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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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Ghost Adventures – Phelps Dodge Hospital – S15E16

ga-phelps-hospitalWith the holiday break behind us, Zak and team head to Ajo, Arizona to investigate the Phelps Dodge Hospital. It was established in 1918 to tend to the medical needs of the workers of the open pit copper mine. According to Zak, the energy stored in that copper is helping an entity choke the hospital caretaker, Ignacio.

Ignacio lives in the hospital by himself and says he gets choked in his sleep. What Zak describes as “air intake being restricted by an unseen force” can also be attributed to sleep apnea. Or perhaps even having a reaction to the environment itself since the building is completely run down.

Zak talks with Jose, a retired miner who runs the Ajo Museum, who confirms there were many deaths at the mine. This is also confirmed by Louie, President of the Ajo Historical Society Museum, but he adds there were many child deaths from malnutrition, whooping cough and measles.

They talk with two paranormal investigators who’s big experience was having their recorder tapped by an unseen force. For all the ominous build up, that hardly seems sinister or even evidence. But, as they listen to the recording, something falls to the floor. As Zak states, it’s a heavy metal plate falling off a rotting door. It’s hard to agree with the “thrown” part though.

The main goal for the investigation is to watch Ignacio sleep to see if they can uncover the entity responsible. It’s clear that Ignacio’s living conditions are pretty poor with peeling walls, debris and lots of things held together with duct tape. He’s probably choking on lead based paint.

The investigation starts with a camera on Ignacio and the Talking EVP. Through the night they get the words, Figure, Attack, Hold Hands, Finger and Arm. As the names of body parts as displayed, Ignacio reacts to them. When Arm is displayed, he scratches his arm. For finger, his finger points.

Zak goes to the upper floor and concludes there is poltergeist activity. To document it and showcase how much of a coward he really is, Zak tells Aaron to stay up there alone.

Aaron gets a metal scraping sound, which is another plate falling to the floor. Again, it’s falling, not being thrown.

Zak brings the SLS camera to Ignacio’s bed and a stick figure appears. To Jay, this isn’t human. But it only appears for a moment, and doesn’t come back.

Jay and Billy head to the basement where they don’t capture anything

Back on the upper floor, Aaron admits he is once against scared out of his mind and is acting disoriented.

Billy brings out the Spirit Sweep device, which doesn’t capture anything either.

Zak decides to go find Aaron and a ridiculous exchange of words takes place. They capture something on the recorder which Aaron says is, “I want to kill Zak Bagans.” Zak becomes defensive and tells Aaron he’s wrong and it absolutely doesn’t say that. He questions why Aaron would say such a thing. “Is that what you want it to say?” he asks and doesn’t want to be around Aaron in the dark. It’s an argument from a petulant 8 year old child.

For the final part, Ignacio wakes up after feeling something pull his arm. However, he wasn’t choked in the middle of the night.

Despite trying to form links to haunted Indian land, miner’s deaths, dozens of child deaths, and even a child stealing legend, they don’t capture anything. Ignacio lives in a ruined building, with tons of crap hanging from the ceiling. He would be better served sleeping somewhere else getting checked for a sleeping disorder.

With the holiday break behind us, Zak and team head to Ajo, Arizona to investigate the Phelps Dodge Hospital. It was established in 1918 to tend to the medical needs of the workers of the open pit copper mine. According to Zak, the energy stored in that copper is helping an entity choke the hospital caretaker, Ignacio.

Ignacio lives in the hospital by himself and says he gets choked in his sleep. What Zak describes as “air intake being restricted by an unseen force” can also be attributed to sleep apnea. Or perhaps even having a reaction to the environment itself since the building is completely run down.

Zak talks with Jose, a retired miner who runs the Ajo Museum, who confirms there were many deaths at the mine. This is also confirmed by Louie, President of the Ajo Historical Society Museum, but he adds there were many child deaths from malnutrition, whooping cough and measles.

They talk with two paranormal investigators who’s big experience was having their recorder tapped by an unseen force. For all the ominous build up, that hardly seems sinister or even evidence. But, as they listen to the recording, something falls to the floor. As Zak states, it’s a heavy metal plate falling off a rotting door. It’s hard to agree with the “thrown” part though.

