What Happened to Elisa Lam? — Haunting Elevator Surveillance Video

On the evening of January 31, 2013, 21-year-old Elisa Lam, vanished. A student from Vancouver, Canada, Lam was on holiday, and stopped in at the Cecil Hotel on her way to Santa Cruz, California, where she was last seen alive.

A few weeks later, people staying at the hotel began to complain about foul-tasting and discolored water, and low water pressure. On February 19, maintenance workers discovered the body of Elisa Lam in a water tank on the roof of the hotel.

The strange thing is; not only was the entrance to the roof alarmed, but the only way firemen were able to get inside the tank was to cut it open. So how did she get up there undetected? And how did she close the lid to the water tank after herself?

The last known footage of Elisa Lam alive is this haunting surveillance video, released by the LAPD on February 14, 2013. It shows Lam, moments before she disappeared, acting very strangely inside an elevator at the hotel.

The doors won’t close. Elisa can be seen pressing all of the elevator buttons and waiting for it to move. She starts to look around as if she is expecting, or hiding from someone. Seeing that the elevator doors are not closing, she becomes increasingly distressed, before exiting the elevator. She then seems to be communicating with someone, though only she can be seen in the video, then at the 2:05 mark, her hand gestures and arms move in unnatural ways — they bend and contort and at a point Elisa can be seen breaking her own fingers. This odd behaviour is what has sparked fears and conspiracy theories about how she may have died:

The L.A. County Department of Coroner ruled the death “accidental due to drowning” and said no traces of drugs or alcohol were found during the autopsy. So what happened that night? Of course the countless theories floating around on the web include such speculated conspiracies and explanations as, she had bipolar and was having a mental episode, demon possession, foul play between the hotel and city authorities, and even a few claiming she was a random human sacrifice for the Illuminati cult. Quite ridiculous.

To this day, no one knows what happened to Elisa Lam.

Whatever took place, Elisa Lam’s death is an unexplained event that may probably remain a mystery, like the countless thousands of deaths that go unsolved around the world every year. The one thing I do believe, without a question of a doubt, is that this innocent young lady was murdered. My condolences. May she and her family find peace.

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This is Elisa Lam’s instagram page with the last photos she ever took: instagram.com/moulesmariniere and here is her Tumblr page that has been left untouched since 2013…December: nouvelle-nouveau.tumblr.com/ There was an influx of posts in the month of February after her death, of poetry and surreal and endearing photographs, but through March, April to June, the postings dwindle. Quite mysterious.

By Alessandro Gottardo

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~ by Fionnlagh on October 31, 2014.

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