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Netflix doc-series 'Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel' shows disturbing CCTV footage of Elisa Lam acting erratically in the hotel lift just a few hours before completely vanishing.
For those who watched the documentary about Elisa Lam's disappearance at this serial killers' hotspot, a video from YouTuber Kris Star could be an interesting potential development.
After reportedly gaining access to the hotel, Kris says: "This is Elisa Lam's room 506 in the Cecil Hotel. The door is open, we can go in. We hear that elevator is going-off down the hall. I don't know who's doing it. There's nobody over here."
The video has so far reached 6,621 people on TikTok who are enthralled by the spookiness of it all. One user commented on the video saying: "Obsessed with this story".
Another said: "Omg I just got done watching that like yesterday that is so awesome you got to go there."
Elisa Lam's disappearance has been clarified by the police - as shown in the documentary - but ghost-busters, internet sleuths and conspiracy theorists still abound.
The victim's strange behaviour during her final moments caught by the CCTV footage is a particularly contentious topic.
The Cecil Hotel was built in the 1920s at the centre of Los Angeles. Drug addicts, criminals and serial killers were frequent guests. Police were called almost daily to resolve problems involving guests or residents. With at least sixteen people having died there, it is not surprising that the hotel became such a sinister trope.
Two notorious former guests were Richard Ramirez - known as 'The Night Stalker' - and Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger.
Tour guide Richard Schave told the CNN that while staying at the hotel, Ramirez had dumped bloody clothes in the dumpster before re-entering through the back entrance.
Ramirez killed 13 people in the mid-1980s and lived on the hotel's 14th floor before being caught.
After the release of the documentary, internet sleuths accused the hotel manager of tempering with the CCTV footage, which both the manager and the police have refuted.
The Cecil Hotel is currently closed so the Tik Tok video must have been recorded before that.
Words: Cilene Tanaka
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