Ghost Adventures – Lewis Flats School – S16E08

ga-lewis-flats-schoolAfter their dubious encounter and contact with Debbie Constantino at the Washoe Club, Zak and the GA team undertake an investigation at the Lewis Flats Elementary School, or rather, the Adobe Deli Steakhouse.

Because it sits in New Mexico, there is an immediate connection to the Native American culture. Further, because it has a lot of taxidermy, it must contain a lot of negative energy.

The signs of the paranormal consist of someone getting the chills and an employee waking up from a bad dream and feeling pressure on his chest. Another incident, one that took place 30 years ago, involves a man that burned to death when his overheated engine caught the dry grass on fire.

Zak focuses very heavily on the taxidermy Van bought at auction. It’s not the items themselves, but their guilt by association, as they came from the home of (or at least were owned by) a drug dealer who killed two people. Even though they are stuffed and have glass eyes, Zak feels the animals saw the murder and so contain dark energy.

There is even more dark energy and another connection to Native Americans in the form of bowls with a “kill hole” in the center. These bowls were used to allow the spirit to be released from the body. Zak makes them out to be quite dangerous and not something someone should own. He even declines holding the bowl.

That is until we later find out he buys one for his own collection and then has no problem being photographed while holding it.

At this point, evidence of the paranormal and dark energy consists of someone feeling cold,  another waking from a dream, stuffed animals and pottery.

To start the investigation, we have Aaron trying to make contact in the dining area near the bar. When Aaron hears a noise, he stumbles over himself trying to make an escape. Right after that, the Ovilus gives the words, “Tease, Alter, Curse” which they quickly tie back to the bowl Zak bought. We’ll skip the part where “alter” is spelled incorrectly. That is if it was meant to refer to an “altar”.

This series of words is followed by “knife, wish, disease”. Before they can weave a story using these words, a shadow passing by the window makes them run outside where they discover broken animal bones. Zak then makes the conclusion they’re in Skinwalker country.

Then, to add to the mystery of the night, they see a glowing set of eyes in the field. These glowing eyes belong to a discarded aluminum can and proves how easily someone can be deceived.

Back in the bar, they find what caused Aaron to soil his pants. A knife fell to the floor. But since it was a knife and the Ovilus said knife, paranormal activity is afoot. And to further their belief, a sign reading, “It’s all about me” is found on the floor.

Because of the message and because its near a painting of Native Americans, they make the connection that restless spirits are at the heart of the activity. Additionally, Zak sees multiple light anomalies, including one that flies into Aaron. Zak believes this is what caused the cut on Aaron’s head, rather than it being something he got when jumping out of his skin and tripping on furniture. Though minor, it’s a sign of an attack.

Their evidence for the night includes old, discarded bones in the dirt, a fallen knife on the floor, a discarded can, some foreboding words on the Ovilus and the tiny cut on Aaron’s head.

These don’t exactly lend themselves to dark energy or sinister forces. Additionally, taxidermy, while creepy to some, isn’t considered a gateway to paranormal forces. Same for the bowls. While used in burial ceremonies, they alone are of no danger, to the point where Zak picks one up and takes it home.

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Ghost Adventures – Washoe Club – Final Chapter – S16E07

ga-washoeIt’s another visit Washoe Club, which Zak says it will be their last, since they won’t be coming back. Right from the start, Zak explains the spirits are powerful and dangerous, to the point where Zak has been receiving messages to come back. As such, they feel the need to keep their distance until the lockdown. Except that they don’t.

Even though they have investigated here before, Carl, the tour guide, says there are untold stories. In 1873 there was an explosion where 12 people were killed. Clearly a story that didn’t make it to the papers.

Carl has also been witness to 26 people getting scratched.

Another story that must have escaped the media is of a man named Scottie who supposedly committed suicide when his son died from falling into a mine.

To start things off, as they stand next to a flaking stone wall they are both shocked and stunned when bits of debris begin to fall down.

Out of nowhere, Aaron claims he feels the presence of Debbie Constantino. When there is a female voice on the recorder, there is no surprise they say it’s Debbie.

As the actual investigation gets underway, Zak immediately says something enters him. On the SLS camera, for an instant, they capture a stick figure. When Zak captures a male voice on the spirit box, it causes him to jump back and say again that something shot through him.

Using recorders from their previous visits, Billy is overcome as he remembers the Constantinos and sends himself into an emotional tailspin. But on the recorder, he gets, “Billy’s upset, okay?” Again, they feel this is Debbie.

As they group back at the command center, they hear footsteps upstairs. Aaron goes to investigate and gets the word, “Hi” and “Shoot” which they associate to the man who shot himself. This is the only divergence from the investigation centering on Debbie.

