Netflix to release docuseries on mysterious death of Elisa Lam next month

She was seen hiding in an elevator before being discovered dead in a water tank


Netflix has announced its latest documentary series, Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, which will focus on the mysterious disappearance and death of student Elisa Lam.

Elisa was last seen in 2013 on CCTV camera at the infamous Cecil Hotel, she then disappeared and was discovered a month later in a water tank on the roof of the hotel.

The upcoming series will have four episodes and be released on 10th February. The series was directed by Joe Berlinger, who was heavily involved in Netflix’s Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.

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Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel is said to be first in a series of investigating crimes that took place in mysterious locations.

What is Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel about?

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel will be a four part series looking into the mysterious disappearance and death of Elisa Lam.

In 2013 Elisa went to stay at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. She was last seen alive in a CCTV tape from the hotel that went viral after her death.

In the clip Elisa appears to be in the elevator talking and gesturing. She goes in and out of the elevator a number of times, and often appears to be hiding.

This was the last time she was seen alive, and then disappeared leaving her possessions in her hotel room.

A month later she was discovered in a water tank on the roof of the hotel, after hotel guests complained of bad water pressure and dark water in their drinks. The coroner’s report revealed Elisa died of an accidental drowning.

However since the case has closed a number of theories have circulated the internet, suggesting possible alternatives for her cause of death. Most notably because of the location of her death, the Cecil Hotel.

The Cecil Hotel is steeped in mystery and is infamous for a number of murders and suicides which have taken place there. You may also recognise the name from Netflix’s latest true crime series, Night Stalker, as serial killer Richard Ramirez stayed there.

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel drops on Netflix on February 10th. or all the latest Netflix news, quizzes, drops and memes like The Holy Church of Netflix on Facebook. 

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