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Response to Cory Monteith Memorial Post


Cory Monteith’s death got me wondering about several things, all of which I addressed in the post about his memorial at the Pacific Rim hotel that we saw. Following that post, I got a response via the Contact Us form from a paranormal superstar, Lon Strickler of Phantoms and Monsters.

He had answers to my questions. Below are the questions I posed in the post:

  1. Are ghosts born or created? Meaning, was a ghost created (or is in the process of being created) when Cory Monteith died? Knowing he died in that hotel, will people start claiming to see him? Or will people really start seeing him because something about his death will enable him to become a ghost?
  2. How are ghosts created? There is a process to the way people are born. Is there some kind of process that allows ghosts to be “born” too? (Stands to reason since not every person who’s ever died becomes a ghost.) But what is it, besides just traumatic or violent events, that lends to some ghosts taking form while others don’t? (Because there are accounts of ghosts who died peacefully too.)
  3. How often do people die in hotels that we never hear of? Cory Monteith was famous. But what about those anonymous souls who perish in hotels? How often does that happen? How do hotels handle that? As discreetly as possible I’m assuming.

I asked Lon if it’d be okay to share what he wrote. He gave me the go-ahead so here’s his response:

Cory Monteith: if there is an energy remaining at the hotel where he died it could be one of two situations. First…if the conditions are right and his life energy remains, then apparitions are possible. Some call it residual…but there are other factors involved as well.

Second…his spirit (life energy & spiritual imprint) may be earth-bound. In other words, the spiritual remains are on our earth plane. These entities will usually act out because there is enough intelligence remaining and they either are looking for something and/or don’t realize they have passed on.

Ghosts – visual ghosts – are merely energy that manifest into a visible form. There is nothing in particular that ‘creates’ a ghost. It depends on the location and the mindset of the individual at the time of death. The same can be said about non-visual ghosts…but their energy has diminished to a point where they cannot be seen by those who are not able to perceive the spirit realm.

People die in hotels everyday. I can usually tell if someone died in a room when I enter it. The vibration is distinct enough for me to detect…regardless of how they died. Hotel managements will rarely give up any information that involves residents dying. I have a friend who manages a large hotel on Pittsburgh…over 400 rooms. He has told me that they average 30 deaths per year…mostly suicides. Lon

It seems to me some of my friends in the hotel business have said suicides in hotels happen routinely actually. I don’t know if they ever specified a number per month, but after reading what Lon wrote, that struck a chord of familiarity.

Mostly what I liked is that Lon tried to answer how Cory’s spirit may come to remain at the hotel, if it even does. I’m still wondering how the physical aspect of becoming a ghost takes place. But isn’t that what drives and perplexes so many of us anyway? We want to figure out the scientific, physical process of it. That’s at the heart of so many of our searches, isn’t it?

However, the more I think about that, the more worried I get. If it’s ever discovered exactly how all that happens, how might that knowledge be used? I’m thinking there’s a lot of room for misuse to occur. Ghost spies, ghost armies…not to mention the multi-billion dollar “contact your deceased loved one” industry that would no doubt spring up.

Still, I appreciated Lon taking the time to answer my questions. I felt that needed to be shared.


Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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4 thoughts on “Response to Cory Monteith Memorial Post

  1. The greatest gift that we can give them, is the permission to move on and prayer! Words and thoughts are energy. Prayer gives them blessings to move on in the spirit world, to develop and grow. It also helps them resonate to the highest frequency possible. Know that they live on in your heart, believe that all is well in their world-and both your energies will radiate with Love!

  2. As a former hotel manager, I must agree that many people book a hotel room for suicide purposes. In part to avoid the stigma attached to their home and family members if a suicide took place there. Not to mention having someone else clean up -usually a specialized cleaning service depending on circumstances.

    The Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in San Francisco is infamous for suicides. It has a soaring atrium lobby, 36 floors I believe, and at the base is a fountain with abstract sculpture, something ‘jumpers’ aim for. So much so, that employees call it “The Death Star”! Just like Star Wars. The incidence rate is high enough that pipe and drape (like in trade shows) is ready to hide the site from guests.

  3. Come to think of it, Jim, you may have been the one who told me about people booking rooms for suicides the more I think about it. Thanks for the info re the Hyatt Regency in San Fran…going to see what kind of activity they might be having there. And thanks for the comment period!

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