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If you loved Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer then you cannot miss Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel! This new true-crime mystery will have you all up on the internet researching the intriguing disappearance of Canadian student, Elisa Lam, back in 2013.

Hold up – Cecil Hotel? That sounds familiar…

Yes, it is that hotel. The one that American Horror Story: Hotel is based on. Opened way back in 1927 in downtown Los Angeles, it has been gaining a reputation for suicides and other extremely violent deaths since 1931. Over the years, the hotel has been dubbed “Hotel Death” for the assortment of rapes, suicides, murders, drug deals, and serial killer stays that unfolded within its four walls.

But Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel and American Horror Story: Hotel is not the only series that has made mention of this iconic hotel as of late. If you watched Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer you would know that the hotel was also home to one of LA’s most notorious serial killers; Richard Ramirez. It is said that in 1985 Ramirez would return to his 14th-floor room covered in blood after peeling off his bloody clothes in the alley and no one would really say anything about it or even care.

Worth the watch?

I love a good true crime doccie and Netflix high-quality documentaries will always have you not wanting to miss out. I oftentimes find their interviews to be one-sided, but the Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer documentary really sets out to tell the story from multiple perspectives. describes the premise of the series best; “Elisa Lam travels to Los Angeles on vacation. She finds a cheap hotel downtown, The Cecil, a 19-story complex situated in the heart of LA’s Skid Row, built in 1927. Initially, a business held in high regard, The Cecil fell on hard times as the Great Depression ravaged the US in the 1930s. Thereafter it became a refuge for transients and a playground for crime.”

So, although I’ve made multiple mentions about the hotel, the story actually revolves around the mysterious disappearance of Elisa Lam and trust me, it gets weird and the conspiracy theories get out of hand. But that’s what makes a great true-crime documentary, right? And what I really like about the series is that because of all the crazy theories and mentions, it prompts you as the audience to interact as well as guess and Google to solve the mystery and in the end, you can make your own conclusion about what on earth happened to Elisa Lam in “Hotel Death”.

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Free State-girl, living in Stellenbosch. Love to explore small towns, read in Afrikaans and everything pop-culture. My favourite yoga move is 'The Pigeon' and one day I'd like to own my own vintage cinema.

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