Ghost Adventures

Ghost Adventures – Group Investigation

I’m not sure if this is from an episode in the upcoming season or a special group investigation, but it looks like Zak, Nick and Aaron have a whole slew of guest investigators with them. They’ve spread themselves out to cover a pretty large area, and then they get some off EVP recordings. Again, the music overlay is annoying, and it sounds pretty staticy. But it’s the last one that gets everybody stirred up.

 

 

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Ghost Adventures Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum – The Cutdown

Paranormal is a general term that describes unusual experiences that lack a scientific explanation, or phenomena alleged to be outside of science’s current ability to explain or measure.

I watched the Ghost Adventures recap episode of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum and I am convinced now more than ever that both Chris Fleming and Robert Bess are complete charlatans. It’s pretty obvious they are using parlor tricks and the power of suggestion to make people think there is paranormal activity going on around them.

First of all the Spirit Box that Chris Fleming uses is a complete sham. As I mentioned previously this thing is nothing more than a receiver tuning into a radio station. (It could just as easily be used to tune into a radio station as someone sitting outside the building talking into a microphone and it picks up every tenth word). Additionally, his reactions are completely over the top for what’s going on and come across as highly practiced. You would think someone who’s been doing this for years wouldn’t be so easily amazed. He’s been working on his truly stunned look where his jaw is gaped open in disbelief. Further, through his constant talking he is planting the seed that the place is overwhelmingly paranormal and that it’s filled with spirit energy. He’s doing his best to plant that thought in your head so you’ll believe it.

His recordings sound like a completely garbled mess, but yet he is able to instantly recognize what’s being said. He doesn’t need to go back and hear it again or even take an educated guess. He knows!

And let’s not forget this is the guy who brought us the highly questionable, easily manipulated, but now de-facto ghost hunting tool, the K2. While at the home of the Manson family murders he talks non-stop while showing off the device and again his reactions seem well rehearsed so you don’t question the validity of what he’s doing.

He’s in full form on this ghost hunt, but when you take a step back from the excitement he’s trying to generate and think for a moment, his methods and conclusions can easily be explained by everyday things. It’s a radio!

As for ol’ Gun Slingin’ Robert Bess, I think we’ve seen the last of him. Again, his Parabot was nothing more than a huge parlor trick. Think about it, what did it do? I made a ton of noise, had flashing lights, produced a ton of electrical charge so not only would you be scared to death to get near it, but it also charged the hell out of the atmosphere. Your skin would tingle, your hair would stand on end, shadows would be all over the place and the siren would make you think all sorts of things were happening.

But why should we believe for a second that this rig actually does anything? Besides make a bunch of distracting noise that is. It’s obviously got some mechanical problems (clearly the ghosts don’t want to be caught by it so they sabotaged it), the siren is probably run from a remote (Bob certainly has his hand on his hip an awful lot) or it just goes every few seconds for dramatic effect.

Between these two incredibly faulty devices you can easily be sucked into thinking there’s paranormal activity, and that’s exactly what they’re hoping. If you spend even 10 seconds thinking about what they’re doing and what the real effect is, you’ll see they’re both completely full of crap and their devices are total gimmicks. There was absolutely nothing paranormal about what these two were doing.

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Ghost Adventures – Clovis Wolfe Manor

Zak and team head to the Clovis Wolfe Manor in California which some of the residents claim is a "black hole" of dark energy. It was once a stately manor but when the family hit on hard times the house was taken over and converted into a sanatorium. Like many others of it’s time, it had the best of intentions in helping patients, but in reality it served to cram them into rooms, chain them to the floor and toilets and neglect them to the point of festering sores. As you would expect, many of the patients died from this abuse. There are even reports of patients turning on each other and two murders are documented as having occurred there.

Right from the beginning the EMF meter spikes and the group claims to hear voices, especially one of a little girl. The claims of the paranormal are pretty widespread and varied. Voices, footsteps, shuffling feet, people being tugged, hair being pulled and even one worker who claims to have been pulled back into a crawlspace and another who thinks the spirits might have tried to push him down the stairs have all supposedly taken place here.

