black. The owner of  the apartment building knew about this fact but refused to take action. Elisa  Lams body was  in the water tank for over two weeks, causing hotel guests to  complain about foul tasting black water.
The ending of the movie is also  eerily relevant: The apartment buildings elevator malfunctions and the ghost of  Cecilias mother braids her hair. Is Elisa Lams death one of those ritualistic  murders that are synchronistically mirrored in a Hollywood movie?
Shortly  after the discovery of Elisa Lams body, a deadly outbreak of tuberculosis  occurred in Skid Row, near Cecil Hotel. You probably wont believe the name of  the test kit used in these kinds of situations: LAM-ELISA. That is hardcore  synchronicity.
No Foul Play?
LA authorities ruled in June 2013  that Elisa Lams death was accidental and that she was probably bi-polar. That  being said, some questions remain unanswered. How did Elisa, who was obviously  not in her right mind, end up in the hotels water tank, an area that is  difficult to access? Heres a news report describing the water tank  area.
As the reporter states in the video, the rooftop area is protected  by an alarm system and the water tank is difficult to reach. How did Elisa reach  that area? Also, how did she close the water tank lid?
As is usually the  case for strange deaths, authorities have been incredibly secretive and  non-transparent during this investigation. What truly happened here? Why are  there so many strange coincidences? Why was Elisa Lam acting so strange in the  elevator? Was there a ritualistic aspect to this death? Why is the Cecil Hotel a  hotbed for these kinds of stories? Is there some paranormal stuff going on there  involving dark entities? The mystery appears to be whole and authorities do not  seem to be wanting to probe further. Maybe I should cite here the slogan that  appears on Dark Water movie posters : Some mysteries are  not meant to be solved.



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