Ghost Adventures – Chinese Town of Locke – S12E05

image For this episode, Zak and team head to Locke, California, established in 1915 as a town built by the Chinese for the Chinese. Like other towns of the period, it developed a rough reputation of gambling, prostitution, opium dens and even the Tong mafia. But to be honest, most of these stories are legands. If you listen, the words, "the story goes" or "I believe" preface each one. The only story with supporting evidence is the cheat shot by George Shin. There is a newspaper article documenting the event. While the other stories could be true, there is nothing that says they are.

To get some background they talk with Clarence who doesn’t want to talk about the Tongs or the supposed violence of years gone by. He isn’t too forthcoming about the paranormal.

Next is Ellen, who claims she channeled a girl killed upstairs in the opium den. Ellen claims she was shoved while talking to the girls and has received information about the working girls getting overdosed and their bodies dumped in the river. Right on cue, Ellen claims she feels dizzy. At the same time Jay has two sets of red marks appear on his neck that Zak claims is someone trying to choke him. Following suit, Aaron begins to freak out, feel ill and wants to run away.

In the Tong building, they interview Evan who claims he was pushed as well. As they talk, right after Evan says the word Tong, they hear footsteps.

At the Star Theatre, Yovita, a volunteer for the town, claims she saw a woman resonating light and heard singing in the theater. That night they meet with Dustin, an owner of the worst Chinese restaurant around and longest resident of the area. In a very lighthearted and almost dismissive way, he says he believes in the stories about the town and that there are ghosts. Again, the only story to be confirmed is the shooting of a man trying to steal from the casino.

The final interview comes with Martha who is a bit frustrated with the town because they only focus on the Chinese history of the area. She says there is more to the history and it should be recognized. OK, fair point, but we then have someone who doesn’t want to be identified saying that Martha is certifiable and he has seen dark energy swirling around town. He’s seen evil manifest itself within people. We almost have the accusation that Martha is causing the negative energy and events in the town because she’s a non-believer.

As we start the investigation we have Dylan Dryer from the Today Show come on board. To begin, they bring out the Ovilus and SLS camera to take readings. They get, "killed, female, bet, be careful and I’m dead" as responses to different questions and actions. On the SLS camera, Dylan captures a stick figure in the window. When Zak asks for a name, he claims to hear, "It’s the Devil".

Zak then asks Dylan to investigate the top of the casino, the supposed lair of the opium den. To put it mildly, she is freaked out. Of course there are sounds of footsteps and flickering balls of light.

The guys continue the investigation on their own. Aaron and Billy head to the theater to try and hear Mei Ling sing. They gets some lights on the Rem Pods, but no actual singing. There is a squeak or two on the box, but no conversations. Zak goes over to the school where nothing really happens. He takes a recorder over to the Tong building, which asks questions in Cantonese, but no responses.

If there is any activity it seems to be within the casino. However, they certainly don’t get pushed, there is no singing, no cries of help from from the working girl in an opium den or anything else that would be solid evidence. And although Dylan gets freaked out, that’s not evidence. That is simply a reaction to walking around a strange building at night after you’ve been told there is dark energy around.

We are seeing a lot more orbs these days, but you have to judge what those are. The building is old and falling in on itself, as we hear Billy say, which explains the footsteps. The captured voices are interesting, but I don’t have the greatest level of confidence in how they’re captured. Further, didn’t see this mysterious dark energy the off-camera voice talked about. If the place is so haunted, where is that?

I also don’t feel these witnesses are all that reliable. Martha seems like a scapegoat and the townspeople seem at odds with each other. Is that jealousy? Anger?

When all is said and done, the evidence is sort of interesting, but it doesn’t really seem to support Locke as a wildly haunted town. Odd, yes, haunted, no.

