Netflix has something in store for you, true crime fans!
The streaming giant has confirmed that they are releasing a docuseries on the mysterious death of 21-year-old student Elisa Lam. Dubbed Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, the geniuses behind Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes are working their magic on this fascinating offering.
The first season of the show will focus on The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, which made the rounds online in 2013 after the unfortunate incident. Viral CCTV footage captured some of Lam’s final moments on Jan. 31 in an elevator, where she was seen behaving strangely—hurriedly pressing multiple buttons, going in and out of the door, and even hiding from someone at one point.
In early February, her parents reported her missing. On Feb. 19, her dead body was found in a water tank of the establishment after its guests—who took a bath, brushed their teeth, and even drank from it—complained of having dirty water and low water pressure. To this day, the real cause of her demise remains a mystery.
During the investigation, the city health department didn’t find harmful bacteria in the tank or the pipes. According to CNN International, medical examiners concluded she "was the victim of an accidental drowning." However, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Rudy Lopez said that robbery-homicide detectives “had treated the case as a suspicious death, since falling into a covered water tank behind a locked door on top of a roof would be an unusual accident.”
Director and executive producer Joe Berlinger let slip how they are approaching each season of the new series, which is coming out on Feb. 10. “We will explore a particular location and the social forces that contribute to its criminal history, while also looking at specific crimes within that context,” he shared.
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