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Ghost Adventures – Museum of the Mountain West – S15E10

ga-museum-of-the-mountain-westIt’s time for Montrose, Colorado and a visit to the Museum of the Mountain West, a series of 20 buildings brought together to house 500,00 western artifacts. These buildings have a dark past with multiple documented deaths, including The Murder House. Zak feels all these items with dark energy have created a vortex of trouble.

They begin by talking with Rich, the owner, who says a woman named Wanda died in the very room they’re standing in. Mind you, she died of documented medical problems, not supernatural forces. After she passed, a broken clock started working. Three days later when she was buried, the clock stopped again.

Bob, the activities director, shares that he’s been suffering a series of medical conditions over the 13 years he’s worked at the museum. So too has Cody, a tour guide. But neither have left their jobs. Rather than a medical condition or environmental factors, Zak says dark energy causes these ailments.

They next meet with Dr Mark Todd, who brought students to investigate the museum. Together, they go the carriage house where a Native American was supposedly hung and a man supposedly died from a kick to the head by a horse.

Their final guest is Hector, who investigated the Murder House at it’s original location. They get a few blips and believe one says, "to the basement" when asked about the bodies.

It is interesting to note, Zak says there are multiple "documented" deaths. However, as they discuss each story, each is preceded with, "The story goes". This includes the main story of a man killing his wife and family in the "murder house". Jay does research using actual news sources and there isn’t a story that matches the "legend" of the house. There are two tragic stories, with one being "close" that happened decades ago. Neither story is linked to the house they’re investigating.

With these dubious stories in mind, they start off the investigation by sending Jay to the carriage house while Zak, Billy and Aaron head to the main museum where Wanda died.

As Zak stands at the end of the pool table, they get the word, "ghost’ on the Talking EVP Device. This is followed by "guy", "shot", "cough", "George" and "Kate". At the same time, Zak says he sees a black mass, but as always, it’s behind the camera. Oddly, none of these reference Wanda and come across as random words.

We have another example of a board falling which is attributed to supernatural forces. Zak believes the SLS camera captures a figure kicking a board down the stairs. Billy shows where the board was, and how easily it can be moved, but firmly says that’s what happened.

For a final piece of evidence, Zak hears a growl and nearly falls over. To find out what manner of terrible creature made it, he sends Aaron down the hall by himself, while he hangs back like a coward. What happens next should have been seen from a mile away.

Like so many other episodes, Aaron feels weird, gets a headache, then has stabbing pains in his arm and neck. He claims something is touching him, which Zak says is dark energy. It’s all too much pain and suffering so Aaron goes outside. He doesn’t need any medical help though, he needs to investigate the murder house.

Billy and Aaron get a female voice, followed by a male voice. However, they’ve run out of time and bring the night to a close.

While it looks to be a really interesting place, it’s hard to say if they’ve captured anything of substance. Having documented deaths isn’t really an accurate statement. The power of "Wanda" didn’t materialize like they hoped. Aaron gets his usual stabbing pains. And Jay is left along in a carriage house to uncover footsteps.

None of this falls into the "dark energy" category that’s for sure.

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Haunted Towns – McDonough GA – S01E08

haunted-towns-mcdonough-gaThe next, and final stop for Haunted Towns and TWC is McDonough, GA and the site a train crash in 1900 that killed 39 people. Those who perished in the wreck were laid out in the town square to be claimed by family members. Since then, people have heard a phantom train whistle, heard voices, seen apparitions and shadow figures. They don’t say where, just that they happen.

Since they aren’t allowed to film or investigate at the actual site, they settle for whatever location the citizens offer. That puts them in contact with Jill who has a doll she “thinks”, “might” be related to someone who “could” have been on the train.

Jill claims to have seen a shadow man when she was a child. The activity increased when she got Claire, the doll. Jill also claims Claire was able to turn and look at her and was able to move in her little rocking chair.

Since this is the hot spot, they start the investigation in her room. However, Chris and Porter get nothing of consequence in there. Moving on, they check out her brother’s room.

As we’ve seen repeated in other episodes, Porter sees a shadow. Perhaps that should be the title of a children’s book.

