The Death of Elisa Lam

“I noticed the hatch to the main water tank was open and looked inside and saw an Asian woman lying face-up in the water approximately twelve inches from the top of the tank.” -Santiago Lopez, employee of the Cecil Hotel

The death of Elisa Lam is one mystery that has yet to be solved. Many believe that her death is a suicide as a result of a mental health disorder. Others believe that evidence points toward murder.

Elisa disappeared on a vacation in January 2013 from the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Four days before her body was found, the police released eery security camera footage from the inside of the hotel elevator where Elisa can be seen acting scared and even paranoid. Some say that Elisa was participating in the Elevator Game, a game originating in Korea and gaining popularity in Japan. Rules to playing the elevator game can be found here.

(31:21) “That was frantic and panicking…and then her talking and yelling she’s like…it looks like she talking to the elevator.”

In this episode HMCT team member Caity and host Skye discuss what they think happened to Elisa and the unsettling evidence released (and not released!) in the investigation of the death of Elisa Lam.

Information for this episode is from Wikipedia,, and

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