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Math Shows Some Crime Hot Spots Can Be Cooled, Others Only Relocated



Not all crime hot spots are created equal, a new mathematical model suggests. For some areas repeatedly hit hard with crime, police intervention can shut down lawlessness and keep it down. But for others, police involvement just shifts the trouble around.

“If you see a hot area of crime, you want to know: If you send the police in, will that displace the crime or get rid of the crime altogether?” said Andrea Bertozzi, a mathematician at UCLA who presented the new model Feb. 20 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “We were able to predict the ability to suppress or otherwise displace hot spots.” The results will also appear Feb. 22 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The study “makes a major contribution to the theory of hot spots of crime,” comments John Eck, a criminologist at the University of Cincinnati.

Working with anthropologists, criminologists and the Los Angeles Police Department, Bertozzi built a mathematical representation of how areas with frequent, repeated crimes form within a city and change over time.

The team modeled a city as a two-dimensional grid populated with burglars and houses to rob. The researchers used previous studies to add a mathematical description of how attractive a region is to a burglar. Data has shown, for example, that the house next door to a house with a broken window is more likely to be robbed.

Bertozzi and colleagues ran simulations that led to the formation of crime hot spots and then simulated police intervention. Two sharply distinct outcomes emerged. Certain kinds of hot spots just moved around in response to police efforts to quash them. “It’s impossible,” Bertozzi said. “You hit one and it pops up somewhere else.”

But for others, suppressing the hot spot once erased it forever.

The difference comes from how the hot spot forms in the first place. The model shows that a high-risk zone forms around every break-in. If the boundaries of risk zones overlap, then a persistent hot spot forms. “The diffusion of risk basically binds together local crimes, which then will seed more crimes,” Bertozzi said.

But suppressible hot spots can form from one large crime spike, in which a single event draws in more criminals. A good example of this might be the formation of a drug market, said UCLA anthropologist Jeffrey Brantingham, a co-author of the paper.

“You wouldn’t suspect this was the case from just mapping the hot spots,” Brantingham said. “Empirically they look very much the same.” The math was able to show that there may be two different types of hot spots when the data alone could not, he said.

“This is something that would be important for us in real life,” Bertozzi said, “to be able to go and tell the police, in this situation you’re going to be able to get rid of the crimes, and in this other situation you’re only going to displace them.”

Though the researchers compared the model’s predictions of where and when burglaries would happen with real data from a region of the San Fernando Valley, Eck says he would want to test the model’s police intervention predictions. Still, he says, it makes “a really elegant start.”

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Reasons Why Hoia-Baciu is the world’s most haunted forest

The forest of Hoia-Baciu in Romania is a mysterious and eerie place with a dark history, known by locals as the world’s most haunted forest.




The forest of Hoia-Baciu in Romania is a mysterious and eerie place with a dark history, known by locals as the world’s most haunted forest.

It is a dark, dense forest filled with strange shapes and patterns of trees and unusual animal behavior.

Reports of paranormal activity have been reported in the area, such as UFOs, ghostly apparitions, and strange lights.

It is said to be the site of a UFO crash in the 1960s and is still home to many legends and myths of supernatural activity.

The Mysteries of Hoia-Baciu

The forest of Hoia-Baciu is located in the Romanian county of Cluj, whose central city, also called Cluj, is one of the largest Romanian cities.

Cluj is located in the valley of the Someşul Mic River, also the capital of the historical province of Transylvania.

The city is surrounded by forests and prairies. One of these is the subject of numerous reports involving UFOs, paranormal activities, and even holes that lead to other dimensions: Hoia-Baciu.

The region seems rich in legends and folklore. Perhaps because of so many inexplicable events that take place there and the macabre stories related to the Hoia-Baciu forest.

There are also local legends that mention underground tunnels and catacombs that would link the old churches of the town and even the presence of a monster in the neighboring lake of Tarniţa.

Hoia-Baciu is a dense and closed forest. If that weren’t enough for the highly intimidating aspect, it has a reputation for being an active vortex, with strange paranormal activities occurring.

Several accounts narrate encounters with extraterrestrials in the forest.

Reports include ghost sightings, apparitions, faces identified in photographs that were not visible to the naked eye, and, in the 1970s, numerous UFO sightings.

UFOs, paranormal activities, and unexplained phenomena strongly connect in many places. An example of this is Skinwalker Ranch.

Visitors at HoiaBaciu

Visitors report suffering from great anxiety in the forest and feeling constantly watched or chased.

