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Ghost Adventures – Ogden Possession – S15E02

ga-ogden-possessionWhen the episode description reads as, “Zak and the crew travel to Ogden, Utah, to help a family plagued by a demonic figure that appears as a beautiful red-headed girl,” you know things are going to get a little usual.

At the start, Zak says a life is on the line and there are jitters about the house being next to a cemetery. What about the other houses?

Jen starts off by explaining that she and her husband David, started experiencing problems a year and a half ago, when they were in the “dark days.” There were some marital problem as she explains it. As Jen starts to give some minor details, David comes in and wants to bring the investigation to a close. He doesn’t want to talk about “her”.

Jessie, the daughter, appears and says to ignore the argument, it’s just the entity talking to David and she’s pissed. She says her mom has no right to get mad at David, which seems to reveal some animosity.

Right at this point it’s clear there are problems, but they have nothing to do with the supernatural or demons.

David finally sits down and talks with Zak about how he feels and what he experiences. He confirms he sees a teenage girl with red hair and she wants him commit suicide. Despite this, David isn’t sure he wants the entity to go away as it’s become a part of him. David believes the entity is from a girl that died out in the swamp and that she could be his soul mate.

Zak believes this is a demonic entity out to trick him under the guise of a young girl-as they are prone to do. However, Jessie claims she can see the entity for what it is, not the girl facade, but doesn’t explain further.

After David admits the entity gives him suicidal thoughts, Jen confirms that her younger daughter and her older daughter have also had thoughts of suicide with the oldest being hospitalized.

We then have the son, Junior, who claims he feels something angry watching him from the closet.

As Zak takes a break from the house, they overhear Jessie, saying “It” can’t be driven out and will be with them forever. Thus, Zak turns to Bishop Bryan Ouellette from the Order of Exorcists, who we last saw when Zak mistook demonic residue for plaster spackle. In short order, Bishop Bryan confirms there is something of a Satanic presence trying penetrate David’s mind.

To test this theory, Bryan blesses a cup of water. When opportunity presents itself, Zak gets David to drink the water, and as you could see from a mile away, David gags and chokes on it. As Bryan begins his blessing, David becomes angry and hostile. He tenses, contorts, struggles and mumbles.

Zak decides it’s a good time to bring out the spirit box. When he asks “What do you want David to do?” he gets the reply “Just hold on.” As they walk around, they get “Stop It” from the closet.

They then ask, “Who do you want?” – “Father Bryan”

“What do you want from David?” – “Will you marry me?”

As always, these are garbled and riddled with static. It’s just as likely the entity is ordering a pizza or asking for a Bologna sandwich.

But, they are interrupted by Mike, the audio engineer, who says Jen and David see figures on the roof. This prompts Zak to bring out the woefully unreliable SLS camera. But instead of looking at the roof, Zak heads to the bedroom. In the bathroom there is a stick figure crucifying itself in mockery. Or maybe a reflection as they’ve mistaken before.

All of this brings Bishop Bryan to do another blessing on David and on the house itself. With Zak’s help, he places four silver crucifix, one at each corner of the house. At this time, David struggles even more and now Jen is having back pain.

When they try to enter the barn, the door is broken and they have to force their way in, which is due to the entity trying to stop them rather than poor workmanship. Once inside, Bryan says he feels something, which looks like a bat or bird. That makes sense in a barn, rather than a paranormal orb.

In the house, David stumbles in the kitchen looking for a glass to break or a knife to grab. Pandemonium ensues as the power goes off. In the dark, something gets knocked over, which Zak says is a bottle that flew off the shelf.

Feeling they have the entity on the ropes, Bryan moves in to give David some holy water. This sends David into spiral, and stops him breathing. But, no need for an ambulance, just a few slaps to the face and everything is fine.

Bishop Bryan says they have broken the bond between David and the entity and as a final act, they head out to the cemetery to offer a blessing.

Rather than blaming supernatural or demonic forces, David should seek advice and guidance from medical and psychological professionals in regards to the guilt and shame he feels over the marital problems that manifested this “bogeyman”.

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Haunted Towns – Salem – S01E02

haunted-towns-salemThe TWC team makes Salem their next stop to investigate the paranormal energy associated with the witch trials. They have three locations on their agenda, the Peirce farm where one of the accused, Mary, tried to hide before being captured and hanged, the Salem Cinema, former location of the tavern where the examinations took place to determine if someone was a witch, and the Barnard house, home of Reverend Barnard who believed strongly there were witches in the town who needed to be stopped.

