Unsolved Mysteries; Elisa Lam

Elisa Lam, age 21, was staying at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, California.  She disappeared on January 31, 2013, but was not discovered until several weeks later by authorities.  After several guests had complained of discolored and a strange taste in the water, Elisa was found naked with her clothes and room key in the water tank above the hotel.  There are many theories about what happened to Elisa Lam, many of them confused by the last footage found of her in an elevator.

 

People were mystified by her strange behavior, such as pushing all the buttons in the elevator, or checking outside it, and her strange hand gestures that suggest that she was talking to someone off screen.  She also steps out of the room to look both ways before hiding back inside a corner.  Elisa eventually leaves, and the elevator door closes.

Some theories say that Elisa killed herself, although this is unlikely.  Elisa could have gotten onto the roof by the fire escape, though the employees never heard the alarms that should have gone off.  The hotel water tanks were high off the ground and extremely heavy.  No ladders were found at the scene, and Elisa was not strong enough to lift the top by herself.

My theory is that someone, perhaps someone she knew, had killed her.  When you are in a dangerous situation with someone in an elevator, you can push all of the buttons to stop at every floor.  This increases your chance of someone seeing and saving you.  I think that Elisa was running from someone.  That would explain how she got inside the water tank, why there was no ladders.  A murder would have been well thought-out, enough to disable the alarms in the fire escape.  This isn’t entirely plausible, because there is no footage or evidence of a second person with Elisa Lam.

To find out more about Elisa Lam and other theories, go to this website.

Yours in writing,

Adrienne Parker

Quote #33

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. ― Dr. Seuss

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This quote it amazing, even though it’s easier said than done.  We love to stay within our comfort zones, stay with something normal.  If we have to leave that normal, our life seems hectic and disorganized.  But I agree with Dr. Seuss.  When something good happens, a blessing, it’s still a blessing when it’s over.  It still happened, and you learned from it, it shaped you that much more into the person you are meant to be.  I’m leaving junior high this year, continuing on to high school.  This is a crazy thing, I’m getting closer everyday to leaving my home, going to college, graduating, and hopefully getting a job.  But I’m going to cherish my time as a child, and move on into adolescence.

This quote is fairly popular, and it really is true.

Yours in writing,

Adrienne Parker

Quote #32

Books about Heartbreak: Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

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Quote;

“The secret is in absolutely refusing to let the river beat you down. If I had to, I’d measure my progress in inches. One more inch I’ve swum—one less inch to swim. Once you know the secret, then nobody’s river can bring you down.”
― Bette Greene, Summer of My German Soldier

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This image is the cover of one of Top Ten favorite books.  The Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green is a very sad story.  Patty is beaten by her father and her mother pelts her with snide comments every minute of every day.  Anton, a German prisoner, is one of very few of Patty’s friends.  Even though Patty is Jewish, she helps Anton to escape and shelters him.  Even though Patty’s life is rough, she doesn’t let anyone get her down.  She is talking about her mother and father.  She says that you can cross anyone’s river by sheer will power and determination.  I agree with Patty on this.

Yours in writing,

Adrienne Parker

Quote #31

bella new moon quote - books-to-read Fan Art

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This quote is from the second book in the Twilight series, New Moon.  Edward had left Bella because he thought she’d be safer.  He turned out to be wrong, but when he left, Bella was overcome with such a pain and grief.  She had loved Edward more than anything.  Bella was in this type of terrible pain for weeks.  But when her father, Charlie, tried to make her go back to live with her mother in Florida, she threw a fit and wouldn’t leave.  She then awakened and became this kind of “zombie” as Bella puts it.  She didn’t feel anything, she didn’t do anything.  She chose the numbness instead of the pain.  I’m not sure what I would choose.  If I could choose either nothing or pain, I would probably choose nothing.  But, then again, that just delays the pain.

Quote 31 is from Twilight!  Do you guys like Twilight?  It seems to me that either you hate or you love it.  I used to hate it with a burning passion, but now it’s my tied second-favorite book.

Yours in writing,

Adrienne Parker

Quote #30

Harry Potter Quote from Albus Dumbledore

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I like this quote a lot.  Not just because I’m biased and I love the Harry Potter series more than, well, a lot of things.  But this quote is really cool, it’s true, although people almost never look at things this way.  People go through hardships everyday.  Some of them get through it, they remember that because one bad thing happens, that doesn’t mean that everything’s over.  They remember that there is something you can do to make you life better; turn on the light.  It’s always there.  You just need to remember that.

I know this one’s really short, but I’ll let the quote speak for itself.  Hope you enjoyed this one.

Yours in writing,

Adrienne Parker

Quote #29

#TurtlesAllTheWayDown #JohnGreen   One of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite books. Turtles all the way down, by John Green

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This is amazingly and painfully true!  I’ve spent most of my life hoping to find someone who thinks (almost) the same way I do.  I’ve found two wonderful girls my age, who are my best friends who see almost the same world as me.  They are smart, wonderful, and thoughtful.  They sympathize and empathize with all people.  But they still do not see the same world I see.  When I look at girls my age, I see some potential, but most of them need a reality check.  To see that the world is not made of the present, but a thousand different futures.  The boys I see that are my age make me think there is no hope.  They are caught up in the present, and I see almost no potential.  I have yet to meet a boy who is astute, courteous, tactful, and considerate.  I hope to find a guy like this once because, as in my experience, they make great friends.

Quote 29.  Getting close to 30!  Did you agree with the quote?

Yours in writing,

Adrienne Parker

Quote #28

26 Best Book Quotes - Quotes About Reading

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I’ve seen this quote before, and I agree with it so much!  I firmly believe that reading is the cheapest vacation you can ever go on.  When I read (and I don’t know how it is for everyone else) I literally feel what the characters are feeling.  That can be good…. and bad.  So if someone went through an emotional roller coaster and then a break up, I’m going to be pretty upset for a while.  But if they are describing how completely in love they are, I’m going to be so happy I’ll be grinning for hours.  My point is, reading is something that is overlooked by the generation above me, and my own.  People underestimate it so much, it’s sad.  Reading helps you educate yourself, lets you question where you are (mostly in a good way), shapes you, opens you to different opinions, and lets you escape.  I love reading more than possibly anything else, though so many people I know find it tiresome and a chore.  I encourage you to read, more than anything else.

Yours in writing,

Adrienne Parker