Eerie hotel mysteries
From murders to disappearances, these unsolved mysteries all have hotels in common.
Three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared from her hotel room in Portugal during a family trip on May 3rd, 2007. Madeleine was holidaying for seven nights with her twin siblings, her parents and a group of family friends at the Luz Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz. The McCann parents dined with friends the evening of Madeleine’s disappearance and checked on all three of their children periodically throughout the night—until Madeleine’s mother discovered her missing. Over the next 11 years the Portuguese police, private detectives and Scotland Yard, in the McCann’s home country of England, investigated. Despite their best efforts, the case is a mystery, and the circumstances still inspire Internet sleuth theorisers as well as shows like the new documentary series on Netflix, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Bringing even more attention to the case are strong new leads, including the recent identification of a German national as the new prime suspect. A convicted paedophile currently in prison in Germany for sexual offences and drug trafficking, the unnamed suspect was in the vicinity of Praia da Luz on the evening Madeleine disappeared, and had a telephone conversation that ended just over an hour before she went missing. With German investigators initiating proceedings against the suspect on suspicion of McCann’s murder, it’s hoped that this tragic case might soon be solved.
Madeleine McCann’s disappearance is one of 13 mysteries that could be solved in the next decade.
The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, California, is home to many unsolved mysteries and murders. The most notable case is of Canadian college student Elisa Lam who went missing in 2013. Three weeks after going missing, hotel maintenance found 21-year-old Lam in the water tank on the hotel roof. Although law enforcement ruled her death an accidental drowning, the mysterious circumstances mean people still believe there is more to the story. Lam was last seen on CCTV footage from the hotel elevator acting strangely. It’s also worth noting that the roof is only accessible via a key for the staff. Many people wonder how Lam got there. She had bipolar disorder, but she had the proper amounts of medication in her system.