In the ballroom, as Billy is setting up, they have a flaky camera. When Zak goes to see the nature of the problem, they hear a coin drop, from somewhere off camera, in the darkness. It turns out to be a shiny quarter with a date of 2015 on it, the year Debbie died. Somehow, the spirit world is capable of materializing the proper year coinage from the ether. A coin falling out of someone’s pocket or being dropped when no one is looking is far less likely to be the cause.

This is followed by the words, “Communicate”. When Zak asks who the coin is for, they get “You”. When asked who it’s from, they get “Us”. It’s Debbie with a message from the great beyond because it’s so specific.

They don’t need any more convincing, but the final words of “Coins” and “Portal” seal the deal. Even though those tragic events took place elsewhere and despite the many claims of demonic and powerful forces, they are all convinced Debbie Constantino is making contact with them. Since they investigated there before, and because there is a lot of Ghost Adventures memorabilia it is their spirits that linger. The earlier foreboding tone of messages and visions, not to mention, “the spirits hate us”, are quite counter to what they claim to capture.

Without a doubt, the events surrounding the Constantinos were tragic, but Zak’s own claims explain away their presence here. Why would their spirits be lingering in this place rather than were the incident occurred?

Did they really capture evidence that points to the Constantinos? There is a lot of emotion and wishful thinking going on here. If the energy stays where the events occurred, as they claim, this isn’t where they need to be investigating.

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Ghost Adventures – Enchanted Forest – S16E06

ga-enchanted-forestHeading up from California, we find ourselves at the Enchanted Forest Theme Park in Oregon, where Aaron spent time as a child. But from the go, Zak says the theme park sits on a portal to another dimension and that the dreams and nightmares of children are coming to life. We can also tell from the start that Zak will have a hard time in this location as it’s filled with creepy dolls, figures and portraits. He even claims the “haunted house” is actually haunted because it causes anxiety. There is also reference to the land being tainted and cursed due to the battles fought in the surrounding area.

As they tour the different buildings, it’s obvious Roger Tofte, the owner and creator, set out to create a bizarre and strange tourist attraction. It clearly gives a funhouse effect through it’s odd angles, off kilter paintings, and distorted proportions. Admittedly, it’s straight up weird.

The odd feeling it would induce leads Zak to say there is something overwhelming inside and that something touched his elbow. Chris, who works one of the rides says he has heard footsteps. Even Aaron’s sister Amy, says that something touched her shoulder, when she was 8 years old.

To start the investigation, Zak and Billy go to the Challenge of Mondor attraction, which to be honest, is pretty bizarre and creepy looking in the dark. There, they use the Mel Tir device which detects cold spots and points the way to them. A pretty dubious device to be sure, but it beeps and shows blue lights, so we have to assume it’s scientific.

It should come as no surprise that Zak feels multiple cold spots and tracks orbs floating around. These orbs are even moving toward the altar so their intent should be taken as sinister. And this is enforced by Billy stating there is a circle on the floor. These are clear signs of nefarious behavior.

At a different attraction, the Gingerbread House, Aaron uses a parabolic microphone and hears all sorts of noises. Of course, using a microphone like that would let you hear all sorts of noises. At one point, he gets feedback, which should be taken as a sign of the paranormal. Because the story plays on his mind, Aaron feels like he’s going to be eaten and gives himself all sorts of anxiety. Each noise and feeling affirms that something mysterious is going on, even though he admits the place scared him as a child.

For the end of the investigation, they head into the actual Haunted House. This has Zak on edge right from the start, and Billy is almost to the point of having yet another panic attack.

As they use the SLS camera, a stick figure appears and dances around at Zak’s behest, proving it’s intelligent. Even though he is taking images from behind the glass, he’s quite sure it’s not a reflection of any kind. We should also keep in mind that a hacked apart Kinect hooked to an iPad is a scientific instrument.

Billy then brings out the sweep device, which looks like another iPad hooked to a series of dials. And judging by those dials, you can conjure up all sorts of sound effects. Because it’s an iPad, or a computer nonetheless, we must believe it doesn’t have the ability to prerecord sounds or voices and that it’s not giving back the exact messages they want to hear with tons of echo and reverb.

Through this device of their own making (I believe Billy, a sound engineer, created it), we get the phrases, “this is my home”, “good evening” and even, “come to mom” which Zak says the woman calling to the child voice he heard earlier.

But it’s not just a woman lurking around, there is man who says, “he saved my life”. With that, Zak feels that through all the strange paintings, statues, and buildings, that this location has turned children’s dreams into a reality and because they’ve thought about these stories for so long, that the mere thought of such has manifested them into reality. In Zak’s world, if you believe something is real, and believe it long enough, and thus convince yourself, then it’s real. Reality has no bearing.

While this may be a portal, or another dimension, or perhaps even a haunted house, it’s open to the public and for a small fee you are more than welcome to have the experience yourself.

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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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