Haunted Collector – Shadow Boxer and Ghost Storm – S03E08

Shadow Boxer

John heads out to Missouri to visit two locations with a variety of activity. For his first stop he visits Kansas City and the Whatsoever Center where children are seeing apparitions, the boxing equipment swings on it’s own, there are footsteps and one person even claims to have felt an energy pass through her.

As the investigation gets underway, Jason and Jesslyn go to the boxing arena and low and behold they hear the ring buzzer go off. This is the same activity the owner has experience. That certainly sounds like a short, but he’s had it checked. At the same time the upstairs camera that Brian has placed starts snapping photos. It appears to have captured a figure against the back wall of the hallway.

The team also learns about the boxing death of "Tex", who mysteriously died in his bathtub. Since boxing was linked to gambling and the mafia, they wonder if he met with an untimely end by not throwing a fight. It’s later discovered that he in fact died of epilepsy and that it was most likely an accident.

On the second night of the investigation while Jason and John are down in the boxing area, one of the bags starts to swing. None of the others appear to be moving. Brian, while watching the monitors, sees some plume of dust from under the boxing ring so they bring out their snake camera and check it out. They pull out a wrapped up bottle of phenol barbital and smelling salts. These definitely look to be related to boxing and more specifically to Tex. Phenol barbital would have been used to control seizures. This may have been Tex’s medication or it may be totally unrelated.

John links all the items together and feels the spirit energy is Tex even though he didn’t die anywhere near the boxing ring. Also, the idea of Tex doesn’t explain anything related to the two girls that have been seen on the stairs. John takes the bottle and the smelling salts away and the activity dies down. But as stated at the end of the segment, people still report the girls.

I think this is another one of those times when John may have jumped the gun and tried to link too many things together without taking all the evidence into consideration. The items he found more than likely have nothing to do with Tex and since he didn’t die there, John is making a leap. It does make sense and they certainly can be linked, but that doesn’t mean they really are.

Ghost Storm

The second part of the trip takes John and team to Joplin, Missouri, site of the massive tornado of 2011. Bob Wilson, the owner, claims he sees shadow figures, feels a dark presence and images appear in an old mirror on the stairs. Interestingly, John brings in Chip Coffey who picks up on some energy on the stairs and feels something is odd about the mirror. He also feels there is some sort of pounding or lashing rage in the daughter’s room. This coincides with the daughter saying her furniture shakes, which the guys do experience, but it comes across as more of a large truck driving by than anything else. It’s still weird nonetheless and would be freaky as hell to wake up to that.

Too bad Chip doesn’t stay around for the investigation. He’s only there for a minute before whisking off. But the team sets up a laser grid on the stairs to see what they can capture. While Brian asks if there is something the family should know, he gets the words "Let go" as an EVP. At the same time the Rem Pod goes off and there appears to be a shadow moving across the laser grid. Within a couple seconds they get multiple hits on different devices.

Shortly thereafter a strange thing starts to happen with the mirror, it appears to be forming shapes and swirls. John can’t see any of the activity himself, it’s only visible with the camera. He tries to check for light sources and moves the chandelier, but it doesn’t change the effect. Oddly, John says he sees the number 22 in the patterns and associates that with the tornado since it happened May 22.

John begins to give Bob the evidence he’s collected when Bob drops a bombshell of a story. He said before he helped pull 19 people from the rubble of a building right next to where he worked. He tells of sitting with a man telling him everything is going to be fine knowing full well it won’t be. As he puts it, he lied and he is utterly torn up about it. Bob stayed at his side until the poor man passed away. How completely heart wrenching.

John associates the "Let go" with Bob and that he needs to let the story out and release his emotions about it. This could be the root of the problem. It seems Bob is dealing with "Survivor’s guilt" and needs to talk about the things he’s seen and experienced.

His story is strange because something appeared to go through the laser grid and energy caused the Rem Pod to go off. If we go with Chip’s feelings, he felt a presence as well. Something tangible seems to be going on, more so than just Bob letting his feelings out. While John overshot the root of the problem in the first part of the episode, I think he falls totally short for the second part. I don’t think he’s discovered or unraveled anything at all. But yet, they claim all the activity has stopped since he told his family about helping the victims. Again, parts of this just don’t tie together correctly.

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Deep South Paranormal – Til Death Do Us Part – S01E02

So here is the second episode in this new series and it’s not really coming together the way I had hoped. I really don’t get the feeling these guys know what the hell they’re doing and they seem more intent on screwing around and playing in the mud than discovering anything. And to be perfectly honest, Hart is coming across as a senile old coot. He talks a good game, but he jumps at everything and as we see in this episode he tucks tail and runs for the hills at the most mundane of things.

