At times, the unsolved crimes of a certain community or city may be concentrated in a single location in a mysterious place surrounded by murders, disappearances and many unknown cases. One of them is the Cecil, an old hotel opened in the 1920s shortly before the Great Depression, which became one of the darkest landmarks in downtown Los Angeles, United States.
What is the Cecil Hotel and why did it become so famous?
The Cecil Hotel, a complex of rooms, apartments and various environments housed in a building from 1927, is a long series of stories of crimes, murders, disappearances and multiple suicides.
Their cases led to the making of a documentary, which premiered on Netflix in 2020 titled “Crime Scene: Disappearance at the Cecil Hotel,” based on the case of Alyssa Lamm, a Canadian immigrant who died in a hotel under unsafe conditions. It was done obscure in 2013
Alyssa Lamo’s case
The death of Alyssa Lamm was perhaps the most shocking of all that happened in the vicinity in the hotel’s nearly 100 years of existence.
The student had stayed at the location for a few days after traveling alone to Los Angeles, but disappeared one night in which her strange behavior was recorded.
Security cameras caught Lam acting erratically as if in the grip of a psychic attack or suffering from hallucinations.
Days after he went missing, the 21-year-old tourist was found in a water tank located on the top level of the hotel. His body was bare and his clothes were separated from him.
Due to the loss of blood and the fact that he was in the water for several days, toxicology tests were unable to release full results. Nevertheless, it was determined that he had not used recreational drugs.
Tests indicated that the teen had no signs of physical or sexual aggression, nor were there signs of suicide. However, Lam suffered from bipolar disorder, and this was considered an important factor in continuing the discovery of accidental drowning.
Other deaths in Cecilla
Cecil is located in what was once a high-profile commercial area of Los Angeles, but its surroundings have become one of the lesser-valued areas over the years.
The block around the hotel is full of abandoned homes and places occupied by the homeless and where drug sales, prostitution and other illegal activities take place.
The area became a problem for the city around the 1990s and it was common to see police fences all the time, as if it were a high-risk area.
Suicides, murders and disappearances at the Cecil Hotel
As the hotel was always in that location, its history is tied to guests of origin in the underworld; However, mysterious affairs began only a few years after its opening.
The Great Depression and the Cecil Hotel Suicides
The Cecil Hotel may be the last home of some desperate stockbrokers who took their lives in the Great Depression of 1929.
The venue was always for business travelers and visiting tourists, although it can be said that it was a luxury hotel in its beginnings, only because of the great economic boom that the United States experienced in the 1920s. .
Still, other cases have also involved actresses, travelers and other working class employees.
All Cecil Hotel Cases
This is a complete list of all cases of suicide or murder related to the Cecil Hotel that have been filed:
- January 22, 1927, suicidal: Eggmega Mark,
- 19 November 1931, suicidal: Preston Handley-Hicks
- September 1934, suicidal: Benjamin Dodich
- July 26, 1937, suicidal: Sergeant Louis D. Bourdain
- March 1938, death without cause: Grace E. Magro
- January 1939, suicidal: Roy Thompson
- May 1939, Death: Irwin C. Neblet
- January 1940, suicidal: Dorothy Segar
- September 1944, the killing: the unnamed son of Dorothy Jean Purcell (the victim’s mother)
- November 1947, suicidal: Robert Smith
- October 22, 1954, suicidal: Helen Gurney
- 11 February 1962, suicidal: Julia Francis Moore
- 12 October 1962, suicidal: Pauline Otten and George Giannini (Otton jumped out the window and immediately killed Giannini, who was on the sidewalk)
- 4 June 1964, unsolved murder: “Pigeon Goldie” Osgood
- 20 December 1975, Death: Unknown woman baptized as “Alison Lowell”
- 1 September 1992, unsolved death: unknown African-American male
- February 19, 2013, rated as accidental drowning: Alyssa Lamo
- June 13, 2015, unsolved death: Unknown 28 year old man.