So what evidence did they find? They claim to have recorded multiple EVPs not the least of which was the "want … your energy …" We know it’s important because it consumes half the screen for several seconds as Zak tells us so. It’s an interesting claim but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. As always, I’m not even sure that’s what it says.

Zak claims to have quite an experience in the crawlspace where he hears this voice and then feels fingers around his neck as he trying to get out; very similar to the experience felt by one of the workers who was tugged by the ankles. (Hey, you asked for that one, don’t freak out).

But the big news for this investigation was the new ultraviolet camera they brought in which allows them to see different parts of the light spectrum. They tried it out in the basement of the house after Zak hears "want your energy" and feels the hands around his neck. With the rapid-fire switching back and forth between cameras it’s a little hard to tell what’s going on, but they claim a purple mist enters the room and spreads itself over the floor where the voice recorder is. Also, it takes a position on the couch for a short while before heading out of the room.

It’s interesting stuff, but since this a brand new piece of technology with no benchmark as to how a room should look under normal conditions and what kind of things they should ignore I can’t get too excited over it. Maybe this does open a window to see spirit energy, or perhaps it’s just another way of looking at car lights or drafts. It’ll be interesting to see if this camera makes it’s way into more episodes. Since this is probably the end of the season (GA usually does just 8 episodes a season) we’ll have to wait and see what they do with it.

Once again a sad and fascinating location where good intentions go bad and the tales of patient abuse extend through the decades. Haunted or not, the people who live in Clovis hang rosaries and crosses on the gates of the property to try and offer peace and comfort. The owner and those who visit feel the place is alive with the energy of the past.

So, that purple mist in the basement, conclusive evidence of the paranormal? And did Zak have some hands around his neck as he tried to get out of the crawlspace?

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Ghost Adventures – Prospect Place

Whenever you have a location that has anything to do with slavery and the Underground Railroad there is bound to be death and negative energy. Prospect Place was a stop on the Underground Railroad where the wealthy landowner George Adams did his part to help the slaves. Many of the slaves they took in were too weak or ill to make it the rest of the journey and they passed away at the house. There is a claim a bounty hunter came to take away the slaves and turn George in, but he was driven off by George himself and farm hands. Legend has it that the farm hands followed the bounty hunter back to his camp, abducted him and hung him in the barn.

More deaths occurred when a train crashed a few miles from the homestead and the injured were brought to the house as it was turned into a makeshift hospital. Quite a few never recovered from their injuries. Hospital becomes morgue.

The Adams family is said to have had their own tragedies such as a child falling to her death from a balcony. Her body was stored in the basement until the ground thawed and she could have a proper burial. One family member is rumored to have simply disappeared one day. Eventually the family fell on hard times and during the late 60-80s the house was abandoned. During this time Satanic cults took over and practiced their craft inside. It is believed they held rituals and summoned demons to the mansion.

There’s lots of claims of shadows and apparitions and those interviewed claim they see something odd just about every day.

As far as captured activity goes there really isn’t a whole lot. They feel they capture a few voices and even a spirit laughing when Zak stumbles into a chair in the dark. Zak claims to feel a lot of energy when he’s in the barn where the bounty hunter was supposedly hung. It’s interesting that Zak and Nick take some time out to specifically address the issue of orbs versus dust. They explain they are well aware of the difference and that what they’re seeing is definitely not dust.

Aaron gets his usual feelings of being dizzy and nauseous. There is no outright moment of panic, but they say they’re feeling the tension of the past and cold, dark energy when in the room that the Satanic worship is supposed to have taken place in.

There is no doubt there has been some turmoil on the property with plenty of confirmed deaths. Are the spirits of the old South rising up? The eyewitness accounts certainly say it is, but it’s hard to say if the evidence supports it.

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