Many of the visitors end up leaving the forest with strange rashes on their skin. In addition, the local vegetation presents bizarre shapes, and in some cases, there is peculiar carbonization of tree trunks and stumps.

Some people, including the biologist Alexandru Sift, claim that the wood of these trees is challenging, making it difficult to cut them even using an ax.

Electronic equipment often malfunctions within the dense and mysterious forest.

Devices with problems occur in the Bermuda Triangle and generally in situations of extraterrestrial contact!

The place’s notoriety came in the 60s. More precisely, on August 18, 1968, a military technician named Emil Barnea released impressive photographs of a UFO flying over the forest.

A Portal to Another Dimension?

In the 1960s, a shepherd and his 200 sheep disappeared.

After a shepherd’s disappearance and his 200 sheep, local attention turned to the strange place.

The case was investigated; the search lasted several days, but no evidence was found.

Many believe the shepherd did not die, with no sign of a corpse.

Neither he nor his sheep was ever found.

But they say that he and his flock were dragged to another dimension, one of the most famous theories to explain this.

Most of the disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. However, the shepherd and his sheep were not the only ones to disappear.

In the villages around the forest, it is said that a 5-year-old child was wandering in the woods. After some time, she disappeared.

She returned to her village days later, looking 3 to 5 years older. She still wears the clothes from the day of her disappearance without memory.

In another case, another woman disappeared for several days upon entering the forest. And when she finally left, she had lost her memory and sense of time.

Surprisingly they found an object that did not belong to her in her pocket, apparently extremely old.
Visitors have witnessed several strange happenings in Hoia-Baciu.

Wide variety of Paranormal events

The most common phenomenon includes sightings of glowing spheres, orbs, mysterious voices, apparitions, and scratches that appear out of nowhere on the person’s body.

A curiosity is that during many paranormal investigations, it is widespread to see spots of blows on the body or even scratches in houses that were possible with the presence of demons and dark beings.

On August 18, 1968, a military technician named Emil Barnea captured a famous photograph of an object over the forest.

Contrary to the locals’ warnings, Barnea decided to camp there for a weekend to escape the city’s stressful life.

His girlfriend, Zamfira Matea, and two other family friends declined to reveal their names.

Around 1:00 am, while Barnea was looking for some wood to fuel the fire, he was called by his friends.

That was when Emil Barnea saw what appeared to be a UFO flying slowly above the forest, making no noise.

The strange flying object suddenly began to glow, making disturbing maneuvers. Without any warning, the UAP accelerated toward the sky and disappeared.

Barnea managed to shoot three photographs of the strange object.

In the 1970s, the area was a sanctuary for UFO sightings and unexplained lights. Some visitors have reported a strong feeling of anxiety and being watched.

Researchers carried out a series of tests in the region using measuring devices. The results revealed highly abnormal radioactive emissions, magnetic anomalies, electromagnetic interference, and microwave and infrared emission.

A girl reported one of the most recent sightings: she saw a very tall humanoid creature with red hair and bright blue eyes, which she described as flaming swords.

She was dressed in immaculately white clothes. At the time, all they could tell about the sighting was that she was possibly an angel to them.

Other cases commonly associated with Hoia-Baciu are strange paranormal phenomena recorded and researched for nearly 50 years.

The trees in the forest are allegedly haunted by the Romanian peasants who were murdered there.

According to psychics, their souls are trapped in Hoia-Baciu, and the ghosts are enraged by their predicament. Which makes the activities even stronger.

In addition to the strange lights, some say the wind seems to speak, and visions of these tormented spirits are witnessed by terrified travelers. Pairs of green eyes and a dark fog are also part of the reports.

There is a circular plateau deep in the forest, which is strangely devoid of trees, and many say it is the “origin” of these forest beings. It’s almost a perfect circle in the woods, like a portal. Soil samples were taken from the site and analyzed, but the results show nothing in the soil to stop plants from growing (in short, it is inexplicable why nothing is growing in this circle).

Photos at this location reveal human shapes and contours that hover in the air. As if there were real people trapped in some other dimension.

Most locals fear the Hoia-Baciu Forest and believe dark spirits inhabit the forest. Many believe that whoever enters never leaves.

Those who managed to get in and out of the forest alive report that they experienced headaches, rashes, burns, vomiting, nausea, scratching, anxiety, and other unusual bodily sensations inside the forest.

Scientists from Germany, France, the United States, and Hungary have captured bizarre objects in film and photos, including faces and apparitions.

