We have a responsibility.
People have a need to be online and be influential. People want to help especially those who are following crimes around the world.
I am watching the “Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel” on Netflix and there has been something that I have noticed that I need to speak about. This story is around the disappearance and death of Elisa Lam at the Cecil Hotel. The LAPD investigated the disappearance and when her body is found, her death. It was ruled accidental drowning caused by her Bi-Polar disorder.
The problem with this case was the internet sleuths who jumped onto the case.
The internet detectives locked onto a singer called Morbid as her killer. This is not the case. Morbid had evidence to prove that he was not in the hotel when Elisa Lam died but the internet detectives did not like this, and it would not sway them.
When you do not have all the facts then you are able to leap to the wrong conclusions. It does not help that the LAPD has not released the case files from her case but honestly, that is something the police have the prerogative to do. Unless you are a professional reporter then you really have no need for the file. Internet blogging and sleuthing does not give you a right to a police file.
You forget that the police will be impacted by the fact that they missed the tanks. However, at the same time, their taskforce of 14 detectives was cut short because there was a cop killer on the loose attacking LAPD personnel. This is where honestly people need to remember, there are 9974 police officers in a city that has 3.967 million people. Cities need more policing and more people who can serve and protect. They have not got all the resources they need.
So far, I have not heard any sleuth apologizing for the hell that they put Morbid through. They have not done things to rectify what they did to this man.
As bloggers, Vloggers, Crime investigators we have a duty to be as unbiased as possible. When you have a platform, you should not be using it to destroy people and that is what has been done. I am interested in crime as part of my autism. However, I would never go as far as telling someone that I would kill them. If there is proof that they are not there, then honestly, I would listen.
Morbid – From this blogger, I apologize for what was done to you. You deserved a lot better and you deserved an apology that you did not get from the perpetrators. Stay strong and I hope that one day you will feel safe again.