Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel aired on Netflix in February 2021 and is directed by Joe Berlinger (Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes). The documentary series chronicles the mysterious disappearance of Elisa Lam at the Cecil Hotel in 2013, whose final moments, which were caught on the hotel’s lift CCTV, ignited a media frenzy and mobilized a global community of internet sleuths eager to solve the case.
There are two interesting things about this documentary – the mystery of the location itself, and the mythology around the death and disappearance of Elisa Lam. The two come together in one of the most bizarre, unbelievable, and haunting of ways, which is why you won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen.
The conspiracy theories discussed are so thought-provoking and intriguing, drowning in a mystery that you become desperate to make sense of. I found myself caught in the YouTube web of this story myself when it first came to light, so I loved getting to find out more about it and see how these initial online videos sparked such a media frenzy.
It’s such an interesting case, one that surprised me to have such an emotional outcome.