Gone at Midnight : The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam
by Anderson, Jake







Author's Noteix
PART 1 DISCOVERY
1(120)
Chapter 1 Missing
3(15)
Chapter 2 Found
18(7)
Chapter 3 The Investigation Begins
25(14)
Chapter 4 Rise of the Websleuths
39(15)
Chapter 5 The West Coast Tour
54(15)
Chapter 6 City of Demons
69(11)
Chapter 7 Further Down the Rabbit Hole
80(9)
Chapter 8 The "Suicide Hotel"
89(14)
Chapter 9 The 14th Floor
103(11)
Chapter 10 The Autopsy
114(7)
PART 2 SEROTONIN AND SYNCHRONICITY
121(110)
Chapter 11 The Art of the Meltdown
123(17)
Chapter 12 David and Yinna Lam vs. the Cecil Hotel
140(9)
Chapter 13 Friends and Enemies of Occam's Razor
149(13)
Chapter 14 Inbound Train
162(10)
Chapter 15 A World with Evil
172(13)
Chapter 16 Dark Synchronicity
185(10)
Chapter 17 The Last Bookstore
195(11)
Chapter 18 Return to the Cecil
206(25)
PART 3 COVERUP
231(94)
Chapter 19 Revisiting the Cause of Death
233(14)
Chapter 20 Whoever Chases Monsters
247(7)
Chapter 21 Inside Job
254(10)
Chapter 22 A Missing Element and A Bombshell
264(23)
Chapter 23 What Happened to Elisa Lam?
287(38)
Acknowledgments325(2)
Source Notes327(12)
Index339(12)
About the Author351


A Fortune Magazine &;Most Anticipated Books of 2020&; Selection
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Oxygen&;s List of &;Best True Crime Books of 2020&; Selection

&;The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles is a palpable presence in Gone at Midnight: The Mysterious death of Elisa Lam by Jake Anderson&; While allowing for other possible interpretations (and minimizing the daunting logistics), Anderson believes that Lam was murdered, the victim of a &;traumatic sexual attack&; by one or more assailants. Or something. Given the checkered history of the Cecil Hotel (which was recently named to the Los Angeles registry of historic landmarks), I wouldn&;t rule out Jack the Ripper.&;
&;The New York Times


A Los Angeles hotel with a haunting history. A missing young woman. A disturbing video followed by a shocking discovery. A cold-case mystery that has become an internet phenomenon&;and for one determined journalist, a life-changing quest toward uncomfortable truths. Perfect for Murderinos looking for their next fix&;

 
Twenty-one-year-old Vancouver student Elisa Lam was last heard from on January 31, 2013, after she checked into downtown L.A.&;s Cecil Hotel&;a 600-room building with a nine-decade history of scandal and tragedy. The next day, Elisa vanished. A search of the hotel yielded nothing. More than a week later, complaints by guests of foul-smelling tap water led to a grim discovery: Elisa&;s nude body floating in a rooftop water tank, in an area extremely difficult to access without setting off alarms. The only apparent clue was a disturbing surveillance video of Elisa, uploaded to YouTube in hopes of public assistance.
 
As the eerie elevator video went viral, so did the questions of its tens of millions of viewers. Was Elisa&;s death caused by murder, suicide, or paranormal activity? Was it connected to the Cecil&;s sinister reputation? And in that video, what accounted for Elisa&;s strange behavior? With the help of web sleuths and investigators from around the world, journalist Jake Anderson set out to uncover the facts behind a death that had become a macabre internet meme, as well as a magnet for conspiracy theorists.
 
In poring through Elisa&;s revealing online journals and social-media posts, Anderson realized he shared more in common with the young woman than he imagined. His search for justice and truth became a personal journey, a dangerous descent into one of America's quiet epidemics. Along the way, he exposed a botched investigation and previously unreported disclosures from inside sources who suggest there may have been a corporate conspiracy and a police cover-up. In Gone at Midnight, Anderson chronicles eye-opening discoveries about who Elisa Lam really was and what&;or whom&;she was running from, and presents shocking new evidence that may re-open one of the most chilling and obsessively followed true crime cases of the century.

&;Outstanding&;true crime buffs won&;t want to miss this gripping search for the truth.&;
&;Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW





Jake Anderson is a writer, filmmaker, investigative journalist, activist, and digital publisher. He runs the popular website The Ghost Diaries and is a contributing journalist for The Anti Media and multiple alternative media outlets. He has been a featured guest on Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis, Spaced Out, Nocturnal Frequency, West of the Rockies, and Common Ground. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, he&;s a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and currently lives near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Find more of his work at TheGhostDiaries.com, where he analyzes cold cases and unexplained mysteries. Follow him on twitter @OverTheMoonSF.





In 2013, Chinese Canadian student Elisa Lam set out on a tour of the West Coast. She never returned home. Lam checked into Los Angeles' Cecil Hotel, known for its scandalous history, and vanished. Complaints from hotel guests about rancid tap water led to a gruesome discovery: Lam's body was found floating in a rooftop water tank. An eerie surveillance video of Lam rocketed her case to internet fame. While her death was officially determined to be an accident, unanswered questions remain. Anderson was one of thousands drawn to Lam's case, and he set out to uncover the facts and challenge the outrageous conspiracies spread online. His search for the truth led him down a surprising path of self-discovery, igniting a crusade against the stigmatization of mental illness. Rather than exploiting Lam's death as a morbid meme, Anderson takes an empathic and humanizing approach. His thorough research and passionate writing make a fascinating read. Extremely detailed and featuring new evidence, this book is recommended to anyone who loves to dive down a rabbit hole. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.






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