The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam

(Re-blogged from Dark Matters)


First off Roswells! Been listening to you for over a decade and love your show. I have something here you really need to take a look at. It happened last February at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, which is most infamous for being the hotel that Richard The NightStalker Ramirez made his residence. In any event…

My email is concerning the mysterious death of Canadian tourist Elisa Lam. Lam, who was only 21, was last seen at the Cecil Hotel on Jan. 31, according to L.A. police. Her parents had reported her missing and her body was discovered, nude and floating in the water tower of the hotel (a drinking source for residents) where she apparently was for 2 weeks. Now, if you can believe it, here’s is where the story gets REALLY disturbing.

Lam’s final moments were caught on the elevator security camera of the hotel. The footage I’m linking you to was taken moments before her death. In it you’ll see Lam acting very strangely. Mind you no drugs or alcohol was found in her system at all. She appears to be running from or hiding from someone, or something. Most perplexing about the video is that the door stays open the entire time, nearly four minutes. Then Lam contorts into some really frightening way that has to be seen to really be described and the elevator doors shut. Then open and shut several times before the video ends. Watch the video and then I’ll tell you about how this story gets even stranger.

A maintenance worker discovered the body while looking into complaints about the water pressure in the building. Guests had been drinking and bathing with water contaminated by a body that had been decomposing for nearly two weeks. So how did she get there? The Water Tower on top of the building was 15 feet high and locked. To gain access to said tower Lam would have had to of passed silently through two locked and alarmed doors first. Apparently she did so. All doors were still locked. No alarms were ever tripped. There are 100s of stories about this on the internet reported by every reputable news agency that there is. Some people say she was possessed or attacked by a ghost. If this is the case then this is the only known footage of such an occurrence.

Here’s more videos on this incident:

In the end her death was ruled as “accidental.” Mind you her clothes were never found. Nothing about this story makes any sense. Would love to hear your take on it.

P.S. According to friends and family she has no history of mental illness

The Cecil Hotel has a hell of a dark past. Richard Ramirez, a serial killer and rapist known as the “Night Stalker,” lived on the hotel’s 14th floor for several months in 1985. Johann “Jack” Unterweger is another serial killer who lived in the hotel in 1991. In 1964 a woman was found dead in her ransacked room, having been stabbed, strangled, and raped by an known assailant. The hotel has also been home to a number of suicide deaths from patrons who leaped from an upper-floor windows, including a woman who jumped from the 9th floor in 1962 and killed a man walking below.

There’s a REALLY weird medical test name coincidence. Just days after Elisa Lam’s body was found, national health experts were called into Skid Row near the hotel to investigate a deadly persistent tuberculosis (TB) outbreak that local health officials called the largest in a decade. More than 4,500 people may have been exposed to tuberculosis and scientists linked the outbreak to a TB strain unique to L.A. A test used to diagnose tuberculosis, particularly in patients with advanced immunosuppression? The LAM-ELISA. That’s … huh.

My skeptic nature insists that people are just scrambling for explanations for something that simply can’t be explained, but it’s hard not to get swept up in the mystery of it all, isn’t it? I guess no one will ever truly know what happened to Elisa Lam, and I can only begin to imagine how tragic that must be for her family.

What do you think about this story? Do you think Elisa Lam died by suicide, or was there something else going on?



  1. Wow that is strange. No clothes no id, locked door secured tank. No video of anyone/thing up there. All kidding aside its a case for the “X” Files

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  2. I love reading about strange cases such as this! Definitely a weird situation and hard to explain….

    • According to the family she has no history of anything — so it’s interesting that the news is saying she does. It seems like she’s talking to someone and what was really odd to me was when the time jumped, things got strange.

  3. Addressing why the door does not close: She is seen scrolling down the middle column of the elevator panel when she first enters ( Notice she doesn’t have glasses? oh, she also lives on the fourth floor which is on that column.) She presses several buttons including the bottom most button which is the ‘Hold Door’ button. she then exits the elevator briefly’ re-enters and press the buttons again several times. notice how the door does not close until Aprox. 30 seconds after she leaves the elevator for the final time? But wait, I have proof. through a simple google search I found a website reviewing the hotel that also has the elevator panel in a picture noting that there was no 13th floor.

    Knowledge, my friends:…. and proof:

  4. this is stupid, I know she cant see clearly without her glasses but doesnt mean shes dumb. She knew exactly where her room is even without her glasses she doesnt need to push all the buttons in the middle row just to get there..

  5. and because she doesnt wear her glasses doesnt mean shes blind and cant see anything. In that very close range shes absolutely can see where number 4 is..

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