Exploring the Cecil Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Exploring the Cecil Hotel
The Cecil Hotel in the Skid Row district of downtown Los Angeles is arguably the most haunted hotel in Los Angeles. The Cecil’s haunted legacy goes all the way back to The Great Depression. Opening in 1924, it was only a few years before the Depression filled the hotel with transients, and suicides on the regular. Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel Netflix documentary is out now.
The Black Dahlia was rumored to have had her last drink at the hotel bar. She turned up dead just a few miles away. Richard Ramirez, better know as “The Night Stalker”, convicted of a laundry list of heinous crimes, lived at the Cecil in 1985 during his spree.
The most recent head scratcher at the Cecil was the mysterious case of Elisa Lam. The Guardian explains: “An inspection of the cistern on the hotel’s roof, the naked body of 21-year-old Elisa Lam, a Chinese-Canadian tourist who had been decomposing for roughly 19 days. Elevator security footage shows Lam, who suffered from bipolar disorder, acting erratically, alternately hiding in the corner of the elevator and dashing in and out. At one point, she gesticulates as if addressing an unseen figure. Police ruled her death an accidental drowning.” Accident? Or another victim of the Cecil Hotel? The hotel is currently being renovated and redeveloped into a mix of hotel rooms and residential units.
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