Some apparitions are seen with the naked eye, and others only through apparatus.

Prestigious publications such as Travel & Leisure magazine or the BBC considered the Hoia-Baciu forest one of the places with the highest occurrence of supernatural apparitions, UFOs or strange lights, and other inexplicable phenomena on the planet.

UFO Encounters at the forest of Hoia-Baciu in Romain

Reasons Why Hoia-Baciu is the world's most haunted forest - UFO

One of the most famous UFO encounters reported from the forest of Hoia-Baciu in Romania was in 1968.

According to eyewitnesses, a group saw a silver, cigar-shaped object hovering above the forest.

It was described as being about the size of a bus and had several long windows.

The object stayed in the area for about 15 minutes before suddenly disappearing.

After the sighting, several people reported feeling sick and dizzy; some claimed to have seen strange creatures in the area.

Ghost reports at the forest of Hoia-Baciu in Romain

One of the most common ghost reports from the forest of Hoia-Baciu in Romania is the story of a ghostly woman who is seen wandering through the forest.

According to legend, she is the spirit of a young woman who died in the forest, and her spirit still lingers there.

People have reported seeing her dressed in white with long dark hair and eyes that glow in the dark.

She is said to be searching for her lost love and appears to be in a state of despair.


  • Witness Credibility: Questionable;
  • Number of Witnesses: +10;
  • Evidence: multimedia;
  • Physical Evidence: Video and photos;
  • Official Investigation: none;
  • Close Encounter: First and second Kind;
  • Documents: 0

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What You Should Know About Elisa Lam Will Scare You




Elisa Lam smiling on a profile photoElisa Lam was a 21-year-old Canadian when she disappeared in late January 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Cecil Hotel’s maintenance crew found the body of a Canadian student inside a water tower after guests complained about the water color and taste.

If that is not creepy enough for you, the activities that turned Elisa Lam to her death and the ones following it will definably disturb your thoughts.

Who was Elisa Lam

Born in Vancouver, Canada, on April 30, 1991, Elisa Lan came from a Chinese family.

Also known by her Cantonese name, Lam Ho Yi, she was a student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

She traveled alone to the United States after stopping by San Diego, planning to visit Santa Cruz as her final destination.

Elisa posted photos while in the San Diego Zoo on social media.

On January 28, she check-in into the Cecil Hotel,  near the infamous downtown Skid Row, in Los Angeles.

Traveling on a budget Elisa Lam through the cheap hotel was a good choice.

Three days later, Elisa Lam could no more seen alive again.

Police dogs searched through the hotel for Lam, even on the roof, shortly after her disappearance. However, nothing was found.

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Elisa Lam’s Death

Firemen removing Elisa Lam's body from the water towers

About 2-3 weeks later, guests and staff members complained about the taste and color of the water.

The maintenance crew checks one of the water towers to find a human body inside.

Inside Elisa Lam’s body, lifeless, her decomposed body was found 19 days later after he disappeared.

Although Police say it was “accidental drowning” and that she was “probably bipolar,” many questions remain unanswered.

LA Police Department provided a video of Lam in the Cecil hotel elevator.

The clip was released intended to present to the public how physically Elisa Lam was. However, her disturbing mental behavior caught the attention.

The Video Released by the Police

The Video recorded by CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television) inside the elevator is the last moment of Elisa Lam’s life.

– The Video starts with Elisa Lam entering the elevator and pressing several buttons;
But the elevator does not close the doors or supposedly react to the commands. Even she stays away from the door;
– 23 seconds: she takes a quick peek out of the elevator;
– 30 seconds: she supposedly is “hiding” in the corner of the elevator
– 50 seconds: she leaves the elevator;
– 1 minute: Almost out of sight of the camera;
– 1 minute and 30 seconds later: she returns to pressing the buttons again, and it does not move;
– 1:57 min: she leaves the elevator and begins to make gestures with her hands quite oddly, apparently talking to someone;
– She stays like this until 2:30 and disappears from the camera;
– At 3 min .: the elevator door closes.
– 3:14 min: the door opens
– 3:25 min .: door closes
– 3:43 min .: the door opens again
– 3:53 min .: the door closes again until the end of the shoot, at 3:59 minutes.

Upon analysis of only the Video, we can notice two points:

  1. After the third minute, when the elevator closes its doors, it is no longer on the same floor them Elisa;
  2. The Police Edited the Video! It is slowed down by about 30-35%. But why?

The Common Questions

Firemen leaving the Cecil Hotel with white trashbags

Why, even when pressing the buttons the elevator door does not close?

