Haunted Collector – Haunted Island and Ghosts Of Maui – S02E12

Haunted Island

John and the group head off to the big island of Hawaii to some investigations for a couple of business owners. They first visit a former pineapple plantation where several people have had experiences with the windows flying open and then slamming shut, as well as beds shaking and not being able to move.

Right off the bat, these seem to have pretty normal explanations. It sounds like sleep paralysis and activity from volcanoes. I’m sure Hawaii has a near constant stream of seismic activity so a bed shaking would be normal. That would also shake and rattle all the windows. Is that exactly what happened with this? Who knows, but it’s just as likely and explanation as anything else.

So what does the investigation yield? John experiences the same odd behavior with the windows. Or at least one of them. There is a bang as he tries to record some EVPs. They head outside, it’s a calm night by the way, and discover a room underneath the porch. It turns out this was the servants quarters. It’s a pretty cramped little area so I doubt they would have been happy. While there is no corroborating evidence, it is believed that the original owner may have been abusive to his workers. It is also rumored that one of the female workers committed suicide on the property, perhaps even in the bed they discovered in the living quarters. It’s also noted that there are tea leaves wrapped around the posts of the bed. This is believed to ward off evil spirits and bind them in place, in this instance, bind the evil spirits to the bed. Did a woman kill herself in this bed and leaves were tied to it to keep her spirit from harming other people? Is she haunting the property and trying to get attention or perhaps vengeance against the current owners? Is a spirit really responsible for the events taking place or do they have more earthly explanation?

Ghosts of Maui

John and the team investigate the Iao Theater an old vaudeville theater from the 1920s where it’s said the apparition of woman appears. They also experience the windows opening and closing and lights going on and off. Since this location has the same issue as the previous one, it seems the window issue is more natural than supernatural. It really does sound like the seismic activity and the weather play a large part in explaining the phenomenon.

John and the team break open the time capsule that’s been attached to the building. Inside they discover an old film canister containing a small piece of old film and some postcards showing what the land looked like at the time.

While doing their investigation they capture an EVP of chanting which they associate with the Iao warriors that were killed in a bloody battle.

They also capture a white misty figure floating across the stage. Ok, let’s just stop things right here. The absolutely looked like a projected image onto the stage. It’s jerky, it shakes up and down and looks more like Casper the Ghost than anything else. I fully expected Velma to yell "Jinkies" and then come running out to reveal the projector. Maybe that was an apparition, but egad, that looked absolutely man made and some of the worst special effects out there. I’m not calling that a fake, but damn, that was a fake.

To try and calm the spirits, John makes a small little tribute to the actress in the short film. They place the time capsule items in a display case so that everyone can see it. It’s a nice gesture, but doesn’t seem to do anything.

I’m still firmly convinced that everything these people experience are natural occurrences and that if the white figure wasn’t a complete hoax it was a reflection from something outside. I refuse to believe it’s an actual spirit.

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Haunted Collector – Enfield Horror and Masonic Spirits – S02E11

Enfield Horror

In this episode, John and the team visit a house that is just plain nuts. Even if that large outline on the floor in the shape of a body isn’t a bloody stain and even if the baby monitor didn’t pick up "you’re all going to die", the number of deaths in house is off the charts.

However, there is plenty about this place that is perfectly normal. Brian makes a very nice discovery that the glowing red eyes are more than likely the street light right outside the bedroom window!

As with so many of these, the activity in the house seems non-existent. They find a necklace and say it’s the root of evil? This little horn starts to light up on it’s own? I’m not buying that. This idea of self-illumination is just a little too far fetched for me. Where are the readings they took after it lit up?

So John takes it to be analyzed and finds out it might be a charm and may be associated with the Italians. Why not talk to someone of Italian decent and find out? That would be an original idea.

In John’s mind, since it may be of Italian decent and it may have been worn by the Italian who killed a woman he was infatuated with before killing his own family, this must the item he’s looking for? Damn, that’s a lot of maybe’s right there. It’s a neat story, but it’s all held together pretty loosely.

This is all pretty thin…

Regardless of anything else, how can a place like that be on the market? It took these guys a single day to find a slew of deaths associated with this house. How can they sell a place like that? Seems like there is a massive lawsuit to be had here. If none of this was told to the new owners it seems like they deserve a sack of money and that house should be torn down and then burned. Or turned into a tourist attraction.

Masonic Spirits

For this investigation the team visits a Masonic Lodge that has some odd noises apparitions visiting.

The masonic lodge has some strange artifacts like a couple of coffins. It’s very likely those are the real deal and not just ceremonial. If they did indeed transport the dead, why would those the prime suspect? If they’re not actually being used, why the hell are they there? That seems a little odd. Again, if people thing these items are at fault, why do they keep them? Get rid of the damn things and see if the problems go away.

But on with the investigation that reveals pretty much nothing. There is the voice of, "Morgan" and the sound of something dripping. Morgan is assumed to be a General and the dripping leads them to a tool for blood letting, a common practice during the time. They naturally assume this is the culprit. It’s a common tool and may have been used for as much good as harm. Sure, by today’s standards it’s completely useless, but in it’s day it may have saved lives. Even though it has no readings and doesn’t present any more of a threat than anything else, let’s chuck it away. Why? Because it’s not Masonic.

Once again, since this place was used as a medical facility are we really going to believe this is the only medical tool in the place? There’s not a single other thing related to the medical field? Noting else that would have caused pain and suffering? What about shell casings, or rifles or any of the other Civil War items that must be in that area? This is it? Come on.

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Haunted Collector – Firestarter and Haunted Museum – S02E10


The first episode deals with a family who has the strange problem of fire starting all over the place. They had fires inside, outside and even on a bed. Either they have the worst electrical wiring ever or a pyro living in the house. There are also claims that the mouth on the picture of the grandfather moves.

