Haunted Collector – Lakeside Terror and Pythian Secrets – S03E09

Lake Norfork Inn

John and the team head out to the Lake Norfork Inn in Henderson Arkansas to investigate claims of people getting touched, shadow figures and the usual story of a “woman in white”. It’s amazing just how many women in white are out there. Only rivaled by the number of women in black.

As they begin the investigation, the activity seems to be centered on Room 212. In fact, as Jason and Jesslyn go to investigate they hear a slew of very loud giggles. It’s so loud that it comes across as a prank. To me it sounds like a Halloween giggle box. Jason and Jesslyn investigate and find themselves staring at someone’s missing prosthetic leg. How do you get out of the house and leave one of those behind? They also discover EMF spikes up to 36. They don’t find the source of the laughter or the high spikes which is very strange unto itself.

For the next part of the investigation, John and Jason find a ring at the bottom of the pool. It appears to be costume jewelry of some sort. Another item they discover is a hip flask. What that flask was doing in the freezer is a mystery to me, but that’s where it was stored. Oddly, when Brian brings out his Mel Meter to take some readings, the meter begins to smoke and ultimately shocks Brian leaving a burn mark on his palm. Is this the work of the paranormal or is this a piece of electronic equipment gone haywire? Even still, the Mel Meter only takes standard batteries, it shouldn’t have enough power to actually hurt someone should it?

As far as the history of the area, they learn that hundreds of farms and 26 cemeteries were flooded to make the manmade lake of the area. One of the cemeteries would have been the Maynard family plot and it would have been located in the same proximity as the Lake Norfork Inn. Incidentally, the initials on the flask that singed Brian are BM. Jason and Aimee link this to Bud Maynard who died in 1929. There aren’t any real details of his death and the team really doesn’t go looking any further.

Ultimately the team decides to remove the ring, which really doesn’t have a link to anything, but they correlate it could be the mysterious little girl that some have claimed to see. They also remove the flask. After this, the activity seems to have stopped and low and behold business is booming.

Oddly, they never go back and find the source of that giggling… I guess we’re to assume it’s from the phantom girl?

Pythian Castle – Springfield Missouri

For the next investigation they head to the Pythian Castle which was created by the Knights of Pythian. People report being touched, shadow figures and one person who was asked to castle sit was jerked out of bed by some unforeseen force.

During the investigation the activity seems to be centered in the basement and a cell door that keeps swinging open. It may even have swung itself closed. While down there, Brian and Chris have a series of Rem Pods go off as though something is coming towards them. They chase after it and end up at a hole in the wall where some previous artifacts were found. Brian climbs in and within mere seconds pulls out a medallion with German writing on it. This seems to coincide with an EVP they got which they believe was in German. Previously, the owners claimed they place was a POW camp for German, possibly SS soldiers, but a historian on the area refutes that claim completely. No POWs would have ever been there.

They do discover a William of German ancestry who was a member of the Pythian Order who committed suicide in the castle. He may or may not have served in the Franco – Prussian War where the medallion was handed out, but the team attributes it to William and feel it needs to be displayed so he can find rest. The owner does just that and the activity seems to die down.

I’m still confused on John’s methodology on when an item needs to be removed and when an item needs to be displayed. It seems a little random to me, but I’m sure there’s some sort of method to it, right?

As with most of these episodes their leaps of logic leave a lot of room for error. There are a lot of assumptions going on here. I don’t know that they really found a lot of activity at either location, certainly nothing like the owners claim. No one was pushed, no shadow figures, no one was touched or grabbed. No one was ripped out of bed that I could tell. We have an odd series of laughs which never got explained and we have a swinging cell door. And we all know a rusty cell door would never swing on it’s own.

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