Paranormal State – The Lurking Man – S05E09

Nancy is the homeowner who thinks she is being watched. She keeps waking up only to find herself surrounded by Native American spirits. Her daughters feel like they’re being watched too and they all see shadows and hear noises. The problem has gotten so bad that they’ve left the house and won’t spend the night there.

This episode is very confusing to me. It is very disjointed and a lot of the details seem to be missing. We get some details that the kids have been playing with the Ouija board which of course is a sure sign of a demonic presence in Ryan’s world. Then there is some mention of an occult book which just adds fuel to the fire. Couple this with some Native American tie that really hasn’t been properly researched and Ryan has all he needs to start talking about the demonic and how the land needs to be appeased.

They bring in a sketch artist so Nancy can describe the person she has seen. They somehow figure out this is a person who committed suicide (perhaps murdered) near the property and that he is lurking about. With no evidence to actually support this claim they spring into action by offering up some of their blessed medals and by performing a house cleansing. Even though Ryan is claiming that there is occult work going on – the Ouija and occult book – and that somehow Native American powers are at work, they put a couple medals in the house and all is well.

I guess I just didn’t follow this one.

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Ghost Adventures – Amargosa Opera House – S04E11

Zak and the team head out to Death Valley to investigate the Amargosa Opera House, an old borax mining town that has all but disappeared off the map. It was started in 1923, but now boasts 3 full time residents which isn’t surprising since it’s in the middle of nowhere. It’s an isolated spot so the town had to be self sufficient.

Like most towns of the period it was pretty rough and dangerous. There were plenty of fights and murders and working conditions were pretty bad. Not only was the borax toxic, but the heat would hit 130 and simply make life miserable. Not an easy way to make a living by any stretch.

As they’re doing the walkthrough the employees are very proud of “Spooky Hollow” which is the non-renovated section of the hotel. They claim murders and hangings took place in there. They also say they see shadows, apparitions, that people get touched and there is even a spirit they call Boss Man who was hung but still lurks around the place. They go so far as to say the more bravado you show the more likely you are to get groped. Good thing they brought Zak along!

In the hotel they claim to have multiple rooms with paranormal activity. There are claims of orbs, voices, children crying, and even that the spirits try to channel through the guests. Clearly, the owners and employees think there is a lot going on.

Before things get started, Zak takes a moment to point out that they’ve taped off the location and turned off all the power to the building so as to eliminate as much noise contamination as possible. I find this interesting. I guess I’m not the only one who’s been complaining about that.

As things get started, Zak is trying to bring out the spirit of the Boss Man, by using some provoking. At the same time Aaron is talking about making some repairs to the place and if the spirits want them to leave. Right at this time there is the sound of a rock falling and Aaron soils his pants! I mean he is literally jumping around trying to decide which way to run. Damn Aaron, calm down! It’s the wrecked part of the building, that sound could have been anything. Even still, with all the investigations he’s been on you would expect at some point he would stop acting like Scooby-Doo.

They continue their investigation by going into the supposedly haunted rooms. While there, they claim to get multiple EVPs. They also claim to get nauseous and that their energy is being drained. At one point Zak says he can’t move and feels frozen. Shortly after, he is sitting on the bed coughing up a storm and goes so far as to say it’s not his voice that’s actually coughing. That’s just an odd statement to make no matter how you look at it.

While sitting in the rooms they keep pressing for EVPs and claim to get all sorts of responses. Quite frankly none of the responses seem to make any sense in regards to what they’re asking. But they can get excited over them if they want to.

The big evidence of the episode is the image of a person Zak catches in the thermal imager. Everyone is beyond excited over this evidence, even the guys they take it to for analysis. Everyone claims that since Zak made the same motions and swept the imager over the same area and didn’t catch the figure again, it must be paranormal. To me, that just means whoever made the original reflection moved and didn’t get caught again. I don’t really think this was a big deal. It could be a neat thing, but how can you say that was anything more than just a heat reflection?

The guys, and the owners, firmly believe this place to be haunted by all sorts of things. But again, I’m not thinking they really captured that much. The figure in the thermal imager is about the best they came back with and that is hardly proof of anything. Maybe they did capture something, must they just took a picture of themselves. Maybe there is something to the activity, but when you take a step back this seems like a way to drum up some business for an out of the way hotel that has way too many vacancies.