This team begins their investigation at Mont Helena in Rolling Fork, Mississippi. The story goes something like this – Helen fell in love with Henry. For reasons I don’t believe they elaborated on, Henry gets into an argument with his friend. The argument is settled with a duel which Henry loses. Henry is slain and Helen is left a shattered woman.

What ends up happening in the house is activity seems to pick up when a play is put on that describes the tragic events surrounding Helen’s life. As part of the investigation, the play is put on while the team checks for evidence. Oddly they get a Rem Pod going off repeatedly during the singing portion. They don’t have any EVPs or thermal imaging going on, but the Rem Pod is indeed active.

A part that makes no sense to me is Keith plays his guitar to try and coax Helen to continue making contact and Jonathan loses his damn mind over a dead bird. Oh my goodness!!! A dead bird, out on a farm!! This has to be the work of the paranormal.

We’ll skip over the part where they go playing in the mud. Their goal was to get to the Vick home, to learn more about Henry. Still, very little is revealed about why this duel took place. Did I miss something?

They do get some trigger objects and personal items. Keith and Benny use these to try and make contact with Henry. While they don’t get any direct communication with him, Keith claims he feels an overwhelming sadness in the house.He’s almost brought to tears. As you may expect they hear a lot of footsteps. Considering how old the building is that shouldn’t be a surprise.

Kali sits with one of the dolls that has been collected by the Vick family. After making contact using the Rem Pod, it appears the spirit wants spend time with Kali. Over time it appears some dark shadow may be forming just above her shoulder. Randy takes this as an aggressive sign and has a bit of show down. Perhaps as a way of showing off his myriad of tattoos, he throws down the flashlight and pulls off his shirt. In a sign of bravado he asks the spirit to touch him, which it may have likely done. We see him jump and bend over as though something has happened. Right after that, Randy is packing up and running away. He says it’s out of respect because they understand each other. I’m not inclined to agree. I think Randy is making an unscheduled underwear change.

Speaking of underwear changes, in the old church, Hart is ringing the bell to try and summon Helen. He says bells attract spirits. Perhaps he’s watched It’s A Wonderful Life one too many times. To that end, he pulls on the church bell three times, giving it firm tugs to make sure it rings loud and clear. When physics takes over and the momentum causes the bell to ring a fourth time, he starts screaming a bunch of gibberish and runs for the door. This makes me wonder if these guys should really be doing this sort of thing.

By the time we get to the end, I’m shaking my head at how foolish all of this comes across. Sure, there does appear to be something happening during the play and that is worthy of more investigation, but taking thermal hits of a dead bird and claiming it’s the paranormal? Idiotic. And pulling on a rope three times then crapping yourself when it rings one more time is just stupid. It’s like Abbott and Costello doing a paranormal investigation. This team really doesn’t seem savvy enough to work with and understand the paranormal. Everyone has their own style, but this isn’t looking too good.

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Haunted Collector – Ghost of Geneva and Fort Fear – S03E07

Geneva, New York

For the first part of the episode, John heads to Geneva, New York to help a woman who’s having some problems in her own home. She’s experienced being pushed, the shower curtain has been whisked open, her sheets have been torn, she’s been scratched and she’s seen an apparition. Margaret, the home owner, also notes that she had a relative convicted of murder. Oh, he was indeed a bad guy; responsible for raping and killing a woman. Sounds like a hell of time in her house!

They start off an investigation with Margaret participating. She claims she’s heard the names Beth and Tom. When calling out those names, they get a response for Tom and then John nearly jumps off the couch as he’s being touched by something unknown. There was a lot of bleeping going on there.

Brian and Chris investigate the bathroom and quickly dismiss the claims of the shower curtain. Much to their surprise, as they leave the bathroom they hear the sound of the shower curtain moving. Did it really move? Is it truly level?

For the second night of the investigation Jason and Jesslyn visit the site where William Fee would have been hung for the murder and rape. When asking about the beams and if he was hung from them they get multiple responses. It seems William is ready to confess to his crimes. However, he doesn’t give any responses when asked if he’s causing the issues at Margaret’s house. Seems there is another spirit.

Brian and John investigate the bathroom and capture what appears to be a figure in the shower curtain. The first question to ask, isn’t that a reflection of John or Brian? They just proved that John’s heat and reflection were projecting onto the shears, but that same principle wouldn’t apply to the shower curtain? I must say, I’m a bit confused by that. I think they’re looking at themselves.

John does some investigation and finds out there was a boy abandoned during the war who took on the name Thomas. He was taken in by the soldiers, but would die of smallpox within a year. Tom is the name that Margaret says she heard and it’s the name John was saying when he was touched. He draws the conclusion that Thomas is the boy they saw in the shower curtain and is the spirit in the house. John makes a small marker to commemorate his passing.

