Until this weekend, I’d never heard the name Cecil Hotel or indeed Elisa Lam.
In January 2013, Canadian student Elisa Lam decided to ‘find herself’ and take a trip to California alone. She ended up booking into the Cecil Hotel in Skid Row, downtown L.A.
This is the documentary of the mysterious disappearance of Elisa Lam, and takes the viewer through the infamous past of the Cecil Hotel (renowned for murders, suicides and altogether unsavoury things happening).
Candid interviews with the general manager of the hotel at the time of Elisa’s disappearance and input from the detectives who worked the case, the coroner and also reporters and web sleuths, such was the fascination about this vanishing.
Elisa went missing on 31 January 2013 and the last known sighting of her was in the lift on the 14th floor of the hotel, where Elisa is observed to be acting in a strange manner. She exits the lift but is never seen alive again. Police confident that she never left the hotel.
If you like crime documentaries, this is definitely one to look out for on Netflix.
⏩ Lesley Stock is a former PSNI and RUC Officer currently involved in community work.