Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

Netflix’s ‘Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel’ Covers the Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam

The four-part documentary series premieres on Netflix this February 10.

From the same director who gave us Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes comes another documentary series putting to spotlight the mysterious case of Elisa Lam. Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel is the first season of a documentary series that aims to cover the mystery behind the locations of infamous crimes. It premieres on the streaming site this February 10.

Episode 1 of Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel. c. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021

The four-part docuseries will be deconstructing the case of Elisa Lam who vanished while she was staying at the Cecil Hotel back in 2013. Days later, she was found naked, floating in the hotel’s water tank, which is difficult to access for anyone without setting off the alarm.

The only known evidence for the case was a surveillance video of Lam in the elevator. The video later went viral on the internet, with many netizens sharing their speculations as to what really happened.

The docuseries features interviews with hotel employees and guests, as well as with those who have investigated the case.

Aside from Lam’s case, Cecil Hotel is also famous for its dark history. Famous serial killers, Richard Ramirez (“Night Stalker”) and Jack Unterweger both stayed at the hotel in 1985 and 1991, respectively. Many murders, suicides, and accidents also happened here, and people have reported ghost sightings in the hotel.


Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel comes from director Joe Belinger. Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Justin Wilkes, Sara Bernstein, Jon Doran, Jon Kamen, and Ryan Miller executive produce the documentary.

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The docuseries launches on Netflix this February 10. For updates, you can check out its official Netflix page.

Homestream images are from Netflix and screenshot from video from CBS News.

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Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel
True Crime, Docuseries
Produced by
Directed by: Joe Belinger


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