The main goal for the investigation is to watch Ignacio sleep to see if they can uncover the entity responsible. It’s clear that Ignacio’s living conditions are pretty poor with peeling walls, debris and lots of things held together with duct tape. He’s probably choking on lead based paint.

The investigation starts with a camera on Ignacio and the Talking EVP. Through the night they get the words, Figure, Attack, Hold Hands, Finger and Arm. As the names of body parts as displayed, Ignacio reacts to them. When Arm is displayed, he scratches his arm. For finger, his finger points.

Zak goes to the upper floor and concludes there is poltergeist activity. To document it and showcase how much of a coward he really is, Zak tells Aaron to stay up there alone.

Aaron gets a metal scraping sound, which is another plate falling to the floor. Again, it’s falling, not being thrown.

Zak brings the SLS camera to Ignacio’s bed and a stick figure appears. To Jay, this isn’t human. But it only appears for a moment, and doesn’t come back.

Jay and Billy head to the basement where they don’t capture anything

Back on the upper floor, Aaron admits he is once against scared out of his mind and is acting disoriented.

Billy brings out the Spirit Sweep device, which doesn’t capture anything either.

Zak decides to go find Aaron and a ridiculous exchange of words takes place. They capture something on the recorder which Aaron says is, “I want to kill Zak Bagans.” Zak becomes defensive and tells Aaron he’s wrong and it absolutely doesn’t say that. He questions why Aaron would say such a thing. “Is that what you want it to say?” he asks and doesn’t want to be around Aaron in the dark. It’s an argument from a petulant 8 year old child.

For the final part, Ignacio wakes up after feeling something pull his arm. However, he wasn’t choked in the middle of the night.

Despite trying to form links to haunted Indian land, miner’s deaths, dozens of child deaths, and even a child stealing legend, they don’t capture anything. Ignacio lives in a ruined building, with tons of crap hanging from the ceiling. He would be better served sleeping somewhere else getting checked for a sleeping disorder.

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Ghost Adventures – Wolf Creek Inn – S15E13

imageLeaving Missouri, Zak and team head to Oregon, to investigate the Wolf Creek Inn, where a legendary vampire entity roams the woods. There are several reports of murders, which may be attributed to this creature.

As Zak talks with Mark and Margaret, they hear footsteps above them. Their daughter Marcy, claims to have seen and heard a female spirit and even shows a blurred photo of her. These events draw them to a back hallway, which Margaret says has negativity associated with it. Zak quickly claims this hallway is a portal and the little girl is a demonic entity. This is proven when he gets a case of hives brought on by evil forces.

While discussing the history of the house and the dark events, Jay makes an absurd comment that a Native American was hanged to "christen" the house. Paranormal investigator, Madonna, confirms this was Native American land and feels there is a trickster entity lurking around.

Keeping with the usual trend, as they start the investigation, Zak sees a light anomaly, which he thinks is a girl’s hand reaching out. As he moves upstairs, he claims to see a dark entity and feel a cold spot. For an instant, the SLS camera picks up the usual stick figure, but nothing further. And is the habit, Billy says he feels dizzy and something is up there with them.

Downstairs, Aaron says there is an energy around him. Zak feels another cold spot and again says he sees a hand reaching out. In this same space, Billy says something is coming up on him, and Zak confirms this with a thermal imaging blob, that looks like a reflection, behind Billy.

After regrouping, Billy and Aaron head upstairs to the supposed portal and make a "mind blowing discovery." This turns out to be plastic drink tops that have fallen off the shelf, causing a loud bang. And it’s easy to see why they fell, as the shelves are all leaning forward at a noticeable angle.

For the final part, they will split up to see if the plastic top throwing entity of darkness will prey upon them individually. Aaron goes outside to lure the vampire entity. Billy goes to the parlor to use the Talking EVP. Zak goes upstairs where Margaret said she felt they weren’t alone.

It’s no surprise that Billy gets nothing. And no shocker that Zak sees yet another light anomaly and feels a cold spot. And of course, Aaron gets a headache, admits he is scared out of his mind and begins to behave as though he’s in a trance. In fact, he’s so out of it, he drops his camera-a sure sign he’s being manipulated.

With all of the dark entities that were never seen, and all the cold spots that were never recorded, and the objects falling off a leaning shelf, Zak believes they have documented a dark energy that can move objects, mimic other entities and psychologically effect the human mind.

And you also have to ask yourself, just how many demonic portals are out there?

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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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