As they investigate the house it doesn’t seem like they come away with much. Nor do they really come across any sort of explanation for the events. It seems like if things are catching fire that easily, maybe you need to get an electrician, not someone trying to find some sort of paranormal answer.

But in continuing on with the investigation there are lots of bangs and bumps, but considering the age of the place, that would be expected. These bangs and bumps lead them to the attic where they happen to discover they Ouija they’ve been searching for. And again, if the thing is so damn dangerous why did they even let it into the house?

Ironically, John says not to touch the damn thing, in a rather hysterical voice by the way, then manhandles it himself. So which is it? Naturally, this is what John associated with the problems. Just mention the Ouija and people flip out. And the fact it’s ripped means the spirit associated with it has been unleashed. Where did that come from?

Let me start off by saying, I don’t believe that the Ouija has any power to communicate with spirits. I don’t think it’s evil or brings spirits into your house. It’s just a piece of cardboard. I don’t under the fear that it conjures. And if it does have so much power why aren’t investigators using it? If this is truly the tool to speak with the other side, then let’s get to dialing!

This episode has some serious issues and I think blaming a piece of cardboard locked away in the attic is a little misguided.

Haunted Museum

The team heads off to an old museum where the chess pieces move and shadow figures walk the halls. Of course, the way the intro plays, we’re lead to believe this is the work of the spirit that wore the Klan robe.

It turns out that activity is pretty non-existent in this place. They set up a vibration mat on the chess board, but nothing mystical happens. What does happen is we learn trucks and other things drive by and cause the place to vibrate.

As the night progresses their EVP sessions and banging noises make them open a little cubby and make the “unexpected” discovery of a slave tag near the Klan robe. Take about irony and viewer ratings!

The case needs to be made that prejudice can exist beyond the grave. And perhaps it does. But all of this is just way too damn coincidental. Since that Klan robe is too controversial to display, why even have the damn thing in the first place? Put it in a box and get it the hell out of there. And why take the slave tag away? That should have been kept around. That is something people need to see and remember. That is a reminder of the mistakes we’ve made in the past.

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Haunted Collector – Ghost Tavern and Terror House – S02E09

Kings Tavern in Natchez, Mississippi

For this investigation we’re at Kings Tavern in Natchez, Mississippi where the tavern owner claims he hears a baby crying, his wait staff is getting touched and people are being shoved. There is also the rumor of "Madeline", the mistress of Mr. King, who was killed because of her affair. There is also the legend of a baby being killed in the tavern by Little Harp. Again, these stories are rumor, so who knows what the real stories are.

As they do their research there is no evidence to support either a Madeline, or a murder of a baby at the tavern. For the moment, those remain nothing but rumor have no facts to back them up.

The main investigation does reveal something interesting. While doing an EVP and asking if bones are buried under the floor, Aimee gets her hair pulled. There is also a bottle cap that lands on the floor. Just an interesting coincidence? Did Aimee just brush up against something or did she get it caught on the mantle?

They also capture the sound of what they feel is a baby crying. That’s not what I hear, but I wasn’t there so maybe it sounds different to them. I hear more of a scraping noise, but they are all in agreement on a baby noise. Plus, if Brian, the most level headed one in the group says he hears a baby, I will go with that.

As they look around they are "drawn" to a box where they uncover what looks like a very old baby rattle. It happens to be in the room above where they heard the baby noises. John takes it to an antiques dealer and it does indeed turn out to be a rattle from the late 1700s.

It’s interesting to note that there is no evidence to support that a baby was ever hurt in the tavern. And why would there be a rattle in the tavern in the first place? Does this give credence to the story? But you have to ask, are we saying a baby is responsible for all the activity in this place? Is any of the stories are true, how does this explain people being touched, hair being pulled, people shoved on the stairs and all the other comments? How does this explain the readings in front of the fireplace? People are reporting half a dozen different kinds of things and this rattle would only explain one of them.

I keep saying it, but this location also feels like it has more urban legend than facts associated with it. All the stories are legends. The death of mistress by a jealous wife makes for a good story. A injured baby shows the cruelty of some outlaws, even if those outlaws may not have ever been at the tavern. This location seems to fall inline with uneven floors, sticky doors, creaky floors, gusts of wind and other every day events rather than events associated with the paranormal.

Schuyler Lake, New York

In New York, the team visits another home where activity is keeping the kids out of their beds at night. Mom says they hear whispers, doors knobs moving, doors slamming and that the son wakes up to see red eyes looking at him.

After going through the house it’s not hard to come up with some completely down to earth explanations for what they see. As Brian says, the red eyes are the streets lights and brake lights of cars. The daughters room is filled with antiques, and while they may be all fun and games during the day they can be creepy at night. As we saw with the music carousel, mechanical objects can behave in funny ways and give off an eerie presence, but it’s all perfectly normal. To be honest, I think these people have so much stuff that they’re just letting their imaginations run away. I think a music box starting on it’s own would scare the hell out of a teenager. But there’s nothing paranormal about it.

However, the investigation reveals an EVP with the name of "Paul". They later discover there was a stabbing victim by the name of Paul. But it doesn’t have anything to do with the name like we would think, but rather a crappy ice pick the guys find down in the basement. It is also surmised that Robert Jones would have been acting as the town doctor so if someone was stabbed he could have been on the scene for treatment. Keep in mind, this is putting a lot of circumstantial evidence together to make a case. There is nothing to show this was the ice pick used. There is nothing to say "Paul" went to that house. There is nothing to suggest that any ill deeds took place in or around the house itself. Those are simply old items found in the dirt floor and in the walls of an extremely old house. It’s just as likely, none of these items have any relationship to each other and once removed there is the psychiatric effect that something has changed.

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