First stop is at the Peirce Farm, where Sean, the owner, has meager information to share about hauntings or paranormal events. The most he offers is a staffer may have seen something in the study and the attic could be worth a look.

Despite Brandon’s belief, a half turned off flashlight is not evidence. And we should ignore the spaghetti bundle of exposed wires coming out of that basement panel box. However, they do get the words, “View” and “Hidden”, which Chris tries to weave into a narrative.

Up in the study, they get “Marry”, “Sacrifice”, “Slain” and, “Alice”, all words that could be associated with the trial. Even though “Marry” is spelled incorrectly for a name, they link together Mary and Alice being hung on the same day.

For Day 2, they investigate the Salem Cinema and the Barnard House. Porter and Brandon project court documents onto the screen and read from the trial notes while Doogie and Chris look around the reverend’s house.

At the cinema, we have more flashlight tricks, along with “Alice” and “deal”. At the house, Doogie feels something is wrong in the attic. Chris claims to get “six hundred sixty –” on the device as though the place is evil. Within earshot of Doogie, Chris asks the entities to touch Doogie on the left side of his face. No surprise for guessing that a few minutes later Doogie says something touches his left ear. Additionally, he feels something grabbing at his throat.

Now, pay attention to the scenes and notice the massive bundle of herbs or similar hanging from the rafters. It’s just as likely Doogie is having an allergic reaction to whatever that is rather than evil entities leaping out to get him.

And speaking of leaping, when Doogie asks for the entity to take it easy on him, he gets “Yank” followed by something touching his leg.

And that is the extent of the activity. Throwing away the ridiculous flashlight experiment, there’s not much else to work with. All the words they get fit together in an interesting little story that is a touch too convenient and a dash to obscure to be believed. But, maybe so.

It’s also interesting to note that Brandon says these women were “probably” innocent. How can you possibly say, “probably”? These innocent people had their lives ruined and taken through absolute ignorance and hysterics, there is no “probably” about it.

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Ghost Adventures – Golden Ghost Town – S15E01

goldenghosttownTo kick off the new season, Zak and the team head to Wolf Creek, Oregon to investigate an abandoned mining town in Golden. It was owned by Reverend William Ruble, who put up multiple churches instead of the usual saloons, to instill a debilitating fear of the devil.

Right as Aaron sees the church, he makes the usual complaints of stomach pains and throwing up. They speak with Archbishop James Cloud who claims he was previously attacked by an entity and again within the last few minutes, punched in the stomach. He throws out the cliched rumor of occult practices at the abandoned church. In the church, they claim to hear footsteps and that evil is enveloping them.

Zak then asks about the “sanctuary” of witches in the area and their occult rituals. Zak is very particular to use “occult” and “ritual” in as negative a context as he can. He and James both agree the witches are conjuring demons with James going so far as to say their end goal is to bring about the ruination of souls. Clearly he has no prejudice towards the group.

For the next interview, they talk with Amanda who claims she was possessed by an evil spirit. She too claims stomach pains, that she suffered and internal battle and lost time. This leads in to Katherine, James’ wife, who also suffers from stomach pain and wants to throw up. To add to the drama, Katherine claims she has the shakes and can’t stand up. This is caused by an entity speaking through her to say it doesn’t like Zak being there. This is followed up by Nicole, who has a small break down and says this is exactly like the last time – meaning a possession is coming on.

Zak joins Amanda and Katherine in the church, and there’s not points for guessing that Zak begins to act like he’s possessed. He channels Jack Nicholson from the Shining and says the church feels great, but the ladies should leave.

For Day 2, Zak goes to visit the Oregon Vortex, a location where 15 ley lines supposedly intersect. They meet with Elena who takes them on a fun house tour to show them how the vortex energy pushes against them as they lean in a crooked house and how a straw broom can stand on its own. These are both exceedingly cheap tricks seen at amusement parks and haunted attractions all over the country. Any straw broom can be made to stand like that. Simply look up “gravity hill optical illusion” to reveal the nonsense Elena is spewing.

As they start the investigation, they claim to see a figure on thermal. It certainly could be a figure as it’s a real town and they can’t just shut it down. But, it becomes mysterious as Billy and Aaron go searching and can’t find anything.

While they’re out, they head into the general store, where multiple bats are flying around. This is also where Aaron goes into another typical fit saying he’s got shooting pain and his muscles are cramping up. Zak says this is the work of conjured spirits as there are stick figure totems attached by strings to the ceiling.

