Elisa Lam’s Death At The Infamous Cecil Hotel Was “Not A Conspiracy”: Know More Here

Amy Price, the general manager of the Cecil Hotel, was no stranger to death. But Elisa Lam’s was unique.

The Canadian tourist had been missing for approximately two weeks when officials at the famous Los Angeles hotel discovered her body in 2013. The naked body of the 21-year-old was discovered in a water cistern on the hotel roof.

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Price, who departed the Cecil Hotel in 2017, published a memoir titled “Behind the Door: The Dark Truths and Untold Stories of the Cecil Hotel.” She describes her personal encounters with the various guests and inhabitants who have stayed at “America’s Hotel Death,” as it has been dubbed throughout the years.

“I didn’t have to agree to have her parents go up to the roof and see where their daughter died,” Price explained to Fox News Digital. “Our attorney told us it was our choice. I’m not a mother myself, but it was the right thing to do.

“Today, people still talk about all the conspiracies surrounding Elisa’s death, but they forget a woman was grieving for her daughter,” Price shared. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen somebody in so much pain. And to witness something like that was heartbreaking.”

Price described Lam’s mother falling to the ground and wailing in the book.

“The pain she felt was palpable and horrible, and I felt so badly for her,” Price wrote. “I remember an attorney kneeled beside her and offered words of comfort. Elisa’s dad, meanwhile, was as still as a statue. It was one of those scenes that was very difficult to take in. I felt so sad for the Lams.”

According to the book, the hole in the water tank used to remove Lam’s body was still visible.

Previously, hotel guests had complained about insufficient water pressure. The grisly finding was made by a maintenance worker. Lam was discovered in one of the four cisterns that offered guests drinking and washing water.

The cause of Lam’s death was determined to be an accident. Her body showed no signs of violence or foul play. She also suffered from bipolar disorder. Nonetheless, the circumstances of her death prompted various conspiracy theories. Several online sleuths examined hotel surveillance footage of Lam. They insisted Lam had been the victim of murder or supernatural activity.

Price emphasised that there is no mystery.

“I couldn’t have been more involved with the case from the beginning,” Price explained. “I can say 100 per cent in confidence that there is no conspiracy to Elisa Lam’s death. I know exactly in my mind what happened because I was there every step of the way. I worked with the police. … I wish there was a little bit more focus on mental illness than the conspiracy theories.”

“It’s still very heartbreaking,” Price added.

Lam travelled to Los Angeles by himself. She planned to go to Santa Cruz, which is roughly 350 miles north of Los Angeles. Lam had booked a shared room for three nights but was moved to a private room when her roommates complained about her strange behaviour.

Officials stated she took public transport and communicated with her parents on a daily basis until she vanished. Lam had a Tumblr blog where she discussed her anxiety and depression difficulties.

Surveillance footage showed her punching buttons inside a lift and sticking her head out the doors, peering in both directions. The cisterns were elevated at least ten feet above the roof.

Price stated in the book that she contacted her mother before calling the police after Lam’s death was discovered because “it was an impulse.”

“The phone was ringing before I’d fully decided to call her,” she wrote. “I think I just wanted to tell somebody who loved me what was going on. … I called one of the homicide detectives who’d camped out watching the video footage for days. He didn’t answer. I called two or three more times, and then I finally dialled 911.”

According to the book, Lam was taking medication but had stopped taking it. They also discovered that when she was not taking her medicine, she was prone to paranoia and hiding.

“I have thought a billion times about Elisa Lam going into the water tank and what it would have taken for her to get out,” Price wrote in her book. “Being a very good swimmer myself, I know it would have taken for her to get out. … It was nearly impossible. She would have to go all the way to the bottom, empty her lungs and then spring up fast and shoot out of the water and grab the side of the open tank. There would not have been a ladder to grab since the tank is not designed for people to be on the inside.

“She must have been so scared when she realized she wasn’t going to be able to do that,” Price added. “I imagine that she must have screamed, and even though there were hundreds of people in the building just below, nobody would have heard her. That’s the part that I find most haunting.”

The Cecil Hotel, which costs $65 per night, was erected in the 1920s. It’s a few blocks from Skid Row, where gentrification efforts frequently collide with homelessness and criminality.

It had previously housed prominent serial killers like Richard Ramirez, often known as the Night Stalker and Jack Unterweger. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Austrian jail author was convicted of murdering nine prostitutes in Europe and the United States.

The Cecil Hotel is also linked to the Black Dahlia murder, one of the most famous unsolved crimes in American history. Short apparently visited the bar at the Cecil shortly before her death in 1947 at the age of 22.

Following Lam’s death, Price said she was approached by Netflix about participating in a documentary about the hotel’s history. Price claimed she was unaware that “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel,” a true-crime docuseries, would primarily focus on Lam’s case. The streaming service’s spokesman did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. The special is still accessible to watch online.

“Through all the years, no one who worked at the hotel ever made any comments,” said Price. “When the opportunity came, I thought, ‘I’m not working there anymore. It would be nice to clear the air.’ I thought I was doing people a favour by just clarifying what happened on our end. The interview was quite a long one and a lot of it was so severely cut. … They cut out all the emotions [I experienced].

“I just felt like they didn’t give me a chance to be more human,” Price alleged. “There wasn’t too much of me showing how much I did care for the hotel and how hard those times were for everyone. I just wanted to explain what had happened.”

Employees at the Cecil Hotel, according to Price, have been scrutinised by web sleuths and even accused of attempting to cover up Lam’s death or manipulate CCTV footage. When the docuseries became available for streaming, some viewers resorted to social media to call Price’s allegations into question.

Price insisted that she was only trying to offer her side of the story with the aim of debunking conspiracy theories.

“I wasn’t prepared for the backlash that I did receive because I’d never gone on TV before,” Price admitted. “I didn’t know what to expect, but I certainly wasn’t expecting that. … I was completely blindsided.

“I took my role [as manager] very seriously,” Price shared. “Everyone who worked at the hotel became like family to me. … I don’t know if people really even focus on the tenants. I think people focus on the tragedies that happen to the tenants. And I know people are intrigued by the mystery.

“[The hotel’s long history with death] is directly related to the area. It’s a high concentration of people that are not thriving in the world. It’s a mix of mental illness, drug use and hitting rock bottom. … These were people trying to make money, trying to survive.”

Price stated that she frequently considers the Cecil Hotel’s future.

“Right now, they are filling it up with homeless people,” she said. “It does have 600 rooms. I hope that they can offer a home to people or people can get some help. I would like for it to be turned into a place where people could heal. That would be the best thing to happen to Cecil. … Everyone deserves a chance.”

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