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Haunted Towns – Fall River MA – Lizzie Borden House – S01E07

lizzie-borden-houseFor the next investigation of Haunted Towns, we’re off to the legendary Lizzie Borden house in Fall River, MA. This is the site of the grim unsolved murder that still makes Lizzie a household name to this day. Chris and his team want to try and speak with her to find out who really killed Andrew and Abby and if Lizzie was guilty or innocent.

The TWC team also claim people report hearing voices, footsteps, the smell of cigar smoke and shadow figures. They believe there might be a darker entity at work, because next door, Mr. Borden’s uncle had tragedies of his own. His wife tried to drown all her children in a well and ultimately slit her own throat with a straight razor.

Doogie and Chris meet with Danielle, a historian who shows them around the house and some photos of the crime scene. Porter and Brannon go see the sheriff and the jail where Lizzie was held while she awaited trial.

As they get down to the investigation, Chris and Porter go to Master Bedroom, while Doggie and Brannon go to the Sitting Room.

While discussing what they plan to do for the night, the flashlight on the bed turns on. Right after, Porter says he sees a shadow moving in the next room.

Doogie also claims to see a shadow while in the sitting room. This is after he asks the dark entity to make a light flicker. It’s interesting that he picks a light, versus asking for the standard knocks. I get the feeling the light was already flickering and Doogie decided to work it into his schtick.

With no activity going on, they head to the basement as a group. There they get "Lizzie", "Borden", "Hatchet", and "Ax". Or at least that’s their story as those words are utterly garbled and unintelligible from the box. Of course, those are all great words when talking about the murders.

For Day 2, they investigate the Central Congregational Church where Lizzie taught and attended services. Doogie and Brannon head to the Changing Room where Brannon asks for the entity to touch the meter, which naturally goes off. Also notice, there are several words on the dictionary device-"tone" "vet/yet" and "east", but nothing is said about them. This shows the device puts out random nonsense and doesn’t gauge anything.

Also with the EMF flash, there is a moan heard by Doogie. However, Brannon doesn’t act on it until Doogie says something, then he’s quick to add "I heard that too!" like he completely missed his cue. I’ve noted a couple of times that Doogie has to "cue" people to respond to something he hears.

And again notice the dictionary shows the words, "drunk", "witch" and "camera", but aren’t mentioned. The device is on camera, but at a distance. They are so quick to call out every word, it’s puzzling why they ignore this set. Other than the fact they don’t make any sense or help support their wild theory.

It’s not just Doggie and Brannon either. When we catch up with Chris and Porter, there are plenty of words on their screen too, but they have decided to ignore them. However, Porter will make a big deal about the words, "August" and "Devil" that they capture behind the stained glass crawlspace. And again, Porter says he sees a shadow figure down in the basement. He’s developing quite a habit of seeing shadow figures just off camera.

At the end of the investigation, Chris leans toward the land is tainted and contains a dark energy that affected the Borden house and the one next door. Doogie is of a similar mindset, that a dark entity lurks in the house and "possessed" Lizzie, causing her to act out.

It sounds like they’re saying Lizzie is innocent due to demonic forces… That’s certainly a new theory.

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Haunted Towns – Cape May New Jersey – S01E06

physick-estateThe Tennessee Wraith Chasers are off to the beach in Cape May, New Jersey to check out what they believe to be open portals brought about by the Spiritualism movement on the late 1840s. With all the death related to the war, people were quick and eager to use any means to contact their departed loved ones. Chris also believes the high level of quartz in the beach sand helps conduct the spirit energy.

Their main point of interest is the Physick Estate. It has been left empty for decades as people are driven off by voices and footsteps. Craig, a local historian and medium, says the energy of Dr. Physick, Emilie, Isabelle and Frances, still linger in the house.

As they start a baseline sweep, Doogie feels something cold around his head. He says he is already starting to feel the presence of the entities.

The investigation takes place across four main rooms. Chris and Doogie start off in Frances’ room where they get some knocks and Doogie once again feels something cold around him.

Porter and Brannon go to Dr. Physick’s room where Porter believes he sees a man with glasses in the mirror.

Chris and Doogie then head to Isabelle’s room where Chris believes he sees cold fingerprints on Doogie’s neck.

They gather together in Emilie’s room, who would have enjoyed the idea of a seance and talking to the other side. They get a few blips on the meter and Doggie’s faulty flashlight turns on.

Day 2 sees them at the Cape May Fish Market, where the owner, Paula, believes she caught an apparition on a security camera. As Doogie looks around upstairs, he says he sees someone poke it’s head around the corner. This is also where Paula keeps a doll she found in a closet from the building.

Porter and Brannon hang out in the booth where the apparition supposedly appeared. They believe they get the word, “Hair”, in reference to people saying something pulls their hair when sitting in that spot.

They go upstairs to use the doll to try and communicate with a child entity that lingers up there. They line the floor with flashlights to make a runway leading to the doll. They ask for lights to go out, which they do, and they feel the candle is blowing in the direction of the spirit.

When reviewing footage of the night, they have two poltergeist moments. The first is an orb flying around. The second is a painter’s pole falling over. This act of gravity is the sure sign of a ghostly presence.

At the end of the two days they have gathered the following evidence, which to them, puts Cape May as one of America’s haunted towns:

A candle flickering

Spots on Doogie’s neck

Something in the mirror which wasn’t captured

A meter beeping on a billiard table

Doogie feeling cold

A stick falling over

With such frightening occurrences, it’s amazing Cape May has anyone visit!

