Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel – Hotel Hell

Rating (4 out of 5)

Summary: A limited documented series about a hotel, how exciting could it be? What if I told you people die all the time at the hotel, and the hotel has been home to serial killers? What if I told you there was a mystery about a missing woman? This is one of the tag lines that live up to the type and you a rewarded with an interesting documentary.

The show quickly covers the history of the hotel. The hotel’s history by itself is fascinating. The Hill-Side Strangler lived there. Crazy!! Then they start to explore the case of the girl who vanishes. Her story grabs you. But what intrigued me the most was the web sleuths. They bordered on crazy. It astonished me how they hunted down what they thought were legitimate leads and how much time they spent on the investigation.

They covered a little side story of the false accusation of a death metal musician who the web sleuths accused of murdering Elisa Lam. How these web sleuths basically bullied someone into hiding, without any evidence, really displayed the unwitting power of the internet.

There is so much here for a viewer. The couple from the UK that stayed at the hotel and their relationship to the vanishing. The manager had to get used to seeing dead bodies every month. The detectives that had to deal with the web sleuths and actually try to solve a mystery. Very entertaining material for a short series.

Plot: Elisa Lam, a young tourist from Canada, disappears at the Cecil Hotel. The series explores the mystery behind her vanishing.