After sitting down to finally watch the Cecil hotel story. I was glad I had some company. Perhaps you have been around some places, that simply seem to draw negativity or negative energy, no matter how it is observed? the Cecil hotel is definitely one of them.
Stay on Main (formerly Cecil Hotel, Hotel Cecil, and informally The Cecil) is a budget hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The Cecil was built in 1924 by three hoteliers William Banks Hanner, Charles L. Dix and Robert H. Schops as a destination for business travelers and tourists. Designed by Loy Lester Smith in the Beaux Arts style, and constructed by W. W. Paden the hotel cost $1.5 million to complete and boasted an opulent marble lobby with stained-glass windows, potted palms, and alabaster statuary.
The Cecil Hotel garnered national media attention in 2013 when Canadian college student Elisa Lam was found dead on its premises. The tabloids said and stated, she simply had vanished, but had she truly? the Cecil has been the site of more than a dozen murders, suicides, and suspected paranormal events over the last century. “While the Elisa Lam case is the driving force that takes viewers from episode to episode throughout.
Later the conspiracy theories surrounding the college student had began to flow .Some screamed cover up, others claimed murder and even had blamed hotel management and or there workers. Later the coroner labeled her death as and accident. Truth is, she was allegedly found floating in a water tank on the top roof.
It’s now 1927 and the Cecil hotel opens. After three years of construction, the Cecil Hotel officially opened in downtown Los Angeles. Decked out with a lavish marble lobby, it was built with the intention of being a comfortable and polished spot for business travelers and Hollywood tourists to enjoy. The United States, however, entered into two years later. Some have attributed the tragedies prompted by the Depression along with the Cecil’s proximity to the skid row area — the term which, according to the Skid Row Housing Trust, originated during the construction of the railroads in the mid-1800s — to the hotel becoming a spot for violence and crime activity.
4 years later the very first documented death. “was on November 19, 1931 when a man committed suicide. Since then, over a dozen other deaths — suicides, overdoses, and murders — have taken place at the hotel. The hotel then allegedly began to take on a similar eerie pattern of tragic illnesses and yes even murder.
One such famous and infamous murderer, was the “night stalker” Richard Ramirez, whom had terrorized Los Angeles from June 1984 to August 1985. Richard stayed at the Cecil hotel on the 14 th floor. Richard was caught in the later summer of 1985.
One other incident. Then in 1991, serial killer Jack Unterweger checked into the Cecil Hotel — years after he was convicted of murder in 1976 in his native country of Austria. During his stay at the Cecil Hotel, he allegedly killed at least three sex workers. Despite receiving a life sentence, Jack was released on parole in 1990.
It’s now January 26, 2013, Lisa lam a college student turns up floating inside water tank.
On January 26, 2013, 21-year-old Canadian student Elisa Lam checked into the Cecil Hotel. She was originally staying in hostel-style accommodations with other roommates. But when the hotel began getting complaints, she was moved into a room by herself. On January 31, Elisa was declared missing.
Three weeks later, on February 19, guests began complaining about the low pressure and the taste of the water in their rooms. Shortly after, Elisa’s body was found floating inside a closed water tank on the hotel’s roof. Her clothes were at the bottom. The coroner declared the death an accidental drowning. Additionally, the autopsy stated that no drugs or alcohol were found in her system and there were no signs of trauma.
Today, the Cecil Hotel is known as Stay on Main after being renamed in 2011. It holds 299 hotel rooms and 301 single-room occupancy residences.
A few years ago, the hotel closed its doors for renovation purposes. Although reports in 2019 indicated that the hotel may reopen in late 2021, it’s unclear whether the coronavirus pandemic has delayed the renovation process. Or if renovations have been completed.