Netflix’s latest true crime series Crime Scene: The Vanishing at The Cecil Hotel has had everyone completely hooked since it landed on Netflix last week. The first season in a new anthology crime series, the show looked into the disappearance of Canadian student Elisa Lam who vanished from the Los Angeles hotel in 2013. But, as explained during the course of the four episodes, the Cecil Hotel has been linked to a number of deaths and disappearances since it opened in 1927. So it’s no huge surprise that the hotel has a connection to Netflix’s creepiest drama, American Horror Story: Hotel.
AHS: Hotel is the fifth in the season in the anthology series, and it centres around the mysterious LA-based Hotel Cortez, where multiple disturbing deaths and paranormal events have taken place. Sound familiar? Well, iIt turns out that the hotel at the centre of the series was directly inspired by the Hotel Cecil, and the disappearance of Elisa Lam.
Back in 2015 AHS creator Ryan Murphy spoke about the huge impact that real-life Cecil Hotel had on the series, “I was always very obsessed with The Hotel Cecil that is downtown,” he told Collider when asked about inspiration for the series. “There was a surveillance video that went around two years ago that just showed a girl getting into an elevator in a downtown hotel that is rumoured to be haunted, and she was never seen again.”
There are numerous nods to the Cecil Hotel throughout AHS: Hotel; from the fact that both the real and fictional hotel are based in Los Angeles to a specific episode named Devil’s Night, which features Richard Ramirez, a serial killer who stayed at the Cecil Hotel during his murder spree in the mid 1980s.
Crime Scene: The Vanishing at The Cecil Hotel is out on Netflix now.
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