I wouldn’t mind paying the place a visit, but I wouldn’t expect anything too dramatic to happen.

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Paranormal State – Ghosts of the Forgotten – S05E08

For this episode, Elfie wants to investigate the Lake County Poor House which house immigrants, the mentally ill and criminals. There are several claims of activity including one woman who says her chair was pulled out from underneath her by the spirits. There is even a claim that a hanging too place up in the attic.

Why Elfie wants to investigate the place is a bit of a mystery since she acts like she doesn’t want to be there. She doesn’t seem too interested in participating and certainly doesn’t want to be alone in the place. When she goes off to investigate the attic she can’t get out of there fast enough. We do learn however that Elfie has been absent from the show due to several tragic events in her own life. Both her father and brother have recently passed away. I’m surprised she came back at all even is she is more just hanging out on the sidelines, but Ryan’s condescending attitude toward her is just more than I can stand. He acts like she a holier than thou ass to her. He’s treating her like a little kid. I’m surprised she put up with it.

But the part of the show that really drove me nuts, was the Ganzfeld experiment. It’s time to tape some golf balls over our eyes and strap ourselves to a chair and call it science. This is just the dumbest experiment I’ve seen. When you give yourself sensory deprivation what do you think is going to happen? You will think all sorts of things are going on that aren’t real. Let’s hallucinate and call it the paranormal. This is a BS experiment. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it!

The only interesting part was Serge debunking a picture of a ghostly figure caught in the window. He believes it to be a trick of light (even though the guy who took the picture argues vehemently that it isn’t and even becomes defensive about it) and ends taking a similar photo using his flash.

However, that is about the only thing that happens on this investigation. They don’t seem to capture anything and Ryan spends all his time belittling Elfie. This was a real stinker of an episode and gives more support that Ryan can be a real asshole sometimes.

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Paranormal State – Paranormal Detour – S05E07

While apparently on break between cases, Ryan and team try an experiment to see if they can drive into some random town and find paranormal activity. An interesting idea, but not really all that remarkable. I think it would be hard to find a town that didn’t have some house or building or track of land that all the residents thought was haunted. Isn’t there always some creepy place everyone is afraid to go or they talk about in whispers?

Anyway, through crazy, random happenstance they end up at the Klondike Restaurant which has claims of the paranormal. The owners claim they hear their names being called, they see shadows, they hear whispering, glasses get broken, there are cold spots and someone in the laundry room keeps asking if they can help with the laundry. The owner and several of the employees have no doubt the place is haunted since the activity has been going on for years.

I’m not sure why, but Ryan brings in Lorraine Warren who immediately says the place has all manner of dark energy and feels confident a murder took place there. After only mere moments of being there she is convinced the place is off the charts bad. Right after that declaration Ryan begins to have a conniption about being touched all over his body. Even Lorraine thinks he’s acting crazy. There is nothing to substantiate all this touching and none of the people interviewed mentioned anything about it.

They have now turned things into a full fledged investigation and the team is going to work a shift at the restaurant and see what kind of experiences they can have. Katrina ends up feeling some odd things while doing laundry down in the basement and claims to hear someone sneeze even though she is down there alone. She also claims to hear footsteps when no one is around. Seems like she is the only one getting any activity. It should be noted that the washer and dryer are giving off huge amounts of electrical energy which could explain the odd feelings people have down there. And if the wiring is that bad down in the basement it’s probably pretty crappy throughout the rest of the building. Who knows what people are feeling with that kind of energy coursing through the place.

But in usual fashion Ryan starts running around yelling, “in the name of Jesus Christ…” which is not only annoying, but it doesn’t accomplish anything. It seems to be his fallback plan when nothing is going on. It builds dramatic tension.

I don’t believe they got any tangible evidence to support a single claim that the place is haunted. And they really don’t do anything while they’re there so why should the activity decrease? (as listed in the episode summary text) Further, it doesn’t seem like the owner is really bothered with the idea of the place being haunted. If anything, seems like that would be a good thing for business.

This episode was kind of flaky. It was an interesting idea but I’m not sure what the takeaway should be.

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