Eva at The Year of Halloween has a great post on the disturbing history of L.A’s Cecil Hotel. Opened downtown in 1927, the Cecil was built amid the optimism of Hollywood’s new found dominance of the movie industry. By the 1950’s, though, the rise of the Los Angeles freeway system had driven commerce out of downtown and the hotel became known as a stop for transients only a block away from Skid Row.
The hotel was a home to “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez and Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger, as well as the place where the body of Canadian tourist Elisa Lam was found in a rooftop water cistern in February of this year.
I won’t paraphrase the whole thing, so read the original. And check the Yelp reviews before you get sucked in by the cheap rate.