For nearly a century, the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles has been linked to a long list of untimely deaths, suicides and even housed a few serial killers. So what makes this place such a hotbed for notorious activity? Is it an easy location for everyone to access? Does it have some weird link to the supernatural realm? Is it all just coincidence? This is what Joe Berlinger dives into in Netflix‘s new series Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel.

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One of the most mysterious cases and the documentary’s subject happened in 2013. Canadian college student Elisa Lam vanished from the hotel and was found a few weeks later in a water tank atop it. The tragic incident was only made more mysterious when an unsettling security video found its way to the internet. It looks as if she is talking or fighting with someone (though no one else is ever seen) and hiding in the elevator, which appears to be broken. It is still a mystery how she ended up on the Cecil Hotel’s roof or who she was interacting with.

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel was directed by Berlinger, executive produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Joe Berlinger, Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, Jon Doran, Jon Kamen and Ryan Miller. The show is an Imagine Documentaries and RadicalMedia Production in association with Third Eye Motion Picture Company.

The four-part documentary Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel will release on February 10, 2021. Check out the trailer below.



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