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3/9/20: SILENCE OF THE LAM W/ JAKE ANDERSON

MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS

Sometimes when we hear a story or watch it unfold on the screen, sometimes the “Devil” is in the details. The news media can sometimes break away from its political drivel and agenda driven news and reports horrific stories that demonstrate that we live in a world that seems damned by some demonic power that spits out synchronicity after synchronicity – where you find yourself questioning your sanity in the midst of insanity.

We are now living in a world where all that we thought was mere science fiction is becoming reality. Stories appearing in science periodicals are all about toying with the brain and how it appears there are deeper channels within the brain that science can unlock.

When these channels are unlocked, human behavior changes dramatically and soon we start see behaviors and philosophies that we once thought are immoral become normal.

We begin to see art and literature reflect some of these attitudes. The media encourages us to figuratively sleep and let them set the agenda for what they determine the consensus believes.

Consider for the moment the widely held belief that a Satanic conspiracy exists in the world. That the fight for good and evil is not always a spiritual one but a physical battle where the blood of innocents are shed on a daily basis by those who are overcome by forces so dark that one forgets who they truly are.

Some will say that Satan has truly made a comeback with all of the so-called evil and immoral behavior in the world.

Aleister Crowley, the man they called the great “Beast 666”, once commented that moralities are determined by social status and that the ordinary person abides by an ordinary morality while the elite practice a different form of it. Crowley states “Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales. Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.”

It is most certainly the ordinary people that find themselves in situations that are far from ordinary. When the ordinary becomes extraordinary it can either be seen as enlightening or terrifying. When we look through the glass darkly we can see that the ordinary can be twisted into something that is dark and foreboding.

Every part of our history has a dark side. The world is a slaughterhouse disguised as an amusement park and there are cart wheeling clowns at every turn offering what can only be called the dark ride through and even darker history and future.

The so-called cart wheeling clowns begin to lift their disguises and we see that they are most certainly the bogeymen at the door, the serial killers, the cannibals, the violent offenders who have given us what can be called the dark histories where most of what they have done appears to be authored and orchestrated by Satan himself.

In the movie ‘American Psycho‘, there is a moment where this satire reached a point of brilliance for me and it all came down with a conversation between the protagonist Patrick Bateman and a bar patron. She asks him about what he does for a living and he replies that he is into “murders and executions”. What she hears is that he is into “mergers and acquisitions” and says that other men she knows don’t like that kind of work.

For me, the conversation demonstrates how there is a remarkable banality of evil and the shallow and vicious aspects of materialism and how it can consume the soul. It is amazing how there are a lot of people that are so caught up in the material hyper-reality that they do not see the horrible way it consumes the spirit and how it forces some people into becoming manipulative and selfish. There is a point where those who are as manipulative as spiders tend to weave webs that are traps and there are always innocent individuals whose biggest flaw is that they trusted too much and were eventually caught up in a horrible end that they did not see coming.

This is how evil operates.

It can be argued that evil evolves over time and sometimes it may even manifest in ways that we cannot explain.

Dark forces have a hand in toying with fate. While angels sleep, the demons creep. The universe has been known to bend the rules when mankind attempts to bend the universe. When it happens sometimes the very doorways to hell open and something gets out.

When it does it wants to find a place to settle. There are many cases where we see that it is evident this force has a hold on some people. They usually wind up on the crime blotter and the victims are found and become a statistic and political football for gun control or some other suggestion for a harsh police state.

While many people will argue that the realms of the dark side or even the spirit world are not what they would call real world, they have to understand that the real world is actually a reflection of what is first realized in the ether. It is the shadow world we do not see and it is quite literally the world that eventually manifests in what we call reality.

Perhaps this is why we tend to see things on movies long before they show up in our reality.  They are created from the mind to the screen and then in some odd way they leap from the screen into our reality.

The social structure of the consensus is now changing and many people are now having a crisis of faith. We all stop and wonder what could be causing it and how do these ideas dread and fear overtake our rationale.

The truth may be in the process of manifestation and the possibility of retro causality. We see the effect happen before the cause through predictive programming and seed planting in our media.

Kenneth Anger, who is a follower of Aleister Crowley’s, Thelema, has stated that film does exactly what everyone suspects – it plants the seeds for a future event.

