Destination Truth

Destination Truth – Ghosts of Cannibal Village and Kapre – S05E03

For this episode the team faces down some cannibals of Fiji that have a pretty nasty history. Not only did they turn against a priest doing missionary work in the village, the practice seems to encompass dozens, perhaps even hundreds of victims. The natives turned on Reverend Baker and at him as well as several others. They didn’t just kill the Reverend, he was actually eaten. Pretty grim stuff right there.

The entire story reads like the prologue to a horror movie. Cannibals eat the Reverend, then a curse is placed on the village. Tribal Chiefs die and now the spirit seems to haunt the place. And unlike a lot of other stories they investigate, there is tons of facts supporting this one. They have relics in the museum, historians and descendents all saying the same story.

So, the team heads out into the village and finds a "cannibal oven". That’s pretty grim. Ryder finds a stone that seems to be bleeding. They locate the actual axe used to kill the Reverend, which then falls during an EVP session, as well as Katie seemingly getting her hair touched during and isolation/EVP session. Some strange things going on out there that’s for sure.

Is the village being haunted by the spirit of the Reverend who was cooked and eaten by the tribe? Are there still secretive cannibal ceremonies still going on out there that stir the spirits? Are the villagers simply guilt ridden over the past and seeing signs in everyday occurrences?

I’d very much like to see a followup episode at this location.


The teams heads out to the Philippines looking for nasty little creature called the Kapre. If nothing else, it sounds like El Chupacabra.

It has to be said that the local village has some interesting names for their local watering holes.

But into the jungle they go to find the lair of the Kapre. They do get several thermal hits, follow them down into the riverbed, where Josh nearly gets swept away. He’s not doing to well with water hazards so far this season. I’m also terribly amused that as soon as the team thinks they see a snake in the undergrowth the drop Ryder like a bad habit and leave her for dead. Wow. Way to protect the team!

With evidence in hand they talk with Mike Dee to analyze the animal footage. There are some monkey like animals out there in jungle which might be mistaken for the Kapre. There are also some wild pigs roaming around and calling the jungle home.

No conclusive evidence, but yet again, another wide area of jungle where plenty of animals could go unnoticed. Is there something lurking out there or do we have mistaken identity again? They don’t come away with hair samples or castings, so this one will have to stay a mystery for awhile longer.

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Destination Truth – Return to the Haunted Forest and Belize Goblin (Tata Duende)- S05E02

For this episode, the new team is joined by Evan and the head off to Romania to the spot where Evan had a close encounter with a strange force. On his past visit, the was grabbed and pulled out of his seat. If you watch the previous video, he’s there once second and gone the next. Something scared the hell out of him.

This was also the trip where they scouted the scene by plane and just happened to lose the roof of their aircraft. This tale also happens to open the Destination Truth by Josh. So needless to say, the original trip was one hell of an adventure. Will the followup yield the same craziness?

To put it simply, yes it does.

But first, our visit to the market. The street carnies are a little aggressive in those parts and I want one of those cubes the store the children in. I can use that for my co-workers. A few of those kids need a bit of a timeout.

While scouting the area by plane, their aircraft runs into some very high wins and causes plenty of havoc in the cockpit. It’s another DT emergency landing with the crew scrambling to the ground and thinking their lucky stars.

When the team hits the investigation they have all sorts of things going on. To be honest, I think Evan worked himself into a frenzy for this investigation. He was probably convinced something was going to happen so in his mind, every sound, every breeze, every brush of the grass sent him over the edge. He does end up feeling strange and disoriented by the time it’s over, to the point where he has blood coming out his ears. So what’s that all about? Did he do that to himself in a fit of panic? Did he get his heart racing so fast and hard that he did damage to himself? Or was there a touch by some unseen force in the barren circle?

Belize Goblin

The heads out to Belize to investigate a goblin that causes problems for the locals. First, they need to deal with the manual swinging bridge. Hey, that’s good exercise.

Out on the investigation they travel by air boat to their destination. They end up in some flooded caverns. I’m not sure what spooks Josh, but panic seems to set in for a minute and he gets the team out of there. Judging from the size of the caves, it’s certainly possible something could live in that massive system of tunnels and not be discovered. It would also provide plenty of water and a food source.

So is the Tata Duende real? It could certainly be mistaken identity. Plenty of primates inhabit the area. But are they too small and weak to cause the havoc the villagers claim? It’s hard to say. These sorts of stories take on a larger than life quality and this one seems to have a bit more myth and legend surrounding it.

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Destination Truth – Vietnam’s Bigfoot – S05E01

So here we are with a brand new season of Destination Truth and I’ve been anxiously waiting to see what kind of adventures and chaos, Josh has in store. Right off the bat we notice the team has been shuffled around and it’s a crew of new faces. Except for Ryder of course, who’s come back for more. (As a side note, did anyone else notice Erin Ryder is listed as Co-Executive Producer?)

But anyway, on with the show. Josh and the new team head over to Vietnam to investigate sightings of a creature similar to Bigfoot. As expected, we find the team in the market sampling the wares. This happens to include escargot, which doesn’t look appetizing at all, and shots of snake bile and snake blood. I don’t see how they do it. I really don’t.

Moving away from the market, we do learn it’s very likely that an unknown animal can live in the jungle. It’s reported that more than a dozen new species of animal are discovered in the jungle each year. In fact, the world’s largest cave was just discovered. Considering the satellite imagery and photos of just about everything under the sun (Area 51 not included), it’s amazing to think that the world’s largest cave just popped up.

The team heads deep into the jungle of Kai Bang. And getting there is quite an adventure of it’s own. Using motorcycles they forge rivers, catch a couple of boats and then Josh gets the wild idea that he’s The Fonz and tries to jump his motorcycle across the river. It doesn’t end well. It’s hilarious mind you, with Josh going over the handlebars and sinking, but the motorcycle doesn’t fair to well.

But that isn’t the end of just getting there. There’s plenty of cliffs to descend, water buffalos to use as transportation and inflatable canoes. Where the devil do they get this stuff?

It all seems to be worth it as they come across some massive footprints in a cave. They are massive caves where you could turned around and never find your way out again. Just ask Richie, he almost become the red-shirted ensign of Destination Truth.

Josh and the team make a casting of the footprint, make very wide sweep of the area, but don’t get sight of the creature itself. I didn’t hear them mention any bones or animal "scat" in their findings so who knows if there was a food source to be had.

We do get to see that there’s plenty of undiscovered country out there and you could pass right by Bigfoot and not even know it. Is there some ape-like creature still living out there that’s very adept at staying out of the path of humans? With that massive cave system is it able to eat and dwell without being disturbed?

Well, something made those tracks and based on the terrain, they don’t seem to be a man-made hoax.

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