Whether we admit it or not, we are all passionate about horror documentaries or serial killer documentaries.
Cecil Hotel is in this situation: even if what happened is tragic and unfortunately continues to happen, the way these people are conceived is an enigma that we like to try to untie, and the best and safest way to do that is by following documentaries made by these people.
Today we are going to talk about one of the most terrifying hotels in the world which is currently closed to the public for how many misfortunes have happened there and how many dubious phenomena have been caught inside the hotel.
The Cecil was built in 1924 as a destination for business travellers and tourists.
But things gradually began to take a turn that no one had planned for this hotel. The first documented suicide at the Cecil occurred on the evening of January 22, 1927, when Percy Ormond Cook, 52, shot himself in the head while inside his hotel room after failing to reconcile with his wife and child.
The Los Angeles Times reported that he was rushed to The Receiving Hospital with a slim chance of survival, death records reveal that he died that same evening.
The next reported death occurred in 1931 when a guest, W. K. Norton, died in his room after taking poison capsules. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, more suicides at the Cecil occurred.
In 2008, two long-time residents referred to the Cecil as “The Suicide”, and it became a popular nickname on social media years later. RoomSpook, a website that tracks hotel deaths, lists at least 13 suicides that happened at the hotel.
In addition to suicides, Cecil’s history includes other violent and disturbing happenings. It also became a notorious rendezvous spot for adulterous couples, drug activity, and a common ground for prostitutes.
In the 1980s, the hotel may have been the residence of serial killer Richard Ramires, nicknamed the “Night Stalker”.
Ramirez was a regular presence in the skid row area of Los Angeles and according to a hotel clerk who claims to have spoken to him, Ramirez is rumoured to have stayed at the Cecil for a few weeks. Ramirez may have engaged in part of his killing spree while staying there.
On August 30, 1985, a group of Los Angeles residents spotted him in the street and prevented him from escaping until police arrived to arrest him. In 1989, Ramirez was convicted of 13 murders and sentenced to death, although he would ultimately die from cancer in 2013.
Another serial killer, Austrian Jack Unterweger, stayed at the Cecil in 1991, possibly because he sought to copy Ramirez’s crimes. While there, he strangled and killed at least three prostitutes, for which he was convicted in Austria.
One of the most well-known conspiracy theories at this time, which took place in the Cecil Hotel, is the death of Elisa Lam.
Elisa was a 21-year-old Canadian student who disappeared in 2013 at the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles while she was travelling across the US.
A video of Elisa, filmed in a hotel elevator before she vanished, went viral when it was released by LA police during their investigation. The elevator doors didn’t close. She appeared to be speaking with someone unseen. Her movements were strange. She jumped in and out of the elevator. Then, she vanished.
Elisa’s body was found in a water tank on the hotel’s roof 19 days after she was first reported missing.
Some people said the video was evidence of supernatural activity – and there are still conspiracy theories about Elisa’s disappearance to this day.
After so many years and so many things that happened, the hotel was closed to prevent such events from happening again. Today you can pass by him and just look at him from the outside.