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Film-maker Joe Berlinger’s Netflix doc shines light on notorious LA site

'Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel' tells the story of a location now synonymous with suicide, murder and unsolved cases

Episode 1 of Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel. c. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021
Episode 1 of Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel. c. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021

True crime film-maker Joe Berlinger shines a spotlight on one of the most notorious locations in Los Angeles that is now synonymous with suicide, murder and unsolved cases, in his gripping Netflix documentary, Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel.

For nearly a century, the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles has been linked to some of the city’s most infamous headlines, from untimely deaths to housing serial killers.

In 2013, college student Elisa Lam was staying at the Cecil when she vanished, igniting a media frenzy and mobilising a global community of internet sleuths eager to solve the case. 

Lam’s disappearance, the latest chapter in the hotel’s complex history, offers a chilling and captivating lens into one of LA’s most nefarious settings.

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel airs from 10 February on Netflix

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