Ghost Adventures – Return to Tombstone – S10E09
Ghost Adventures returns with a return trip to Arizona and Tombstone to investigate the Bird Cage Theater and Big Nose Kate’s. Reports are the paranormal activity is picking back up again with people being touched, hair pulled and even reports of hands feeling up the legs of a female tour guide. There is also talk of a spirit called "The Swamper", an old miner that may still be trying hold onto his claim. Also, they come back to honor the memory of Leroy Colomy who was sadly killed in what seems to be a gun related incident.
Now, before we get too far into things, I’ve been to Tombstone and it’s a fantastic place with lots of great and exciting history. I’ve been to the Bird Cage Theater and to Big Nose Kate’s as well as lots of other places on that strip. They are very fun, but let’s keep one thing in mind, they all need to have a tale to tell or else there’s no reason to come in an buy souvenirs. Every place has a bigger and better gunfight story. They all have the ghost of someone who was shot in a poker game. The stories are truly the stuff of legend, but that’s what they are – stories and legend. Each one of them starts of with "rumor has it" or "legend says" so to be honest, so much of what you hear is just marketing to keep the cash flowing in. Make no mistake, there was plenty of death and gun fights, but take each story with a grain of salt.
I also have to say that was just about the dumbest and cheesiest intro they’ve done for the show.
Anyway, to begin the investigation they start off in the Bird Cage Theater. They bring in Patricia who claims to have been groped by one of the spirits. How strange this sort of thing has never happened before, but as soon as the cameras show up, it’s a different story. To help with the investigation and to run with this ghost groping idea, they enlist the help of one of the female crew to get dressed up and play a "show girl". They will offer themselves up as the evening’s entertainment.
As they get things into place they hear crying and singing. What could this be? A spirit crying out in pain? The residual energy of poker games gone by? Nope, it’s the saloon a couple doors down having a Karaoke night. While the mistaken identity is funny, it does prove that sound travels very easily and that so many of the sounds they feel are paranormal have a perfectly normal explanation – if they’re just willing to look.
To kick off the investigation, they play period music and take pictures using a variety of cameras. Zak gets yet another one of his photos involving orbs and light energy. He sees those pretty much every episode now. And of course it hovers over the girls and must the spirit energy from one of the gunslingers.
Further, as if on cue, Patricia’s hair flips into the picture. Of course, it could just be hair playing with or tossing her own hair because we can’t see her other arm. But no, to Zak and his crew, this must be the work of the paranormal. To discourage the naysayers, they even sync up the footage so you see Patricia’s arms so you clearly tell she isn’t tossing her own hair around. Ok Zak.
Also, to build the suspense, Patricia starts to feel ill which again hasn’t happened before. Seems to me when the evidence is light or non-existent, this is their go-to symptom. I can’t document it, but oh, this place makes me so queasy and dizzy.
Zak claims to hear footsteps below them as though someone is walking around. Of course nothing is to be seen and there’s no possible way it could be someone walking around outside on those wooden walkways they have there.
Next, they head over to Big Nose Kate’s to check out the story of The Swamper. From "legend", he was a recluse that would go to the very bottom of the building and lock himself away. Turns out he was secretly digging into the silver mines of the area. Basically, he was doing a little claim jumping. However, no one ever heard from him again and a body was never found. So instead of him being run out of town, or stealing some silver and hauling ass out of there, the story goes he must have been roughed up and taught a lesson. This makes for a better tourist attraction.
As they investigate, their hacked up Kinect rig faults and Windows 8 takes a dump on itself and crashes. Clearly this must be the work of the supernatural as well because Windows 8 never crashes! It’s only the second worst operating system Microsoft has released, but just like the last time it crashed while using it, there must be otherworldly reasons.
There is one other piece of evidence as Zak tries to engage the services of a lady of the evening. There is a jumbled voice that Zak believes is saying, "I’m trying to hear". If you say so.
Like so many of these, what do we really have? Do we really have enough evidence to be sure this place is as haunted as Zak thinks it is? In my opinion, absolutely not. They get some junk evidence and try to oversell it. When that doesn’t work, they go with the standby of feeling sick. They try to hype up the story to make it sound so dangerous and spooky. Well, everyone does that in Tombstone. I’ve never been in those places in the dead of night, but there was nothing that ever made me thing the stories they tell on haunted tours was anything more than story. This investigation still proves that to me.
Other Articles of Interest:
- Ghost Lab – Episode 2 – Tombstone
- Ghost Adventures – Death by Wild West – S07E12
- Ghost Hunters Season 3 Part 1
- Ghost Adventures – Snug Harbor Sailors – S07E19
- Ghost Adventures – Yost Theater and Ritz Hotel – S08E05
- Boogeymen – Mothman – S01E01
- Ghost Asylum – Ironton Psychiatric Hospital – S01E05
- Ghost Asylum S01E01
- Ghost Asylum – Hayswood Infirmary – S01E03
- Ghost Adventures – Texas Horror Hotel – S10E11