Things progress as they claim the bed shakes and they hear scratching in the walls. Chris is probably correct when he says it’s an animal. But then the temperature gauge proves it’s malfunctioning by dropping down to 16 degrees.

When Brannon and Doogie investigate the brother’s room, they hear their names on the device. However, there is no shadow man, no moving rocking chair, no doll twisting it’s head.

And speaking of names, note again the words on the dictionary they don’t mention. It’s pretty clear this device spews random words and they selectively choose those which enhance their story.

For Day 2, they head to the Dulac Cafe, former bank and mortuary, and the Old Post Office. Since they overlook the town square where the bodies were laid out, they believe there is activity and residual energy.

This doesn’t really turn out to be the case, as their temperature gauge malfunctions again by rocketing up to 1000+ degrees. And again, Porter sees yet another figure sitting at a desk. It looks like a malformed blob, but they squint real hard and claim there is a body shape.

Back at Dulac’s, where Greg has been hamming it up for the cameras, they get more ridiculous readings. This time it’s 177 on the EMF meter. Out of nowhere they get the word, “explain.” They also get “husband” and “bomb” but decide to ignore those since they don’t make any sense. I suppose they could explain how someone’s husband had a bomb. Or not, since that’s just silly.

At the end, they really don’t capture anything except the now predictable claim of Porter seeing a shadow. Jill offered up some rather dubious stories of a shadow man and some wild claims about a doll, but there is nothing to support any of that. And again, she doesn’t even know if that doll came from that ill-fated train. Greg offers up a few stories, but you can tell from his sly smile, he knew it was nonsense.

For a town awash in tragedy, they come up empty on this one.

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Ghost Adventures – Albion Normal School – S15E09

By Ntsimp - Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39359417Halloween may be past, but the Ghost Adventures team are off to Albion, in Southern Idaho, to visit the Albion Normal School, now a Halloween attraction with Satanic overtones. At least according to Zak.

The school opened in 1863 and educated children for 60 years before going through multiples owners until it become abandoned.  Once closed, the property went through several hands before being abandoned. That’s when, according to Zak, the Satanists moved in.

In the 80s, during the "Satanic Panic" where zealots and the uneducated saw Satanic symbols, rituals and themes everywhere, the building was "rumored" to have been the site of rituals.

That aside, they meet with Heather, who explains that an employee sitting at a table suddenly had a grotesque seizure. Heather corrects herself saying it was a seizure or possession. When the same man comes back two years later and has another seizure-demonic influence.

As they start the investigation, they find a very crude pentagram on the wall. It’s amazing how Zak can be so influenced by man made symbols spray painted by mindless vandals. Zak puts his spirit box over it and gets the words, "watch out". When he asks what they need to watch out for, they get a reply of "you’ll be killed". Spooky stuff indeed, almost like he planned it.

Aaron puts his hand on the symbol, because Zak has stated it’s now a portal. Surprise, Aaron has burning in his hands and one is supposedly hotter than the other. The same reaction can be done by slapping your hand.

They next bring in Dallon, who confirms he has had the same feelings. To show his bravado, he touches the symbol and on cue, Jay is outside clutching what looks like a spider bite behind his ear. To show solidarity, Dallon says his ears is causing pain.

For Day 2, they meet with Heather to explain how Jay and Dallon have been marked. Jay has scratches to form X and I, while Dallon has two vertical scratches. Zak makes the revelation they comprise 5 lines and when taken apart and twisted, they can form an upside down pentagram! That is an astonishing leap.

Like so many other investigations, Zak says he feels ill and not himself. As he is lying down, Aaron breaks in and says he heard the gymnasium door slam and a voice call his name. He goes to investigate to find a slew of haunted decorations.

Zak then heads to Comish Hall where he and Billy hear footsteps. Zak refers to this as "a goatman walking around on it’s hooves." This is followed by Billy hearing knocks and thinks something is on the other side of the wall. There probably is, a raccoon.

Fixating on the pentagram, Zak sees there is a "crypt" under the fireplace, where ritualistic remains are buried. Two blips on the device are all he’s needs for confirmation.

