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Monday, November 25, 2013

Creepy Elevator Video: The Elisa Lam Case

So I came across a seriously crime tidbit this past week and thought I'd share it today. But first, NaNoWriMo updates!

As of yesterday, I've written 39,460 words for NaNo, which equals 53,154 words for my book, Desolate Mantle. I'm going to press through and try to hit the 50,000 word count this week, which means I have 10,000 words to write in the next five days. Participating writers can start uploading their manuscripts for validation today. I'm not done yet, but I hope to finish by the 30th. Wish me luck!

(P.S. If anyone's looking for some great Thanksgiving stories, check out this anthology. I don't make any money on the sale of it, but I do have a story in there entitled Hill vs. Hill vs. Hill about our annual family football game. All the stories in it are pretty great.)

Did you know...

About a girl named Elisa Lam who was killed in L.A. in February of this year? It seems I'm a bit late to this story, but I stumbled across the security cam footage which has gone viral on internet since it was first released. And it's seriously creepy!

The facts: 

Elisa Lam was a 21-year old student from Vancouver, Canada. She had checked into the Cecil Hotel in L.A. and shortly after went missing. Her body was found two weeks later in the hotel's rooftop water tank and her official cause of death was drowning. She was discovered when workers went to check the tank because hotel patrons were complaining that the water tasted 'funny' and was discolored. (Gross!) But there's more to it than just that.

The only way to access the rooftop was through a locked door, that Elisa doesn't seem to have access to. There is also a fire escape, but even that seems unlikely given the area she was found in. Furthermore, to remove her body from the tank, rescuers had to drill a large hole into an enclosed, industrial tank. They have no idea how she got herself in there.

The weirdness:

Security camera footage (video below) of Elisa getting into one of the hotel elevators, most likely not long before her death, was found and has since been released. It shows her getting into the elevator, pushing all the buttons, and then acting bizarrely. When the elevator door doesn't close for some reason, she acts as though she's hiding, then looking for someone. She steps outside the elevator car and starts waving her arms around in a bizarre fashion, almost as though talking to someone who isn't there. 

Many people have tried to claim that her behavior might be the result of drugs or alcohol, but the autopsy done on her body ruled out the presence of both. Of course, the footage (video below) has conspiracy theorists and paranormal enthusiasts lighting up the internet with possible explanations.

The Elisa Lam case remains unsolved.

The footage:

What do you think of the video? Do you have a theory that would explain her odd behavior?

1 comment:

  1. That is creepy, but she was probably on drugs. Or there were bees. Good find!