Zak brings in the SLS camera and as expected, it captures a stick figure, then craps out, making it the most unreliable piece of equipment ever. Again, Jay claims something is walking around, so Zak calls out William Ruble. This causes Zak and Billy to say something is coming toward them.

And in typical fashion, Zak, who is scared witless to do any of his own work, locks Aaron in the church. While Aaron captures nothing, Zak claims a black mass moves over the pews. Or it’s an artifact of the camera shooting in the dark.

With Aaron locked away, Zak and Billy have the crap scared out of them by a mysterious figure moving in the woods giving off light. It’s actually a deer and it’s eyes glow from the camera, like red eye.

Back in nerve center, they get static over their walkie talkies, which they claim is breathing. At the same time, the camera in the general store begins to zoom in and out, most likely caused by the bats flying around.

Also, the school house camera begins to do the same thing as a dust particle or “ball of energy” comes up from the floor. Going outside they see lights in the sky they can’t explain. Considering they couldn’t identify a deer, lights are utterly baffling. To add to the nefarious deeds of the night, they find one of the “Blair Witch” stick figures.

It’s safe to say this episode is riddled with over acting, prejudice, gullibility and whole heap of bullshit.

ZOMG! Vortex in aisle 12!!

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Haunted Towns – Gettysburg – S01E01

gettysburgAbandoning their previous show and exploits, the Tennessee Wraith Chasers are now out to visit the most haunted towns to capture new paranormal experiences. Their first episode investigates Gettysburg, site of the debilitating battle that took place from July 1-3, 1863 and took the lives of over 50,000 men from both sides.

Instead of taking their investigation to the battlefield as others have done, the move closer to town to investigate the Mason Dixon Militaria and Stewart Farm.

The Militaria sells and displays period antiques including muskets, pistols and clothing. In particular there are army uniforms and a dress worn while attending one of the makeshift hospitals. The employees of the store claim activity of conversations, and shadows in the basement. Doggie  get readings of something close to the floor. When we see the basement, there is a slew of derelict wires on the ceiling right where he took readings.

To start the investigation, they put Brandon in a uniform and place him in a viewing coffin. They also bring out the white dress to use as a trigger object. However, neither of these generate much of a response.

With Chris, Porter and Doogie at the counter, they try for responses on the recorder. They get “Mike” and “closet” and the response of “yes” when asked if anyone was injured. However, none of these sound intelligible on playback. We also get the old trick of the flashlight going off without anyone touching it. When they put a pistol on the counter, they get “arms” from their Ovilus device. That’s about the only part that makes sense.

Doogie claims he gets the word, “van,” a reference to Mike, their audio engineer in the van, but try as I might, I don’t hear anything that even remotely sounds like “van.” It feels like they’re making that one up.

In a rather awkward moment, they record an EVP by the white dress. However, it’s not a woman’s voice, but a big old “f*ck you.” It’s bleeped out, so clearly no way to confirm. And it simply doesn’t fit.

Down in the basement, they play battle sounds and get the K2 meter to blink. Ask if the energy is a Union soldier and get some beeps. To try and see if the entity is intelligent, they ask who the leader was that gave the speech to the country after the battle. There is some sort of garbled static, which they say is “Abraham Lincoln.” I honestly don’t see how they’re getting a single name, let alone two distinguishable words out of that crap.

The next location is the Stewart Farm, along the road where the troops would have traveled. It was also a makeshift field hospital. They speak with Stephani, who claims both her son and grandson have had experiences. Her son claims he saw people looking down on him, while her grandson saw “a blue monster,” aka a soldier.

As they start, there is a small noise, which they immediately say came from the room where the son had an experience. A bold claim to make since they had no idea where it came from. In that room they hear a small sound from a table, which they make out to be as significant as the table levitating. Small pops from an old farm settling at night. Who would have thought?

To add trigger objects to the mix, Porter fires a musket. Doogie immediately says he feels something and Porter claims a shadow is on the staircase. But, things turn sinister as they get a temperature reading of 66.6 and Porter gets “Satan” on his Ovilus. This is followed by “unholy” and “homicide”. This makes Brandon jump to discussing demons. Here we go again.

In the barn, they perform the musket experiment again, and ask any spirits what that noise was. From the burp of static, they get a response of “cannon.” Porter says that is correct as he did a double load in the musket.

As we bring things to an end, they once again have to insert the idea of Satan and demonic forces at work in the area and the activity they captured was off the charts and proves the soldiers still linger.

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