Paranormal

Ghost Adventures – Hotel Metlen – S13E07

imageFor this episode we’re off to investigate the Hotel Metlen in Dillon, Montana, an Old West hotel built in 1897. As Philly introduces the hotel, she claims there has been all sorts of paranormal events. She says she saw a shadow figure while laying carpet. The incident scared her so badly, she cut herself in the thigh. Based on that, carpet accidents are now the work of the paranormal.

Additionally, when her mother passed away, she asked for a sign. It came in the form of a glass that fell off the bar counter. Amanda, a former employee, says she saw a woman in a white dress. Bailey, the bar manager, says a dark cloud came over him one night and he lost track of time in a full bar. Zak attributes this lost time to possession.

Philly takes Zak and Aaron around the place and shows off coins she found in the wall while doing renovations. The coins are from the 1900s and while looking them over, they claim to get sounds from where Philly found them. There are other items like spurs, left behind from visitors long since jones.

Also, the third floor of the hotel has been sealed for 30 years. Philly says she is scared of the space and won’t go up there. But without much hesitation, she’ll let Zak investigate it.

As the investigation gets underway, they hear a loud bang from the third floor and a scream that sounds like a dog bark. We also have the sound of the ceiling coming down and the words, "great nana" on the Ovilus. Zak feels he captures a shadow figure on the thermal camera. To prove the existence of this entity, Zak asks the spirit world to confirm how old they are. When it answers 40, Zak is besides himself with joy, because that’s how old Aaron is. Not the age of the person asking the question, but someone in the room where they can make it fit.

As they contact the great beyond, they get reference to a closet. As they look around, they happen to find one, where they claim to hear boards moving. When old boards fall over in a disheveled closet, it’s proof of the paranormal.

Zak is taken to playing on people’s fear. To that end, he locks Aaron on the third floor. He wants to use that fear as bait. As Aaron waits alone, he gets, "taken" on spirit box followed by "want some", then "be gentle" and finally "you’re welcome". Zak believes they have caught paranormal sex on tape.

Later on, they bring out the Paranormal Puck 2, which they feel makes contact with Karen, a woman who might have killed herself in the bathtub. At the same time, Zak begins to feel drained and has a hard time standing up.

For the final experiment, they send Jay down to the basement without any light and an IR camera strapped to his chest. It’s only a matter of minutes before Jay is tangled in the debris and junk down there, crashing twice and toppling over into a terrible heap. At least Zak didn’t call his falling over in the dark the work of the paranormal.

Again, Zak feels there is a dark energy in the hotel, perhaps one that’s demonic. But what supports this idea? They capture the usual noises of an old building, see the usual orbs and make plenty of assumptions. But demonic forces? Further, how many women in white dresses are going to be seen in hotels associated with the West? This "sighting" has basically become cliche.

Despite the claim, there was no flying glasses. Bailey didn’t get captured in some time bubble, we saw no woman in white, no shadow figure fell out of the closet. There were some old boards, so that will have to be close enough.

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Ghost Adventures – Dorothea Puente Murder House – S13E05

imageAs Zak and the Ghost Adventures team make their rounds of California, they put in a stop at the boarding house of convicted serial killer, Dorothea Puente. She murdered 9 people and buried 7 of them in the yard. She drugged her tenants with poison in order to get their Social Security checks. Some of her victims may have been buried alive and one was dismembered.

When Zak arrives at the house, we are treated to a mannequin of Dorothea by the doorway, a strange rabbit guardian and plaques that claim the house is innocent of the crimes. There is no interview with the current owner, but his nephew and mother both come on camera for their 15 minutes of fame. Peggy, mother of the owner, claims she has seen visions of Dorothea wearing a yellow dress with splotches, giving an awkward smile. She has smelled death and blood. She even says something has pushed her down. When Zak pulls out the recorder to ask why she’s there and why Peggy, he claims to here "to die" and "you’re dead."

We next hear from John Cabrera, who lead the team that dug bodies from the yard. He shows Zak the room where the victims would have been prepared and notes on his last visit, the carpet was soaked with blood. Zak believes the floor has absorbed that energy of evil and it’s now residual in the house. Truth of the matter is, the smell would have seeped into the board, explaining the smell of death.

