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For our Halloween feature, we were a bit undecided as to what we would go with for our article. The decision came down to 2 ideas. The first was to feature reportedly haunted destinations that you can travel to, the second was to feature a haunted hotel. The topic was unanimously decided-upon when we learned of the story of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, California. This supposedly haunted, three-towered building was built in the 1920’s, and has endured a tawdry past.
It is said that the hotel building is “cursed,” and that it has been collecting victims for decades to further haunt this spooky old hotel. We won’t say that we believe all of the rumors surrounding the Cecil Hotel, but we will admit that the story of this old edifice is enough to give anyone the chills.
The striking difference between this and many other haunted hotels around the world, is the amount of evil deeds that the living had performed. The hotel stopped being a hotel around the 1950s, and instead the rooms were rented as apartments by the day and week. This signaled a change in the neighborhood, known as Skid Row. The hotel became the residences for transients, drug users, and most of all… Serial Killers. The Cecil Hotel has had at least 2 serial killers call it home: Richard Ramirez, also known as the “Night Stalker;” and “Jack Unterweger,” an Austrian serial killer who was released after over 2 decades in prison, only to continue to kill.
The “Curse” continued throughout the 60’s and 70’s with the building seeing a surprisingly high amount of suicides for one single address. Several “jumpers” have jumped to their deaths from the 7th and 8th floors, with one jumper also killing a pedestrian that she landed on. Because of these suicides, the 7th and 8th floors are supposedly host to the most frightening of supernatural occurrences.
[NOTE:] The following story is real, and happened only-recently. It may be disturbing; though, this Story/video has gone viral, and has yet-to-be substantiated. Regardless, it is a scary story, that only adds to the mystery of The Cecil Hotel.
Most recently, the hotel’s curse struck Elisa Lam, a 21-year-old Canadian woman who was staying at the hotel. Security cameras in the elevator showed the woman looking terrified of something that couldn’t be seen, shaking and acting abnormally, and and even trying to hide from this unseen force. Investigators say that only minutes after the video, Lam climbed up to the roof level of the building, crawled into a water tank and drowned.
The Hotel Cecil is a very mysterious place, indeed. There are many other stories, lore, and personal opinions on the strange activity and circumstances surrounding the building… Too many to count! Refurbished in 2007, the hotel now has a very elegant interior, first-class amenities, and fine dining. In fact, it has become one of downtown Los Angeles’ most luxurious and opulent destinations for lodging. Many of today’s guests check into the hotel without even knowing the sordid history of the hotel, and would never even suspect the dubious things that have take place there — if not for the nagging feeling that hits your gut when you roam the halls. The feeling shouting at you, “something is just not right.” Whether that feeling is just an instinct, a natural warning sign, or the presence of a supernatural entity, we may never know. You simply have to travel there for yourself, and make your own judgement.
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