Dubbed creepy nicknames resembling “Lodge Demise” and “The Suicide,” the Cecil Lodge harbors a darkish historical past as a hotbed for loss of life, suicide, and homicide. A magnet for crime, it was previously dwelling to serial killers resembling Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger. In 2013, its notoriety hit off as soon as extra when 21-year-old Canadian traveler Elisa Lam was discovered useless within the lodge’s water tank days after police launched a chilling video of her in an elevator.
Lam’s story is now the main focus of Netflix’s Crime Scene: The Vanishing on the Cecil Lodge, which interviews consultants and lodge staff to make clear the context round her case. However this docuseries is not the primary time we have seen the Cecil or Lam’s story referenced on the small display. Again in 2015, the Cecil really impressed Ryan Murphy to create American Horror Story: Lodge, which focuses on the disturbing occasions on the fictional Lodge Cortez.
In the course of the Tv Critics Affiliation press tour in 2015, Murphy mentioned that the fifth season of American Horror Story was impressed by a surveillance video of an individual appearing oddly in an elevator. Sound acquainted? Whereas he did not outright say who the particular person was, most web sleuths deduced that he was referencing the viral Elisa Lam case. “A lady bought in an elevator in a downtown lodge,” Murphy defined at TCA. “She was by no means seen once more.”
And so, that is how the bone-chilling Lodge Cortez got here to be. In line with manufacturing designer Mark Worthington, Lodge Cortez takes after the Cecil Lodge in addition to different historic accommodations in Los Angeles. The Cortez, just like the Cecil, has a ’20s Artwork Deco type, which Worthington characterised as each as “glamorous” and “very creepy and darkish and unusual” in an interview with KCRW. Lots of the lodge scenes had been really shot on set, which took seven weeks to construct. Filming did not happen on the Cecil, however the fifth season reportedly drew American Horror Story followers to the Keep on Predominant hostel (part of the Cecil that was rebranded to distance the lodge away from its disturbing historical past).
By way of the precise story, AHS: Lodge would not explicitly reference the Elisa Lam case. Nevertheless, there’s a darkish passing remark a couple of loss of life and the way it impacts the Cortez’s water provide. In episode six, Donovan references the disturbing case of a instructor named Cara, who took her life in a bathtub on the Cortez. He warns lodge visitors by no means to drink water from the fifth flooring since her physique sat within the tub for months.
Portrayed by Anthony Ruivivar, Richard Ramirez, aka the Evening Stalker, additionally prominently pops up within the fifth season within the episode “Satan’s Evening.” In actual life, Ramirez stayed on the Cecil for a number of months and reportedly tossed his bloodied clothes within the lodge’s dumpster. Quick ahead to season 9, Ramirez is later performed by Zach Villa in AHS: 1984, during which he has an extended character arc.
Will we see extra of the creepy Cortez Lodge in later seasons? We would not depend it out.
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