The notorious Cecil Hotel grows in infamy when guest Elisa Lam vanishes. From the creator of “The Ted Bundy Tapes,” a dive into crime’s darkest places.
The once-grand Cecil Hotel provides a nightmarish backdrop for the disappearance of Elisa Lam. Her final footage in an elevator triggers a viral hunt.
The 4-part docuseries’ premiere episode is like an intro to Gotham City where it showed its neighboring community, an area is also known as Central City East and is populated by homeless and suspicious people living just at the side of the streets.
The Vanishing at The Cecil Hotel began with interesting footage and behind-the-scenes information that many people haven’t seen yet aside from the infamous elevator video where Elisa Lam appeared in. But the second episode was kind of dragging, repetitive, and I felt sleepy almost during the time.
It showed too much history background of Cecil Hotel which I think wasn’t necessary at all. It was just told to give a more eerie backgrounder of the property.
Same goes with Episode 3. Halfway through this episode made me fall asleep and got me not interested with all the same theories thrown by web sleuths.
Web sleuths dissect Elisa’s social media posts and it came to the point that they became much obsessed and have convicted by publicity another person they believed was the one who murdered Lam.
The mystery deepens: Did a crime occur? The obsessed descend on the Cecil hoping to solve the case and tumble down the rabbit hole of conspiracy.
On Episode 4, sleuths accused the personality called Morbid of killing Elisa Lam and this puts Morbid’s life upside down losing his freedom of expression, his YouTube and google accounts.
A long-awaited autopsy report arrives, but suspicions linger and web sleuths are also tying the LAPD and the hotel management of covering up the crime.
Forensic expert ruled out homicide or suicide. It was drowning by accident triggered by bipolar disorder of a person who is not on a clear state of mind
In the end, web sleuths admitted their misjudgments.
And that is almost what you will be seeing when you watch CRIME SCENE: The Vanishing at The Cecil Hotel. It’s a good docuseries. Interesting yet like what I mentioned, some parts were just dragging.
But overall, it actually gave a closure as to what really happened to the mysterious disappearance of Elisa Lam. It wasn’t about serial killers or ghosts. And maybe, this docuseries might put an end to different conspiracy theories and supernatural stories that many want to believe had happened on the night Elisa Lam disappeared.
As for me, the show was right of the bat. The only thing that’s really puzzling was when they brought up the tuberculosis (TB) outbreak that plagued Los Angeles, happened days after Lam’s disappearance, and LAM-ELISA TB test which stood for Lipoarabinomannan (LAM) Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA). And that’s for another story.
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