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