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Ghost Adventures – Hotel Leger – S16E05

ga-leger-hotelIt’s time for a new Ghost Adventures episode in the old gold mining area of Mokelumne Hill in California and the stories have more cliches than you can shake a dowsing rod at. We have the womanizing hotel owner killed in one of the hotel rooms, a woman in black pining for her lost child, the lost son of the hotel owner who supposedly died of Scarlett fever, a demonic spirit pretending to be a little girl because that’s how they do things, a dark, growling presence in the remnants of the basement that used to be a jail, and dark forces conjured by someone using the Ouija. And not just dark forces, but the dark force, the biggest hoax of them all, a Ouija that spelled out Mama and Zozo, the two easiest words to spell on a Ouija.

From the beginning, Zak repeatedly says the hotel is overrun with dark energy, even before he steps inside. He doesn’t need evidence, the legendary stories speak for themselves.

As they tour the hotel, the energy is so bad, Aaron, Billy and Zak all claim to feel sick. We know Aaron would get sick, but all of them at once? It must be bad. In fact, the energy is the worst in what Zak claims to be a torture chamber. Apparently this Old West jail had a torture chamber.

And a torture chamber is the best area for Zak to bring out the Ouija, despite his numerous and adamant cries that the Ouija should never be used.

There will be no contact with Zozo as the name ANYL comes through. A name which Jay is somehow able to look up and associate with the number 7. He must be looking at a special website as that is a difficult answer to find.

What’s interesting is that when Ouija answers don’t make any sense, it’s merely the spirit world toying with you.

Just as the investigation starts, it stops again. We only get a minute or two into proceedings before Zak is overcome with dark energy and needs to go outside. And after rolling around on the ground and gathering his thoughts, Zak feels he sees figures running into the basement tunnels. However, they find no shadow figure or any other evidence and decide to return to their haunted rooms for the night.

Billy is in Room 7, where George Leger was killed. He asks the Paranormal Puck if George was murdered and gets a 7 as a response. The coincidence of the 7 proves George’s presence in the hotel.

The main excitement comes from Zak’s room where he feels cold spots, even though they are not on the thermal imager, and feels a light anomaly is hovering just in front of him.

Zak is able to prove there are cold spots by using a new device with crosshairs that detects which direction the cold is coming from. To prove it can track things, Zak moves his hand around and the lights go off in each direction. Since it can detect him, it can detect the paranormal. Obviously no interference.

But there is more to the night as Zak hears the door knob to his room rattle. This rattle coincides with Zak rolling over to the side in the admittedly noisy and springy bed. This is followed by a series of blips on the Spirit Box that Zak feels are multiple voices, including a demonic one. It’s demonic, because it’s a little girl.

This encounter fills Zak with rage and like a scene from Paranormal Activity, Zak goes down to Billy’s room and stands there. Despite Billy jumping at every creak and thud in the night, he is completely unfazed by Zak opening the door and standing there.

Zak declares he’s angry and starts punching at the swinging doors. Billy is unmoved by this as well, but this anger proves there are demonic forces at work. However, all you need to do is talk sternly to demonic forces and tell them to leave you alone.

That’s not the end of the story though. There is one more paranormal trope to throw in. Because of his aggression, Zak feels he is a danger to the crew and leaves the hotel. As he returns to their other hotel, he sees the figure of a woman jumping out onto the road, trying to cause an accident. While not expressly said, she’s probably a woman in white hitchhiking along the highway.

All things considered, Zak feels the Leger Hotel has experiences that stick with you long after the investigation is over.

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Ghost Adventures – Old Gila County Jail – S16E04

ga-gila-county-jailOur next paranormal stop is in Globe, Arizona at the Old Gila Country Jail. Zak and team have been brought in by a call from Ozzy, a reporter that had a negative experience at the jail. She claims to have been attacked by an unseen force.

As they take Ozzy back into the jail, they hear the normal bangs and noises of an old building. But when they turn on the spirit box, they feel they hear Ozzy, even though they admit to only hearing the end, the Zy, portion of a word.

But they get large spikes on the EMF detector, going from a baseline of zero to 150. When they talk with Tom, the local historian, he says there are sad feelings and heaviness when walking in the jail. He is also aware of the EMF spikes, which have been detected by others, but no one has tried to find a cause.

They then hear from Debe, who gives the story of Kingsley Olds, who claims he was visited the by the spirit of the two girls he murdered. The “story” claims they asked him to come with them (to the other side). The next day he was shot in his cell. A headshot delivered from the courthouse as revenge for the murder. No one was caught for the shooting, but the father was suspected.

Zak then goes on a massive nearly incoherent rant, which makes him seem under the influence of something, about how the girls came to visit Kingsley to taunt him over his upcoming death and that they coerced their father to kill Kingsley out of revenge for their murder.

As they start the investigation, we are treated to yet another panic attack from Aaron, because he’s back in a room where he claims something jabbed him in the neck. Zak then tricks Aaron, and in usual cowardice style, locks him in a cell, so that there’s conflict like there would have been in the prison.

