The bone-chilling case of Elisa Lam’s death is easily one of the most mysterious cases OF THE MODERN ERA. What really happened? Was it murder? A tragic accident? The result of dark forces manifesting from a demon universe? Or ALL THREE?
The Elisa Lam case transcends all labels and becomes a Rorschach test for the 21st-century mind – everyone who looks at it sees something different.
In February of 2012, a 21-year-old student name Elisa Lam from Vancouver, Canada, was found dead inside the rooftop water tank of the Cecil hotel on Los Angeles’ skid row. The LA.County Department of Coroner ruled the death “accidental due to drowning” and said no traces of drugs or alcohol were found during the autopsy. However, there is much more to the story than what is implied by police reports. Much, much more.
Witness the video surveillance footage of the last few minutes of her life.
From Vigilant Citizen:
The four-minute video posted on YouTube shows Elisa pressing all of the elevator buttons and waiting for it to move. Seeing that the elevator doors are not closing, starts behaving extremely bizarrely. At first, Elisa enters the elevator and apparently presses all of its buttons. She then waits for something to happen but, for some reason, the elevator door doesn’t shut. She starts to look around, as if she is expecting (or hiding from) someone. At 1:57, her arms and hands start moving in a very strange matter (almost not human) as she appears to be talking to someone, something … or nothing at all. She then walks away. The elevator door then shuts and appears to start working again.
Watch it now, I dare you. Pay extra-special attention to those weird-ass hand movements, like she had no bones, like they were somehow elongated, like they were somehow not her own – WTF IS THAT?
And who was she hiding from? Who was she talking to? And whywhywhy was the elevator door taking so long to close?
Right after the events of the video, Elisa apparently gained access to the rooftop of the hotel, climbed to its water tank and, somehow, ended up drowning in it.
Never mind the fact that rooftop was locked and the 8-foot-tall water cistern was incredibly difficult to access, making an accidental fall into it all but impossible
Her body was found two weeks after her death, after hotel guests complained about the water’s taste and color. Incredible.
Seeing the surveillance footage, most people would conclude that she was under the influence of drugs. However, Elisa did not have a history of drug use and her autopsy concluded that no drugs were involved.
Shortly after the discovery of Elisa Lam’s body, a deadly outbreak of tuberculosis occurred in Skid Row, near Cecil Hotel. You probably won’t believe the name of the test kit used in these kinds of situations: LAM-ELISA. That is hardcore synchronicity.
WEIRD, WEIRD, WEIRD.
Now, directors/producers Jake Anderson and Jared Salas are attempting to make a feature-length documentary exploring the case.
Using police records, videos made by independent investigators, animations, eyewitness testimony, archival footage, recreated scenes, and Elisa Lam’s own journals, What Happened to Elisa Lam? will peel away the layers of the investigation from multiple points of view in order to reconstruct Elisa Lam’s tragic final night and assess the weeks and months before and after.
This will include: abstract and dramatic recreations of Elisa’s emotional landscape, aided by voice over scenes drawn from her online writings; dramatic recreations of the night of her disappearance, including her experience in the hallway and elevator; TV news clips about the case; drone footage of downtown Los Angeles; interviews with multiple people intimately connected with the case; the surveillance footage; interviews with LAPD detectives and Cecil Hotel management; abstract animations of Rorschach test imagery; found footage and archival footage of the Cecil Hotel from previous decades; recreations of bipolar disorder (first person pov of what it’s like to experience hypomania and severe depression); paranormal researcher Clyde Lewis investigating the Cecil Hotel; a body language expert analyzing the surveillance footage.
What Happened to Elisa Lam? will showcase characters from all spectrums of the case — detectives, psychologists, friends of Elisa’s, journalists and filmmakers who became obsessed with the case, Reddit moderators and website owners who saw the case grow into a viral phenomenon, even short-stay and long-term Cecil residents who were accused of killing her.
Over the last year, we have cultivated relationships with several people intimately connected with Elisa Lam and the case. The narrative will focus on these subjects while detouring to explore other aspects.
In order to cover the extensive traveling, labor, and technical costs of filming a feature documentary, our team plans to raise at least $30,000 with this Kickstarter campaign. We have multiple platforms through which we can generate interest in the film and these same platforms will help us later as we look for distributors. We run a popular paranormal/horror site called TheGhostDiaries.com, which gets 5k-10k pageviews a day. Over the last three years, we’ve drawn over 2.5 million unique visitors. Director Jake Anderson wrote two articles on the Elisa Lam case which generated about half a million page views, tens of thousands of FB likes and shares, and seemingly endless comment threads.
There is great interest in this case among our readers. The Ghost Diaries’ Facebook page currently has 180,000+ likes. The Ghost Diaries Twitter account has over 10,000 followers and the Ghost Diaries Tumblr account is growing as well.
By advertising our Kickstarter campaign through our site and social media platforms, we should be able to raise enough money to make a powerful documentary. The more funds we raise, the better the documentary will be!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge in making this film is telling the story in a way that does not further stigmatize the case and Elisa. There are many (thousands) sensationalized accounts on YouTube and other films on the subject are sure to come — ours will go beyond just murder conspiracies and paranormal speculation and assess the sociological and psychological impact of the case. The film will honor Elisa while exposing the full story of how the case has resonated with so many people around the world.
We’ve already invested 3 years of our lives researching every nook and cranny of the case and we’ve invested considerable personal funds — with your help, we can take it to the next level.
**Out of respect for Elisa’s life and those still grieving her loss, WE ARE GOING TO DONATE A PERCENTAGE OF OUR FUNDS TO HER FAMILY.
Donate to the kickstarter here. So far, they’ve reached $7,000 of their $30,000 goal, with 19 days to go!