The Elisa Lam Case (w/guest Jake Anderson, author and journalist)
The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam
What really happened to Elisa Lam, the Canadian college student who was found naked and deceased in a hotel rooftop water tank?
We have some new information that definitely changed our opinions. In this episode, we were joined by Jake Anderson, an investigative journalist and author who has dedicated the last 5 years of his life to solving the mystery surrounding her death. Jake’s upcoming book, Gone at Midnight: The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam, details this search for the truth. He hired private investigators, personally checked into the Cecil Hotel, and spoke with law enforcement officers and coroners who were originally assigned to the task force. Join us as we deep-dive into every aspect the case.
- January 26th, 2013: Elisa Lam arrives in Los Angeles. Multiple sources say she checked into the Cecil Hotel 2 days later, however, CNN says she checked in the same day she arrived. She was supposedly put into a hostel-like room in the hotel that also had other female lodgers. The roommates complained of her odd behavior. She was then moved to a private room by the hotel staff.
- January 27th, 2013: She writes on her Tumblr about going out that night and not wanting creepers to hit on her. She then describes having a great night at the Speakeasy.
- January 31st, 2013: Her daily phone calls to her parents stop. This is the last time she is seen at the hotel. Elisa also went to The Last Bookstore, and employee Katie Orphan talked to her. She was purchasing books and vinyl records for her family. She also expressed worry about them fitting into her luggage.
- February 1st, 2014: The CCTV footage of the elevator catches Elisa acting strangely. The timestamp is blurred and unclear
- February 6th, 2014: The LAPD holds a Press Conference at 1pm (available on Youtube) Last seen in the lobby in the late hours of the 31st by hotel staff. Never checked out. LAPD confirms she had booked into the Hotel Cecil for 4 nights.
- February 15th, 2014: The LAPD releases the CCTV footage of Elisa taken from the elevator to the public
- February 19th, 2014: Guests at the hotel begin to complain about the water pressure, the smell/taste/look of the water. There are reports of the water coming out of the faucet black. “The tap water tasted horrible. It had a very funny, sweet, disgusting taste. It’s a very strange taste. I can barely describe it.” Sabina Baugh said to CNN. Maintenance worker Santiago Lopez went up on the roof to look at the water tanks. He then found her body floating inside. “I noticed the hatch to the main water tank was open and looked inside and saw an Asian woman lying face-up in the water approximately twelve inches from the top of the tank.”
CCTV Elevator Video
LAPD Press Conference & Guests/Employee Statements
Author Jake Anderson
We had the pleasure of discussing the case with Jake Anderson. To learn more about Jake, or to check out his books, please see the following links:
“A Los Angeles hotel with a haunting history. A missing young woman. A disturbing video followed by a shocking discovery. A cold-case mystery that has become an internet phenomenon—and for one determined journalist, a life-changing quest toward uncomfortable truths.”