Ghost Adventures Exposed - It's a fake show (UPDATED) @ghostadventures @zak_bagans #ghostadventures



The over dramatic part makes the evidence seem fake at times b/c you have to listen very carefully. I feel bad that anyone would call it fake when there really is extensive research behind the paranormal. Maybe another reason it may be fake is that they might be hypersensitive to EMFs.

I think they placate more on sensationalism than actual investigations, where T.A.P.S. (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) takes a more skeptical scientific approach.

But is there anyone else out there that thinks that Ghost Adventures is a load of bull.



In the popular paranormal reality program GHOST ADVENTURES, we ask questions about the episode that focused on Gary Galka, an engineer and builder/manufacturer of ghost hunting devices used by thousands of ghost hunters including the team featured on the show.
The case focused on the life and premature demise of Melissa Galka, Gary’s teenage daughter. The death resulted in complications stemming from an automobile accident that took place in the early hours of September 25, 2004. Melissa was in a coma for four days and doctors determined that she was not responding to outside stimulus and was brain dead. She was removed from life support. Almost immediately, the family began to receive after-death communication from her and now she is directly talking to the family via the devices that Mr. Galka builds. These devices are called Spirit Boxes, and they are responsible for delivering words of comfort to the family, and to other families’ Mr. Galka generously helps.

‘Ghost Adventures’ Star Gets Fired, Reveals Disappointing Truth About Paranormal Television Series

LAS VEGAS, Nevada –

Aaron Goodwin has been fired from the Travel Channel television series Ghost Adventures, according to Travel Channel executive and spokesman Richard Roscolelli. Goodwin was fired from the series following a rant while being interviewed on a popular podcast. During the interview on the Are We Alone show hosted by Joshua Sweeney, Goodwin went on about an eight minute rant about how the Travel Channel took everything that was authentic and truly paranormal about the show and made a mockery of it by making the crew record its own voices in place of actual EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomena) when filming did not reveal enough evidence to satisfy producers.

During the two-hour podcast, Goodwin dished out the disappointing facts. It did not stop with the Travel Channel making them record their own EVP’s but he says they actually made them go back and film reactions of the crew so that they would act surprised when hearing things that did not actually occur.

“If we film all night long and came back with uneventful material, they actually make us go back, and act out scenes. It’s sickening really,” said an angry Goodwin. “This started off as a real thing, it is just not consistent and active enough for the big-shots at the network, so they basically have turned us into liars. We have been committing a fraud in my eyes and I’ve just about had enough.”

Co-stars of Goodwin, Zak Bagans and Nick Groff, have been unavailable for comment. Roscolelli says he expects the show to go on without Goodwin despite his efforts to ‘expose the truth.’

“We are not sure why he said what he said but it is all false. We suspect there may be a feud involving one, or both, of his co-stars, and what better way to get at them than attack the show?” Roscolelli said.

Ghost Adventures, which premiered October 17, 2008, just recently concluded its ninth season on July 12th. No plans or announcements have been made on when, or even if, there will be a tenth season. Some believe the show may have been cancelled, hence the statements made by Goodwin.

“Sounds to me like the show isn’t being renewed and its time to tell all for the crew,” said super-fan Hannah Belew. “It’s too bad. The show was fun. I think everyone watching knew it was faked anyway. Even people like me who really believe in ghosts and spirits know you can’t just walk into an old building, turn on some stupid night-vision cameras, and start seeing things. It was just good entertainment.”

Representatives for The Travel Channel were not available for further comment.

Nick Groff Exits Ghost Adventures


Ghost Adventures Nick Groff

Nick Groff Exits Ghost Adventures

Twitter exploded when the Travel Channel posted a “good-bye” tweet thankingGhost Adventures (GAC) co-founder Nick Groff. Nick quickly sent out a follow-up tweet reaffirming the news that he had in fact left the insanely popular GAC show. As a true professional, Nick remained positive and respectful. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the other co-founder Zak Bagans.

Change is inevitable. Change moves at light speed in the reality television realm. Every TV show has a natural lifespan. And they differ. But in the end, all TV shows end. Realizing this, a savvy TV celebrity recreates and rebrands himself to remain relevant. Madonna comes to mind. She’s a pro at it. Zak Bagans did it by developing Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks, where he profiles some of the GAC’s more exciting investigations. Now it’s Nick’s turn.

