Meet the Cecil Hotel, the Horrifying Real-Life Inspiration For ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’
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Meet the Cecil Hotel, the Horrifying Real-Life Inspiration For ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’

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While the Hotel Cortez of American Horror Story: Hotel fame is thankfully fictitious, its real-life inspiration sounds just as terrifying.

 

AHS Ryan Murphy co-creator tells Entertainment Weekly that this fifth season of the FX anthology was inspired in part by Los Angeles’s Cecil Hotel and the 21-year-old Canadian student who was found dead there in 2013.

 

Security footage from the hotel’s elevator shows Elisa, who had been diagnosed as bipolar, acting erratically. Two weeks later, her body was found decomposing in the hotel’s water tanks after guests complained that the water was discolored and weird-tasting.


Unfortunately, the Cecil’s troubled history is much more extensive.

For example, as Zimbio reports, two serial killers stayed at the Cecil during their murder sprees: Richard Ramirez, aka the Night Stalker, and Jack Unterweger, aka the Vienna Woods Killer.

 

Additionally, KCET describes six suicides that have occurred at the infamous hotel since it opened in the 1920s.

 

The hotel is operating under a different name these days, having been rebranded as a Stay on Main, but we have a feeling its deadly reputation will be harder to shake off.