The purpose for some films is to stir the primal forces and is used as magical weapons to stir the soul out of conformity. The flickering image according to Anger, creates a thought form and even if the image flickers for no one, it is still a causal engine that sends the image into the ether. If someone picks up on the meme and it is successfully implanted in the zeitgeist, it is theorized that the very nightmare could easily transpire in the real world.

A Tulpa is the product of a story or parable that generates enough energy to manifest visually outside of the existential world.

It is conceptually similar to that of a spiritual architect that designs a though form. There eventually is a template and a blue print that is followed and repeated. When the process becomes ingrained in the collective unconscious the thought form can manifest visually as if it is being constructed piece by piece until it shows itself.

A Tulpa is quite literally the idea that objects and events can happen by sheer willpower alone. It is causal engineering that can either benefit or destroy the group or person that has created it.

We live in times of viral populous acceptance of ideas both negative and positive.

Messages no longer travel from mouth to ear. They travel digitally and conveniently from house to house via uplink. These viral ideas are visualized through carefully placed predictive programming and hyper-reality.

In 1984, there were worries that perhaps the movie ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ inspired the real life “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez. Ten years later, Wes Craven explored the possibility of the fictional serial killer Freddy Krueger leaping out of the screen into reality in ‘Wes Craven’s New Nightmare‘ in 1994. The film was laughable, but two years later that Craven had to face the possibility that his films that featured complex killers were creating some sort of force that possessed people into murdering others.

He worried that perhaps Freddy Krueger was becoming a very real Tulpa and that through Richard Ramirez manifested in reality.

In 2005, there was a film that was released in theaters called Dark Water. It starred Tim Roth and Jennifer Connelly.

The film was a remake of an earlier Japanese film of the same name, based on a short story by Koji Suzuki.

In that film, a mother and daughter move into a rundown apartment building, which is soon revealed to be haunted.

A dysfunctional elevator and dark discolored water gushing from the building’s faucets eventually lead them to the building’s rooftop water tank, where they discover the body of a young girl who had been reported missing from the building several years earlier.

In the original Japanese film, a young Japanese woman climbs on top of the water tank, and falls in while trying to retrieve her purse that she accidentally dropped inside.

The film fore-structured some deadly synchronicity.

Eight years after the film’s release, there was a strange case that happened at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, California where a young Asian woman was found floating in the hotel’s water tank.

Elisa Lam, otherwise known as Laam Hoji, was found dead in the hotel water tank. Her naked corpse had been decomposing for two and a half weeks. The hotel’s water supply was tainted by her decomposing form, turning it black. One guest was quoted saying that the taste of the water was “sickly sweet and repugnant.”

Lam was a Chinese Canadian college student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

She disappeared January 31, 2013 under very mysterious circumstances.

The L.A. County Coroner ruled the death “accidental due to drowning” and reported to the media that no traces of drugs or alcohol were found in her body during the autopsy. This would go down as a routine drowning if it weren’t for elevator surveillance tape that recorded Elisa’s behavior only a few moments before she lost her life.

In the four-minute video that went viral on YouTube, Elisa is seen pressing all of the elevator buttons and waiting for it to move. It begins to get creepy when the elevator doors do not close. Elisa seems like a curious child, and then begins to act peculiar.

The fact the elevator does not close is eerily frustrated for those that view the video. Elisa reacts by looking around, as if she is expecting someone to get in with her—there is also a moment where she looks like she is trying to hide from someone; however no one appears to be with her.

Then we see that her arms and hands start moving as she appears to be talking to someone, but there is no one seen or there is no one there. She then walks away. The elevator door then shuts and appears to start working. The camera shows that the elevator is empty and that it goes to every floor and stops.

Right after the events of the video, Elisa apparently gained access to the rooftop of the hotel, climbed to its water tank and, somehow, ended up drowning in it. The question how the young girl got through the locked door to the roof without tripping the alarm before climbing into the tank and drowning?

The media reported that her body was found two weeks after her death. The water tank she fell in was the tank that supplied drinking water to the guests of the Cecil Hotel.

A man named Santiago Lopez found the body.

