Ghost Mine

Ghost Mine – Town Wide Terror – S02E09

image In this episode we have quite a few things going on and multiple investigations across different locations. When we last left things, RIPA was having a seizure and almost kicked Jay off the platform. For the moment they ditch that idea until they can get RIPA back under control.

Work continues and as Jamol and Greybeard gather some ore samples, they hear that all too familiar phantom tinging of workers.

As Kristen plots out all the locations of the paranormal sightings she discovers they all form straight lines. Basically, the lines go from town up to the mine. With that in mind Patrick and Kirsten enlist the help of Ashton to help with a town wide investigation. What they discover is a strange glitch that starts in town and moves across every camera they have. It doesn’t stay in town either, that same "static" moves across every camera as it makes it’s way down the mine shaft.

Their investigation also yields some sort of shadow figure on the dredge and multiple loud bangs as Ashton is watching the monitors.

If working a single location isn’t enough, Stan takes Kristen to Arizona to investigate the Octave mine. It apparently has a paranormal past and many speak of the Blue Devil of Octave. Stan and Kristen head into the mine which looks like it’s ready to collapse and make friends with a snake. But while inside they hear the sound of rocks falling and the sound of miners working. The mine has been abandoned for years. They also find depictions of what we should assume is the Blue Devil. It’s a face with horns sketched into the mine tunnel walls. Perhaps those miners attributed the noises they heard to the Blue Devil.

Back at the Crescent, Patrick consults with a geologist about the surrounding area. Dennis lets them know there is a lot of quartz in the area and quartz very easily holds energy. It’s very easy to set in motion and to get a frequency out of it.

With all of this new evidence coming at them, they finally get RIPA fixed so they can check out the new mine shaft they’ve cleared. To their surprise there’s a bulkhead. Someone has sealed off yet another part of the mine.

Some very interesting things going on here. Is there really some entity moving through the length of town that causes the odd glitch on the camera? Is there something to all the quartz in the area and it’s ability to store energy that causes the paranormal events? Is this new mine someone related to the Crescent up in Oregon or did we just see the first couple scenes of the spin-off series?

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Ghost Mine – Supercharging the Supernatural – S02E08

image When we last left the miners things were heating up, quite literally. Jamol finally got to have his turn on the mucker and things turned to disaster. After all the other malfunctions of the equipment, this one catches on fire with Jamol still at the wheel. Dingus hauls him out of there while Mikey goes for help and a fire extinguisher. Luckily everything is brought back under control in mere moments and no one is hurt. They later discover the hydraulics caught fire and shot fluid onto the hot turbo. A plain mechanical failure, but the last in a series of about half a dozen for the day.

Kristen and Patrick return from their visit to the site where the Chinese miners where reported to have washed up from the river. When told of all the odd events, Patrick feels it might be to their advantage to give the entity all the energy it can handle. To that end he pulls a Tesla coil out of his pocket and sets it up in the mind. Seriously, where the hell did that thing come from? Was he just waiting for the right moment to spring it on the group?

Anyway, he fires it up inside the mine and the sparks begin to fly. It’s a beauty of a machine and Tesla would be proud. It releases 500,000 volts into the mineshaft so whatever is in there can "feed". In actuality, that sounds a little ominous and dangerous.

While the device is pulsing away, Kristen sees what she feels is a shadow figure on the monitors. It moves from one location to the other. There does appear to be some black blog on the screen so they turn off the device and head in for a look. The tunnels are silent but then ring out with what sounds like miners tools striking rock and metal. This is the same set of sounds that Duck and Greybeard heard previously. Again, there is some sort of tinging sound that makes you feel there are workers still in the mine. Additionally, there is a rumble that travels from one end of the mine to the other. It seems to pass right through Kristen and Patrick.

Kristen and Patrick show this evidence to the guys along with some footage they took while they were out by the river. They have thermal imagery of something moving across the screen. They also have a recording of something growling in the mine. Stan and Eddie both agree this is something they’ve heard before.

In trying to gather more evidence, Kristen gets a meeting with the Mayor of Sumpter. He explains that most people don’t want to talk about the Chinese immigrant and the Chinese influence because of how badly they were treated. Then goes right into yet another story of abuse, this one details 18 miners being chased into a cabin and the cabin set on fire. All 18 miners died in the fire. He also said it was common to take the Chinese miners, walk them into the mine and blow up the entrance so the owners wouldn’t have to pay them.

Armed with this new information, Patrick and Kristen head to the location where this cabin would have existed. During the night the ask questions in Cantonese and Kristen feels something is tugging at her back and leg. Is she making contact or is she feeling the touch of pine cones, leaves or pine needles?

Meanwhile, back in the mine, Mikey, Jamol and Dingus keep working on the raise and make their final blast to push things higher in search of gold. This exposes a new "shaft" that Jamol might fit into. He’s incredibly nervous and says it doesn’t feel right. So much so that he hears a growl and bails out.

In an attempt to see what’s in this space they bring in RIPA. Everything seems to be going well and they hoist the beast into position. But just as they do, it once again goes haywire and throws itself into motion. Patrick has no control as the thrashing device threatens to break it’s harness and cause harm to Jay who’s got it right next to him on a makeshift platform. So we have to ask, is RIPA under the influence of some force or was it just not quite ready to go back to work? Either way, they have another malfunction on their hands that could some serious injury.

Other than the fact that Patrick just happened to have a Tesla coil laying around, things are getting pretty weird in the mine.

