NICKNAMED Hotel Death, the Cecil Hotel has a morbid reputation for housing all sorts of evil.
A new Netflix crime series explores at the bizarre death of a Canadian student at the hotel back in 2013…
The new docuseries explores the unexplained case of 21-year-old Canadian student Elisa LamCredit: Reuters
How many episodes are there in Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel?
Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel features four episodes in total.
Each instalment will be an hour-long.
All four episodes will be released at the same time, making it a perfect miniseries to binge-watch for all the true crime junkies out there.
Netflix have released the names of each episode. They are:
- Episode One: Lost in Los Angeles
- Episode Two: Secrets of the Cecil
- Episode Three: Down the Rabbit Hole
- Episode Four: The Hard Truth
The series is directed by Emmy-winning director Joe Berlinger.
He is responsible for other true crime series, including Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich
The series is directed by Emmy-winning director Joe BerlingerCredit: Netflix
What is The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel about?
Netflix’s new docuseries explores the unexplained case of 21-year-old Canadian student Elisa Lam.
She went missing whilst staying at the Cecil Hotel back in 2013, and a month later Lam’s body was found in a water tank on the roof of the hotel.
The Cecil Hotel, now renamed Stay on Main, has been a hotbed of creepy stories over the years.
Police unearthed surveillance footage from the hotel of Lam acting strangelyCredit: Netflix
Serial killer Jack Unterweger also stayed at the Cecil Hotel in 1991.
The synopsis for the gripping series reads: “From director Joe Berlinger, Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel is the first season in a new documentary series that deconstructs the mythology and mystery surrounding infamous locations in contemporary crime.
“For nearly a century the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles has been linked to some of the city’s most notorious activity, from untimely deaths to housing serial killers.
“In 2013 college student Elisa Lam was staying at the Cecil when she vanished, igniting a media frenzy and mobilizing a global community of internet sleuths eager to solve the case.
“Lam’s disappearance, the latest chapter in the hotel’s complex history, offers a chilling and captivating lens into one of LA’s most nefarious settings.”
Lam’s body was found in one of the water tanks atop the hotelCredit: Netflix
What happened to Elisa Lam?
Elisa Lam was a Canadian student, travelling California on a solo trip. She checked into The Cecil hotel at the end of January 2013, and was registered as missing when she failed to check out of the hotel on the scheduled day.
During the missing persons investigation, police unearthed surveillance footage from the hotel.
It showed that she had stepped into an elevator on the day of her disappearance – February 1, 2013.
The footage showed Lam acting strangely as she steps into the elevator and presses every button in the panel.
Lam’s body was finally found after guests in the hotel complained of a weird taste in the tap waterCredit: AP:Associated Press
The student bizarrely steps out and check to see who is in the hallway multiple times before leaving the elevator.
Lam’s body was finally found after guests in the hotel complained about low water pressure and a weird taste in the tap water – her body was later found in a water tank atop the hotel.
Although a coroner issued a finding of accidental drowning, with bipolar disorder as a significant factor, many still suspect foul play.
When is Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil House on Netflix and how can I watch it?
Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel premieres on Wednesday, February 10.
It will be available to watch on Netflix worldwide.
The series will be released at 12am EST in the US.