America's Indifference to Pervasive Decay

After a visiting 21-year-old Canadian student named Elisa Lam was sadly discovered in one of the metal water towers on the roof of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, one guest, Sabina Baugh, a tourist from Britain, described the taste of the water as variously "horrible... funny, disgusting," and "strange," which means Sabina had been drinking it. It took Elisa's body drying out at the mortuary for Baugh to finally admit "When you turned the tap on, the water was coming black first for two seconds and then it was going back to normal." Sabina and husband Michael chalked up the tar-colored, nasty-tasting H2O to being "just the way it was here." Weak water pressure and a flood in one room are what finally elicited complaints from a resident, leading a maintenance man to climb up on the roof, where he discovered the body of a woman missing for three weeks putrefying in one of the four water tanks. The Director of Environmental Health for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health,...(Read Full Post)