Over its century year history, the Cecil has acquired a reputation mainly because people who stay there keep dying, or killing others. Murphy said the inspiration came from “a surveillance video that showed a girl getting into an elevator in a downtown hotel that was rumored to be haunted, and she was never seen again.” Journalists quickly connected this clue to Elisa Lam, a student who was found dead in the Cecil Hotel water tank. Bizarre footage of her on the elevator was later released.
The Cecil was also a favorite haunt of serial killers like Richard Ramirez (The Night Stalker), who appears on the show. Several women who checked into the hotel later jumped to their deaths. And in keeping with AHS interconnected storylines, it was rumored to be one of the last places that the Black Dahlia was seen alive.