Review: "Gone at Midnight: The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam"
Updated: Aug 3
Jake Anderson's book takes a deep dive into the cold case that became an Internet phenomenon.
On February 19, 2013, Canadian college student, Elisa Lam, was found floating in a water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel after residents and guests complained of foul smelling, discolored water. Located near downtown LA's skid row, Anderson calls the hotel "a playground for predators and criminals" with an average of one or more people dying there each month.
While Elisa's death was officially ruled an accident, Anderson presents an overwhelming amount of evidence that suggests foul play.
Pictured below: The last place Lam was seen alive outside of the Cecil Hotel.
The Last Bookstore: 453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
The book also takes an extensive look at the sordid history of the Cecil Hotel, including the serial killers who lived there like Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger. It explores the field of web-sleuthing, the cultural stigmatization of mental illness, and police corruption within the LAPD.
If you're a true crime aficionado like myself, "Gone at Midnight" is a must-read!
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Thank you to Mindy from Whores Talk Horror for recommending it.