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Gone at midnight : the mysterious death of Elisa Lam / Jake Anderson.

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  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Fosston Public Library 364.1523 AND (Text) 33500013219522 New Available -
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  • ISBN: 9780806540054
  • ISBN: 0806540052
  • Physical Description: xi, 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Citadel Press : [2020]

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.:
"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. 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."--provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #1
    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.

Author Notes

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, where he analyzes cold cases and unexplained mysteries. Follow him on twitter @OverTheMoonSF.

Subject: Lam, Elisa, 1991-2013.
Drowning victims.
Drowning > California > Los Angeles.
Cecil Hotel (Los Angeles, California).
TRUE CRIME / Murder.
Drowning victims.
California > Los Angeles.
Genre: True crime stories.
True crime stories.

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