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Ghost Adventures – Hauntings of Vicksburg – Champion Hill Battlefield – Part 4

hill-of-deathFor the next installment of the Vicksburg grand tour, Zak and team visit the Champion Hill Battlefield where Grant and Pemberton squared off in 1863. Thousands of men lost their lives in savage fighting. The land is now in the hands on Sid Champion V, and Zak can feel the darkness and weeps for the land.

Zak uncovers three stories of pure evil. Al, a friend, saw a mist moving up the hill. Mike, another friend, felt something cold on his shoulder. Sid has the most frightening tale of them all and takes the crew to The Hill of Death, where evil came across as a wet blanket of emotion.

Those are the tales of evil? A mist, getting the cold shoulder and feeling some emotions? You think, “pure evil” would present itself in a guise of something a touch more sinister.

They start off the investigation by firing a Civil War cannon, which nearly makes Aaron soil his pants with excitement. From there, Bill Chappell sets up what is in essence a laser microphone. In the midst of a rain storm, Zak seems to do some “conjuring” when he commands the men to “Rise out of this ground”. They feel the beam is being broken and get the words, “I feel dead.” For once, I actually hear something in the static and it’s sounds a lot more like, “what’s up guys,” as though they tuned into a walkie talkie.

To try and cover more ground, Aaron and Billy head in one direction, while Zak and Jay head another. Zak and Jay mistakenly find Aaron and Billy on the thermal, then believe they’re being stalked by a light anomaly. The light appears and disappears as though it were flying behind the clouds. But, now that Zak has a prompt, it’s time for him to zone out like we’ve seen so many times before and comments about images of bodies in hell.

This is shortly followed by two gunshots. Zak believes these are coming from the soldiers since it’s illegal to shoot guns at night. Zak hasn’t been out in the woods after dark much has he?

After that scare, they regroup and go to the Hill of Death. Just for fun, Zak brings along an 8mm camera.

As Zak commands the entities to show themselves, they get a gust of wind from the storm. Further, they get the word, “Vicksburg” when asking what city they need to take.

Much excitement comes when a branch breaks in the dark. Despite misidentifying animals in the past, since they don’t see one, it must be paranormal.

Finally, they go to where Sid met evil and find a broken bone of some sort in the back of their buggy. Because they don’t know where it came from, it too must be paranormal. It couldn’t have been there and they didn’t see it. Nor could it have been kicked up with all the crap driving Zak was doing.

And so Zak concludes the area is soaked in paranormal energy and that they have tracked down evil.

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Ghost Adventures – Hauntings of Vicksburg – Spirits Under Siege – Part 3

ga-vicksburg-lodgeThe Tour of Vicksburg continues with Zak and team at two new locations. The first is a former Elk Lodge, supposedly the home to severe negative energy and site of an unsolved murder. The second is the Kuhn Memorial Hospital, which treated smallpox patients and Civil War soldiers.

Malcolm Carson own the Lodge and tells how he makes repairs, but the next time he shows up, his work is undone. Additionally, tools go missing so he keeps buying new ones. Most would say this is the work of vandals or shoddy workmanship, but to Zak, it’s the work of paranormal spirit energy.

The first thing to note about the Lodge is that it’s completely falling apart. There isn’t a straight line to be seen or a board that isn’t rotten. However, when Zak steps inside and something falls amidst all the visible debris, he claims something was thrown at him.

He also picks up and EVP that says, “Let me get out.” How he discerns those words is beyond me.

When Zak goes to visit the Kuhn Hospital, he comments the building is the face of evil. He follows this up with conversations from two paranormal investigators. John says he had an ordeal that drove him away from the hospital and this is first time he’s been back in 4 years. He doesn’t explain that incident other than saying something was watching him.

David says he was investigating when the spirit of Michael said he was going to kill one of their investigators. Nothing actually happened to any of them, but that is their story. When Zak speaks of Michael they hear a bang. They make a frantic charge up the stairs only to stop after a few steps. Additionally, Zak says he sees someone moving down the hall.

However, the bang and figures are revealed when Zak finds two construction workers loading a dumpster.

The actual investigation is broken into two parts. Zak, Bill Chappell, and Billy will investigate the Lodge with Aaron and Jay over at the Kuhn Hospital.

Bill Chappell has come out to create an EMF vortex so he can capture it with a variety of devices. This experiment creates a lot of EMF energy that they can all feel and react to. Bill admits the effect of that high of EMF is disorienting.

And then the big evidence of the night happens, a board falls over. Zak and Billy make a huge deal that a 4×4 board of that size couldn’t possibly fall over on it’s own, it’s just too heavy. How is something too heavy not to fall?

But, it’s not too heavy for Bill, who picks it up with one hand without any strain. Zak continues to expound on how profound this evidence is and how it’s proof of poltergeist activity since there is no visible way to explain why the board fell.

Over at the hospital, Jay and Aaron send themselves into a fit as they discover someone is walking around the hospital with them. They clearly capture a figure. So clear in fact, it’s obvious it’s another person. And their big discovery for the night is a pile of Ziplock bags of poo.

Another piece of evidence they capture is something climbing on the wall. A wayward animal climbing a wall wouldn’t be a stretch for this location.

With the investigation over, all the focus is on the board falling over. Zak says the board is so heavy you need to two hands to pick it up. He’s completely wrong as we saw Bill pick it up with one hand. Zak is utterly convinced that a board falling over is the work of spirit energy and will not accept any other explanation.

Zak is free to believe whatever he wants, but this is another example of his paranormal hypochondria. He should also look up the subject of gravity.

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