Starting in the 1950s, at least three people jumped to their deaths from their rooms in the Hotel Cecil, with one woman landing on a pedestrian who who was killed along with her.
In 1964, an elderly resident was brutally murdered.
In 1985 infamous serial murderer Richard Ramirez, also known as the Night Stalker, used the Cecil as his base for his Los Angeles killing spree. Six years later, Austrian crime journalist, and former murderer, Jack Unterweger booked a room in the hotel while covering the area and proceeded to murder three prostitutes himself.
In 2013, Elisa Lam infamous death occurred here.
Now known as Stay on Main, it is the inspiration for American Horror Story: Hotel.