This seems like another one of those episodes where they’re making some huge leaps in logic and faith and coming up with some faulty conclusions based on their own prejudice. We have a family who are all claiming to have paranormal activity in the form of some little girl dressed in what could be described as an Easter dress who seems to be without eyes. There is also another more demonic figure with a terrible grin and skin that may fall off at any second. Each member of the family tells almost exactly the same story. (That alone makes me suspicious)
While researching the history we are sidetracked by a terrible story of a mother who tied her children to the bed while she was at work and then, as you might expect, the house catches on fire and the children perish. A grim story to be sure, but it’s discounted as having nothing to do with the current paranormal activity. (I have to wonder why they brought it up then)
In pops Lorraine Warren, who in typical fashion, feels doom and gloom in every room she walks into. She is saying there are problems with all aspects of the house, but says the problems center on the daughter Sarah. Let’s go interrogate her some more since everyone holds back on the first couple of interviews.
Funny thing is, the whole family, including Sarah herself admit that Sarah has been heavily involved in drugs, is a reckless and troubled teen who is lashing out because of her younger sister and stepdad. She’s feeling neglected. As you might also expect we have to work in the Satanic angle. But this time, Sarah didn’t actually practice any rituals or involve herself in anything, she was trying to be cool for a boy she liked who lived across the street and bought a Satanic Bible – online. Her involvement with the practices are no more than simply flipping through the pages. But of course in Ryan’s world that’s a Pandora’s Box and he believes it has opened a portal to the demonic. It amazes me that you can open some book related to the devil and he instantly appears, but if you open the bible, Jesus doesn’t stop by for tea.
Anyway, the team finds no evidence of the paranormal, but they do find out Sarah hasn’t been baptized. (Boy is this turning out to be the plot of a cheesy horror movie or what?) So Bob Bailey does a baptism and that is the end of that. There’s no sizzling as the Holy water touches her head, no vulgarities or spitting of pea soup. However, they do take one last shot at Sarah by ganging up on her and saying she needs to change her life. Ryan says she is being defeatist and because of that the demonic will win. That’s for being positive guys! That wasn’t condescending at all!
In the final credits we see that Sarah is going to church and to therapy. Funny how it takes some paranormal investigator to come in before this girl goes to counseling, which is pretty obviously needed. Seems to me this whole thing could have been avoided if she went to counseling at the same time she was taking drugs and trying to hook up with the Goth kid across the street. Where was the intervention at that stage?
Once again it seems like the "paranormal" is a cover for some severe emotional issues. Clearly this girl is distraught and has some abandonment and self-esteem issues. Not being able to cope with her actual problems the paranormal is brought into it. Now, the whole family shares these stories since they don’t want to deal with the real issue. Seriously, how long has this been going on for and they decide to do something about it now? Is getting rid of demonic forces easier to cope with than saying your daughter has problems?
Paranormal State is turning into Jerry Springer with each episode.
Other Articles of Interest:
- Paranormal State – S04E01 – Suicide Possession
- Haunted History – The Manson Murders – S01E01
- Paranormal State S04E07 – Satan’s Soldier
- Paranormal State – They Only Come Out at Night – S05E02
- A Haunting in Georgia
- Paranormal State comes to an end …
- True Blood – Season 1
- Amityville – The Haunting
- Paranormal State – Do Bad Things – S05E10
- Ghost Adventures – Ogden Possession – S15E02
GHI continues their adventures down under and checks out the Quarantine Station in Sydney Australia. In the early 1800s it was an entry point for Australia but those who were deemed too sick to continue on were held there and treated with some pretty harsh medicine. It was common for cases of plague, typhus, cholera, smallpox and Spanish influenza to run rampant, and many people died during their time there.
Robb and Joe start off the investigation in the shower block where "guests" would treated to a hot shower of caustic chemicals that would supposedly remove bacteria, lice and several layers of skin. I have to say the tough acting Joe is just laughable. I have no idea why he took this combative approach but he just isn’t pulling it off.
And what is the big paranormal activity in this place? A rattling door handle. That they hear once. And Joe claims he hears "Hey". Yeah, that "hey" doesn’t come through well on the recorder if you ask me.
Barry and Dustin are in the hospital area with the 360-mic where Barry says he hears voices in the headphones. Barry keeps saying they need to come closer, so while he might be hearing something it’s not showing up.