Nick’s brainchild is Ghost Stalkers (GS), starring John E.L. Tenney and Chad Lindberg. John, the seasoned researcher, and Chad, the para-newbie, travel the U.S. in a Coachmen RV and investigate low-media profiled locations. Paranormal inventor David Rountree creates new instruments to assist in the investigations. Investigations cover 2 days with each taking a turn locked inside. John and Chad are incredibly likeable and sincere. GS has breathed a breath of fresh air into the paranormal reality TV biz. Last week GS ended its freshman season consisting of 6 episodes. Fans await news of a second season. Hint, hint Destination America.

The paranormal community took to twitter for comments from all affected. The GS base posted highly favorable comments and kept it positive. The GAC side was silent. Crickets could be heard from the lack of interest from Mr. Baggans, who focused on himself and the new season starting in January. Pressed for any comment, Mr. Bagans said:
many of you have been asking…Nick is no longer with Ghost Adventures. Right now Im focused on the new season premiering Jan 10th 2015
I’d also like to make an announcement……
I’m pleased to announce that season 10 returns January 10th with the most-anticipated episode ever… the BELL WITCH CAVE #GhostAdventures
and not to mention the next episode after BELL WITCH CAVE is the SALLIE HOUSE …oh yes, get ready!!!!

Well, this was disappointing…not unexpected…but very disappointing. Similar to the supposed rift between Jason Hawes and Amy Bruni from Ghost Hunters, this intentional diss from Bagans is abysmal to the paranormal community. Viewers do not care about the contractual obligations of paranormal reality TV people. Dishing on dirty laundry, however, diminishes the hard work others, TV and non-TV people alike, put into the field.

In short: Man up, Zak, and thank your “friend” and wish him well. Acknowledge his leaving in a professional manner. Set an example to your fans who follow ALL of you.

Update: Approximately 4 hours after the announcement and 15 minutes after posting this article, Mr. Bagans posted: I do wish Nick the best w his future while I continue to deliver GAC fans what they want. #GhostAdventures.


Ghost Adventures cast
One vital question that was not answered upon viewing the show was what caused the car accident? Numerous paranormal sites and personal blogs began to speculate on the causes: drinking, speeding, or drugs were rumored to be the cause. Over time, the blogs and content relating to the matter began to disappear from the Internet.
On the evening of June 21, 2012, Mr. Galka appeared on a paranormal radio program entitled DARKNESS AT THE EDGE OF TOWN, hosted by well-known figure within the paranormal community, Dave Schrader. Dave has personal and professional ties to the ghost hunting team featured on Ghost Adventures. Mr. Schrader has had team members from the show on his program; he also appeared on Ghost Adventures, receiving financial compensation. Additionally, he was a regular guest judge on PARANORMAL CHALLENGE, another program from the same production team behind Ghost Adventures. Mr. Galka was also a judge on the program.
More connections between Ghost Adventures, Schrader and Galka are apparent, as Jeff Belangeris the head writer and researcher on Ghost Adventures. Mr. Belanger is the founder of the popular paranormal website entitled GHOST VILLAGE. He is a prolific author and hosts the weekly cable/web talk show, 30 ODD MINUTES. As stated in his biography: http://www.jeffbelanger.com/bio.php “Jeff Belanger is the series writer and researcher for Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel.” Mr. Schrader has appeared on this show many times and provides a link to it on his show’s website. A further Belanger/Schrader association is that Belanger does a weekly segment on Schrader’s show.
Who decided that Gary Galka would do David Schrader’s show to address these issues? Why did Mr. Schrader not advise his listeners of the depth of the personal, professional and financial connections with all those who took part in the investigation?
We have received a copy of the police report compiled by the Granby Police Department. As a result of the events that took place the night of September 25, 2004, we are providing the entire written portion to our readers to allow them to determine that we are not altering any of the interviews, statements, and observations made by the investigating police officers.
This report brings into question statements by many connected to this case. Mr. Belanger and the Ghost Adventures production team have seen the report, along with the photographs featured on the episode that have come from the lengthier photographic portion of the report. (Out of respect and discretion, we will not be posting any photographs.)

To allow our readers the chance to hear the original broadcast we are providing the link to its podcast of the interview:


Here is the episode of Ghost Adventures:


When Mr. Schrader explains to the listeners why they are fans of Ghost Adventures, he states two reasons: the show is “fun to watch” and they are “friends”. He fails to cite the professional and financial ties to the program. He fails to cite how he appeared with Gary at past paranormal shows like Paranormal Challenge.