What happened in the elevator?

How did she get to the roof?

Why was she without clothes?

How did she go into the water tower?

Who closed the water tower’s hatch?

Why, even when pressing the buttons the elevator door does not close?

Since the Police was released at the wrong speed, it is possible to understand why the doors didn’t close as expected.

What happened in the elevator?

Elisa’s behavior in the elevator is bizarre, drubs perhaps.

However, the coroner’s results presented some metabolites and traces of her prescription medication, consistent with blister packs and loose pills of those drugs found among her belongings.

Along with some nonprescription medicines such as Sinutab and Ibuprofen.

With only 0.02 g% alcohol trace but no other recreational drugs were found in her system.

She entered the elevator without her glasses, and could it lead to her pressing the wrong buttons?

How did she get to the roof?

The hotel has a door that employees can only access.

The Cecil Hotel’s fire escape could have allowed Lan to bypass the hotel’s security measures.

Why was she without clothes?

The coroner reported that the body was found naked in the tank, about half to three-quarters full, with the clothes floating alongside her, coated with a “sand-like particulate.” That included her watch and room key.

How did she go into the water tank?

A Chinese tv crew investigated the Elisa Lan case and found a ladder leading to the top of a surface from which one can quickly enter the cisterns. There were even two hatches open.

Photo with a red circle presenting where Lisa could had access the roof

Who closed the water tank’s shaft?

That is another one of the mysteries. The words “Fecto Cunt Her Suma” were found on the water tank next to where her body was inside. The Latin translates into “In fact, she was a cunt.”

Strange Connection: “ConfusedTree”

During the unofficial investigation by family, friends, and curious, Elisa Lam’s Tumblr (  caught much attention.

The possibility of a connection to a man named Josh Macedo, aka “confused tree.”

On Lam’s Tumblr page, sort fashion commercial shots, designs, animated gifs, and motivational sentences, but there is only one personalized Video of a young man wearing a green sweater, his name, Macedo.

Macedo dances in similar eerie movements in this particular Video to Elisa in Hotel’s Video.

During further investigation, supposedly, Elisa met Macedo in Canada, or at least an online connection.

She possibly stopped at the Cecil Hotel to meet a friend.

The Tuberculosis Outbreak on Skid Row

Ghosts, Murders and Suicides From Cecil Hotel to Stay On Main Hotel

Over 90 years old, the historic building collects extreme murders, suicides, serial killers, and ghosts.

The recently re-branded, Stay On Main Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is an icon of the town and the paranormal world.

The Skid Row neighborhood added to the mix. The place is known for its drug dealers, robbers, and outlaws.

To make matters worse, soon after the discovery of Elisa Lam’s body, a deadly outbreak of tuberculosis took place in the area.

As the situation was already strange, the name of the test kit used in these types of cases is LAM-ELISA or Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay. Coincidence?

The guests at the Hotel Cecil sued the hotel over the incident. Lam’s parents filed a separate suit later the same year.

The investors saw the need to re-brand Hotel Cecil as The Stay on Main Hotel, hoping that the dark events would stay in the past.

Aside from all that, a young life was lost, and a family suffered. Please reserve a minute of your day to pray for Elisa Lam.


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Ghosts, Murders and Suicides From Hotel Cecil to Stay On Main Hotel




The recently re-branded, Stay On Main Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, is an icon of the town and the paranormal world. You may not recognize the name, but the chances are you know the place like the Hotel Cecil.

The historic building over 90 years old collects an extreme amount of murders, suicides, serial killers and ghosts.

The History of The Stay On Main Hotel

With the plan to attract businessmen to Los Angeles, The Hotel Cecil was erected in 1924, with its 700 rooms with a cost of $1,000,000.

The building, at 640 S Main St, had a marble lobby with stained glass windows, potted palms, and alabaster statuary.

But the Great Depression didn’t spare the Art Deco style hotel.

The neighborhood quickly declined into the area known as Skid Row, with as many as 10,000 homeless people living within a four-mile radius.

A New Beginning to The Hotel Cecil

In 2007 new owners came to refurbished a portion of the Hotel Cecil.

But the new beginning came to the almost centenary hotel,  in 2011, it was re-branded to The Stay on Main Hotel.

Three years later, more changes, Simon Baron Development, New-York based firm, bought the ground lease on the property, and the NYC hotelier, Richard Born, acquired the hotel for $30 million.

The Los Angeles City Council granted historic status to the Hotel Cecil on February 2017.