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Ghost Mine – Massacre at Hell’s Canyon – S02E07

 image What a fascinating episode! While the "evidence" may be a little light, this episode was full of events that leave you wondering.

First of all, we have the mysterious fire from last week. It’s odd that the roads they’re using show as a bit muddy and wet, yet a fire breaks out. They of course have to abandon ship and head for town or else get cut off. That lull in the work schedule means they can spend time with family, but it also means they’re losing daylight as to finishing the work and collecting the gold.

And with that lull, Patrick and Kristen head down to Hell’s Canyon to the site of the Chinese massacre that look the lives of over 30 miners. It’s a bumpy boat ride, but they make camp to investigate the area and see if the can make some sort of contact. But you have to keep in mind, this place isn’t called Snake River for nothing.

What I think is awesome if that they’re finally asking questions in Cantonese. I had a feeling this was coming and it’s great to see Patrick working to make contact in their native language.

Meanwhile, with Patrick and Kristen gone, the miners experience a slew of mechanical problems. The generator malfunctions multiple times, the compressor won’t operate correctly, they’re all plunged into darkness, they’re falling behind in their work at a rapid pace. Further, when Duck and Greybeard are in the mine, Duck says he can hear someone working, and low and behold, if you listen carefully you can hear the ting and bang of what sounds like a hammer hitting metal and rock. Obviously that’s not an EVP so what’s making that noise?

Then we have two final major malfunctions. First, as Patrick and Kristen are investigating during the night they’re woken by the motion sensors Patrick put out. They don’t want some wild animal to spring up on them. Oddly, it’s not just one sensor going off, but all of them. It’s like they’re surrounded. And then, as though Patrick has been bitten by something, he becomes short of breath and looks like he’s going to pass out. Is this the work of an animal that may have bitten him or have they finally gotten a response? Either way, they’ll have to tough it out until the sun comes up and their guide comes back for them.

Next, we have an outlandish situation at the mine. Jamal finally gets his turn on the mucker and seems to be doing well. The team is making progress and looks like they might be on track. That is until the mucker actually catches fire inside the mine! With all the other malfunctions and all the other problems, things turn dangerous when the back of the rig bursts into flame with Jamal still in the driver’s seat. Dingus hauls him out of there and the two make a run for it. But where are they going to go?

Things have gone horribly wrong. Not only have the work team been split into two to try and make up lost ground, but Patrick and Kristen have split from the group and have a possibly medical issue on their hands. Now the equipment is catching fire putting the guys at serious risk.

Wow, things are out of hand! Knocks and bumps are one thing, but egad, this looks bad. So the obvious question, is this the work of the paranormal or a saboteur? I can dismiss a machine breaking down, that happens with that kind of use and those filthy conditions, but this much carnage comes across as something else. Either someone has vandalized the hell out of the their equipment while they were away during the fire or there is one pissed off set of spirits stopping them from getting the gold.

Vengeful spirits or jealous claim jumper? What do we have going on here? Things are getting kind of serious.

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Ghost Mine – Mystery Train – S02E06

This episode of Ghost Mine started off with the feeling that very little was going to happen, but things began to ratchet up and multiple pieces of potential evidence began to present themselves.

As Kristen and Patrick review some evidence they hear what they believe is a steam whistle. Fair enough, there is a steam train in town, but after checking it out, it wasn’t in operation or being tested on those nights. As luck would have it, they take Patrick and Kristen over to the next town so the train can have maintenance. Plus, I think they were happy to show it off for the cameras. But nevertheless, when checking out the old train cars that would have been in use in the original mining days they capture what appears to be a figure in one of the trains. Sure, it could be a hobo or just a worker, but he’s pretty nimble and is completely gone by the time Patrick and Kristen get over there. It certainly looked like a figure, sort of like Michael Meyers from Halloween, but then it was gone. You can’t completely rule it wasn’t just a normal person, but it was weird.

While heading back to Sumpter they have a door that keeps opening. They shut it, moments later is opens up again. Now, that would make for an eerie ride on a train in the dark, but let’s keep in mind this is a train, it’s rickety, it’s rocking back and forth, so an old door that won’t stay shut wouldn’t be completely out of the ordinary. It’s hard to agree that would paranormal given the environmental conditions.

Back in the mine, Mikey hears some odd noise while he and Bucket are working on the "raise". The air gets very cold and begins to stir in a place that shouldn’t have any air flow.

Another bit of evidence was actually captured by Ashton, Jay’s son. While having dinner at the Elkhorn saloon, a shadow figure appears to cross from one side of the room to the other. There is definitely a shadow moving, but could that have been from someone walking behind Ashton and just didn’t notice it? To that end, Patrick and Kristen set up an investigation of their own and have a couple of unusual things happen.

When asked if they can deliver a message, two pool cues fall to the ground. An odd coincidence. When asked for another sign they get two loud bangs. As they scan the area with the thermal they get a heat signature from a single chair as though someone has been sitting there. Additionally, the shadow detector goes off and when reviewing the full spectrum footage, there appears to be another shadow walking across the room.

So all totaled they have a couple of shadow figures, a few bangs and perhaps another figure out there on the trains. To ask the question, are they seeing the same figure following them around? It certainly seems odd there would a single shadow figure in all these different places. Or does this mean there is a slew of shadow figures roaming about out there? Is this much talked about trespasser real, a shadow figure or a trick on the eyes? Oddly, the security guard they hired quit.

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