Mr. Schrader refers to those who question the cause of the accident as “the dark side of the paranormal”, “brutal”, and “nasty”. We have to wonder why? It is highly illogical that Mr. Schrader would not have seen or heard about the police report from someone at Ghost Adventurers. Is it likely that the producers are trying to hide it and misinformed Mr. Schrader? Is it possible that Mr. Galka has never seen the entire police report himself? Is he relying on what others have told him, which may not be the truth, of what occurred that night?

Mr. Schrader says it was speculation when they conjectured that she was intoxicated and/or on drugs when the accident occurred due to the severity of the damage done to the automobile.
Mr. Schrader further asks Gary to set the record straight.

Mr. Galka responds that people said:

“Melissa was drinking”

“On drugs”

“She was at a birthday party with some friends and parents”

“He had established a curfew of 12:30 AM and she was rushing home to meet that curfew”

“It is not unusual for cars to encounter wildlife on the road she was traveling on”

“She was driving between 50 to 60 MPH”

Mr. Schrader states that she was not under “any” influence and the reason the car looks that way is due to her being cut out of the car. In the background, you hear Gary say: “Yeah. Yeah.”

Gary states that when he arrived she was sitting upright in the seat with her legs pinned to the floor and bearing no signs of external injuries.

Some of the above statements appear not to match sections that can be discovered by reading the following police report.
It is reasonable to ascertain that Mr. Galka wishes to protect the reputation of his child and her memory. Since going public with his case and the presentation of the accident, they never interviewed one police officer, all of which are still with the department, or residing in the vicinity.


Ghost Adventures' Clashes With Paranormal Researchers Over Unexplained Phenomena (VIDEO)


Ghost Adventures," the popular Travel Channel paranormal reality show involving three Ed Hardy-clad ghost hunters, is being haunted by allegations the show plays loose with the facts and emphasizes showmanship over hardcore research.

And, yes, paranormal experts claim that they employ science and scholarly research in their investigations of unexplained phenomena.

The accusations come from Bonnie Vent, a self-proclaimed "spirit advocate" in San Diego, who claims shows like "Ghost Adventures," "Ghost Hunters" and "Fact Or Fake" sensationalize the supernatural in order to scare up ratings.

"Due to the format they have to be augmented to make them more interesting," she told HuffPost Weird News, adding that "lockdowns," where "Ghost Adventures" stars Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin get locked inside a faciliity at midnight in order to investigate, "are good television but not necessary."

This doesn't set well with Vent, who claims that, as a "spirit advocate," it's her job to help dead celebs like Michael Jackson, George Carlin and "Crocodile Hunter" star Steve Irwin by delivering messages to their loved ones from beyond the grave.

She says that the crew behind "Ghost Adventures" doesn't research the places being investigated as thoroughly as they claim to. Recently, she says, she discovered that firsthand, when the crew came to her hometown to investigate the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant, a reportedly haunted San Diego hot spot for paranormal activity.

While in town, Bagans, Groff and Goodwin did an interview with HuffPost Weird News in which they discussed the pending investigation of the Cosmopolitan.


The investigation will air sometime during the show's fifth season, which premieres Sept. 23. During the interview, Bagans and Groff said one anecdote they discovered during their research led them to believe the hotel was haunted by Native American spirits.

"There is a certain energy that is trapped in this location and one lady was partially possessed, I guess, and started doing an Indian ritual dance," Groff said.

"Yes," Bagans adds. "This lady went downstairs to one of the other rooms we're going to be investigating and she started doing this Indian dance."

Vent says she knows that story is inaccurate because she is the woman who did the dance.

"In no way was I possessed," she insisted on her website. "The dance was an old fashioned Mexican Tarantella, not an Indian ritual dance. I did get into the flow of the energy in the Wine Room which is located in the original Bandini house and I did perform a dance that I had no knowledge of for several minutes."

Another bit of research that Vent says was incorrect was the "Ghost Adventures" cast's claim that the room in which the interview took place was where Juan Lorenzo Bandini, a San Diego pioneer who built the house in 1827, slept for many years.

That room was on the second floor of the building, which, it turns out, wasn't built until years after Bandini died.

In addition, hotel owner Joe Melluso -- who emphasizes he was thrilled to host the cast and crew -- says Bagans, Groff and Goodwin got a couple other big facts wrong.