The Dark Past From the Cecil Hotel

It’s understandable the marketing idea of changing the hotel’s name because the name Hotel Cecil is connected with dark and strange murders and deaths.

The Skid Row neighborhood added to the mix. This place is known for drug dealers, robbers and all sort of outlaws.

The Black Dahlia

The iconic "Black Dahlia" became the nickname given to Elizabeth Short (July 29, 1924 - January 15, 1947).On the morning of January 15, 1947, a lady found Elizabeth Short’s naked body, in two pieces on a vacant lot on the west side of South Norton Avenue Midway between Coliseum Street and West 39th Street.

The body drained entirely of blood, her face had been slashed from the corners of her mouth to her ears, creating an effect called the “Glasgow smile”.

Since Elizabeth Short hadn’t a fixed residence, she used to live in between Florida, Massachusetts, and California.

A variety of reports claims Short made her last stop before being murdered, at the Hotel Cecil.

The murderer, well, was never caught.

Richard Ramirez, The Night Stalker

Richard Ramirez received the name of The Night StalkerFrom June 1984 until August 1985, Richard Ramirez used the Hotel Cecil as a base for his killing in Los Angeles.

Ramirez used different forms and weapons to murder his victims, from a hammer, knives, a machete, handguns, even using a tire iron.

He received the name of “The Night Stalker” by the press.

Without any remorse for the lives he took, Ramirez admitted being a Satanist.

Jack Unterweger

Austrian crime journalist, by the name Johann Unterweger, registers into the Hotel Cecil in 1991.

An Austrian magazine hired Jack, his nickname, to write about crime in Los Angeles most specific about the differences between American and European attitudes to prostitution.

Jack Unterweger was an Austrian serial killer who murdered prostitutes in several countriesJack Unterweger even worked with the police’s help, riding thru prostitution areas.

What people from today’s Stay On Main Hotel didn’t know was that Jack Unterweger was an Austrian serial killer who murdered prostitutes in several countries.

Jack Unterweger became a journalist after being released in 1990 as an example of rehabilitation.

While Unterweger’s stay at the Hotel Cecil, three prostitutes (Shannon Exley, Irene Rodriguez, and Sherri Ann Long) was beaten, sexually assaulted with tree branches, and strangled with their bras.

In Austria, rumors spread that Jack Unterweger was involved in it. Since no other suspects appeared during the investigations, the police kept him under surveillance but could find nothing to connect him to the crimes.

Austrian police later found that Unterweger killed a prostitute in Czechoslovakia and other six victims in Austria right after his release in 1990.

Hunted by law enforcement all over Europa, Jack Unterweger was arrested in Florida, and on the 29th of June 1994. The jury sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Johann Unterweger committed suicide that same night at the prison by hanging himself with a rope made from shoelaces and a cord from the trousers of his track suit.

The Horrible Case of Dorothy Jean Purcell

In September 1944, Dorothy Jean Purcell, 19, and Ben Levine, 38, checked into the Cecil Hotel.

Purcell woke in the middle of the night with stomach pains, going into the restroom she delivered, what she believed to be, a dead, baby by herself.

The young girl apparently unaware she was pregnant threw her newborn from a window, without waking her sleeping partner.

The body was later found on the roof of an adjacent building.

Dorothy Jean Purcell was charged with homicide but in January 1945 Purcell was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Pigeon Goldie

Ghosts, Murders and Suicides From Cecil Hotel to Stay On Main HotelA retired telephone operator, “Pigeon Goldie” Osgood, was found dead on June 4, 1964, by a hotel worker distributing phone books in her room.

Pigeon Goldie was strangled, stabbed and raped.

Her Dodgers cap and a paper sack full of birdseed that she fed the birds in nearby Pershing Square were found near her body.

Jacques B. Ehlinger, 29-years-old, was arrested walking through Pershing Square in bloodstained clothing.

After further investigations, he was cleared of the crime.

Another unsolved case.

Suicidal Tendencies at the Cecil Hotel

Murders are not the only dark chapter from the old Stay On Main Hotel story

On 19 November 1931, the body of the 46-year-old W.K Norton was found in the Hotel Cecil.

A week earlier a “James Willys of Chicago” checked into the hotel and never was saw alive again.

W.K. Norton, from Manhattan Beach, came to the hotel with clear intentions to take his own life, by taking poison capsules.

Less than a year later, Benjamin Dodich, shot himself in the head. The 25-years old was found the next day by the maid, without a suicide note.