To get the investigation underway, Zak brings in psychics Michael and Marti Perry. Michaels feels as though he’s choking, after which, Jay joins in. Michael feels he is channeling a man who lived in the house and is stupefied to find the wall has been taken down as though his memory can’t comprehend the change. We learn from John the wall was taken out, so no shocking detail that nobody knew about. It would take 10 seconds of looking at crime scene photos, of which there are many, to note the change.

Meanwhile, Marti draws a picture of who she sees, which is of course Dorothea as confirmed by Peggy. They even superimpose Marti’s cartoon caricature and a picture of Dorothea, which isn’t even a close match. And while Zak makes a big deal about Michael and Marti being blindfolded, they haven’t exactly been a fount of never before known information.

The actual investigation kicks off with Zak and Billy in the house and Jay in the yard. Zak begins by saying he isn’t afraid, to which he gets the reply, "I don’t care." As they toy with the spirit box, they claim to get the words, "hear me?" as though someone is trying to get their attention.

However, as they get near the bedroom, Zak gets a stabbing pain in back, which is now a sign of the paranormal. Next, Zak lays on the bed and goes into a state as though he’s been drugged by Dorothea. Billy makes the offhand comment to put a pillow over Zak’s face, then claims he didn’t know why he said that. Zak plays the role of victim, Billy the poisoner. Zak even goes so far as to roll off the bed and collapse on the floor. That’s some fine method acting.

While out the in the yard, Jay gets responses on the Ovilus that lead him to believe there are actually 15 buried bodies. During the night, they get 6 more names on the device, which they conclude are the 6 lost victims.

After falling out of bed, Zak heads to the death room and feels something come up on him. In conjunction, he hears, "get out" on the recorder. When Aaron lays on the same bed, he hears noises and footsteps.

Finally, Zak gets the SLS camera to try and find Dorothea. Just as he suspected, she’s hiding, but now he’s nabbed her as proven by the stick figure on the screen. Zak then banishes her out of the house. He apparently wields this sort of power.

While some terrible things have happened at that house, the actual owner doesn’t seem to take it all too seriously. The front yard is almost mocking to the legacy of Dorothea. Additionally, we don’t see hide nor hair of the owner. Is he camera shy or he doesn’t want to perpetuate the myths of the house?

When all is said and done, the weak and frail Dorothea, didn’t make her presence felt in a discernible fashion and six random names on a staticky device is not conclusive of more bodies still left to be discovered on the property.

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Ghost Adventures – Reseda House of Evil – S13E04

imageFor the next adventure, we’re off to Reseda, where the owner makes a bold claim – someone has died in every room of the house, including the previous owner. Zak claims people are getting possessed and sexually abused by a dark, demonic spirit. Again, we’ve put the paranormal aside and stand firmly in the realm of the demonic. Zak is even convinced this is a life or death situation.

Devon, the current owner of the house, explains the multiple deaths due to drug overdose and suicide. Six people have taken their lives and Devon believes the house feeds on the darkness generated from the drug use.Zak readily agrees. It appears the previous owner, John, was one of the biggest drug dealers in the area.

Several residents claim to have seen a woman in distress, a phantom and a form of dark energy. This entity tries to sexually assault them during the night. One person claims the entity said the house was bad.

Zak brings in Patti Negri, who admits this is the only place she hasn’t been able to clear of dark energy. As Patti is discussing the house, Devon claims something is attached to him and won’t let go. An energy passed right through him.

As they get more information about the area, we hear of Indian burial grounds from Dr Gerald Fecht, who is writing about ghost of the San Fernando Valley. And because of the large earthquake that rocked the area, Billy checks the geo-magnetic readings.

Oddly, the numbers spike at 94 through 110, then drop down to nearly nothing. Is there a massive pocket of energy around that affects the people who stay there? Is this like a huge EMF reading and fear cage mentality? Are we sure Billy knows how to use that thing?

As the investigation gets underway, we have the familiar situation of Aaron feeling sick and dizzy. But within minutes, things get ugly as they turn on each other. Zak is acting paranoid, Aaron feels sick, Billy is on edge. Zak claims a dark mist and orbs of energy are causing it.

Next, Zak doesn’t want to enter a room and taunts Billy to do it. The jibes escalate and Billy lashes out verbally. Zak continually says they are being consumed by evil.

With tensions running high, they take a break and gather themselves. Then it’s back to record some responses to questions. They ask if the entity is making people kill themselves and get a response of "thank you." This is followed by the words, "he’s here" and "come in here." Zak believes these are referring to an evil spirit.