During the interview with HuffPost Weird News, Bagans mentioned that a Spanish-speaking guitar player named Carlos had told him that Bandini murdered his wife and buried her where the restaurant is now.

In the original story, hotel co-owner Catherine Miller said she was unaware of this allegation. Melluso said he spoke with Carlos after the story was printed and the guitar player said his words were misinterpreted.

"But, after hearing how he explained it, I can see how the confusion happened," Melluso said.

He also says the crew misinterpreted a wood headboard of a little girl and a mirror featuring a woman's face carved in wood as being Bandini family heirlooms.

"The faces don't represent anyone related to the Cosmopolitan's original owners," he said.

Melluso and Vent say they want to correct the record to avoid fueling urban legends. They also don't want to offend the descendants of the Bandini family, who weren't too happy to hear allegations of murder.
"As you can see with my situation they do not have time or money to do their homework," Vent said, adding that "Ghost Adventures" isn't any different in that regard from other similar shows.
"Most [of these] shows reflect the same stuff," she said. "These television shows play over and over again. This stuff becomes legends that just won't go away."
However, Vent's insistence on accuracy may be more personal than just a crusade to correct the facts.
She admits she was actually the person who initially contacted "Ghost Adventures" to let them know about the Cosmopolitan's ghostly reputation.
"[Ghost Adventures] screwed me pretty badly but I am trying to stay positive," she said. "I pitched them to come to San Diego in the first place. They came, froze me out, and altered my experiences. The idea was to do with them the same type of communication as you see in the Cosmo videos. Once they locked in the venue, they quit responding."
When HuffPost Weird News contacted "Ghost Adventures" executive producer Daniel A. Schwartz about the inaccuracies, he apologized to the hotel on behalf of the show and said any errors or inaccuracies will be corrected before the episode airs later this season.
"We, too, are confirming facts and information to guarantee the episode is accurate," he said in an emailed statement. "We appreciate this having been brought to our attention as we always strive for accuracy in our programming. These observations will help to inform our fact checking process."
Vent is happy they are willing to correct inaccuracies, but says the nature of TV is why she and other paranormal investigators are skeptical about shows like "Ghost Adventures." Yet while she claims the show "augments" the truth, that was not the experience of researcher Jeff Dwyer, who recently did an investigation on the Winchester House in San Jose with the cast.
"I was impressed by how meticulous they were, especially Zak Bagans," he said. "They kept going over things to make sure they got them right."
But paranormal skeptic Bryan Bonner of the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Society says none of the ghost shows on TV are going to let facts get in the way of a good story.
"A while back, the TV show 'Ghost Hunters' came to look at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, and made the claim that the supposedly haunted activity was caused by the existence of certain types of minerals," Bonner said.
"We had the government analyze the hotel site and, based on their findings, issued a reportdeclaring that the minerals they claimed were there and causing the paranormal activity were, in fact, not there at all."
When Bonner heard the "Ghost Adventures" staff was investigating the hotel, he and his team sent the report to producers. However, despite having this evidence on hand, he says "they made the same claim about the minerals on their show. Minerals that weren't there."
Bonner says that while the claims have been disproven, the Stanley Hotel owners don't want that becoming public knowledge.
"We've been asked not to spread rumors that the minerals aren't there," he said. "The hotel was doing badly until it appeared on these shows. Now it's packed with amateur ghost hunters 24 hours a day."














Ghost Adventures  used to be a show of which the least people expected any skepsis regarding their credibility. They're scientific, skeptical, non-believers in spirituality and esotericbeliefs and aim for debunkage. They used to give the ones interested in the paranormal a kind of family-feeling but with the recent airing of Ghost Hunters Live 2008 Halloween show their fraudulent deeds have surfaced as some people kept 'close-taps' with some of the controversial footage that was aired. Additionally they did some fatal timing mistakes which you will see too.
It would probably surprise many, and some will deny but now it shows that not only Most Haunted Yvette & co. are roughless and heartless, TAPS are the same category.
link http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=oiwVzmxLEGk

sweet Kris Williams? No, she ain't what she pretends to be either.

snakes of the false-light.

Hello all... I am new to these forums but would like to get a good and serious discussion going about last nights show. I am somewhat of a skeptic, I dont trust anything I don't experience for myself. Here is my take on Ghost Adventures....




1: It's a TV Show! - Always remember, this is entertainment 1st. To claim any of this is 100% fact would be silly to say the least. None of us know these people. If it had you scared at the end, then they did their job.




