The Bizarre Death Of Elisa Lam


(laughing) (yelling) – Alright, let’s fix the camera. So today we’re driving
to the Stay on Main Hotel or as it was formally
known, the Cecil Hotel, as part of an ongoing
series where I tell this guy true crime stories and
today, we have the privilege of actually going there because it’s in LA and this place happens
to be the site of one of the most bizarre
mysteries I’ve ever read. Alright, so we’re in our hotel room now, I guess it’s time to tell this story – [Brent] In a giant
red chair that’s shaped like a hand. (laughs) – [Ryan] So on January 26th,
2013, twenty-one year old Canadian tourist Elisa Lam checked into the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. On February 19th, eighteen
days from the last time she was seen, Elisa Lam’s body was found naked and floating in a four
foot by eight foot water tank on the roof of the Cecil
Hotel where she was staying. – [Brent] This sounds horrible. – [Ryan] You want to
know what it was that led to her discovery? – [Brent] Uh… – [Ryan] It was hotel
guests complaining about the low water pressure from the hotel. – [Brent] Nice. – [Ryan] One couple after
the fact reported that the water would come out
black before normalizing and that it had a bad taste,
but didn’t complain at the time because they thought
that was normal for LA. – Are you gonna drink the water? – No I’m not gonna drink the water. No, don’t drink that, come on man. – Cheers. – [Ryan] You’re a savage. – Tastes clean. – I mean, it has been three years. It tastes just like water but
it’s too much for me to bear. I can’t. Plus, there’s like this weird
fucking water pipe thing going on up here. Another interesting piece
of info is from a statement from the hotel manager,
and apparently when Elisa checked into the hotel, she was originally in a hostel-style shared room, but later was moved to her own private
room due to complaints from her roommates of odd behavior. It turns out the last
time she was seen was actually on surveillance
footage from the hotel elevator. I’m gonna show you the key points of it. – [Brent] Show me there’s footage? – [Ryan] Yeah, what you’re
about to see is, I don’t know. – [Brent] I don’t want
to see, is there dead? I don’t want to see anything. – [Ryan] No, no, no, no, it’s weird. I’ll tell you that, it’s weird. All right, so this is
the surveillance footage from the elevator. This is the last time she was seen. So that’s her. – [Brent] But why is she… It like looks like she’s
hiding, I’m not sure what. – [Ryan] It looks like
someone was chasing her. But I feel like you wouldn’t
get out of the elevator if someone was chasing you. I mean, she appears to be
moving her hands in like a really weird, inhuman way. – [Brent] How has the
elevator doors not closed yet? – [Ryan] I have no idea. It almost looks like
she’s talking to somebody right now, right? Does it not look like
she’s talking to somebody directly in front of her? – [Brent] Yeah. I mean, not directly in front
of her, down the hall, but. I mean there’s no one in
front of her so, yeah, okay. – [Ryan] That’s the video. – [Brent] Point one, that’s
strange, I’ll give you that. – [Ryan] That’s super strange, right? – [Brent] But that doesn’t
really give us any information. – [Ryan] I mean, it gives
you some theories though. One of which was she was
on hallucinogens or drunk, and while Elisa was in fact
bipolar, and reportedly took four different medications
for that disorder, this theory that she was
on hallucinogens or drunk was quickly rebuked by the fact that her toxicology test results
came back with nothing in her system that could have
contributed to her death. – [Brent] Yea, but, if she’s
bipolar, just right there, that could explain why she was doing that. – [Ryan] It’s possible. – [Brent] Yeah. – [Ryan] Another theory was
that she was actually murdered, but the autopsy showed no visible signs of trauma on her body. So if evidence suggests
that it wasn’t foul play and that it wasn’t drugs,
many wonder what could have led Elisa to actually
climb in the tank herself and that’s a good question
because nobody knows even how she got up there. I mean, in fact, to get to
the roof, Elisa would have to either A, climb up the fire escape, and there is three at the hotel, but you’d have to go
out a window to do that. – [Brent] Mm-hmm. – [Ryan] B, go through a
locked rooftop door that would set off an alarm if opened and
no alarm was heard that day. – [Brent] Mm. – [Ryan] Once she even got up
there, which, at this point, after seeing that video, I
think it’s highly unlikely she was able to do that
but okay, fair enough, she got up there somehow, she would have to get on the tank platform,
climb up a ten foot ladder, open a twenty pound
lid, get into the tank, and somehow close the
fucking lid after she got in and then you like also got
to remember she was naked, so that means she either took
her clothes off before or– – [Brent] Were the clothes never found? – [Ryan] The clothes were
found in the tank, so she must have taken the
clothes off in the tank. – [Brent] Or they were thrown in. – [Ryan] Or they were
thrown in, exactly, yeah. This whole scenario to me is fishy. – [Brent] Yeah, definitely fishy. – [Ryan] For her to have
done that all herself. Another popular theory,
and you’re not gonna like this but I have
to say it, is a ghost. If you look at the video,
it appears as if Elisa’s talking to someone right
outside the elevator, which has led some on
the internet to believe that she is talking to
the ghost of serial killer Richard Ramirez who was
convicted of thirteen murders and stayed in the Cecil
Hotel from 1984 to 1985. It’s also worth noting that
Ramirez was a known satanist. – [Brent] Absolutely not. – [Ryan] So you’re saying you
don’t even think there’s even a little bit of a
possibility that this place is a little haunted
and it can drive people to do some crazy shit. – [Brent] To me, it’s
basically like saying so you don’t believe there’s
even a little possibility that the spaghetti monster
did this, you know– – [Ryan] There’s no recorded
history of a spaghetti monster. I don’t know where you’re getting that. – [Brent] Show me the scientific
journal in which they’ve posted all these ghost studies. – [Ryan] There is footage of
things moving on their own. – [Brent] Footage is not science. – [Ryan] Well there’s no one that’s like, “I’m gonna be a ghost scientist”. – [Brent] Why not? – [Ryan] Because that’s a weird– – [Brent] There’s footage. – [Ryan] Just think of that
title on a business card, that’s weird. I’m a ghost scientist. – [Brent] Yeah. – [Ryan] And that’s really
just the tip of the iceberg for the Cecil. It also played home to
Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger in 1991, was the site of an
unsolved murder in 1964, and was also, according to
some, one of the last places the Black Dahlia was seen alive. And, to pile it on even more,
there have been numerous accounts of people who have
jumped to their death from the roof of the Cecil to the
point where longtime residents refer to the hotel as The Suicide. – [Brent] If anything, that
goes against the ghost theory because there’s already recorded
history of it being easy for people to get up
onto the roof, therefore, it must have been easy for
her to get up onto the roof. – [Ryan] Lemme check to see
if it’s actually the roof or if it’s just jumping. – [Ryan] Oh, okay, now
you’re changing your story because it doesn’t fit. (laughs) Your designed ghost story package. You see, you can’t just– – [Ryan] I’m gonna check. – [Brent] Change the facts in order to– – [Ryan] I’m gonna serve
you up a fresh truth pancake right now. We’ll see how you like it, hold on. – [Brent] I do like pancakes. – [Ryan] Jumped to their
deaths from the building. Never says the roof. – [Brent] Hmm. – [Ryan] Authorities
ultimately ruled Elisa’s death was accidental drowning. – [Brent] I’m just feeling
bad for the family who’s, people are brick, like– – [Ryan] And that’s exactly
what my next point was gonna be. – [Brent] Yeah. – [Ryan] Is like, lost in all
the madness is the family. – [Brent] Yes. – [Ryan] Who also actually
filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hotel – [Brent] Good. – [Ryan] Which was eventually dismissed. – [Brent] What? – [Ryan] But, like I said before, the real tragedy is to the family.

