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Tuesday's Travel Tales: Hotel Murder & Mayhem

Where: Various Hotels , United States
February 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM | by | ()

Lately, we've been reading about real macabre stuff going down at hotels, some involving guests. Seriously, it's all starting to feel like one long episode of Unsolved Mysteries: Special Hotels Edition . As far as hotels go, we're not quite sure the whole "no such thing as bad press" rule applies. Especially when it comes to grisly crime scenes, so we figure we should fill you in on what's going on out there.

Here are some recent events:

On February 15th, security cameras at a Marriott in Tarrytown, New York caught a 30-something, tattooed, Carhartt-wearing man, fleeing the scene of a date rape. Unfortunately the cops haven't caught the perp yet.

By now, we're sure you've heard of the case of 21 year old Elisa Lam, whose decomposing body was found floating in the rooftop water tank of L.A.'s Cecil Hotel last Thursday, February 21st. For over two weeks prior, countless guests brushed their teeth with "funny-tasting" tap water. The official cause of death? "Pending further examination."

That same day, in Branson, Missouri, a 63-year old woman checked into a Ramada Inn near the town strip with her husband. 24 hours later, she was found dead, while he was no where in sight. The case has been ruled a homicide, and the MIA husband has been named the main suspect.

Again, on Thursday, (for cryin' out loud, was it some kind of solstice or something?), a woman announed she's suing Viceroy Snowmass for $100,000 after (allegedly) being served a glass full of bleach during brunch at the hotel's Eight K restaurant in 2011. While the manager swears she ingested just a small amount of the residue used to sanitize the water pitcher, according to the lawsuit, the victim has, since the incident, "suffered from the inability to eat effectively and persistent acid reflux syndrome." Yikes. This one, too, is unsolved and headed to court.

[Photo: Flickr/ Alan Cleaver]

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