2: Orbs - This deserves no comments really. Orbs have been debunked since video became a tool. Anyone with even a basic knowledge of photography knows that a video camera or still camera tries to make sense out of chaos, IE: if its dark, the Camera will try to make something out of nothing, happens all the time. 99.9% of all orbs are dust particles, bugs or mist caught in this chaos or reflecting at the perfect time.




3: The Figure - This follows in the Camera trying to make sense of a dark shot... The Camera is pointed down the hall.... When its not zoomed in, you see a shadow in the corner... As the camera Zooms in the shadow seems to move and go around the corner. This is the Camera correcting the lighting situation as it zooms in and gets the correct images. This stuff is really 101.

4: The Lady - Heh... Please.

5: The great brick! - This was their claim to fame and it was fun to watch. Lets be honest though.... Ask yourself these questions...

A: Was it really a brick? How do we know for sure?

B: Why didn't they go back and investigate the seen? If I was a real Paranormal investigator, that would be the 1st thing I would do!! This would be absolute proof.

C: Notice how they got the perfect shot? It just happens the light of the Camera picks up the brick at exactly the right time to see it. He also just hangs around long enough to see the wood fall. In a court of law this wouldn't even make it into the court room as evidence.

Although paranormal investigation has been popular for quite some time in documentary television specials, it has only in recent years been popping up more and more in the regular series category. Hits such as the Travel Channel's "Most Haunted" and SciFi's "Ghost Hunters" have served to put ghost hunting on the map as a legitimate sub-category of the now-commonplace reality genre. Becuase this development is so recent, and because more and more of these shows are popping up, it will probably be a while before the cream of the field rises to the top. When it does, I have a feeling that the Travel Channel's latest addition, "Ghost Adventures," will sink like a stone.
"Ghost Adventures" premiered on Friday, October 17. The show centers around host Zak Bagans and his team, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin. For their inaugural hunt, the boys set their sights on Bobby Mackey' Music World, an infamous country music nightclub that became widely known for its music and star connections and stayed widely known for its paranormal activity. The stories connected with the location provided some of the most interesting parts of the episode, but even these could not stand up to the over-the-top theatrics of the host and crew.
Any fans of SciFi's "Ghost Hunters" who happened to be watching saw absolutely nothing new. Bagans and his team followed the established formula to the letter, including the after-dark night vision exploration. The antics they engaged in the whole time gave the sense that they were trying too hard to compensate for their lack or originality. More than once, the team made huge deals of things that they could not share with the viewers, including numerous inconclusive voice recordings. The episode hit a climactic point when Bagans was "attacked" by a spirit, lifting his shirt to reveal "fresh" scratch marks on his back. All things considered, it was more laughable than it was scary.
Bagans, himself, was quite possibly the most irratating component of the entire show. He may have been pretty to look at, but he completely lacked charisma, often speaking and carrying himself like a bad actor in an independent slasher movie. He sounded more like a self-inflated drunken frat boy challenging an adversary than a paranormal investigator. Furthermore, he made it a point early on to repeat the most ridiculous and outlandish stories about the location (including a supposed "gateway to Hell") until they dissolved into utter silliness.
I'm a big fan of paranormal-themed shows and I do believe in the existence of ghosts. I really did try to like this show, but in the end, my interest in the paranormal couldn't stand up to the mockery that was made of it by Bagans and his buddies. Still, the location and the stories about it were very interesting and even a bit chilling, so it wasn't a total loss.
The next episode of "Ghost Adventures" airs Friday, October 25 on the Travel Channel. Check your local listings for time slots. Watch if you dare. There will no doubt be plenty of cringing, but not from fright.


  or maybe they weren't "haunted" lol!

“Is Ghost Hunters TV show a fake?” “Are the Ghost Hunters fake?” “Did TAPS fake their Halloween 2008 show?”

The emails have been pouring in, asking questions like these.  I was going to ignore them, but the emails continue to flood my in-box.


I’ve looked at the Ghost Hunters TV show footage on YouTube and studied it frame-by-frame.  I also listened closely to the audio, where a voice clearly says, “You’re not supposed to be here.”


Here’s my analysis.


“YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE”


That voice is alarmingly clear.  During my own ghost hunts, I’ve never heard anything that audibly crisp or like someone was right there, saying it.