Next, it’s the Spirit Sweep device, which looks like an iPad hooked up to a speaker. It could be programmed to make all sorts of noises from the great beyond. But, it’s silent until Zak places it in front of the pentagram, then he gets the sounds of "a male voice performing a ritual or sacrifice".

In the final minutes, they split up, each taking a building. This gives us three stand out moments. One is when Aaron gets molested by one of the utterly creepy Halloween props. The second is the ridiculously cliche act of Zak brandishing a crucifix like some sort of avenger. And finally, when there is a loud bang and instead of standing his ground against evil, which he isn’t afraid of, Zak soils his pants, and runs at a full sprint in the other direction.

Before buying into the Satanic hype, let’s review the evidence.

They get the words, "you’ll be killed" when a device is strategically placed over a poorly drawn pentagram.
Jay and Dallon have scratches that Zak says make a pentagram. Or they could make a tic-tac-toe board.
They hear footsteps and a loud bang in a building loaded with debris.
They find a hole under a fireplace.

And all of this at a haunted Halloween attraction. Clearly there’s no financial gain to this investigation…

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Haunted Towns – Fall River MA – Lizzie Borden House – S01E07

lizzie-borden-houseFor the next investigation of Haunted Towns, we’re off to the legendary Lizzie Borden house in Fall River, MA. This is the site of the grim unsolved murder that still makes Lizzie a household name to this day. Chris and his team want to try and speak with her to find out who really killed Andrew and Abby and if Lizzie was guilty or innocent.

The TWC team also claim people report hearing voices, footsteps, the smell of cigar smoke and shadow figures. They believe there might be a darker entity at work, because next door, Mr. Borden’s uncle had tragedies of his own. His wife tried to drown all her children in a well and ultimately slit her own throat with a straight razor.

Doogie and Chris meet with Danielle, a historian who shows them around the house and some photos of the crime scene. Porter and Brannon go see the sheriff and the jail where Lizzie was held while she awaited trial.

As they get down to the investigation, Chris and Porter go to Master Bedroom, while Doggie and Brannon go to the Sitting Room.

While discussing what they plan to do for the night, the flashlight on the bed turns on. Right after, Porter says he sees a shadow moving in the next room.

Doogie also claims to see a shadow while in the sitting room. This is after he asks the dark entity to make a light flicker. It’s interesting that he picks a light, versus asking for the standard knocks. I get the feeling the light was already flickering and Doogie decided to work it into his schtick.

With no activity going on, they head to the basement as a group. There they get "Lizzie", "Borden", "Hatchet", and "Ax". Or at least that’s their story as those words are utterly garbled and unintelligible from the box. Of course, those are all great words when talking about the murders.

For Day 2, they investigate the Central Congregational Church where Lizzie taught and attended services. Doogie and Brannon head to the Changing Room where Brannon asks for the entity to touch the meter, which naturally goes off. Also notice, there are several words on the dictionary device-"tone" "vet/yet" and "east", but nothing is said about them. This shows the device puts out random nonsense and doesn’t gauge anything.

Also with the EMF flash, there is a moan heard by Doogie. However, Brannon doesn’t act on it until Doogie says something, then he’s quick to add "I heard that too!" like he completely missed his cue. I’ve noted a couple of times that Doogie has to "cue" people to respond to something he hears.

And again notice the dictionary shows the words, "drunk", "witch" and "camera", but aren’t mentioned. The device is on camera, but at a distance. They are so quick to call out every word, it’s puzzling why they ignore this set. Other than the fact they don’t make any sense or help support their wild theory.

It’s not just Doggie and Brannon either. When we catch up with Chris and Porter, there are plenty of words on their screen too, but they have decided to ignore them. However, Porter will make a big deal about the words, "August" and "Devil" that they capture behind the stained glass crawlspace. And again, Porter says he sees a shadow figure down in the basement. He’s developing quite a habit of seeing shadow figures just off camera.

At the end of the investigation, Chris leans toward the land is tainted and contains a dark energy that affected the Borden house and the one next door. Doogie is of a similar mindset, that a dark entity lurks in the house and "possessed" Lizzie, causing her to act out.

It sounds like they’re saying Lizzie is innocent due to demonic forces… That’s certainly a new theory.

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