Netflix has announced a new four-part series exploring the mysterious disappearance and death of Elisa Lam, which will premiere on 10th February.
Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel comes four years after Elisa’s disappearance was examined in an Amazon Prime series, which looked at other paranormal activities and unexplained phenomena at the now infamous Downton LA hotel.
The case follows the disappearance and death of a Canadian student, Elisa Lam, which garnered international attention in 2013 when the last known CCTV footage of the 21-year-old went viral.
The footage appeared to show Elisa in an elevator, talking and gesturing wildly in the corridor nearby, before entering and exiting the elevator multiple times and appearing to hide in it too.
Naturally, many were left unsettled by Elisa’s actions, with some claiming paranormal activity could explain her eerie behaviour. Lam reportedly left all her belongings in her hotel room and one month after disappearing, her body was found in a water tank atop the hotel.
The new docuseries will feature interviews with hotel employees and guests, as well as some investigators. Director Joe Berlinger explained, ‘As a true crime documentarian, I was fascinated in 2013 when the elevator video of Elisa Lam went viral and legions of amateur detectives used the internet to try to solve the mystery of what happened to her, a 21-year-old Canadian tourist on her first trip to Los Angeles.’
He continued, ‘So, when journalist Josh Dean, who is also a producer on the project, brought us his research into this case, we realised there was as an opportunity to do something different by not just telling the story of Elisa’s disappearance, but to create a series that explores a particular location’s role in encouraging or abetting crime – or the perception thereof…The fact that Elisa disappeared in a location that has a multi-decade history of crimes is what made her case fascinating to me.’
This one’s definitely one worth adding to the list!