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The Cecil Hotel Has Been Dubbed "A Hotbed For Death" — Here Are 16 Scary Facts About The Establishment

"The Cecil was a place where serial killers let their hair down."

Earlier this month, Netflix released their latest true crime docu-series Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel.

Promotional still for "Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel"

The series focuses on the mysterious death of Elisa Lam, but it also does a deep dive into the scary and crime-ridden past of the Cecil.

Image of Elisa Lam

Now, going into this series, I was kinda familiar with the Elisa Lam case but, little did I know, that was only the TIP of the morbid iceberg that is the Cecil Hotel:

Image of the Cecil Hotel as it stands in 2013

So, here are all the creepy facts I've learned about the Cecil Hotel that have kept me up since I finished the doc:

1. The Cecil Hotel was founded in 1924 in Downtown, Los Angeles. The 19-floor and 700-room hotel was originally built to be a destination for business travelers and tourists; but after the Great Depression, it became a budget hotel that attracted unseemly clientele.

A former resident of the Cecil Hotel talking about how scandalous it used to be

2. The Cecil Hotel, also known as the Stay on Main, is located on Skid Row, a part of Los Angeles that is home to over 10,000 people experiencing homelessness.

A close-up of a hotel key to the Cecil

3. The hotel was the inspiration for American Horror Story: Hotel, due to all the mysterious deaths that have happened there.

4. After being bought in 2007, the Cecil/Stay on Main became half longtime stay for low-income/low-credit tenants and half hostel/budget lodging for tourists.

A photo of the outside of the Stay on Main

5. The bottom two floors of the Cecil were for long-term residents, the Stay on Main/youth hostel was on floors 4–6, and floors 7 and above were Cecil hotel rooms.

A blueprint of the Stay on Main within the Cecil Hotel

6. According to Kenneth Givens, former long-term resident of the Cecil, anything higher than the sixth floor was dangerous.

7. Price said that there would be one to three 911 calls a DAY at the Cecil.

Voiceover of Amy Price

8. During her tenure, Price said there were about 80 deaths in the hotel.

Amy Price talking about the many deaths that occurred while she worked at the Cecil

9. One of the most famous cases that happened at the Cecil was the mysterious disappearance and death of Elisa Lam.

10. The reason why the police knew to look for Elisa in the water tanks was because some of the hotel tenants were complaining about the water from their sinks and showers.

Brownish water spewing from a bathroom faucet

11. Following the death of Elisa Lam, reservations and visits to the Cecil SKYROCKETED.

Two patrons walking around one of the floors of the Cecil

12. Back in 1931, W.K. Norton overdosed on "poisonous capsules" in his hotel room. His death is "the earliest reported suicide."

A news clipping from the Los Angeles Times

13. In 1962, after a fight with her husband, Pauline Otton jumped from the window of a seventh-story hotel room and landed on a pedestrian below, killing them both.

A news clipping from the Corvallis Gazette-Times

14. In 1964, "Pigeon Goldie" Osgood — nicknamed because she frequently fed the pigeons in Pershing Square — was found raped, beaten, and stabbed in her hotel room. The case remains unsolved.

A news clipping from the San Bernardino County Sun

15. Richard Ramirez, aka the Night Stalker — who tortured, raped, and murdered residents of Los Angeles — lived at the Cecil.

Archived photo of the Night Stalker in court

16. Jack Unterweger, an international serial killer, lived and killed at the Cecil in the early '90s.

Archived photo of Jack Unterweger on his way into court

17. Last, but not least, Elizabeth Short, aka the Black Dahlia, was rumored to be seen at the bar of the Cecil Hotel just days before her murder.

Archived headshot of Elizabeth Short, aka the Black Dahlia