California hotel with corpse in water tank has dark past

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – A tour guide claimed that the hotel in Los Angeles, California where a woman’s corpse was found inside its water tank Tuesday has a dark past that earned it a place on tours.

Tour guide Richard Schave told CNN that the Cecil Hotel is the place where serial killers stay.

Schave and his wife, Kim Cooper, offer a “true crime and oddities” tour called “Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice” and Cooper said the mystery about Elisa Lam’s slaying will be added to her spiel during the tour stops at the hotel.

Cooper and Schave have compiled details about the deaths involving the Cecil, listing their most famous serial killers as Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger.

Cooper revealed Ramirez, who is now on California’s death row, used to be known as the “Nightstalker” when he was living on the Cecil’s top floor in a $14 a night room, and he allegedly killed 13 women.

Unterweger was a journalist for an Austrian magazine in 1991 when he resided at the Cecil, and was accused of killing three prostitutes while a guest at the Cecil.

The hotel also had a reputation, in the 1950s and 1960s, as a place where people would kill themselves by jumping out upper-floor windows, and three women committed suicide using the same act, said Cooper.

Another death at the Cecil involved “Pigeon Goldie” Osgood, a retired telephone operator, who was discovered stabbed, strangled and raped in her ransacked room on June 4, 1964 and the crime has not been solved, added Cooper.

The Los Angeles Police are still investigating the death of Lam who reportedly traveled from Vancouver, Canada to Los Angeles on January 26 and was last seen at the same hotel on January 31.

A hotel worker found the body while checking one of the venue’s four water tanks after several clients complained about low water pressure.

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