Sergeant Louis D. Borden, former Army Medical Corps, slashed his throat with a razor, in 1934. The 53-year-old left a note making reference to his ill-health.

Three years later, Grace E. Magro died from injuries she received from falling out of the window of her room. LAPD could not determine if the fall from the ninth story window was accidental or suicide. Her fall, in March 1937 was broken by telephone wiring that “entangled about her body”.

Next year, another fall, this time Roy Thompson, a 35-year-old jumped from the Hotel Cecil’s top floor, to be found on the skylight of the building next door.

In January 1939, a 45-year-old teacher tried to take her life by poison. In May, Erwin C. Neblett, 39, didn’t have the same luck. The sailor died in his room employing the same method.

In November 1947, Long Beach resident Robert Smith jump to his death from Hotel Cecil’s  seventh floor.

Registered as Margaret Brown, Helen Gurnee met her death after falling from the same seventh floor, a week later, on October 22, 1954. She landed on top of the hotel’s marquee.

It Didn’t Stop There.

Julia Frances Moore, 50-year-old, jumped from the eighth floor on February 11, 1962. She left no note, just 59 cents in change, an Illinois bank book showing a balance of $1800 and a bus ticket from St. Louis. Her body landed in a second story interior light well.

A couple had a definitive argument in their ninth floor’s room. The husband tired of the argument left to get something to eat and clear his mind, on October 12, 1962.

While he was gone, his wife, Pauline Otton, 27-years-old, committed suicide by jumping from the room’s window. But the cruel destiny of her decision landed her on top of a 65-year-old pedestrian, George Gianinni. Both were killed instantly.

The primary investigation from the LA Police could not find any live witnesses, resulting to a conclusion of a double suicide.

After further analyses, George Gianinni was still wearing shoes and with his hands in his pockets, unlikely characteristics from a person that attempts suicide.

Elisa Lam

The last drop in the darkness history of the Hotel Cecil.

By 19th of February 2013, Hotel Cecil’s guests complained of the water smells, dark color, lack of pressure and that water “tasted funny.”

A maintenance worker checks the water supply tanks on the hotel roof and found the decomposed body of Elisa Lam, a 21-year-old Canadian student.

Lam’s body was naked with her clothes and personal effects floating aside her in the water.

Elisa Lam went missing almost three weeks earlier, on January 31, 2013.

During the investigation, LAPD found disturbing video footage from the Hotel Cecil’s CCTV taken from inside an elevator shortly before her disappearance.

What happened to Elisa Lam?

Firemen removing Elisa Lam's body from the water towers

The surveillance footage showed Lam acting erratic, pressing multiple elevator buttons, hiding in the corner of the elevator, and waving her arms wildly, causing widespread speculation about the cause of her death.

Even after pressing multiple elevator buttons, the elevator doesn’t move.

With the footage becoming public, more questions were unanswered and the paranormal speculation grows with claims that Lam was possessed or being chased by the Hotel Cecil’s ghosts.

Lam’s parents later informed them she had a bipolar disorder, which could have contributed to her death as well as her strange behavior in the elevator.

Los Angeles County Coroner’s office took four months to release the autopsy report, which reports no evidence of physical trauma and states that the cause of death was accidental.

Soon after Elisa Lam’s body was discovered, a deadly outbreak of tuberculosis occurred there.

As the situation was already strange, the name of the test kit used in these types of situations is LAM-ELISA or Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assay. Coincidence?

The guests at the Hotel Cecil sued the hotel over the incident.  Lam’s parents filed a separate suit later the same year.

The investors saw the need to re-brand the Hotel Cecil as The Stay on Main Hotel, in the hope that the dark events stay in the past.

Read an exclusive post telling more details about Elisa Lam’s case.

Ghosts From The Stay On Main Hotel

A large number of paranormal investigators, mediums, and locals believe that The Stay on Main Hotel is haunted.

But aside the strange elevator video, that cannot be classified as Paranormal Evidence.

The only close to paranormal evidence is a unique photo.

Ghost Photo at The Stay On Main Hotel

Ghost Photo at the Stay On Main Hotel

A photo was taken by Koston Alderete, a Riverside boy with a passion for horror movies and ghost stories.

“When I looked at the window, it just seemed a bit scary to me, and then I showed my friend, and he was terrified. It scares me yet,” said Alderete.

Koston Alderete complains that he had nightmares after taking the picture.

So, is The Stay On Main Hotel photo real? Does it show a ghost? Leave your opinion.


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