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Elisa Lam Video Is Bizarre, Body Found Turned Hotel Water ‘Black,’ Guests Say

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Video footage of Elisa Lam in the last moments she was known to be alive have been circulating the web, and it has also been reported that the Canadian woman’s body posed a significant and horrifying health threat to hotel guests as Lam lay undiscovered in a rooftop water tank.

Elisa Lam’s death was only discovered this week, but the Canadian disappeared at the end of January, likely the time her body came to be in the water tank at the Los Angeles hotel.

In the wake of the gruesome discovery, an Elisa Lam video from CCTV has been circulated, but the clip is the quintessential “raising more questions than answers” bit of evidence, as the young woman presses buttons in a lift that won’t close before stepping out and silently (there is no sound) gesturing dramatically with her hands before stepping off screen.

Elisa Lam was never seen alive again. But this week, her decomposing corpse was found in the tank, and along with it, a grim realization — guests at the hotel had been bathing, drinking and brushing their teeth with water from the tank turned tomb.

As the discovery of Lam’s remains was reported, many were horrified to learn of it — and in turn, reported some upsetting observations in the weeks leading up to the finding.

Gawker quotes British hotel guest Sabrina Baugh, who says:

“The water did have a funny taste … We never thought anything of it. We thought it was just the way it was here … The shower was awful. When you turned the tap on, the water was coming black first for two seconds and then it was going back to normal.

Body Found Inside Hotel Water Tank

Baugh’s spouse Michael said the discovery of Elisa Lam’s corpse in the hotel water supply was incredibly upsetting, and adds that the couple are distressed by the finding:

“The moment we found out, we felt a bit sick to the stomach, quite literally, especially having drank the water, we’re not well mentally.”

After Elisa Lam’s body was discovered and the contamination of the water tank revealed, 11 of the hotel guests opted to stay on in the building — and reportedly were “required to sign a waiver in which they acknowledged being informed of the health risks and were being provided bottled water.”

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23 Responses to “Elisa Lam Video Is Bizarre, Body Found Turned Hotel Water ‘Black,’ Guests Say”

  1. 張海敏

    She is not on drugs. She could not see, she did not wearing her glass while she pushing the bottom. You can see the elevator is not working while she inside the elevator. When she went outside she talked to someone and tried to explain to someone that the elevator is not working. After she left the elevator the elevator start working again and stop every floor. She got killed later on!

    Please do not put any bad comment and insulting her if you not sure what happening to her. To be killed like this is already a very hurtful to her family.

  2. JoVonna Carter

    Either substance induced or psychosis. This could explain her having ended up in the tank.

  3. CJ Pangman

    Her actions don't suggest that she was blind or talking to anyone. They are too bizarre for that to be the case. It would be a bit more clear if that's what was actually occurring. I believe someone probably slipped a type of ecstasy in a drink she had which caused her to hallucinate. After that, I do believe someone either A. killed her, or B. threw her into one of the water tanks. There's no theoretical way she would have wound up there on her own, even if she was drugged to the max. For a guy who's dating an Chinese girl that he loves dearly, it's sad to see this happen to another Chinese girl.

  4. თემურ თოფურია

    its very clear that she is stuck on some floor… and there is someone other than her over there.. and from it looks like she sees something that scares her and then she finally goes outside of the elevator for the last time. I don't think she is hallucinating or on any drugs like some people have been commenting… She looks like she's panicking and there's a reason why. I hope they find out what really happened quickly… And I feel sick thinking about the whole water situation… I think I would be picking none stop.

  5. Scott Landers

    This video is clearly edited. The doors stay open to long. Or someone is outside the elevator holding the button, someone who new where the camera could see and could not see. Why is there no sound in these elevator camera's?

  6. Noelle Christensen

    I completely agree. How can anyone mistake the terror on her face for hallucinations? And the fact that the elevator wasn't closing? Someone was messing around with this poor girl.