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3 Responses to Ghost Adventures – Chinese Town of Locke – S12E05

  • BattleAngel says:

    Well, you must have been skipping through the episode. Or just plain not paying attention… Most of the stuff you say was said in the interviews was totally not what they said, its obvious you either were not really listening or only remember the things that agree with, what seems, your already made opinion on this episode.
    As for another of your astute and concrete explanations such as ” The building is old and falling in on itself, as we hear Billy say, which explains the footsteps.” I am sorry.. but I have been in many, many old and falling down buildings, and not once have I heard one that “sound like footsteps” Footsteps are in a cadence. normally not random (unless your tap dancing) and I have yet to hear a building, falling down or otherwise, that produced any sort of sound that was REMOTLY close to footsteps. And that includes buildings that are settling, in fluctuating temps. and in storms. Soooo, yeah.
    And also you are certain that the place isn’t haunted because the energies ghosts or whatever didn’t act like trained circus animals.. Mai lin didn’t sing.. and the dark entities and shadow figures did not make an appearance. Wouldn’t it be more unbelievable if they were seeing and experiencing cookie cutter occurrences? Wouldn’t that trigger the skepticism more then have more random and unexpected experiences?
    I hate to break it to ya but the paranormal doesn’t happen just because you want it to and have a camera.
    Unlike (most) living humans, the dead don’t get all excited and slap happy when the camera crews show up and want to show off…. Mai lin I am sure is more interested in resolution and finding peace rather than singing a ditty just to prove to the unbelievers that she exists.. or perhaps find an agent to produce her next album.
    In conclusion.. it seems you picked a chose what you could poo poo and what you could “explain”.
    In honesty I have not read any other of your reviews.. but my spidey senses tell me this is the gist of all of them. If I am wrong… may I burn in the smelly pits of hades…with the soundtrack to “Cats” playing for all eternity. I randomly came to this page as a result of researching something…
    I have never been to Locke, but I think being there personally, to see the sights and smell the smells, can one make a judgment of whether it is haunted or not. Not based off of a tele show.
    The one thing I can completely and utterly agree with you is… Locke is a very odd town

  • RottenOne says:

    You do bring up some interesting points, but I still maintain that hearing bangs or “footsteps” in an old building isn’t indicative of anything other than expansion, contraction or a settling building. Again, paranormal means outside normal as in there is no other explanation that fits with the experience or event. Or more to the point, beyond the scope of scientific understanding. Just because something happens in the dark and you can’t see the source, doesn’t mean it’s otherworldly.

    I’ve been in old buildings and have heard plenty of things that sound like footsteps. I’ve also been in brand new homes that gave off sounds like footsteps. I don’t consider those to be beyond explanation – or beyond the explanation of science.

    As far as making up my mind about something, that is somewhat true. I believe a location is innocent until proven paranormal. However, the same can be said for Zak and most of the other investigators. He builds it up to himself, and to the audience, that a location is full of dark energy before he even steps foot inside. He’s not even going to try and dispel the rumors, but feed right into them.

    The show turned into complete nonsense, but in the early days, Ghost Hunters actually tried to prove a location didn’t have activity and everything could be explained through normal means like bad plumbing, exposed wires, tilted floors, nesting animals. But hey, that sort of “entertainment” doesn’t sell well, so you have to beef it up and make your claim.

    I also agree with you that would-be entities aren’t just waiting around to perform. However, I always find it amusing when all sorts of people come out to claim they see shadow forms, hear music, get pushed, tugged or whatever it is, but when the cameras turn on, nothing happens. If it was so gosh darned riddled with activity, it would keep happening no matter who was around. Unless we go with the idea that the spirit world has stage fright.

    But hey, I’m not a former wedding DJ, so what would I know about the paranormal and how it works?

    Thanks for the comment and if you ever make it out to Locke, let us know how it goes.

  • Ed says:

    The Locke episode happened to re-air as an “Extra Pulses” this past Friday and, as is usually my custom, I decided to do some research online and was intrigued by some of the information I found. Primarily, to say Martha was presented in a bad light would be an understatement. As far as I can determine, she’s never gone on record and said Locke was not founded by the Chinese – rather, while the Chinese were a considerably major part of the founding, history and population, there were other nationalities in and around the area as well. She had also been in lengthy legal battles with various Locke development groups regarding ownership of her property and the latter wanting to take them over. Again, to say this caused the Locke community to regard her with disfavor would be putting it mildly. But, it seems faulting her as being crazy and possibly connected to dark spirits is a better way of scapegoating.

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