Zak and Billy leave Aaron in the dark while they investigate the courthouse. Using a parabolic microphone, Zak claims to hear a man in mortal agony. The noise we here is nothing like that, yet Zak insists it’s someone screaming for their very life. When it’s not recorded or heard by anyone else, Zak says it’s was only meant for him to hear in his own ears.

He also spots another light anomaly falling down the wall, which then turns into a mist and disappears.

Meanwhile, Aaron is basically losing his mind. He gets the word “Jim” on the Ovilus, then lights. Then through paranormal happenstance, the street lights turn off, or so he says. Rather than the lights being on a timer, or merely a power spike, or that being a daily occurrence, Aaron feels this is Jim communicating. Of course, we have no record of a Jim.

Aaron also gets more erratic behavior from the MelMeter, which spikes to 44 milligauss and gives a temperature reading of over 500 degrees. Most people would say that’s an unreliable piece of equipment. But to Zak, this is solid evidence of activity.

For the final part of the investigation, they set up the assassination experiment, which has Zak with an empty air rifle in the courthouse, and Jay lying in the bed of Kingsley. Zak takes three shots and gets the words, “head”, “rapture”, and “pappy” on the Talking EVP. Jay says he can hears girls speaking as Zak is firing. While this isn’t solid evidence, it’s at least interesting and Zak doesn’t have to make his usual wild leaps to weave it into a story.

By and large, they capture very little evidence. It would be hard to imagine an old jail without bangs and knocks. They try very hard to make the couple of audio blips form into Ozzy, and you can run with it if you like. About the only thing interesting is final portion with Zak and the air rifle.

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Ghost Adventures – The Alley of Darkness – S16E02

ga-alley-of-darknessWhile in Hollywood, Ghost Adventures heads to North Hollywood to investigate the Alley Studio, a former recording studio for many well known artists. Now it’s apparently filled with dark energy and dozens of spirits. According to John, the owner, there are 17 spirits roaming the halls including two of his ex-girlfriends, as well as the former owner.

Zak speaks at length about the secrecy and nefarious deeds of the past. In the day, no pictures were allowed to be taken. You didn’t talk about what went on inside. And someone had to vouch for you. To most people, this would be a way to keep client names and what material they were working on from being leaked. But to Zak, it’s sinister-as shown by the myriad scenes of people cooking up and shooting drugs. It would be hard to argue that took place, but it wouldn’t fall into the realm of “sinister”. Foolheardy, yes.

John, the owner, claims there was a suspicious death, when a man named Todd fell down a precarious, almost makeshift set of stairs. Without any real reasoning, or evidence, John believes Todd was pushed. Kristine, his assistant, an interesting character in her own right, claims she saw something black in her peripheral vision. Because it peeked around a corner, and the former owner supposedly did this, it must be Bill Elkins.

Even though they died elsewhere, because they spent time at the studio, Zak feels John’s former girlfriends are trying to pull to the other side. They constitute some of the bad energy he feels.

While talking to John about his old girlfriends, they capture some EVPs, and there is no prize for guessing a cold spot whips up and John identifies one of the voices as Deanna, his former girlfriend. She says, “follow me”, which clearly means for John to kill himself. Interesting that a disembodied voice, wrapped around static, from beyond, can be distinguished as a former loved one, yet people have trouble hearing each other through cell phone reception. It’s remarkable.

As they continue to get a feel for the place, Zak finds an arrow on the floor which wasn’t there before. This is clearly a sign of the paranormal. However, later on, he makes the same claim with a plastic container. It appeared out of nowhere! Except that it didn’t, he just didn’t see it.

We then have a visit from the jittering psychic, Patti Negri. She claims Todd was pushed down the stairs because she gets a communication about his thumbs. How do those connect?

Now that they’ve violated all the “rules” of the Alley Studio, they start the investigation. Jay goes down a “secret” hallway and up to an attic where “nefarious” deeds have taken place. An interesting observation since it looks like storage and too low to stand up. Meanwhile, Zak takes up a position near the infamous staircase. Because it’s so dangerous, Zak sends Aaron up to investigate while he stays behind. How many times has that happened before?

Aaron gets jumpy as he hears a hissing sound. This is followed by the word, “trouble”. As Aaron goes higher, he’s asked for a “password”. To Zak, all of these indicate nefarious deeds that took place and how everything is shrouded in secrecy. As Aaron gets to the top, Zak feels multiple women are flirting with him. But it’s no laughing matter as Zak is affected yet again by a light anomaly, also known as a bug, which gives him dark thoughts, also known as overacting.

This is followed by a burp of static which Billy deciphers as “tell them to keep it off”. This is another reference to them breaking the rules by filming. Zak takes this as Bill’s presence, which is confirmed to him when Billy’s camera malfunctions.

As if they needed more evidence, the temperate drops from 71 to the “freezing” temperature of 66. Good thing it didn’t stop at 66.6 or there would be a girlish scream.

As they taunt Bill about the no camera rule, Billy see someone with his own eyes, stand up. But he immediately says he can’t see anything because it’s pitch dark. So it’s too dark to see anything, how can he see something move, especially a shadow? Some would call that a contradiction. Or lying.

