It’s not arduous to summon a darkish aura across the lodge, and lots of media accounts have performed simply that.
“It’s been shown as a really dark place, with Richard Ramirez having been there and of course Elisa Lam,” mentioned Amy Price, the lodge normal supervisor from 2007 to 2017, in a latest telephone interview. She additionally seems within the collection. “But I thought how they presented everything was authentic and very fair.”
For all that has occurred on the Cecil, with out Lam’s disappearance there can be no documentary, and possibly little or no curiosity within the lodge right this moment. The internet sleuths, none of whom have met her, profess their love and affection for her. They, and the collection, pore over the elevator video as if it had been the Dead Sea Scrolls. We watch, time and again, as Lam punches a row of elevator buttons and squishes herself right into a nook of the elevator, then exits and makes some odd hand gestures. Surely this should all imply one thing.
Or, perhaps not. And right here’s the place you both cease studying (assuming you haven’t already Googled the case) or proceed on to the not-terribly-mystical conclusion. In the tip, sure, the Cecil was against the law scene. Many occasions over. But it seems there was nothing prison in regards to the Lam case, which was, in keeping with investigators, a tragic accident.
Asked how he reconciles his extra high-minded beliefs with the true-crime style’s crucial to entertain, Berlinger pointed to the truth that “Cecil” tackles topics that transcend the corpse at its core, together with cyberbullying, homelessness and psychological sickness. But he additionally is aware of true-crime viewers are tuning in for the extra lurid particulars, and generally that provides him pause.
“I do ask myself, if, God forbid, something happened to me or my family, would I want someone to tell that story?” he mentioned in a follow-up electronic mail. “If I’m being totally honest, I would only want that if the telling of that story had a larger purpose than just ‘entertainment.’”