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The gruesome past of the Cecil Hotel where Elisa Lam died

THE Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles is a creepy place. It is a budget hotel with 600 rooms and has a reputation for hosting transients for $US470 a month. Since its construction in 1927 it has been the focus of suicides, murders, mystery disappearances and serial killers. Now the infamous haunt is the site of a ghost hunt. This photo was taken by resident Koston Alderete, showing a mysterious figure hanging outside a fourth-floor window of the hotel. Alderete told KABC-TV Los Angeles he suffered from nightmares after taking the snap. "When I looked at that window, it just looked kind of creepy to me, and then I showed my friend, and he kind of freaked out. It just creeps me out still," he said. This photograph is the latest in a line of disturbing incidents at the Cecil Hotel. Early last year, a corpse was discovered in a water tank at the hotel after guests complained of foul-smelling black water coming from their taps. In February 2013, a maintenance worker, on investigating the water cisterns on the roof of the Cecil, discovered the decomposed body of Canadian tourist Elisa Lam at the bottom of the tank. Residents had brushed their teeth, drank and bathed in the water for 19 days. A guest at the hotel said the water "tasted horrible" with "a very funny ... disgusting taste. It's a very strange taste. I can barely describe it." The mysterious death of Lam added to the horrific history of the hotel. Read about serial killers here at News.com.au.

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