Then again, I rarely hear things audibly when I’m conducting research.  I rarely capture any EVP, either.  Audio is not one of my stronger areas.


However, Jason and Grant have documented increasingly clear EVPs during their research.


In my experience, this seems to be a skill — perhaps related to rapport with the spirits — and most ghost researchers improve as they investigate a variety of sites.


So, while this was a very unusual and audible voice, I think it’s possible in a profoundly haunted setting… and that’s what they chose for their Halloween 2008 show.


Also, at Jason’s MySpace blog, he points out that the voice was so clear, he asked if someone had said anything.  (If anything irks me about Jason, it’s that he tends to be aggressively skeptical.  This show was no exception.)


Likewise, it looked to me as if Grant was asking the producers if they were in the wrong location… if they weren’t actually supposed to be where they were at that moment.


So, I don’t think that Jason, Grant or the TAPS team faked the voice.  I also trust the integrity of the SciFi channel.


There are other, natural explanations, but I don’t think that Jason, Grant or the SciFi channel set this up.


GRANT’S JACKET PULLED


The second controversial moment was the tug on Grant’s jacket… if it was that.


If you watch the video, frame by frame, you’ll see that the collar moves oddly just before Grant stumbles backwards.


However, the fishing line explanation doesn’t work.  We might see the line highlighted by the cameras, or a shadow on the wall when the cameras moved in.  It’s possible to do that on a recorded show.


However, on a live show, the production company couldn’t take that chance.


Here’s a bigger problem with the fishing line explanation: Grant’s jacket was open at the neck.  If line had pulled on his jacket enough to throw him off balance, it would have jerked the neck opening of the jacket as it pulled him backwards, slightly choking him.


In my opinion, Grant perceived it as just his jacket, but he was actually forced backwards by something else.  The only visual manifestation — besides Grant stumbling — was the movement at the collar a split second before he stepped backwards.


I can’t explain what happened.  I have no idea, and can’t even guess.


Strange things occur in haunted places.  That’s one reason we keep investigating them: We’re looking for explanations, but we often leave with more (and new) questions than answers.


The jacket tug baffles me.


NOT ENOUGH REACTION?


Several people have claimed that Grant’s body language, tone of voice, or other cues “give away” that he was faking the whole thing.


That’s not very good evidence of a hoax.


Anyone who has been on real ghost hunts knows that we get used to odd things happening. The “usual” anomalies stop surprising us after awhile. (This may be another reason why the manifestations become increasingly dramatic around experienced ghost hunters.)


But, if you’ve been with me on ghost hunts that turn dramatic — for example, with doors slamming repeatedly, or windows opening and closing on their own — you’ve seen me sigh and mutter, “I wish they wouldn’t do that.  It’s really annoying.”


Things that scare other people don’t even surprise experienced ghost hunters, after we’ve encountered the phenomena enough times.


So, it’s a mistake to judge the authenticity of phenomena because an experienced ghost hunter doesn’t seem startled enough.


We just don’t startle as easily as someone with less ghost hunting experience.


Grant’s reaction (or lack of it) doesn’t prove anything.


A MATTER OF INTEGRITY


Jason and Grant are good friends.  I see them at least once a year and we’ve chatted over breakfasts, lunches, dinners and at parties.  We exchange emails when something is of mutual concern.


Grant is one of the most honest people I’ve ever met.  He’s a really clean-living guy.  Grant looks you straight in the eye when he talks with you.   He seems to leave parties even earlier in the evening than I do… and that’s saying a lot.  (I leave before things get even mildly wild.  Unlike many ghost hunters, I’m a morning person… but I also live a fairly tame lifestyle and never drink liquor.)


I know both Grant and his wife, and neither of them would make make things up.  They’re squeaky-clean, and I’d trust Grant (or his wife) completely in any context.


I like Jason, but sometimes he seems like an almost incorrigible skeptic.  If anything, he’s likely to trivialize evidence that the rest of us point to as proof of a haunting.  So, it seems absurd to think that he’d be part of a hoax. That’d be completely out of character.


Sure, Jason has a very dry wit, but he would never compromise his own integrity as a ghost hunter, the integrity of the TAPS team, or the Ghost Hunters TV show.  That’s not his style.  If you’ve met him in real life or listened to him talk at any conference, you know that he’s rock-solid honest.


At this point, I would hope that Jason and Grant have earned enough money that they could retire tomorrow, if they wanted to.


