Alice Oscura, Featured Writer
Warning: Brief references made of violent deaths and suicides. Parental discretion is advised.
Plot: Zak Bagans and the Ghost Adventures team are the first and only Paranormal Investigators ever allowed to investigate the infamous Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The hotel is a hotspot for tragic occurrences and what is called a negative or evil entity which may or may not be responsible for the mysterious death of Elisa Lam (a 21-year-old Canadian student) due to the fact that the notorious devil-worshipping serial killer Richard Ramirez aka Night Stalker once lived there during his sadistic slayings.
Backstory: The Cecil Hotel was constructed in 1924 by three Hoteliers: William Banks Hanner, Charles L. Dix and Robert H. Schops. It was finally opened to the public in 1927 and was successful for a couple years until the Great Depression hit America in the 1930s. When the location began to decline with the influx of prostitution and the destitute the energy of the hotel changed, and it eventually gained an extremely dark reputation for violent deaths and suicides on the premises.
The following is a rough timeline of mysterious and tragic events that have been documented as occurring in the hotel:
1947 – Elizabeth Short AKA Black Dahlia was spotted drinking at the Hotel’s bar just a few days before her unsolved murder occurred.
1964 – Retired telephone operator “Pigeon Goldie” Osgood was a well-known, and well-liked, long-term resident at the hotel. She was found brutally raped, stabbed and beaten to death in her ransacked hotel room. Her case remains unsolved to this day.
1984 to 1985 – The hotel was the residence of notorious serial killer Richard Ramirez aka The Night Stalker who was eventually convicted of killing at least 13 people. Ramirez admitted to conducting satanic rituals in his room and the roof of the hotel.
1991 – An Austrian serial killer stayed at the hotel for some time by the name of Jack Unterweger who sought to copy Richard Ramirez’s crimes. He was eventually convicted but committed suicide.
2013 – The mysterious death of 21-year-old Canadian student Elisa Lam. The last time that she was seen was on the hotel’s elevator surveillance footage behaving erratically. Lam is known to have suffered from bipolar disorder. Her body was eventually discovered in the water supply cistern on the hotel roof eight days later. Her death has been ruled as accidental due to drowning, however many have speculated that something more sinister was responsible for her strange behaviour and subsequent death.
Review: Let me just say that having been a huge fan of the Ghost Adventures series since inception and being a total nerd by seeing every single one of their episodes, this one is by far the creepiest and scariest one to date! Yep, I will advise that folks don’t watch this one if you’ve got a weak heart or if you are easily freaked out. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you.
This is the team’s first special investigation for the year, and I am proud to see that they are still vigilantly observing the COVID-19 measures by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.
Riddled with stories of paranormal activity, the historic building is the epitome of creepy, and is an inspiration for books, films and even a season of the “American Horror Story” series.
The amount of evidence collected during this investigation was insane. During their two-night investigation, the team retraced Lam’s steps, including the elevator where disturbing security camera footage captured her exhibiting odd behavior shortly before her disappearance and death. The team also spends time trying to contact self-proclaimed devil worshiper “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez. Always the provoker, Zak uses drawings Ramirez did as bait to try to draw him out and gets some physical results in the end.
The GA team and guest psychic mediums admitted that the heaviness and evil presence felt is among the most sinister that they have ever experienced on an investigation.
A tap turns on by itself right before our eyes in the Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger’s room along with a few intelligent responses on one of their technical devices. Multiple dark shadows are seen in the corridors including one captured by team member Aaron Goodwin which clearly looked like a dark humanoid shape moving closer and closer towards Zak Bagans through the taking of multiple polaroid shots in quick succession. Whilst trying to contact Elisa Lam, they capture an anomaly trying to manifest itself in the elevator.
It continues to amaze me how through the use of some particularly high-tech equipment they proceed to capture manifestations, light anomalies, visible and intelligent responses from entities that use the devices to communicate or issue warnings.
The activity experienced had the entire crew on edge and there was even one point where they all seemed to be influenced by a dark presence causing them to snap at each other and experience thoughts of being violent or aggressive towards their fellow team members.
I highly recommend this episode because it is a Paranormal fan’s dream and would even freak out those of us who are considered to be sceptics. Because when it comes time to find a reasonable explanation to debunk what you are seeing, or hearing and you have tried everything that you can think of to prove otherwise…then you are going to be left questioning your own sanity.
Alice’s Score: 9 out of 10
For my review of Ghost Adventures Halloween 2 Hour Special: Horror at Joe Exotic Zoo you can click here.
Dark Alice has an old soul and a curious mind. I believe that anyone can be a hero and that the good guys should always win! I dislike cruelty to animals and think that they have far superior qualities to humans. My motto is there is no future without the past. I also have a weird penchant for Paranormal TV shows even though the slightest sound makes me jump.
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