Now that, y’know, we don’t actually leave the house anymore, we’re flying through TV recommendations quicker than you can say “just one more episode?”, so we thought we’d introduce you to the latest crime documentary to land on Netflix.
Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel, arrived on the TV streaming service today (10th February) after much build-up online, and focuses on the disappearance and death of Canadian student Elisa Lam in downtown LA in 2013.
The 21-year-old checked into The Cecil Hotel during a solo trip to California, and (small spoiler that’s already been reported everywhere), her body was found in the hotel’s water tank two weeks after she went missing, following a large-scale investigation that was widely reported at the time.
Footage emerged – and quickly went viral – during the hunt for Elisa Lam, which saw her looking scared and agitated in the hotel’s lift on the night she went missing, which only further added to the mystery surrounding her death.
This new look into the investigation by Netflix includes four episodes, each at around an hour long, and is created by the same team behind The Ted Bundy Tapes.
There’s been early reviews that it sensationalises Elisa Lam’s death rather than adding any fresh perspectives or information, honing in on the 21st century morbid fascination with true crime. We’ve yet to watch it so can’t comment, but there’s no doubt it’ll make for devastatingly sad and harrowing viewing.