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Robert Laffont
EAN : 9782221259894
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 288
Size : 135 x 215 mm
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The Curse of the Cecil Hotel

Release date : 21/04/2022
Perusing the archives of criminal history, famous true crime youtuber Sonya Lwu narrates the history of the notorious Cecil Hotel through a series of sordid crimes that created the maleficent and fascinating aura of this L.A. landmark.
Situated in the heart of L.A., in the now infamous quarter of Skid Row, the Cecil Hotel is one of the world most famous spots for amateur sleuths and everyone passionate about true crime. Inaugurated in 1927, the hotel became a hotspot for suicides, crimes, violent deaths and all sorts... Situated in the heart of L.A., in the now infamous quarter of Skid Row, the Cecil Hotel is one of the world most famous spots for amateur sleuths and everyone passionate about true crime. Inaugurated in 1927, the hotel became a hotspot for suicides, crimes, violent deaths and all sorts of paranormal phenomena since the early 1930ies. Created as a luxury hide-away, the hotel was plunged into misery by the 1929 economic crisis. The high rolling clientele of the early years was quickly replaced by seedy characters ranging from criminals, fixers and alcoholics to homeless persons, drug fiends and prostitutes... Death was knocking at the door of the 700 hotel rooms, taking with him at least 18 people who were killed by poisoning, defenestration, drowning, stabbing and shooting. Ever present in the yellow press, this hotel filled with mysteries has become an important part of the American imaginary. Legend has it that this was the last place the black dahlia, Elisabeth Short, had been seen prior to her being murdered in 1947 - her body was discovered hacked in two in a L.A. wasteland. It was this incident that would inspire James Ellroy to write his eponymous masterpiece “The Black Dahlia” in 1987, a book that coined the perception of L.A. while opening the doors for true crime fiction.
As years went on, the Cecil was also home to two notorious serial killers: Richard Ramirez, the night stalker, who terrorized the city of Los Angeles between 1984 and 1985, raping eleven women and killing 13 people, and Austrian journalist Jack Unterweger, who would attack, rape and kill at least three prostitutes before eventually being arrested by the FBI in 1992.
Despite all the efforts made to refurbish the hotel and to rid it of its unsavory reputation, its dark history continues with the disappearance of the young Asian-Canadian student Elisa Lam in 2013 whose body would turn up 19 days later in the water reservoir on top of the hotel.

Key points:
In the last decade, true crime stories have become a fixture in television as well as in literature. If national stars like the late Pierre Bellemare or the more contemporary Jacques Pradel and Christophe Hondelatte have contributed to this hype, the French audience has equally welcomed foreign voices like the Canadian Victoria Chelton whose true crime fiction has sold already over 15,000 copies in France.
 Sonya Lwu is a youtuber passionate about true crime, serial killers and all cases unresolved. Her skill and passion have inspired millions on social media. In addition to more than 250,000 regular subscriptions to her true crimes channel, her riveting youtube features captivate an audience up to almost a million viewers per video! The first collection of her inquiries published by Marabout has already sold over 11,500 copies.
 
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EAN : 9782221259894
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 288
Size : 135 x 215 mm
Robert Laffont