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Have you heard the one about the woman in the water tank? That’s not a setup for a joke so much as an urban legend rooted in one of the most tragic establishments in Los Angeles: the Hotel Cecil. Most famous for being the backdrop for the mysterious death of tourist Elisa Lam in 2013, the Hotel Cecil’s macabre history goes back to 1929 and, as Hadley explains it, parallels the same hard times that downtown L.A. also suffered. Find out more about Underbelly L.A. on the official website: Underbelly L.A. on Twitter: Underbelly L.A. on Facebook: Underbelly L.A. on Patreon: This podcast was researched, written and narrated by Hadley Meares. Follow her on Twitter: Underbelly L.A. is produced by Drew Mackie ( and edited by Meika Grimm ( The music was composed by Donovan Dorrance ( The logo was designed by Sarah Wickham ( Underbelly L.A. on iTunes: Underbelly L.A. on Stitcher: Underbelly L.A. on Spotify: This is a TableCakes podcast. Learn more about TableCakes Productions here:

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