This has to be the most ridiculous episode Paranormal State has ever done! I can’t even believe it was aired.
Let’s take a failing Bed & Breakfast, make up the most farfetched story we can think of, make wild claims about what’s going on and then do nothing but lay in bed without our top on and finally say the place is perfectly normal.
Complete and total crap!
Other Articles of Interest:
- What’s with all the secrecy?
- Paranormal Challenge – La Purisma – S01E09
- Paranormal State – Return of the Dead – The Glove II – S05E06
- Paranormal State – Ghost on the Tracks – S05E04
- Ghost Adventures – Pennhurst State School and Hospital
- Paranormal Lockdown – Old Chatham County Jail – S02E12
- Ghost Mine – Wandering Spirit – S02E04
- Ghost Adventures – Wyoming Frontier Prison – S07E18
- Paranormal State – They Only Come Out at Night – S05E02
- Ghost Hunters Academy – Episode 2 – Wilmington NC
Zak, Nick and Aaron head out to Arizona (one of my favorite places) to investigate the Vulture Mine, an abandoned gold mine which might actually be a real ghost town. The mine is obviously old, dating back to the 1800’s and the gold rush where fortunes could be made or lost overnight. It was the lawless Old West so any offense you committed would be dealt with by way of the gun or the rope. There are many reports of people being killed for attempting to steal the gold from the mine’s repository. Plenty of other offenses took place as well such as rape and murder. In many cases the bodies were simply left to rot in the sun, they couldn’t be bothered to bury the dead.
Sometimes fate would intervene on the thievery and we also have a story about a group of miners that went out into the quarry to steal some gold. Unfortunately the mine collapsed and all the miners were buried alive. They claim the bodies were never found.
Not to mention there were deaths from ailments like influenza that killed the miners and many school aged children.
So far this all sounds like the setup for a campfire ghost story!
After the team learns of the history of the mine they head into a neighboring town to get supplies. All the while a massive storm is brewing and unleashes it’s fury while they’re trying to make it back for the lockdown. The roads are a complete washout and the area is getting record rainfall. Perhaps showing a little more bravado than they should, the guys seem to be contemplating making a run to the mine. But that idea is thwarted as the police show up and escort them back to town.
Two days later they pick up where they left off and get started on the investigation. They hope the storm has charged the area and increased the paranormal activity.
Strangely they begin the investigation in the caretakers house. How we ended up here I’m not sure, but the guys claim to get EVPs right off the bat. The caretaker supposedly left because of the activity, but either I missed it or there wasn’t much detail given about this part of the story. Just seems like an off place to start.
After the caretaker’s house the guys head over to the hanging tree and break out the word database tool which brings up words like "tied" and "running". This all happens while they’re stringing up a noose. Sure the words seem to match the mood and situation at the tree, but I still don’t like this device. Again no real explanation of how it works and to be perfectly blunt that would be far too easy to pre-program ahead of time to give the right, but spooky responses.
They move indoors and head to the actual gold vault. Not only is it the scene of multiple attacks but apparently a Charles Stanton was convicted of some nasty crimes involving a young girl. Zak begins with some taunting to throw a bottle and they hear the sound of rock coming at them and hitting the floor. Do we just have some loose dirt falling from the shaky ceiling or did something really happen? They also claim to get some EVPs of "Get Out" and "Leave".
Zak also tries to lure the spirits out with some silver dollars. They seem quite interested as an EVP of "I want your money" is supposedly captured.
Nick heads into the vault itself and gets and EVP of "take the gold". This seems to happen while Zak is playing with the gun and fires off one of the blanks. Perhaps the spirits think a robbery is taking place? Do they want in on the action or trying to stay out of the way and not get hurt?
In the Assay’s office they use a seismic meter and have it go off while they hear footsteps. They also claim there is a scream captured by the night vision camera. It’s interesting but I don’t really find this to be all that substantial.
The make a brief stop to try and talk with Mexican Rita in the bordello. They claim to hear her talking through the radio waves, but they only capture the word "Yes". It’s a short conversation and they move on pretty quickly. I don’t think the got too much out of this one even though they’re excited about hearing a voice.
The old school house is also another claimed hotspot since many of the children died of influenza during this time period. They claim to get EVPs of a child taunting Aaron over his bald head. And they claim that as Aaron leaves the school and heads back to their base for another camera the piano starts playing. Both Aaron and Zak prove the piano can’t be played by hitting all the keys and jumping around to cause vibrations. It does seem to be a pretty stuck device.
