Eliza Lam gained tragic notoriety when her body was found in a water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel, Los Angeles in February 2013, after other guests had complained about quality and taste of the water coming out of the taps. Yes, I retched at that snippet, too.
Not only had the 21 year old student apparently managed to drown herself in a tank that was almost impossible to access and which had to be cut open to free her body (the coroner deemed her death to be ‘accidental’), but CCTV footage showed that prior to her death she had been acting very bizarrely indeed…
To make things even creepier, the Cecil Hotel has a dark history of death and murder. Notorious serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the Night Stalker, lived at the Cecil during his reign of terror in the 1980’s, and Jack Unterweger stayed at the hotel whilst working on an article about prostitution 1991. He is thought to have murdered at least three sex workers during his time in residence and was widely believed to have chosen the Cecil as a base in homage to Ramirez.
You can read more about the Cecil here, and watch a CNN report about the Lam case below:
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Thanks to Stuart B. for suggesting this article. I always appreciate contributions and ideas – if you have anything you’d like to share with other readers, please get in touch.