At the end there is yet another light anomaly. This coincides with the Live EVP giving out, among other words they ignore, famous, ghost and discovered. Only one conclusion can be drawn, the ghost of someone famous, who was discovered there, is standing next to them.

Strangely, for a location that seethes with dark energy, very little happens. Despite how many times Zak says nefarious deeds took place there, it all seems pretty quiet. Despite the multitude of drug induced imagery, there is very little to support that this is anything other than a rather disheveled old building with some odd people at the helm.

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Ghost Adventures – Eureka Mining Town – S15E14

Ghost-Adventures-jackson-hotelOut on the lonely roads of Nevada, Zak and team visit the Jackson Hotel and the Eureka Saloon, in the town of Eureka. Established in 1864, it was a boon town for silver, producing massive amounts and employing workers from multiple nationalities. Zak is hunting for the "dark energy that effects every building in this town."

They first talk with the hotel owner Kim, who explains that guests check out within minutes because of a heaviness and feeling of being threatened. Guests leave because the rooms look like crap and don’t have air conditioning.

As Zak goes to the Jackson suite, hotspot for all the activity, he gets the phrase "can’t talk" and "entity". This proves there is an oppressive spirit that won’t let the other entities talk.

Next is a completely pointless interview with Adam, who wants to be dark and mysterious about the entity in the hotel. He knows who it is, but isn’t allowed to say. Some hints, but no name.

This is followed by an interview with Allie who says she has problems sleeping and suffers short term memory loss because of a scratch she got from an entity while cleaning the bathroom. Both of these would be medical conditions, not side effects of the paranormal.

Zak moves to the Eureka Saloon to speak with Richard, who immediately identifies the person Adam was so mysterious about as Angelo C Florio, previous owner of the Jackson Hotel.

The Eureka Saloon is over what is known as the "Underground Cathedral" as series of tunnels built by the Chinese workers of the day. Aaron and Jay linger in the tunnels and Aaron feels something push them apart. In the replay, Aaron reacts to Jays outstretched hand rather than something ethereal.

Since there are two locations, they split into groups with Zak and Billy in the hotel, while Aaron and Jay take the saloon.

After a long pause of silence, Aaron finds a tied up cord of wire in the shape of a noose. This immediately prompts the spirit box to say, "hang" and then "reverend." That’s not really a noose, but an electrical cord twisted up so it doesn’t dangle to the floor. But it looks neat in the dark, so go ahead and call it a noose.

Since they are so scared of this wire, they bring out the rosary they just happen to be carrying in it’s box. Once on the noose, Aaron says it smells like urine. Pretty convenient. They don’t stay as some sort of noise forces them to run down the stairs.

It’s then time for the "cathedral", but not before leaving a bible on the bar counter. Conveniently again, they get the word "bible" on the Ovilus, which is followed by "reverend." Zak is "blown away" by the coincidence. But there’s more as "bury" and "under" appear. This creates the story of a reverend that was hanged and buried in the cathedral under the saloon. Quite a story. Too bad they didn’t check the papers to confirm.

Back upstairs, they ask the entity to knock over the Bible. This doesn’t happen, but they hear a noise, which finally gives us Aaron claiming he’s going to throw up.

In the Jackson Hotel, Zak and Billy head to the Jackson Suite, where Kim claims the entity caused a mirror to fall. No mirror falls, but they hear a noise and almost run out.

This prompts the usual reaction of Zak saying something is around him and he doesn’t feel good. In the Suite itself, the SLS camera detects a stick figure for a fraction of a second. Zak sends Billy into the bathroom rather than investigating himself.

Moments later, a stick figure jumps on Billy, which he sees as black swirls in the mirror. Amidst the yelling and hysterics from Zak, Billy freaks out and runs from the bathroom.

Now that they’ve made contact with something, they bring out the Spirit Sweep Device and sit in the hallway rather than the room itself.

With all the fiddling Billy has done to the device, there is a massive amount of reverb so all the sounds have a ghostly echo to them. While they don’t get anything, the hairs on Billy’s arm standing on end proves there is an evil entity.

For another experiment, Zak fogs up the mirror in the bathroom. Why? Because Kim, who’s watched too many horror movies, claims the words, "I am watching you" appeared in a fogged up mirror.

As the steam clings to the mirror, Zak shows the letters AMF and two dark eyes from a face. What is the significance of AMF? That’s AC’s first name, and the F is for Florio. Despite what Billy is yelling, AC is not a first name. A is Angelo. C is the middle initial. Billy has it completely wrong.

Further, words can appear in a fogged up mirror from the dust they collect. Also, someone playing around or being an ass, could have easily used their mortal and earthly finger to play a prank and now it shows up the mirror for other guests. Not paranormal.

Finally, Zak makes a stand against AC, which again isn’t his name, to stop being evil. This causes Zak to have a coughing fit resulting from Angelo channeling himself through Zak as a mysterious vapor.

The nonsense speaks for itself.

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