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Ghost Adventures – The Domes of Casa Grande – S12E09

image For this episode, we have Zak, Billy and Aaron, literally losing their minds and running scared because they think the devil is after them.

Out in open spaces of Casa Grande, Arizona are the remains of what has been dubbed, "The Domes" – the relics of a tech company that never opened it’s doors. These strange buildings give off an other worldly appearance with shapes that resemble a caterpillar and a UFO. But it’s not fun and games as Zak weaves his sinister sounding tale of Satanic rituals, dead bodies, blood drinking and human sacrifice. That’s quite a villainous cocktail!

As part of his cavalcade of witnesses who back up these rumors, we once again meet someone who’s had such a shocking experience they vowed never to return – until the cameras show up. This poor chap says something latched onto him and followed him home. This caused aggression and suicidal thoughts. And while relaying this story, both Zak and his guest feel pressure on their chest and a strong need to exit the dome.

Another witness, a US Marine Veteran, says he has seen a huge black shadow haunt the mountain edge. He also claims to have found the remains of a dog. Well, the collar and skin of a dog which must clearly be the work of Satanic evil doers! He also states a body was found in the dome, wrapped in black plastic and chucked off to the side. No real connection to Satanic rituals as wrapping someone in plastic isn’t normally how that sort of thing is done.

Additionally, he claims hundreds of chickens were found dead in the dome with blood scattered with reckless abandon. It was a busy night for the forces of darkness if they needed that many chickens. Or perhaps it was a BBQ that went terribly awry. Either way, he only heard about these incidents, was not part of them first hand, so we’re clearly getting solid 12th hand knowledge of what took place.

But the piece de resistance is the former satanic priest turned co-pilot to the powers of light, Pastor Jesus Gonzalez. Jesus claims he participated in multiple rituals and even saw a man stab himself in a demonic fit. Not to be rude or cruel, but I’m not sure how that’s possible since he’s vision impaired. He also claims to have been attacked by demons now that’s he spreading the word of the Gospel. And to prove the point, the devil shows up to the interview to belch.

We also need to keep in mind, that according to Jesus, there is a Native American curse on the land.

The investigation starts with Zak, Billy and Aaron in the dome together. Billy says he hears a growl off to the side, while Zak says he feels something touch his left arm. At the same time there is some garbled mess in the recorder.

Things turn pretty zany as Jay says he sees something happening near one of the static cameras. The motion sensor goes off and the image gets blurry. Jay then claims someone is knocking on the RV door even though the other three are still in the dome together. At least it’s a polite intruder/demon that knocks before entering.

Armed with the full spectrum camera, Zak takes several photos, of which one has a large shadow figure on it. Or more to the point, one picture has a big, black blob on the left hand side. Clearly that’s the side of the devil, therefore, a demon made an appearance.

For the next part, Aaron goes into one dome, while Billy heads off into the other. Zak stays behind because Jay needs a chaperon.

Aaron sits with his Ovilus and gets the words, Sit, Jesus, Disaster and Demon. He also feels the cold presence of something or someone.

Meanwhile, Billy, who has worked himself into a paranoid fit begins to recite the Lord’s Prayer he found on a card next to Aaron several hours before. This is clearly a sign, and while saying said prayer, he feels a tight pressure in his chest, pains in his stomach and runs for the RV where he nearly gives Zak and Jay a heart attack.

Additionally, Aaron is having his own issues and busts out of the dome. As we catch up with him, he reveals to the static camera that he just saw a shadow with horns and everything.

A pretty entertaining episode to say the least. But I have to ask, with all these wild stories of the Devil, the demonic, the bodies and the trouble, why hasn’t the current owner just destroyed these buildings and cast the demons out? Oh wait, that would impact profits, can’t have that.

Was it me, or was the owner a pretty jovial sort of a guy? I mean he comes out to politely ask Zak to sign the waiver and then gives him a tour of the place. He also says Zak is more likely to get hit on the head from falling concrete than from something supernatural. He doesn’t seem too concerned about demonic forces does he? I guess he has the same idea, that all this satanic talk is just a bunch of stupid kids acting like idiots, getting drunk, doing drugs and telling each other bullshit stories.

So this just goes to show, that when you head out to the quiet plans of Arizona where sound can travel for thousands of feet, sit in a circular room with wild acoustics and think about the devil too hard, you’ll make yourself believe in anything.

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Grant Wilson leaving Ghost Hunters

New York, NY – February 16, 2012 – As announced on last night’s episode, Grant Wilson, co-lead investigator of Syfy’s hit reality series Ghost Hunters, will be departing the show.  His last episode will air Wednesday, May 16 @ 9pm, and he will wrap production at some point next month.

Of the departure, Wilson said, “It is with mixed emotion that I am announcing my departure from the cast of Ghost Hunters.  While paranormal investigating has always been and will remain a passion for me, after enjoying nearly eight successful seasons on television, I have made the decision to leave the series in order to focus on other aspects of my personal life.

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Ghost Hunters Live Halloween Special at Pennhurst State School and Hospital

For those that are interested the Ghost Hunters team will do a Live investigation of the Pennhurst State School and Hospital on October 31st at 7pm EST.

Special guests include Ghost Hunters International team members: Barry Fitzgerald, Kris Willams and Joe Chin. As well as Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files investigators: Ben Hansen, Jael De Pardo, Devin Marble.

The Ghost Adventures Crew went there in 2009 and the Pennhurst episode was the kickoff to their new season. The evidence came across as a little light to me, but they didn’t get to dedicate nearly the amount of time the place deserves. I also think they barely scratched the surface when it comes to covering the grounds.  You can read all about that episode and the location here: Pennhurst State School and Hospital

Let’s not forget that Josh Gates will be hosting this episode and he does a fantastic job. Hopefully this is actually a live investigation and not just a recording of a live event.

Ghost Hunters Live Halloween Special 2011 at Pennhurst State School and Hospital on SyFy

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Ghost Adventures – Bonnie Springs Ranch – S04E17

Bonnie Spring Ranch was part of the Spanish trail and was used by settlers trying to make their way to California. The area is rugged and many people would have been stranded, attacked by bandits or would have run out of supplies on the trial. For this reason the team thinks there is a lot of activity out here.

To make peace with the spirits and show their appreciation they invite the Southern Paiute Indians to come out and perform a ceremony and give them a blessing for the investigation. They also head out to some cliffs where they turn right around and come back to the investigation site. Not sure what this was all about but it seemed pretty pointless to me.

The Opera House and the Wax Museum are the hot spots of the area, but the reported activity is pretty mild if you ask me. People feel cold spots, a wax figure keeps being moved around (curse those vandals) and an investigator claims she got scratched.

But the team gets ready for what I think turns out to be a pretty uneventful investigation. While looking around Aaron thinks he hears some sort of chant going on. In reality that sound could be coming from anywhere. Sound has a tendency to travel ya know.

There is also the claim on an EVP of "come here". It really doesn’t lead to much else and there is no other communication. They try to get more EVPs by having Joe try and stir up the place by asking why the spirit is angry. The most they get is Billy (the audio tech) feeling some static. I really can’t say that is evidence of anything.

Obviously the place has to be haunted and they couldn’t have come all this way for nothing so they claim to see an apparition coming out of a doorway. I can’t make that out, but they repeatedly claim it’s there.

For the final piece of evidence they hear footsteps wandering around.

I really don’t think they got much out of this one. In truth I think they knew things were a little slow so they started reaching and trying to make something out of nothing. Maybe something was going on, maybe that was an apparition, and maybe those were the boots of some long gone cowboy, but then again when you let your imagination run wild anything is possible.

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