October 30, 2020
Thanks so much for listening to our podcast on Elisa Lam.
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In our news segment for this week, we talk about:
The New York Statue of Medusa. We referenced these sources from The New York Times, The Art Newspaper, this Youtube Video showing the statue IRL.
The death of Solomone Taufeulungaki. We referenced these sources from The Age, The Age (2), The Guardian, The ABC and the Crimes Act 1958.
The trial and freedom of Fair Wayne Bryant. We referenced these sources from The Washington Post and CNN.
For our main case today, the story of Elisa Lam, we use the following sources to aid us in our research:
Where we reference Elisa Lam’s coroner’s report and case, we used sources from the Forensic Science Labatories from the Los Angeles Police Department, Josh Dean’s scans from Medium of the original report and the sleuthing done by Unhammy Sammy on Reddit (thank you!) unpacking the coroners report and Elisa’s toxicology report. We also uncovered this case with the help of the work from the reporters and writers of FilmDaily, CNN, Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know, MammaMia, WikiPedia, All That’s Interesting, Gone At Midnight (a book by Jake Anderson), Snopes and
The mention of her parents suing the Cecil Hotel is from a CBS Local Los Angeles Article published in 2013. A link to the three blog posts written by Elisa that we referenced is here 1 (going away) and 2 (staying in LA) and 3 (phone missing). Her original blogspot blog, Ester Fields is here. And here is the link to her Tumblr Blog. Popular culture references include American Horror Story, How To Get Away With Murder and Dark Water.
Our reference from the APA on Bipolar Disorder and the effects of anti-depression medications are here and here. This is a link to the Youtube Video of Elisa’s final moments in the elevator. This is more info about Cecil Hotel’s treacherous past and it’s refurbishment in 2021, as well as information about the hotel after Lam’s death. More information about the Korean Elevator Game can be found here. Theories about the LAM-ELISA tuberculosis testing can be found here.