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 – Ripleys Believe It or Not – S16E01

ga-ripleyTo kick off the new season, Zak and team visit the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum in Hollywood, California due to claims of bizarre happenings and employee experiences. One employee, who no longer works there, claims she was touched. Another claims to have seen a shadow. A third, claims to have heard voices and had something follow her home.

The museum has shrunken heads, body parts as well as items that were supposedly used in rituals, such as a Japanese sword used in beheadings and a Hate Doll. Zak immediately clues in on the mummified foot and says it’s a cursed item, because items that come from Egyptian tombs have curses on them. That old curse from the time of King Tut is still kicking around.

As they talk with Brittany, she claims to see people in the museum who are tribal. Cari claims a black shadow followed her home and sleeps in her bed. She also has dreams of being in a cave where she is tortured.

This brings Jay to focus on the Hate Doll, which is basically a large voodoo doll. Nails are driven into a statue and each one represents the wish of harm to come to an adversary. Because of this, Zak says it’s a charged and dangerous object.

Meanwhile, Aaron and Billy are using the geomagnetometer, which has never been proven to be a scientific device, and get readings from -30 to 190 within a few steps of each other. Just what is this device measuring? It seems pretty unreliable from those measurements alone.

As the investigation starts, you could have bet money that Aaron would start to feel dizzy and doesn’t like what’s going on around him.

This is followed by a mysterious light coming on because some gaffer tape fell off it. Zak is convinced and adamant the tape didn’t peel or fall off. It has to have been torn off by unseen hands, because tape is sticky.

For the next part of the investigation, Zak is allowed to hold the supposed mummified foot from Egypt. He then has visions of a beautiful woman. At this same time, a stick figure appears, which is a spirit come to watch the event. And as Zak is clearly told of the appearance, he drops to the ground in pain as though attacked by this unseen force.

Next, as Billy says there are two skeletons overlaying, something we have seen before, Zak says he’s channeling the Egyptian princess.

Moving on to another experiment, Billy turns on a positive ionizer to fill the room with positive ions. He switches over to filling the room with negative ions. They are associating positive ions with something being good, and negative ions with something being bad. They are skipping over the idea of polarity and charges.

But with these ions in the air, Aaron, who is below the experiment, becomes affected like a rat in a maze. He becomes confused and disoriented, wandering back and forth without purpose. He also claims to hear chanting. Said chanting was not captured.

When he gets close to the tribal mask so he can put in the spirit box, there is a loud bang. He now has no idea what to do or where to go. He’s starts to come unglued as he talks to Zak about his experience and even has tears in his eyes. He says he’s being affected by the mask in cabinet, which was created by a cannibalistic tribe. Or so the card in the display reads.

Because of the effect, Zak is convinced as to how dangerous these objects are. This leads him to bring out the Paranormal Puck. This turns into a conversation where Zak asks if they are in danger. When the answer is ‘killed’, Zak becomes nervous. So where is this mysterious cursed item? According to the electronic oracle, it’s beside him, with the coins. This means the fountain full of coins underneath the Hate Doll is cursed and people putting money in there are worshipping the doll and giving power to the idol.

While there are no shadow figures, nobody gets touched, no booming voices, no actual evidence of any kind, Zak feels this Ripley’s museum is haunted and haunted by something dark.

And just to put it out there, if you work in a place called an Odditorium, which features items of supposed dubious past and then have nightmares about the bizarre practices of some tribesmen, it doesn’t mean the item is haunted or that you have a demonic attachment. That’s just letting your imagination run away with you.

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Ghost Adventures – The Slaughter House – S15E17

imageHalloween may be over, but Zak heads to Tucson, Arizona to investigate where he feels a  dark energy is feeding on the blood of the living. This is confirmed by performers who claim to have been scratched, received bruises and had blood drawn from puncture wounds. The dark entity feed on the animal sacrifice, but now it needs human blood.

The haunted attraction is the Farmer John Meat Packing Plant, that operated from 1962 to 2004. And by Zak’s explanation, every meat processing plant in the country is haunted and a portal for evil because of all the blood that has been spilled. I doubt he has the same notions when eating a steak or having a hamburger.

While doing interviews, Zak gets a blip on the spirit box and feels a form of energy is holding him in place. Zak interprets this EVP as "woman in trouble" because the people affected are women. Other evidence includes a photo of a performer where a dark mass appears out of nowhere. This can also be interpreted as someone put their finger over the flash. When Dakota has a stomach pain, they feel it’s demonically inspired.

The investigation includes a guest, Post Malone, and they are all jumpy as cats. Post  jumps at every shadow and noise, including the raccoon or cat they capture moving around. Not to be outdone, Aaron throws in his comment of feeling sick, and when they turn their hacked up SLS toward him, there’s a stick figure on his back.

Going to the location of the captured black mass, they leave Post on his own to see what happens. In a panic attack he begins to sweat and pull at his neck. As they bring out the Talking EVP and point it at Post, they get the words, Dirty, Afraid and Really.

In another burst of words it offers up Cattle and Cow. It also offers plenty of other words and numbers that aren’t mentioned.

Since Post Malone has heightened senses, meaning he’s scared out of his mind, Zak sends him off alone with a chest mounted camera. In this state of panic he feels something is walking next to him. We then Aaron getting sick to confirm Post’s experience.

Amidst this, Post hears someone gasp. Zak immediately comments how cold it is. However, neither the gasp nor the cold spot are recorded. They also claim there is a growl and it’s coming toward them. When it gets close, they run like hell in the other direction.

Finally, Zak goes into a trance and acts spaced out as though possessed. Zak asks the entity touching him to say his name. He gets a response of "Zak" and "gotcha" on the spirit box.

For the big finale, as they bump into a Halloween prop and scare themselves, Zak asks the prop for it’s name. Zak believes he gets, "Satan" as a response.

Zak got out of this investigation, exactly what he put into it. He goes above and beyond to illustrate just how dangerous this location is. Yet, it’s a business trading in the thrill of fear. And obviously not dangerous enough to close down and turn away a profit.

It’s also hard to put any stock in their claims when they don’t have any actual evidence. Getting scratches and bruises from wandering around in the dark next to exposed machinery and jutting bolts in the wall, aren’t signs of Satanic forces. Further, this is the second Halloween attraction Zak claims is haunted by Satan. So which one is he at?

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