Next up are Brandy and Ashley in the basement where Brandy feels a chill in her hands and up her side. Ashley feels Brandy’s hands to confirm one is colder than the other. Too bad no one actually had a temperature gauge at this point.
The big moments of the show come with Paul in the morgue. There’s always much anticipation when someone lays down on a morgue slab and asks for a sign. Paul claims to hear footsteps and shuffling while he’s down there. And then gets all excited when he feels a massive temperature drop. Too bad none of this evidence is actually captured.
Finally, the team claims to have captured some really interesting photographic evidence. I don’t see a damn thing in this photograph they show of the outside where there is supposed to be an outline of the little boy. And the thing that really irks me is that they show the photo, add their outline, then right at the instant they take the outline away they cut away to a shot of the client so you can’t compare the outline with the actual photo. I call foul! They did the same thing the other episode where they "say" the meter is moving rather than showing it. They keep cutting away rather than showing what is going on.
Even with this rather limited (or none for that matter) evidence they claim the place is haunted. I just don’t get it. Where is the proof? A door rattling is not evidence. Cold fingers are not evidence. Are you really going to call these completely common place occurrences evidence of the paranormal? While Paul had quite the time in the morgue without anything to support what he felt it’s nothing more than his mind playing tricks on him. The personal experiences are neat, but they don’t mean anything without proof and once again there isn’t any.
Not impressive at all.
Other Articles of Interest:
- Ghost Hunters International – Port Arthur Penitentiary – S02E10
- Ghost Hunters International – Duran Sanatorium/Rose Hall – S02E13
- Ghost Hunters International – San Lucas Island – S02E12
- Paranormal State – Shadow Caster – S04E09
- Ghost Hunters International – Argentina/Australia S02E08
- A Haunting in Connecticut
- Ghost Adventures – The Copper Queen Hotel and The Oliver House – S06E03
- Ghost Lab – Worst show on TV
- Haunted Collector – Ghost Tavern and Terror House – S02E09
- Ghost Adventures – Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum – S04E22
I need to watch more shows on the paranormal like I need another hole in the head. And considering the stupidity that reigns on Ghost Lab and the vomitous mass that is Ghost Hunters Academy I don’t have high hopes for some new "angle". But after reading a few recommendations I gave Paranormal Cops a try. And I was pleasantly surprised.
So here’s the case. The client works at a car sales/customization shop and has been experiencing odd things. He’s uncomfortable there, feels threatened, hears noises and is ready to quit his job. He wants to know if he’s just being paranoid or if something is really going on.
Enter Rob Fabiani and the Chicago Paranormal Detectives to find out what’s going on. They’re cops by day and paranormal investigators by night. By the way, you have to be amused by Rob and his ever present cigar. It’s a Chicago thing I’m sure.
Perhaps it’s just their new gimmick but treating a case on the paranormal like a regular police case was surprisingly interesting. They seal the doors, bag and tag the evidence and make sure no one but them has access to the building. And while checking the place out they didn’t just ask for "the hot spots" and listen with glazed over eyes, they asked questions and looked like they were already trying to debunk what was happening. Seeing them actually taking notes was a nice change of pace too.
So what about the investigation? It turns out the location used to be a hangout for the mob, possibly going back as far as Al Capone. They find reports of murders as well as a floor layout showing secret passageways. While doing their investigation they get an email from someone who saw their van outside and has had their own experiences there. In typical police fashion they find a few witnesses and talk to them. They learn of some of the murders and other happenings on the site.
The investigation itself is pretty interesting in regards to the responses they get with their meter. At times it seems spot on with answering the questions Ron has. However, other times it seems to act completely random. Are they getting a response or is it on the fritz?
I can’t say that their medium added or detracted from the show. Normally the mediums I see are nothing more than comic relief. She had just a few things to add, but didn’t get all melodramatic about it which was also a nice change.
In the end they got some interesting activity with their EMF meter as well as a couple EVPs. Their EVPs are a little more discernable than other shows, but aside from that, what the supposed mobsters have to say is pretty amusing. I guess some spirits are still fouled mouthed even in the afterlife.
