The Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles is like a real-life Bates Motel: You check in but you don’t always check out… alive.
Netflix has dropped the trailer for its latest binge-worthy true-crime docu-series Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, which examines the baffling circumstances surrounding the disappearance and death of one of its guests, Elisa Lam, a 21-year-old university student from Vancouver, in 2013.
Lam’s body was discovered in a water supply tank on the roof of the 97-year-old hotel.
The footage of Lam’s final hours — where she was seen acting weirdly in an elevator as if she were either possessed or speaking to a supernatural entity — sparked a media frenzy, and mobilised a community of armchair sleuths and fuelled theories surrounding her death.
It’ll be interesting to see what new revelations Joe Berlinger, the director of Paradise Lost and Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, will unearth from the interviews with people connected to the case.
Inevitably, any Elisa Lam story is also a story of the Cecil Hotel and its macabre past.
“People call it Hotel Death,” one interviewee intones in the trailer. “This is the place serial killers let their hair down, like Richard Ramirez, who would come back covered in blood and no one’s got a problem.”
Ramirez himself is also the subject of another Netflix docu-series The Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer.
The four-part Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel starts streaming on Netflix from Feb 10.