Why The Mysterious Death at The Cecil Hotel Continues to Haunt Us
Most of the hotel ghosts that we hear about here are pretty harmless. They are more poltergeisty rather than in-your-face frightening. But at the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, there's clearly something that is at best, haunting and at worst, downright evil at play.
You may remember this hotel from earlier in the year when a young woman was found dead in the hotel's water tank. As if that wasn't tragic enough, her body had been in there for two weeks. It was only until guests and residents at the Skid Row hotel noticed the water had a black color and a foul odor. You're already creeped out. But now VigilantCitizen.com has found something even more disturbing--a video surveilance tape that shows the young woman, Elisa Lam, in the elevator shortly before she lost her life.
If you watch the video, you will see that Lam was not in her right mind. She entered the elevator and pushed all the buttons. Then when the doors wouldn't close, she peeked around the corner to see if someone was coming but yet she also hid herself and acted afraid that someone might see her.
Things get weirder still. She steps out of the elevator and begins waving her hands in a strange fashion and they appear to be a little warped. Finally, she walks away from the elevator and out of the camera's sight. The elevator then closes its doors and takes off.
Later, she somehow found a way into the gated water tank area, that's also protected by an alarm system and into the water tank where she drowned. Her death was ruled by the coroner's office as an accidental drowning but no drugs or alcohol were found in her system.
The rational side of us is going to say that Lam was probably suffering from some sort of psychosis before she died. As for why the elevator doesn't move, maybe pushing all those elevator buttons jammed it up. Or maybe she simply pushed the STOP button. We can't really explain how she found her way to the water tank area, but the hotel is an old property, built in the 1920s, so the alarm could have malfunctioned.
But then there's another way to explain all of this--there's something supernatural happening at this hotel. Vigilant Citizen pointed out a bunch of other creepy connections including a brief summary of the hotel's morbid history but the one that really stuck out for us was this--after her death, an outbreak of tuberculosis happened near the Cecil Hotel and the name of the medical testing kits used in this situation are called, LAM-ELISA. Really.
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[Photo: Cecil Hotel]