If the show’s production company said, “We want you to fake this,” Jay and Grant would reply, “We’d quit rather than do that.”


And, they would.


They have no reason to compromise their integrity.  None whatsoever.


DID IT HAPPEN?


It’s true.  Some very odd things seemed to happen during the Ghost Hunters TV show on Halloween 2008.


Could they have been faked?


Yes, the voice might have come from a very well hidden microphone.  But — if that voice was part of a hoax — I’m confident that Jason, Grant and the SciFi channel weren’t aware of it.


I wasn’t there to know what direction the voice came from, and what it was like, except for what we saw on the Ghost Hunters TV show… and frankly, that’s not enough information for me to judge.


I’ve said it often: It’s a mistake to judge what is (and isn’t) a real haunting, a real ghost photo or real EVP  unless you were there.


The incident with Grant’s jacket is another issue altogether.  It couldn’t have been faked without Grant’s knowledge, and there’s zero chance he’d be part of a hoax.


All in all, I trust Jason and Grant.  They say that they didn’t fake anything on the show, and I believe them.


But, I’m also aware that many people like a “good scare” on Halloween, and — starting the very next morning — they want to assure themselves that the whole thing wasn’t real, and scary things don’t wait for them in the darkness.


I think they’re the loudest detractors of the Halloween 2008 Ghost Hunters TV show.


Personally, I’ll keep watching the show and enjoy it tremendously.


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July 2009 update:

This article may soon close for comments. Much of the rhetoric has degenerated to name-calling, petty accusations, and a few statements that could not be approved because they border on libel and defamation of character.


I try to keep this as an open forum, whether or not I agree with you. Well-considered arguments can help us find a common ground, and a direction to move towards as intelligent and enquiring members of the ghost hunting community .


If you have something constructive and helpful to contribute to the conversation, I’ll happily approve your comment so that it appears here. If you have documented accusations that would meet legal standards, I can approve those, as well.


However, I will not approve future comments that suggest stupidity or duplicity among my readers… on either side of the argument.


We may have to agree to disagree on the subject of the “Ghost Hunters” TV series.


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August 2009 update


Thanks for the many comments, both positive and negative.  As I announced in July, I’ve closed this thread to additional comments.


I’ve set the software accordingly, and apologize if any comments were deleted in this process.  (I see that at least one of mine vanished, so be assured that it’s nothing personal.)


Short of putting everyone involved on a lie detector with witnesses with unquestionable integrity  (if there is such a thing), I’m not sure that this question will ever be answered.  While I respect the opinions of those who’ve disagreed, I still maintain my faith in the personal integrity of Jason and Grant.


If it were fake, there would be more phenomena purely for the entertainment value, unfortunately, they try very hard to get something concrete and they debunk many of their own theories. Of the people they contact who are experienced and in the field of paranormal investigations, the GAC enlist their technology and expertise for other opinions. 

In one episode, one such "experienced" paranormal investigator plainly "threw" an EMF meter about 20 feet ahead of him. He later claimed that it was knocked out of his hand, but Nick Groff had a night vision camera trained on him during this event. The GAC watched it and clearly stated that he was invited as a another helpful source and that they see no paranormal evidence at all to support his claim. 

The GAC were feeling a little embarassed for having involved such a fraud in their honest investigtions, but they explained why they give each person the benefit of the doubt. In any case, Zak Bagans mentions often that the devices they use might bring about strange effects and artifacts, but the psychological and emotional sensations of being in the proximity of an unknown prescense is a far greater indicator than that of any kind of technology. However, they have had some scary audio recordings and unusual video footage which cannot be explained by anyone. 

I'm a skeptic and I've had experiences which I've either debunked, made a scientific justification for or simply refused to believe, but I truly believe that Zak, Nick and Aaron are trying very hard to prove something exists beyond our perception of life and death. I just find them a little more fun than T.A.P.S. because they are more daring.



A few folks have mentioned they wanted me to review a two-hour documentary called "Ghost Adventures".  I saw it when it first aired and there did appear to be a couple of pieces of compelling evidence in there. It's basically 3 guys (later only 2) that take their own cameras, no camera crew or sound guys, and go to reportedly haunted places.  I liked their style and concept, and I really liked some of their evidence — at first.  Now I'm not entirely sure, but let's go through the best of it and you guys can watch for yourselves and decide.

