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Sorry for the lazy copy and paste post but I've never seen this before and the footage is giving me goosebumps and I'm not even cold.
Elisa Lam was a 21-year-old student from Canada who was visiting Los Angeles, California, in early 2013. Unfortunately, the hotel Elisa chose to stay at—Hotel Cecil—was a notorious place for sinister happenings such as thefts, suicides, and murders. The Cecil Hotel, as most reports hasten to mention, was at one time home to serial killer Richard Ramirez, a.k.a. The Nightstalker, and at another to fellow serial killer Jack Unterweger. It was also allegedly the last place butchered actress Elizabeth Short, a.k.a. The Black Dahlia, was seen before her grisly—and still unsolved—murder in 1947.
The last sign of Elisa before her death was in an elevator caught on security footage where she is seen to exhibit strange behavior. The footage begins with Elisa stepping into the elevator and pressing all of the buttons for unknown reasons. The elevator doors, however, refused to close. Elisa is then seen cautiously moving forward and darting her head out of the elevator doors as if she were expecting to find someone out there, possibly even looking for her. She just as quickly retracts as if not wanting to be caught. Afterward, Elisa presses herself into the corner of the elevator as if trying to hide from an unseen presence. The elevator doors are still malfunctioning at this point. Elisa steps out of the elevator and returns back inside and, once again, presses all of the buttons. The doors still refuse to shut and Elisa steps out of the elevator and begins making strange gestures, as if she were pretending to be swimming. Elisa then wanders off and is not seen again. Only thirty seconds after she leaves do the elevator doors finally close.
Two weeks after Elisa’s disappearance, residents of the hotel complained that the water was discoloured and tasted bitter. When the water tanks on the roof were inspected to discover the cause, Elisa Lam’s nude body was found dead and bloated inside. It was determined that she ended up inside of the tank only moments after she left the elevator. The most confusing part of it all was how Elisa Lam even managed to access the roof undetected when it was blocked behind two locked alarmed doors. Even if she had done that alone, climbing up the water tank, opening one, and closing it behind her would have been extremely difficult for her. Despite this, investigators ruled her death an accident.
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. Minutes have been erased from the security footage of Elisa Lam in the elevator which only an employee would have access to. To this day, Elisa Lam’s death remains unsolved.