Netflix Examines Mysterious Case of Elisa Lam in New True Crime Docuseries

Netflix is about to take a deep dive into the 2013 case of Elisa Lam on the Cecil Hotel in the brand new documentary collection, Crime Scene: The Vanishing on the Cecil Hotel.

Directed and govt produced by Joe Berlinger (The Ted Bundy Tapes), the four-episode docuseries will “deconstruct” the occasions behind Lam’s disappearance with interviews with the lodge staff, visitors and investigators. The case of Lam, a Vancouver native and a vacationer on the Downtown Los Angeles lodge, gripped the general public because of the unusual circumstances surrounding it. She disappeared in late January 2013 and by mid-February, the authorities launched the last-known CCTV footage of Lam (dated February 1) taken contained in the lodge elevator as she exhibited some unusual conduct. During the investigation, visitors on the Cecil Hotel started complaining about low water strain and even its weird black shade and style. Lam’s physique was then discovered in one of the water tanks of the lodge, and the coroner’s report acknowledged unintended drowning because the trigger of dying and her bipolar dysfunction as an element. However, many have questioned how Lam gained entry to the staff-only rooftop and even managed to get contained in the water tank by herself.

“As a real crime documentarian, I used to be fascinated in 2013 when the elevator video of Elisa Lam went viral and legions of beginner detectives used the web to attempt to remedy the thriller of what occurred to her, a 21-year-old Canadian vacationer on her first journey to Los Angeles,” Berlinger mentioned in a statement. “So, when journalist Josh Dean, who can be a producer on the challenge, introduced us his analysis into this case, we realized there was as a chance to do one thing totally different by not simply telling the story of Elisa’s disappearance, however to create a collection that explores a specific location’s position in encouraging or abetting crime — or the notion thereof.”

In addition to Lam’s dying, The Vanishing may even check out the historical past of the Cecil Hotel, which is infamous for being the situation of deaths, violence and even relaxation stops for serial killers like Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger. “My previous initiatives have leaned into particular person crimes and criminals, however I’ve by no means explored the position a specific location has performed in creating an surroundings in which a number of crimes seemingly happen time and again,” Berlinger added. “The proven fact that Elisa disappeared in a location that has a multi-decade historical past of crimes is what made her case fascinating to me.”

As per Berlinger, true crime followers can count on extra seasons of Crime Scene that may discover different places and instances: “We will discover a specific location and the social forces that contribute to its felony historical past, whereas additionally taking a look at particular crimes inside that context.”

Crime Scene: The Vanishing on the Cecil Hotel premieres February 10 on Netflix.

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