Off the top of my head, there was video of some unexplained mist entering a 2nd floor hotel room from the hallway; also what appeared to be a very clear (but nearly transparent) outline of a man walking across a room past an exterior light; and finally in the basement of a supposedly haunted building there was a very blair witch moment when they turned a corner and (instead of seeing someone standing against the wall and being knocked unconscious) they see a brick fly up from a pile of debris as if thrown.


Certainly the evidence seemed compelling, but my first concern was when their "expert" reviewed some of the video footage and insisted that it absolutely could not have been faked because there would be telltale signs in the source material.  I agree that might be the case if he was looking at the original, but if it was edited on a computer and then recorded down onto the cassette he reviewed I'm fairly certain there would be no such evidence of tampering.


Also, the brick moment just seemed a bit contrived to me and right before it happens it seems like the one guy is heading straight for that room, which is down the hall and to the left, without explanation.  Previouslly they were wandering so it seemed odd to me why he suddenly wanted to go into that specific room down the hall.


Also, there was a verbal exchange between the two documentarians right then that seemed suspicious to me.   One of them says, "This is the room."  The other one quickly responds, "What room?" and the response is something like, "…that you were talking about" — What's that about? Why would they be talking about this room?


To me that seemed almost like a slip-up, sort of like "We're stumbling around in the dark here, where are we going now? Oh! I see… this is the room where we rigged up the brick… oops!"


Now, I'm not saying that's what happened, but I am saying that it's a possibility and I probably wouldn't even have mentioned the possibility of a hoax (because ultimately, in the back of our minds we know it's always a possibility — we just hope it's not probable) except that the comment does strike me as particularly out of place and the entire scene (I think one guy actually runs away from the other one and is found several minutes later cowering in a corner) really does have a contrived, Blair Witch vibe to it that makes me less inclined to believe it's a real documentary and more inclined to suspect some staging and scripting was going on.


But that's just me. I know a lot of people found it to be credible and compelling so feel free to make your own case for or against their evidence, I'm certainly not making any concrete conclusions.



Of all the fake ghost hunting shows, Ghost Adventures probably qualifies as the most annoying. 
Hosted by the ever-preening Zak Bagans, a film school graduate with a penchant for horridly overwrought prose like "When darkness falls, we chase the darkness." He must write the stuff himself because he delivers each painful line as though he is reading from scripture. 
2e4et83Zak is also one of the world's worst actors, which is a shame since he does a lot of acting in each show. He approaches each case with an absurd tough guy act, constantly challenging ghosts: "Bring it on." Zak loves to gesture, pro wrestling-style, putting his hands right into our faces when he is trying to make a worthless point. It all comes across as trying just a little bit too hard. 
Zak often interviews people who have claim some experience on the site. His outrageously leading questions sometimes make even the interviewees squirm. Of course, like all the other shows, the events described as occurring on the sites vastly outstrip what the ghost hunters actually find. We hear of full body apparitions, glowing eyes, spectral faces, etc., etc. But never, never is anything like that ever actually found by Zak or his team. Sometimes the best he can manage is to feel cold spots, or spectral touches. These allow him to really stretch out his acting skills, to great comedic effect. He also often presents the standard lame EVP's, dubious door slams, and unclear images.
Like many of the shows, recreated images and sounds are mixed in with the "real" stuff, making it impossible to determine what is being presented as "evidence". We can see the heavy ham hands of the producers as they try to wring out the maximum oooga booga for their indiscriminate audience.
Ghost Adventures also uses tons of dubious gadgets (see my Bag of Tricks article for some examples). Since none of the little electronic boxes are documented or explained, I view all of them with great suspicion. As I documented, one of their gadgets was just a cheap flashlight.
Some questionable stuff from a recent show, set at an abandoned prison:
• Batteries were drained "instantly" from the wireless mics but NEVER from the cameras (then there would be nothing for the show!). There was some priceless overacting "What? What?...I just put new batteries in 5 minutes ago!"
• The crew claimed then claimed that the audio for the on-board camera mics went out, too. It's hard to prove that they are lying but I would be willing to bet that they simply turned down the input for the drama. It is too convenient that the video never went out. The whole incident had all the earmarks of  prearranged corny dramatic stunt. 
• A supposed mist was shown behind Zak that was obviously just a reflection in the low quality night vision image.
Ghost Adventures is an example of lowest common denominator TV, cheap, dumb and patently false. The silly host makes this one particularly loathsome.

So what do you think? Any Comments?