Upcoming Documentary Will Look Back at the Mystery of Elisa Lam

Nearly eight years ago, we learned of the macabre mystery of Elisa Lam, who vanished in February 2013 only to be found, weeks later, dead inside a water tank on the roof of Los Angeles’ Cecil Hotel.

Unusual security footage of her behavior inside one of the hotel’s elevators, released four days before her body was located, raised innumerable questions. To this day, no one can be exactly sure what happened to Elisa Lam on the night of her disappearance, or how she ended up in that water tank.

An upcoming Netflix documentary series will attempt to unravel some of those lingering questions. Set to premiere on February 10, its first four-episode season is titled “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel.”

According to Variety, the series is directed and produced by Joe Berlinger, and will include interviews with hotel employees and investigators, as well as a look into the hotel’s haunted history:

“When Lam vanished, leaving behind all of her possessions, including her wallet and ID in her hotel room, it ignited a media frenzy and mobilized a community of internet detectives who had suspicions about the last-known security camera footage released of her, as well as of some of the other people staying in the hotel. The docuseries features interviews with hotel employees and guests, as well as with some of those who investigated the case.”

While the first season of “Crime Scene” will focus on the Cecil Hotel and Elisa Lam’s story, future seasons will explore other locations and unsolved mysteries.


Rob Schwarz

Writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.