100 thoughts on “The Bizarre Death Of Elisa Lam

  1. One more thing.
    Her phone was missing from her body
    her blog has updated since her death, most likely from a queue.

  2. What if she did play the elevator game…does that mean you could be seen in our dimension and another, therefore, talking to someone in the other dimension which you’re not supposed to. This means we could see her but not who she was talking to

  3. Why the only 1 piece of CCTV? It's a hotel, they'd have been everywhere, something worrying definitely happened leading up to her death

  4. I know many of you don't believe in like spirits and shiz but just consider this

    There is a Japanese game called "elevator game" and you need to push elevator keys in a certain order, this game takes you to the other side but before that a women enters and if you make contact with her you will die that could explain why she acted so weird and hid in the corner of the elevator

  5. I don’t know where I heard it but I watched a video about Elise Lam probably 4 years ago and I thought it said she was staying at the Baltimore and then switched to the Cecil in the middle of her stay. Speculation as to why she moved hotels is because the hotel stood out to her and curiosity got to her. However I can’t find the video that reported this.

  6. I don’t think there is one episode where they have their facts straight, especially the Jack the Ripper episode, almost every single fact is wrong!

  7. She's just a crazy woman… bipolar………. what more do you want?
    That's like level 1 out of 10 to insanity.

  8. The weird thing is that I moved to LA that same month and didn’t hear of this story until years later

  9. she was bi polar, crazy woman nothing strange, she get crazy coz her illnes and drugs she have taken and jump into water box on the roof. thats it.

  10. If she was on four different medications for bipolar disorder, that could explain her erratic behavior. BPD is usually treated using antipsychotics such as lithium, seroquel, abilify, etc. In some cases antipsychotics can cause dissociative episodes, especially if taken incorrectly. Maybe she accidentally doubled up that day.

  11. Anyone realise theres never been a point where someone shows when she is actually leaving the elevator and. Goes offscreen for good

  12. I think that she is trying to take a bath, but she thought that she was in her bathroom coz she had bipolar and forgot to take medication probably or *possibly*.

  13. What If she was playing the elevator game and they say a Lady goes inside so maybe she's talking to the lady but she's a ghost.

  14. What if she was drunk and playing the elevator game and she was lost. And jhon ur words are very creepy. ou’re safe here!
    Have a good day! :D.

