A Bit Bookish

The name's Luna.
24/Los Angeles/wannabe blogger & researcher
Just another freak in the Freak Kingdom.
A place for me to ramble about books I love... also probably the only blog I'll ever have that will keep its theme. I don't want my page to be a mess so I'm only going to shelve books starting with what I've read in the past year.
I'm not always eloquent, and I'm certainly not pretentious. I am just a huge nerd who lurks in used bookstores and likes to read and do research for fun.
Geeks unite.

The Mystery of Elisa Lam

— feeling shocked

So I'm not sure how many of you have already heard of this, but I only found out about it a week or so ago, and I can't stop thinking about it. This video sums up the whole story very well (it's not really 'graphic' in a visual sense but the story is pretty disturbing and the security video of her in the elevator will give you goosebumps).
Here's a quick overview:
The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles is infamous for being sketchy- Richard Ramirez (the 80's serial killer also known as the 'Night Stalker') stayed there while committing many of his crimes and there have been a large number of suicides and generally awful things like rape and murder due to the unusual clientele. However, since it's cheap (apparently anyway, the inside looks pretty nice these days from the pictures I saw, so maybe they made an attempt to be less awful... and failed) I'm sure that in recent years it's gotten a lot of customers like Elisa Lam- college students looking for an adventure in Los Angeles who need to stay at the cheapest place they can find. I think anyone would be a little apprehensive about the other people staying in this notorious hotel, had they heard of its reputation... but I don't think any of us, regardless of what we had heard, would expect a story this grotesque to unfold. 
Toward beginning of February 2013, Elisa Lam went missing after having a very strange experience in the elevator of the Cecil Hotel. In the security video you can see her talking and gesturing to what appears to be no one, or perhaps someone far down the hall. She runs into the elevator to hide a few times, and looks truly scared. The elevator itself seems to not be functioning correctly- she pushes the buttons and presses herself against the wall waiting for the doors to close and they do not. After going in and out of the elevator a few times, she gives up, leaves the elevator, and the doors immediately close after she walks away. On February 19th, after the hotel received multiple complaints about the water occasionally coming out black and tasting "sickly sweet", Elisa Lam's body was found in a water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel.
Now, I'm not a person who believes in the supernatural (though I do love reading/watching shows about it) but I'm having a pretty hard time coming up with an explanation for what happened to this poor girl. 
Unless there's a modern day Sherlock out there, I doubt we'll ever know for sure. 

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