Watch the chilling trailer for Netflix true-crime series The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

Zoe Shenton
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From Cosmopolitan

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel is the latest chilling true-crime documentary to come to Netflix. It's the first season in a new documentary series that explores the mystery surrounding a number of infamous locations in contemporary crime.

This four-part series, from The Ted Bundy Tapes director Joe Berlinger, focuses on the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, which - over the course of the last century - has been linked to untimely deaths as well as housing serial killers. It's also where 21-year-old Canadian student Elisa Lam was staying when she mysteriously vanished in 2013.

Lam's disappearance, and the footage that emerged of her in the hotel lift, ignited conspiracy theories and prompted a global community of internet sleuths coming together to attempt to solve the case.

"Lam’s disappearance, the latest chapter in the hotel’s complex history, offers a chilling and captivating lens into one of LA’s most nefarious settings," Netflix says.

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What happened to Elisa Lam?

The series looks at the many theories surrounding Lam's death after her body was found in a water tank at the top of the hotel more than two weeks after she had been reported missing.

There is no record or footage of Lam ever checking into the hotel, but there is the unsettling surveillance footage of her inside one of the hotel's lifts. The last-known footage of the student, it sparked hundreds of conspiracy theories when it was made public by the LAPD two weeks after she vanished.

As well as looking at the footage, viewers will also hear from investigators working on the case as well as hotel employees and guests.

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Photo credit: Netflix

“As a true crime documentarian, I was fascinated in 2013, when the elevator video of Elisa Lam went viral and legions of amateur detectives used the internet to try to solve the mystery of what happened to her, a 21-year-old Canadian tourist on her first trip to Los Angeles,” Berlinger said in a statement.

When is The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel on Netflix?

The true-crime series will drop on the streaming platform on 10th February. Not long to wait.

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