  15. With her history of mental health issues I think she had a bipolar psychotic break, the hand waving is also a good symptom of that (when I think about the special needs kids I teach dance to: they all do this), she may have been paranoid that someone was following/stalking her and went up to the roof to try to find a hiding spot, saw the tank, climbed in and then couldn't get out anymore and, sadly, drowned.

    Also I like when Ryan is all "ooh ghosts" in the supernatural series but with these types of deaths (where no one is already trying to gain fame or money from relating it to ghosts) it really just doesn't sit right with me.

  16. this particular case has always scared me for some reason. Like I like scary/paranormal stuff but every time I see that picture of her in the elevator, it sends shivers down my spine in a way no other case does

  17. From what i could gather from the footage, there was something always bothering her where ever she goes, shes hiding from some spirit kind haunting her, when she tried pressing the elevator doors, the door was kinda closing but i saw a little movement of the door going back, she tried catching what she always sees but her movements seem strange, it looks like shes being possesed with the ghost wanting to live more, her hands were going strange all the sudden, she was possessed to go in the tank to scare people living in the hotel…

  18. Her hands look unnatural also something that barely anyone mentions is that the elevator does move no matter how many buttons she presses

  19. She appears to be in a psychose ..if bi-polar she may have ran out out of medication, omitted to take them if she was planing on having alcoholic beverages or both meds and substance and or course ghosts of yore ..do we know why she was in L.A., met anyone? why this hotel? was she wanting/curious of experiencing ghostly entities? ..did she meet anyone? ..so many questions ..could she remove the top of water cylinder on her own ..did she choose this hotel to live up to it's reputation hence committed suicide? ..sadly, lazy enquiry in her death..😢 .. moi, canada 🇨🇦

  20. Some people said she was playing the elevator game. As you can see at 2:02 she pressed 5 buttons in a certain order and when you play the elevator game you press 5 buttons in a certain order and some say you end up in a different dimension that why I think she was moving her hands around weirdly at 2:30 or why she kept on hiding or checking or looking for something at 2:07. But what makes me think I don't think she was is that when you play you see a woman with a black hat (I'm not entirely sure if I might be a hallucination when you play the game that only you see) but she was hiding at (2:12) like she had saw the lady and was scared. She also looked as though she had pure black eyes at (2:12 – 2:15) if you look close enough and I think it is said that the lady has black or red eyes but I'm not sure It might have just of been the camera don't really know about that one? I personally think she was playing the game cause at (2:29 onward) she looked as though she was in a complete different world and that's why I think this explains most of her "weird behaviour", I cant entirely pin point why she was acting "different before hand but maybe there is some behavioural changes if you think about doing the game but I don't know this is just what I think. But I cant explain why she died in the water tank. But this is just what I think doesn't mean I'm right just read it off of somewhere (: Have a great day!

  21. she was playing the Elevator game, if you push the buttons in the right order you’d supposedly end up in another dimension. and when you end up on floor number 5 you would see a woman but dont talk to her shes not human, so she probably was talking to the woman which she wasn’t supposed to talk to that woman. play the game wrong and you might end up some bizarre place.

  22. Came back to this after Jay's reaction to scary animations hahah it's been so long since I've seen this episode

  23. I’m guessing she was talking to the women of the elevator game which she wasn’t supposed to talk or look at

    Fun fact: I learned that from SNARLED 😂😂😂

  24. You guys do know that hallucinogens like LSD wont show in any test if not taken 24h before the test. Many dissociatives are especially bad for bibolar patients and most of those cannot be detected.

  25. She is not doing wierd things what she is trying to do is that why the door of the elevator doesn't close she goes outside and check that what is happening who is blocking the door she was shaking her hands to check if someone was standing in the door bcz the door was not closing you will do the same thing if the door doesn't close after clicking the buttons. Probably the elevator has some problem I guess.
    Sry for my bad eng 😅

  26. Tbh she already had a history of bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder includes manic episodes, during which people can become delusional, have hallucinations, and act in strange ways similar to schizophrenia. She could have been behaving strangely due to a manic episode. That could also explain her going up to the water tower and jumping in. This would explain her odd behaviors, why no drugs were found, and why people didn't want to interact with her due to strange behaviors– symptoms like this are very stigmatized. I've also had friends go for trips to other cities while having a manic disorder, so this would also explain potentially why she was at the hotel to begin with.

  27. Solved it what she was doing is looking if the ghost was there.Turns out it was true a elevator game.It explains by pressing different floors and waving hands to see if theres a ghost.

  28. I can't explain her behaviour but I'd say it was murder. How and why would she get up there? Why would she be naked? And how would she be able to open it? It would be easy to kill someone that was acting the way she was at the time etc

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  30. What if she was misdiagnosed as bipolar when she was actually schizophrenic. It could lead to her running away from one of her personalities that's just in her head? But that still doesn't solve how she got into that tank.

  31. alright I'm here from instagrams obsession w the guys from this show but i have no idea who brett is. i thought his name was Shane. where am i.

  32. She was displaying symptoms of Tardive Dyskinesia while in the elevator as a result of the bi-polar medication she was taking.

    https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000685.htm

  33. It's called the elevator game you go to top floor and then to a different floor and a ghost of a woman that kills you if you dont get away

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