That all sounds well and good, but let’s back up a minute. Margaret says she was pushed, pinched, scratched and that the bed sheets were torn. Thomas is responsible for this and there is nothing to worry about? It we take Margaret’s claims as true then this is one vengeful kid hell bent on destruction. To me there is a massive disconnect here. What John is saying and what Margaret is supposedly experiencing don’t match up. Are we just going to ignore all the violence?  Are you really saying a three year old would be capable of all those things? If not, then maybe you ended thing a little soon and more investigation needs to be done.

Fort Wayne – Detroit, Michigan

For the second part of the episode, John heads to Detroit, Michigan to investigate Fort Wayne where there are reports of people being pinched, hair being pulled, the sounds of footsteps and the sight of a figure who then rushed the two tour guides. His presence left a cold blast of air behind.

During the first part of the investigation, Brian believes he sees a dark figure darting across the grounds outside. He and Chris give chase, but they aren’t able to find anything. They also hear the sound of pencils falling to the floor, but Brian isn’t convinced it had anything to do with the paranormal. This may also explain some of the noises other people here.

On the second night of the investigation, Chris, Brian and Jason search the grounds for this shadow figure. They come across a building with a bulb flickering in the basement. Like moths to a flame they investigate. It leads them to a box where they uncover roofing spikes that would have been attached to your boots. They believe these correspond to the death of a roofer during the riots of 1967, where a man was mistaken for a sniper and was gunned down. He was in fact trying to fight the fire that had broken out. John believes this is the connection and feels the spikes should be placed on display.

It seems awfully convenient that the light was flickering and that after all these years a pair of old roofing spikes would be in a cardboard box just waiting to be discovered. They didn’t have to do any digging or even any real searching. They just turn around and poof there a box full of relevant antiques. I wish I had that kind of luck.

Both of these episodes come across a little suspect to me. I don’t think John has his facts straight for the first part and the second has a tinge of planted evidence to it. But maybe that’s just me.

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Haunted Collector – Spirits of Gettysburg and Headless Horseman – S03E06

Spirits of Gettysburg

Gettysburg, perhaps on of the most famous names and places in the US. John heads out to the Herr House in Pennsylvania to investigate reports of knives embedding themselves into the floor, doors slamming, apparitions and even disembodied body parts. It all sounds a bit gruesome, but the house was seized during the war and turned into a Confederate hospital. Amputations would have been common so death and the removing of injured limbs would have certainly taken place.

Chris spends the night in the house and hears someone trying to open the door to his room. This leads him to investigate and he feels he hears the trap door opening. This is a trap door reportedly used by Davey Lewis and his partner Vincent Connelly to smuggle and hide counterfeit money.

As they continue the investigation they capture what looks to be a very solid and very tangible shadow figure walking towards that same trap door. Chris and John search the small little room and find an usual key. It turns out to be the key to the pick proof lock. It would have been expensive and would have been used to keep people out of something like a small strongbox.

John believes this key is linked to Davey Lewis who was hiding money from his partner in crime Vincent Connelly. Is John trying to find the money or is Vincent? It makes for a good story, but the team doesn’t capture any of the evidence surrounding the place. There are no footsteps, there are certainly no knives flying around the place, there are no severed limbs, scream or footsteps. There is the doorknob shaking which is interesting, but no conclusive on it’s own. And there is the figure walking across the room. Now, that could have been the shadow of someone behind the camera or a play of light coming in from outside. But if not, that definitely looks like a figure crossing the room. Tying it to Davey Lewis might be a stretch, but it’s worthy of more investigation.

Headless Horseman

This has got to be the most absurd and preposterous story I’ve heard in a long time! Are you really going to believe in Headless Horseman outside of a Disney story? Now, there is truth to this legend in that Julian Garesh was indeed decapitated by a cannonball while his friend, William Rosecrans rode along with him. A complete accident that may have happened more times than we would think.

The claims of the paranormal include blood on the stairs, apparitions, footsteps and of course the headless horseman. Nothing even remotely close to this makes an appearance during the investigation. To be honest, this all sounds like wishful thinking by a Bed and Breakfast owner who wants to generate some business for himself.

About the only thing they do come up with is the name "Rosie" when Jason and Aimee get to the end of the path and enter the family cemetery. While at the Bowyer mausoleum they speak to John and he hears that name in the static. Is this referring to Rosecrans who was there when the Garesh was killed? It’s quite a stretch but to keep things moving the get reading off a military patch that would have been worn by officers.

John links the two and takes the patch out of the house which causes all the non-existent activity we’ve seen so far to stop and there are no further reports of the headless horseman.

Really? Words fail me at how to describe the second part of this episode. No more reports of a headless horseman, who would have thought that possible????

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