I really enjoy stories about the Old West and ghost towns so I especially enjoyed this episode, but as far as evidence goes I don’t really think too much happened. I don’t like the word database nor the radio device. The supposedly thrown rock could have been from anything considering the entire place is weathered and rocks are everywhere. The only think that I found interesting was the piano playing in the recording. The piano obviously doesn’t work and they are miles away from any additional noises so did something vibrate the piano enough to make those sounds or is there something else going on here? I’m not sure what it means but I would like to have seen them do a little more investigating after that happened. A recorder in the room and a camera on the piano seems like something they should have set up. As it stands now it seems like a lucky coincidence rather than anything paranormal…
This was a pretty adventurous episode, the guys were getting a little crazy with trying to make this lockdown…
Other Articles of Interest:
- Ghost Mine – S01E01
- Ghost Mine – Wandering Spirit – S02E04
- Haunted Highway – Beast of Bray Road and Tonopah Mine – S02E03
- Ghost Mine – Passageway to the Unknown – S02E10
- Ghost Mine – Secret Passage – S01E05
- Ghost Mine – Shadows in the Drift – S02E11
- Ghost Mine – Supercharging the Supernatural – S02E08
- Ghost Mine – Town Wide Terror – S02E09
- Ghost Mine – Vengeful Spirit – S01E03
- Ghost Mine – Phantom Wind – S01E04
Josh and team head to Madagascar to hunt for a massive bat that swoops down out of the night sky and drags people away. It’s been terrorizing the residents for quite some time, but just recently sightings have been on the rise. Basically they’re on the trail of a man sized bat with huge claws that can rip you apart. Exactly what you want to be looking for in the dark!
I swear you never know what’s going to happen when Josh hits the market. A cow’s head without the bones (always a Halloween favorite) and a makeshift ring for some group ass kicking action. I guess you really can find everything and anything is these markets. I’m surprised Josh didn’t take his chances in the ring!
After the market Josh meets up with the Minister of Culture who’s a firm believer in the Fangalobolo. And a witness from a local village says he went into a cave and saw a large bat that seemed to be the leader of the other bats. That image was just a little creepy to me.
As they continue on to the park they seek accommodations in a small village. A small village that throws a big party! And by chance there are some other travelers milling about. The people Josh meets!
But there are also witnesses who say they’ve seen the giant bat in the crocodile cave. Why on earth would you ever go into a place called "crocodile cave"? That’s just asking for the big hurt. Again, lots of people substantiate the claim that there’s an enormous bat.
So it’s off to the cave in a boat that doesn’t look very solid, safe or sea worthy. But should something like safety stop this adventure? Heaven’s no! Jump in and let’s go find the crocs and the giant bat!
And they indeed find crocs in the crocodile cave, did anyone think they wouldn’t? What I didn’t expect was for Josh and Gabe to tip over right as the croc heads into the water. That was certainly unexpected and quite a nail biting moment.
Speaking of nail biting moments, what the hell is the deal with the suspension bridge from the Temple of Doom? Rickety-ass bridge in the middle of the rain forest? Sign me up to cross that! Especially in the dark and not a single piece of safety gear.
Apparently Bobby and Shawn are just as mad as they rig themselves up and climb down a sheer cliff to get to the entrance of a cave. A cave that’s filled with bats that are getting all stirred up by the noise. This adventure is just freaking me out!
What do Bobby and Shawn find for their efforts? They find large scratches on the ceiling of the cave and some sort of talon on the floor.
Josh, Ali and Mike end up in their own bat filled cave after nearly ripping themselves to pieces walking over the jagged lava rocks. Mike takes quite a tumble but manages to keep from really hurting himself. As they venture deeper into the cave they get something on the thermal and Josh says he can see something moving around above them. Something far bigger than the small heat signatures of all the other bats.
Even though they’ve risked their lives there isn’t much evidence. They take the thermal image and the talon back for analysis.
The thermal image is too blurry to make out anything, but it is a pretty substantial blob. Maybe there was something hovering just above them. The "talon" is something Jim Dines can’t identify. It doesn’t really look like a tooth, a talon or a bone so it’s not immediate as to what they’ve found.
The evidence isn’t overwhelming, but Madagascar is known for undiscovered creatures. Even Jim says there are large bats that inhabit the area. He’s not ruling out that such a thing exists.
I do have one question though, why didn’t they get sturdier boats and head back to the crocodile cave where multiple witnesses say they saw something. Their investigation was focused on a completely different location…
Guam Zombies – Taotaomona
Zombies for Halloween, this could be fun!
Josh heads to Guam to investigate claims of zombies that come out at night and haunt the villagers.
