Paranormal Challenge – Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum – S01E07

This is another location I absolutely love. The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is so vast and is in such a state that just looking at it instills you with fear. But, the fear of this location is real. Some of the worst medical procedures you can think of took place here. As you watch the opening footage of the lobotomies, you can’t help but feel queasy at the horrid treatment people must have suffered here. So many lives lost and ruined. Plus, this is one of the few places that actually seems to live up to its reputation by continually presenting evidence that makes you think.

For this episode, we have the gents from Appalachee Paranormal against the ladies of GALS Paranormal. The only part that really bothers me about all this is Chris Flemming. I have so many issues with that guy and the snake oil he’s selling. But that aside, how did these teams do and what did they add to the history and legend of this place?

I’m very excited that once again we see two teams that have their act together. They know how to investigate, they know how to use the equipment, they don’t spend all their time bickering and acting like juveniles. Both teams have an understanding of the place and put forth their best effort.

As far as evidence goes, they unfortunately present some of the same material we’ve seen before. I really think it’s time to move past the orbs. In a place so run down and abused as this, the chances of capturing something other than dust is pretty remote. As far as the audio evidence, we once again see a team commit one of the classic blunders. They unfortunately recorded themselves and presented it as evidence. One of the women from GALS is captured saying, "Oh, Ow, Ow, my knees" and this is offered up as a paranormal EVP. It was a simple mistake, but I think it shows that you have to be extremely careful with EVP evidence. Any noise, any movement, any shuffling or walking can be picked up and give you a false positive. I think this is a good lesson that not everything out there is paranormal.

Is the photo of a figure standing against the wall a solid piece of evidence? Is this a trick of light? Is it wishful thinking? Do we have a case of matrixing? Or, is this the energy of one of the patients leaning against the wall?

I thought this was a great episode. The teams did well and we got to see more of one of my favorite places. I only wish the evidence could have been stronger.

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