A complaint about the water pressure prompted him to take the elevator to the 15th floor, where he hiked a set of stairs to the roof and then climbed a ladder to reach the ten-foot-tall water tank. He immediately noticed that the hatch was open. Inside, Elisa Lam’s corpse lay face up in the water.

The guests complained about the water’s taste and color. A guest interviewed for the local news stated that the water was “black” of “dark” when it first came out of the faucet – and then it became clear, the water was said to have a very sweet taste to it.

The Cecil Hotel has a very dark history. It is located in an area known as the skid row district of Los Angeles. It is also notorious for numerous suicides and murders, as well as lodging famous serial killers.

Richard Ramirez, known as the satanic and murderous “Night Stalker”, was living at the Cecil Hotel in 1985, on the 14th floor. He was charged 14 dollars a night. In a building filled with transients, he remained unnoticed as he stalked and killed his 13 female victims. He was actually dumping his bloody clothes in the dumpster, at the end of his evening and returned through the back entrance.

Jack Unterweger was a journalist covering crime in Los Angeles for an Austrian magazine in 1991. “Jack” Unterweger was an Austrian serial killer who was convicted of murdering prostitutes in several countries. He was released from prison in 1990 as an example of rehabilitation. He started killing again. He also lived at the Cecil Hotel during his second killing spree, he eventually committed suicide – he was diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder in 1994.

Elizabeth Short, known as The Black Dahlia, is alleged in at least one book to have hung out at the Cecil and drank at the bar next door before she disappeared in 1947; however, she was seen at the Baltimore Hotel before she went missing.

There are other uncanny coincidences that happened in the movie Dark Water that are important to point out.

Dark Water focused on two main characters—a woman named Dahlia and her daughter, Cecilia.

The names have some eerie correlations.

The ending of the movie is also chillingly relevant: The apartment building’s elevator malfunctions as Cecilia plays with her imaginary friend Natasha.

But the synchronicities do not stop there.

Shortly after the discovery of Elisa Lam’s body, a deadly outbreak of tuberculosis occurred in Skid Row, near the Cecil Hotel. The test kit that was used on the homeless by health officials to detect TB was called LAM-ELISA.

It took four months to determine how or why Elisa died. They had claimed that she committed suicide, or that she had a mental breakdown.

But several residents of the 4th floor of the Cecil Hotel, where Lam had been staying, later claimed that the police had not once interviewed them while the investigation was taking place.

This has all caused some to consider that perhaps there was some sort of cover-up being perpetrated, and that there is a conspiracy permeating the Lam case. This has further been bolstered by claims that the elevator video footage has been tampered with and edited. Indeed, it has been pointed out by some astute amateur sleuths that the original, full video appears to have been discreetly replaced with a shorter version missing a minute of footage, and that some parts appear to have been slowed down or changed in some way.

There is indeed a time jump that can be seen in the video, which seems odd. If any of this is true, then why was the video altered? Was it to hide something and if so, what? No one really knows.

Many people absolutely do not buy the official report, and the case only gets weirder from here. Another piece of evidence that has turned up is another piece of hotel surveillance footage that shows Lam entering the building with two men under mysterious circumstances.

The video shows her entering into the hotel with two gentlemen – they had a box and gave it to her. She went the elevator and the men were not seen on video.

Also near the tank where she was found someone had tagged a pump with the words “FECTO CUNT HER SUMA” Latin for “In fact she was a cunt.”

The main piece of evidence is overwhelmingly the final elevator footage of Lam, and of course the extremely odd behavior displayed in the video has led to ideas that Lam was not suffering from a mental breakdown at all, but was rather under the influence of some supernatural force or trying to escape from one.

One last strange little mystery to the case of Elisa Lam is that her Tumblr account continued to post pictures up to 6 months after she died, and there was an update to her blog after her death as well. While certainly creepy, authorities have speculated that this is probably just because she had set up her account to automatically post images for a given amount of time.

Whether that’s the case or not, it is definitely an eerie detail.

With all of the coincidences and synchronicities and dark history of the hotel wouldn’t it be a safe hypothesis that perhaps dark forces were at play with the Elisa Lam case?

Considering the Hotel’s sinister history, the foreshadowing of events in a Hollywood film, and the TB tests given on skid row that had her name – it has been speculated that Lam could have been haunted some sort of malevolent supernatural force inhabiting the hotel.

