This story came up in a feed. Intrigued by the title I read on...
THE CASE OF ELISA LAM: GRISLY MURDER OR PARANORMAL POSSESSION
Essentially a girl's body was found at an LA hotel. It's a sad and tragic end to a person's life and is disturbing in itself. The article also includes footage from a hotel elevator camera, showing the girl exhibiting behaviour indicating she was in a scared, disturbed or emotional state.
LA police are currently investigating the girl's disappearance and subsequent death.
Now for the wild, and I'd argue, inappropriate speculation.
The article puts forth the proposition that a valid possible explanation for the events is a paranormal one. Based on what you ask? Nothing.
The article posits the behaviour could be linked to the occult - " Strange gestures, erratic movements, waiting outside the elevator as though summoning something".
Credence given to a paranormal explanation based on the fact two serial killers were previous residents of the hotel.
A suicide at the hotel
The possibility that if the autopsy shows no evidence of drug use by the girl, "it may well turn from a homicide investigation into proof of paranormal or demonic possession".
In stressful or psychologically disturbing situations people can act in many different ways. In predictable and unpredictable ways. Similarly with drug use.
The correlation that tragedy or murder let alone the residence of murderers has anything to do with haunting experiences (except from a psychological perspective) is an assumptive myth, not a given. Similarly with suicides.
And if there is no evidence of drug abuse from the autopsy, then that is evidence of...well...the absence of evidence of drug abuse. Nothing more.
I could say more, but for any semi-intelligent person that shouldn't be needed. I sincerely hope none of the girl's family members or friends get wind of this article
The article is indicative of the thinking of many involved or interested in the subject. Or should I say the lack of thinking. Analytically it is simply unsound. Ethically it is inappropriate at best, abhorrent at worst.
An additional point is that people who share the perspectives shown in this article are being invited into people's homes and are probably relaying the same types of speculations or conclusions to the residents.
The family of this girl have to live with the loss of a loved one. The author of the article only has to deal with their conscience.
Everything that's wrong with armchair paranormal investigating.