It doesn’t sound like these zombies are looking for brains, but they do have rotting flesh, super human strength and give out a blood curdling scream. Yeah, that sounds pretty creepy.
They come across an eyewitness that has a recording of a zombie moaning while he and his mother are sitting around talking. Odd that it was taken when he was a tiny boy, 2 he says, but he’s well into his teens now. Just been holding onto this tape for the right moment to spring it on people? I’m pretty suspicious of this right off the bat. (no pun intended)
They’re told they need to go deep into the jungle to find the Taotaomona. They have to meet with a tribe elder to get permission for the investigation. After he performs the ceremony for the spirits, Gabe makes a blunder and steps on the Latte Stone, their sacred symbol. That was quite the gaffe and Gabe later gets a good cut on his leg which might just be revenge from the spirits.
Now that they’re in the jungle there’s a sheer drop they need to repel down to get to the valley below where the Taotaomona are said to dwell. (I would say live, but that seems wrong) Vanessa does not fair well climbing down the rope and gets multiple cuts on her legs and arms. They look pretty deep and it sends her into shock. She is not having a good time with this adventure. But she’s a trooper and takes her post at base camp to watch the IR cameras.
As the investigation begins, Bobby and Shawn set up a tri-field meter in a cave they discover and get really high readings. Vanessa sees a shadow walk across the IR camera. She heads out and does an EVP session where she saw the shadow.
Back in the cave, Bobby and Shawn come across a precipice and decide they need to repel down into it. These people are daft! Shawn literally reaches the end of his rope and can’t see the bottom of the pit. He makes his way back to the top and they press on with their investigation.
Josh, Ali and Mike find a series of Latte Stones nestled among the Banyan trees. They feel this is a prime location and do an EVP session. Right as they start asking questions Mike is hit in the back and there is a heat signature when Josh puts the thermal imager on him. Mike is clearly shaken and feels it’s a sign for them to move on. He doesn’t want to stick around and get any more signs of their presence.
He gets no argument and the teams heads out.
Josh tosses out the recording they got from the boy and his mom. As Mike says, you can make a recording and make it sound like anything.
The do have the shadow from the IR camera which they can’t really explain. It’s interesting, but they also put that aside. The big evidence is Mike being pushed. It’s hard to say what happened there, but Mike is absolutely convinced he was pushed and that something is out there. However, the Taotaomona are supposed to be a physical being so who knows what Mike encountered.
Did they capture evidence of zombies? No, but I will say that these were probably two of the most dangerous and most exciting episodes they’ve done. The team got pretty banged up and some might even say they got payback from the sprits for stepping on the Latte Stone and for tying a rope to the Banyan tree…
And it looks like that is the end of the first half of the season. Josh and the team are back out on the road, so we’ll have to wait until next year for the exciting conclusion!
Other Articles of Interest:
- Destination Truth – Siberian Snowman – s04e05
- Destination Truth – Haunted Island Ruins / Moroccan Succubus S04E07
- Destination Truth – Ghosts of Haboro/Mngwa – S04E03
- Destination Truth – Jersey Devil/The Yeren S03E12
- Destination Truth – Ghosts of Masada/The Leprechaun S03E10
- Destination Truth – Naree Pon/Aiya Napa – S04E13
- Paranormal State – Bedroom Eyes – S05E13
- Destination Truth – Hanging Coffins and Kiyik Adam – S05E07
- Expedition Unknown – Yamashita’s Gold
- Destination Truth Spirits Of Angkor Wat/Canadian Lake Monster S04E02
I’ve been sawing away at the pumpkins and here are three of my latest creations – Zombie Hello Kitty, Bloody Mary and Dexter. There are no pictures of these beauties engulfed in fire since it’s been either too windy or too rainy for such antics. Instead, I proudly displayed them outside my office at work and got plenty of compliments.
Tonight I’ll be gutting four huge pumpkins I just bought from the local farmer. They weight about 25lbs each and I had to pay for them by the pound. I’m keeping all the seeds so hopefully next year I’ll have my own pumpkin patch.
Anyway, here’s my latest carvings.
Other Articles of Interest:
- The Halloween Pumpkin Tally for 2010
- This is your pumpkin, ON FIRE!!
- Another victory in the company pumpkin carving contest
- Halloween Death Toll – The Big Finale
- The first flaming pumpkin of the year!
- Pumpkin Patch – Halloween theme for WordPress
- Boston Can’t Handle the Flaming Pumpkin!
- My Favorite Pumpkin
- Time to start things off with some flaming pumpkins
- So here is the tally