When all is said and done I have to say I liked the show and their approach. It certainly has an organized feel to it and no one seems to yell "Oh My God" or "Dude" or "Bro" while they’re investigation. Plus, I don’t think we’ll get a "Dude Run!" scream out of these guys. So far I like how this is shaping up, so I’ll be tuning in for the second episode this week. If you’re as tired of the Ghost Hunters as I am you probably should give this a try.
Other Articles of Interest:
- Paranormal Cops – Stirring Up The Dead – S01E03
- Paranormal Challenge – Western Virginia Penitentiary – S01E05
- Forever – Interesting stories and an interesting look at life
- Paranormal Challenge Ohio State Reformatory S01E03
- Ghost Hunters Season 4
- Paranormal Challenge – Old South Pittsburgh Hospital – S01E08
- Ghost Hunters International – Hitler’s Ghost
- Ghost Adventures – Lizzie Borden House – S05E05
- Paranormal Cops- Messages from Beyond – S01E06
- Ghost Hunters – Live From The Stanley Hotel
Paranormal is a general term that describes unusual experiences that lack a scientific explanation, or phenomena alleged to be outside of science’s current ability to explain or measure.
I watched the Ghost Adventures recap episode of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum and I am convinced now more than ever that both Chris Fleming and Robert Bess are complete charlatans. It’s pretty obvious they are using parlor tricks and the power of suggestion to make people think there is paranormal activity going on around them.
First of all the Spirit Box that Chris Fleming uses is a complete sham. As I mentioned previously this thing is nothing more than a receiver tuning into a radio station. (It could just as easily be used to tune into a radio station as someone sitting outside the building talking into a microphone and it picks up every tenth word). Additionally, his reactions are completely over the top for what’s going on and come across as highly practiced. You would think someone who’s been doing this for years wouldn’t be so easily amazed. He’s been working on his truly stunned look where his jaw is gaped open in disbelief. Further, through his constant talking he is planting the seed that the place is overwhelmingly paranormal and that it’s filled with spirit energy. He’s doing his best to plant that thought in your head so you’ll believe it.
His recordings sound like a completely garbled mess, but yet he is able to instantly recognize what’s being said. He doesn’t need to go back and hear it again or even take an educated guess. He knows!
And let’s not forget this is the guy who brought us the highly questionable, easily manipulated, but now de-facto ghost hunting tool, the K2. While at the home of the Manson family murders he talks non-stop while showing off the device and again his reactions seem well rehearsed so you don’t question the validity of what he’s doing.
He’s in full form on this ghost hunt, but when you take a step back from the excitement he’s trying to generate and think for a moment, his methods and conclusions can easily be explained by everyday things. It’s a radio!
As for ol’ Gun Slingin’ Robert Bess, I think we’ve seen the last of him. Again, his Parabot was nothing more than a huge parlor trick. Think about it, what did it do? I made a ton of noise, had flashing lights, produced a ton of electrical charge so not only would you be scared to death to get near it, but it also charged the hell out of the atmosphere. Your skin would tingle, your hair would stand on end, shadows would be all over the place and the siren would make you think all sorts of things were happening.
But why should we believe for a second that this rig actually does anything? Besides make a bunch of distracting noise that is. It’s obviously got some mechanical problems (clearly the ghosts don’t want to be caught by it so they sabotaged it), the siren is probably run from a remote (Bob certainly has his hand on his hip an awful lot) or it just goes every few seconds for dramatic effect.
Between these two incredibly faulty devices you can easily be sucked into thinking there’s paranormal activity, and that’s exactly what they’re hoping. If you spend even 10 seconds thinking about what they’re doing and what the real effect is, you’ll see they’re both completely full of crap and their devices are total gimmicks. There was absolutely nothing paranormal about what these two were doing.
Other Articles of Interest:
- Some sort of crazy paranormal showdown
- Ghost Adventures Live Halloween Special
- Ghost Encounters: The Queen Mary
- Ghost Lab – Episode 4 – Chicago/Texas
- Zozo, Darren Evans, Robert Murch and Darkness Radio – A Zozo Hoax?
- Ghost Hunters Buffalo Central Terminal
- Ghost Hunters – Waverly Hills Sanatorium
- Ghost Adventures – Hill View Manor S04E06
- Ghost Adventures wants to investigate Idol Mansion
- The Ghost Hunters are NOT scientists