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Friday, 17 April 2015


So I've wanted to branch out into some oddball blog posts for a while now, even though they don't necessarily belong in the niche I tend to write about. Everyone knows me knows how obsessed I am with anything freaky or spooky - ghost stories, conspiracy theories, anything to do with aliens or the supernatural - you name it, I've probably read up about it and bored my friends half to death talking about it.

But there have been a few instances where I've come across something interesting online and gone on to share it on Facebook with many people replying and offering their opinions in return. I've found that a good few of my friends don't really have a huge interest in anything 'weird', but still find stuff I share sort of interesting or worth a read.

So for a while now I've really wanted to incorporate some of these things on the blog...hence my new feature, Freaky Friday's (such an original title, I know!). I haven't yet decided whether this will be every single Friday, once a fortnight or even once a month but nonetheless, here is the first! I hope you find it interesting...

Inspire Magazine Online - UK Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle blog | Freaky Friday // The Bizarre Case of Elisa Lam; Inspire Magazine; Inspire Magazine Online; Elisa Lam

The death of Elisa Lam was wildly reported when the last known footage of her alive - taken in a lift, shortly before her death - went viral due to its disturbing and odd nature. The video shows her running into a lift at the Cecil Hotel where she was staying at the time, and repeatedly pressing buttons to get the lift door to close. Throughout the short video, the doors remain open (kinda freaky, right?!), but it's her strange behaviour which is the oddest part of the whole video. She continually jumps in and out of the lift and makes weird gestures with her hands. Various theories of her behaviour include the idea that she is possessed, high on drugs, hiding from someone who was pursuing her into the lift or perhaps even that her odd behaviour is simply down to her bipolar disorder and that maybe she was experiencing a psychotic episode.

Being a believer in these things, simply by watching the gestures and the way she moves her hands was kind of freaky for me to watch and immediately made me think about possession! The video is only half of the story though. After being reported as missing for almost three weeks, her body was finally discovered in the water tank on the roof of the hotel, after guests at the hotel had been complaining about low water pressure. Bizarrely, there has been no conclusion to how she actually got into the tank herself. The tanks on the roof of the hotel were locked (with staff only having pass codes and keys to access the area), as well as the tanks protected by heavy lids. Some suggest that it would have been almost impossible for Elisa to not only gain access to the roof, but get into a water tank and replace the lid all by herself without the help of another.

Although the official autopsy reported that her death was caused by accidental drowning - with her bipolar disorder being a significant factor - there are many more unanswered questions and odd parts to this story. Changes in the autopsy report show that the death was originally noted as accidental, then changed to undetermined at a later date. Rape and fingernail kit tests were processed during the autopsy - but the results of these were not published or released. There were no drugs or alcohol found in her system and her mobile phone has never been found either. Finally, there has been speculations that the footage taken in the lift has actually been edited, with footage clearly having been cut out.

There are many conclusions to this case and although the fact that she could have been having a psychotic episode seems most likely, there are still lots of unanswered questions surrounding the death of Elisa Lam which make it one of the most bizarre reports to go viral over the past couple of years.

What do you think? Did the elevator video freak you out, or do you think it's a case that can simply be put down to Elisa's psychotic state? Let me know!

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  1. This is really weird, especially how she got into that water tank. Maybe there was someone following her, at the beginning of the video she keeps looking around. Be interesting to see a video of the outside area of the lift x

  2. I'm a bit of a scaredy cat so get really freaked out with the idea of anything supernatural ahhh x
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  3. I'm a bit of a scaredy cat so get really freaked out with the idea of anything supernatural ahhh x
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  4. One aspect of the case which is astounding is this coincidence:


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