This could explain her erratic behavior on the final surveillance footage taken of her, as well as the fact that the elevator door wouldn’t close. Alternatively, she may have been trying to escape some entity that was stalking her through the halls. According to these theories, Lam was eventually killed due to being in thrall to, possessed by, or captured by these forces, and that is how she was able to end up in the tank.

The video of Lam has been analyzed and picked apart by many internet sleuths. Mnay observers have claimed that Lam pressed the numbers “14,10,7,4, B and Block/hold.

This prompted many to speculate that Elisa was playing the elevator game.

This game is allegedly popular in South Korea, in which a person is said to be able to travel to different dimensions if they follow a set of rules and an order of button pushing while riding an elevator. A perhaps even weirder theory is that these numbers correspond to the John Chapter 4 and then verse 7, 10 and 14 of the New King James Version of the Bible.

In John 4:7 we read about the woman from Samaria that came to draw water. Jesus said to her “Give me a drink” For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. In verse 10 it says: Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of god, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.

In verse 14 it reads but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.

ELISA is a biblical name and means “God’s promised” – ”God’s dedicated“

LAM is lamb as in the Lamb of god or “the way.”

The Elisa Lam case has become one of the most haunting, debated, and intensely picked apart mysterious deaths in recent memory, and for good reason. 

Psychoanalyst Carl Jung once proposed a theory he called ‘synchronicity’. In short form, the argument is based on the concept that the human mind is in some sense productive of the reality we see around us; we are not merely static observers of an objective item outside ourselves, but are deeply involved in its manifestation in some unconscious way we can’t entirely discern at this point in history. Drawing on this connection, synchronicity describes a situation in which moments of great internal trauma or excitement cause echoes or reverberations in the external world, manifesting as conspicuous coincidences.

It’s when two things happen with no apparent objective or causal connection, but are so closely related psychologically that they must be viewed as somehow linked. Jung called synchronicity an ‘acausal connecting principle’. It’s not merely a psychological thing, like when you think about somebody and they call you a few minutes later, but is rather an objective, external event.

A related idea was later advanced by writer Norman Mailer, who suggested that certain widely-influential historical moments, like the assassination of president John F. Kennedy, by their very nature spawn an array of coincidences, a sort of ‘coincidence storm’, effects of which can be observed both before and after the core event. I think that, for whatever reason, the death of Elisa Lam was one of these events, with its weird synchronistic tendrils snaking out from a water tower on Skid Row and reaching both into the future and the past.

If the film, Dark Water is the primary synchronistic echo of the Elisa Lam tragedy in the past. Its reverberations in the future seem to be tied to a tuberculosis outbreak on Skid Row about a month after Elisa’s death.

Ultimately the unsolved case of Elisa Lam’s death is a litmus test, that reveals more about the person asking the questions than it does about her tragic fate. The question is how do we reconcile what is obviously a paranormal case that can be seen as something that can be as prosaic as an accidental death of a bi-polar student?

Online commenters have posited countless theories about this moment, ranging from the seemingly plausible, drugs, hallucinations, mental breakdowns to the supernatural mind and body possession, demons, paranormal activity to the macabre and malicious.

Of course, those who want to pin it all on her mental illness are angry that demons or ghosts or any other activity are brought up.

The truth is that many people function with Bi-Polar Disorder and it doesn’t manifest in the way Elisa was behaving. Unless she missed her medications and was displaying manic behavior, which would not be instantaneous.

Three days into her stay at The Cecil—the last day she was seen alive, Lam was moved from a hostel-style room to a private one on the same floor after her roommates complained of “odd behavior” according to the hotel manager.

The roof of the hotel where the water tanks sit is restricted to hotel guests, and that there are only four ways to access it: three are via fire escapes on the sides of the building, and the fourth is through a locked rooftop door that sets off an alarm when opened.

To this day, no one knows how Lam got up there.

Is it wrong to assume ghosts, or demons, or synchronicity is at play? It is hard to be so balanced and practical with all the options and face the depressing reality that is the probable truth.

The difference between Lam’s case and all of the other murder cases out there is that hers was the first murder mystery that exclusively got the attention of the internet.

All because of a four-minute video on YouTube that catapulted her case into legendary status.