Sunday, October 26, 2008
The Cecil Hotel, minutes from Staples Center, was a favorite haunt of "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez in the 1980s as well as Austrian journalist and fellow serial killer Jack Unterweger in the 1990s.
It was also the site of a 1962 suicide in which a woman leaped to her death and killed a pedestrian. Two years later, Pershing Square "pigeon lady" Goldie Osgood was killed in her room at the Cecil; the case is unsolved. Today, the hotel touts itself as "The Premier Choice of Affordable Downtown Los Angeles Hotels" on its website; rates start at $70. 640 S. Main St., Los Angeles; (800) 896-5294.