  7. Daniel Ahn

    IMO she looked like she was under the influence of something (really strong), to me, no sign of panic or fear. What was up with the elevator? Freaky elevator that did not work until the end of the video. Bizarre. What is a single young girl from Canada doing in a seedy hotel, alone? Recipe for disaster. So sorry to hear about her death. Seems to me like murder………

  8. Monica C. Guerrero

    I agree. The hand gestures were completely bizarre.. the movements were not normal at all. The way she entered the elevator seemed to be like she was being playful .. no fear… Also maybe because she pressed all the buttons in the elevator, this might have caused the elevator to delay its response and sort of reseted itself thus making the elevator open and close in every single floor. I've been to the Cecil Hotel ..it was quite crappy.. so changed hotels the next day.

  9. Matty Dorschner

    ..because hallucinations can cause some pretty intense paranoia. not sure what I think of the video yet, myself. She definitely comes off the way someone on some heavy drugs would… having strange, racing thoughts, time slowed down.. hearing voices, wondering why the elevator's not working, feeling watched.. all that kind of stuff.

    someone below mentioned the idea of not having her glasses on.. well, that would make a lot of sense too. from the video, it seems pretty clear that she's alone and in her own world at the moment.. but also, as someone stated below, there COULD have been a person who was hiding from the camera. Of course, if this is the case, they'd have to really plan this out. If someone was outside the door pressing her button, she wouldn't jump out and look both ways. she'd confront them, or be cowering in the back corner of the elevator to stay far away from them. I'd have to agree with the other comment below that pressing all the buttons may have froze up the elevator.. but really, I can't say. I do think if she was in danger due to another person, she'd have stayed in the elevator.. also, you'd think the other person would step in front of the door at some point.. unless someone (randomly) really did plan out a murder and were prepared to get away with it.

    based on the video alone, I'd say she was on a trip in her head, and physically explored the wrong place.

    also, she really didn't seem to be in any hurry.. just confused and didn't want to be seen, which could apply to drug use or being stalked. if you were panicking, wouldn't you be pressing those buttons a little faster.. and pressing the close door button rather than going up and down the floor numbers? blegh.

    psychosis would make sense too.. I'd just feel like her family and friends would have already solved the mystery by admitting that she either has a history of mental illness or drug use, if either of those options were the case.

    hmm..
    sad and strange, for sure.

  10. Matty Dorschner

    ..because hallucinations can cause some pretty intense paranoia. not sure what I think of the video yet, myself. She definitely comes off the way someone on some heavy drugs would… having strange, racing thoughts, time slowed down.. hearing voices, wondering why the elevator's not working, feeling watched.. all that kind of stuff.

    someone below mentioned the idea of not having her glasses on.. well, that would make a lot of sense too. from the video, it seems pretty clear that she's alone and in her own world at the moment.. but also, as someone stated below, there COULD have been a person who was hiding from the camera. Of course, if this is the case, they'd have to really plan this out. If someone was outside the door pressing her button, she wouldn't jump out and look both ways. she'd confront them, or be cowering in the back corner of the elevator to stay far away from them. I'd have to agree with the other comment below that pressing all the buttons may have froze up the elevator.. but really, I can't say. I do think if she was in danger due to another person, she'd have stayed in the elevator.. also, you'd think the other person would step in front of the door at some point.. unless someone (randomly) really did plan out a murder and were prepared to get away with it.

    based on the video alone, I'd say she was on a trip in her head, and physically explored the wrong place.

    also, she really didn't seem to be in any hurry.. just confused and didn't want to be seen, which could apply to drug use or being stalked. if you were panicking, wouldn't you be pressing those buttons a little faster.. and pressing the close door button rather than going up and down the floor numbers? blegh.

    psychosis would make sense too.. I'd just feel like her family and friends would have already solved the mystery by admitting that she either has a history of mental illness or drug use, if either of those options were the case.

    hmm..
    sad and strange, for sure.

  11. Gabriel Cerda

    Doesn't explain how she got there with all the security off and the locks still in check.

  12. Otis Piquad

    You don't know what happened either. That means you should stop commenting.

  13. Meristel Shaw

    You're dumb, there was a guy in Florida on bath salt swho ate off a man's face. If the person is on drugs, anything is possible

  14. Meristel Shaw

    She bypassed all locked doors by climbing up the unsecured fire escape to get to the roof and then climbed into a water tank

  15. Tana D. Moore Carpenter

    I thought it was determined that guy was NOT on BATH SALTS.

  16. Jordan Hamblen

    Meristel Shaw her family said no history and the first autopsy showed there was no drugs