With all the events going on, Billy has a bad moment and breaks down. Something evil touched him and something bad is attached to Zak. Oddly, Zak is tight behind him, so Billy could have easily mistaken that.

They make their way to the bedroom and get a cold spot on the bed, a spot they think is moving and getting larger. Zak says there is an indentation and it’s ice cold. This might be John, the previous owner, still taking up residence in the bedroom.

Zak is firmly convinced the house is driving people mad and they almost lost their sanity while inside. However, let’s have a look at a couple things.

Devon says John suffered from paranoid schizophrenic and was on medication. However, John wasn’t diligent about taking his medication.

Additionally, if we believe Billy, there are high geo-magnetic readings around the house, which could explain some paranoia and seeing things.

Zak acting rude and bullying people is not a sign of the demonic, he does that all the time. To be blunt, it’s another round of dramatic dinner theater they’re putting on. Their evidence doesn’t capture anything otherworldly or demonic. Quite frankly, they worked themselves into a frenzy and already had it in their minds that demonic forces were out to get them.

The more plausible explanation for previous events is mental illness and drug addiction.

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Ghost Adventures – Palace Saloon – S13E03

palace-saloonWe’re off on another adventure in Arizona, this time to Prescott. Zak is no longer content with merely documenting evidence of the paranormal, he is now a self-proclaimed demon hunter. He’s been asked to visit the Palace Saloon, to help get rid of some extremely dark energy, the manifestation of which has presented itself in a falling mannequin and a falling plant. Pretty mild, but the employees claim the basement is bad. They also claim to have been pushed with one saying she was groped.

As they look at the history of this Wild West town, there are several news stories that record deaths at the saloon. We have the usual suicide, drunken brawl, and a story where a woman was trampled to death while a looked on.

In conjunction with the saloon, they look at a rental property that Deborah has. Bands that come and play in the area stay there. She claims she has experiences such as the covers moving over her and a table hitting her in the shin.

As they look around, Aaron says he feels a pain in his side. Zak reports there is a ball of light and they get a voice, “I forgot something”, when asked why the entity is there.

Back at the saloon, a patron having dinner, claims she was scratched on the neck. Previously, an investigator of the saloon says she was scratched and that something followed her home.

When the investigation starts, they ask Raymond, the manager, to go down to the basement. He’s already admitted to being afraid of the area, but armed with a camera, he decides to stay as long as he can. He soon feels dizzy and sick.

They have Ray leave the basement and head to the bar area. He offers to buy the spirits a drink if they’ll take a seat with him. Aaron once again is feeling dizzy and sick. During this, they hear footsteps. Zak tries to get someone to sit at the bar and take his silver dollar. The SLS camera picks up what Billy believes is a figure trying to take the coin.

Zak now feels it’s their turn to head to the basement, believing it to be a nest of evil. Zak believes he hears screaming. These are followed by several knocks.

Meanwhile, Jay is in the crawlspace of the saloon and basically gets himself stuck. However, the situation changes when Jay says something pulled him by the leg. When he finally gets free of the crawlspace, he’s stabbed in the back of the knee.

And with these events taking place, Zak claims that the saloon is the embodiment of evil.

Let us take a moment and have a look at the claims we have for this embodiment of evil. It has caused a plant and mannequin to fall over. It may have left some scratches and possibly pinched someone.

Zak’s nest of evil produced the sound of people walking. It’s a tourist attraction with wooden walkways, it’s really no surprise to hear footsteps. If you recall from quite a few episodes ago, they proved footsteps carried a great distance when they heard people walking dozens of feet away.

We also have a woman scratched while eating dinner. Are we really going to assume that was the work of evil? She didn’t just accidentally scratch herself and snag a few seconds of TV time?

I have no doubt there were deaths in the saloon, but it’s really hard to imagine a woman would be trampled to death while a crowd did nothing but watch. If it did happen, it’s the work of one man and the only spirit involved in that terrible act, was the one he consumed too much of.

Jay claims there was nothing near him when he’s stabbed in the knee, however, the room is filled with debris just inches away, right at knee level.

Jay being pulled in the crawlspace was interesting. What are we to make of that? Was he pulled? Did he slip? Did he push himself in a panic? And where is the light orb that Zak claims accompanies these events?

The havoc this dark energy has wrought is scratching two people and pinching another. I’m not sure that qualifies as the embodiment of evil.

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