Tragic story of woman who jumped from Cecil Hotel window – and landed on man
The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles has a blood-soaked history of countless suicides and murders.
One of the mysterious deaths is currently being explored in new Netflix true crime documentary series Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel.
It explores the death of Elisa Lam, who mysteriously disappeared while staying at the hotel – and was eventually found in the water tank on the roof.
There have been several strange and tragic deaths that have occurred at the Cecil Hotel.
One of the most tragic incidents to happen was undoubtedly that of 65-year-old George Giannini and 27-year-old Pauline Otton.
On October 12 1962, Pauline had an argument with her estranged husband in a room on the ninth floor.
After Pauline’s husband left, she wrote a suicide note and jumped from the window.
Coincidentally, George was walking directly below on the pavement at the same time – and Pauline landed on him. They were both killed instantly.
Police initially thought it was a double suicide case.
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However, George still had his hands in his pockets, which he probably wouldn’t have if he had jumped from the ninth floor.
After a lengthy police investigation, it was found that the suicide had caused the accidental death of George.
Over the years, several people have leapt to their deaths from the floors of the Cecil Hotel – but this is the only time someone killed a bystander in the process.
As the years passed Hotel Cecil became associated with several other tragic incidents.
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In 1964, a retired telephone operator called “Pigeon” Goldie Osgood, was found dead in her room. She had been robbed, stabbed and raped – and the case was never solved.
It was also reported that Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia, was last seen drinking at Hotel Cecil the days before her gruesome death in 1947.
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