Ghost Adventures – Lizzie Borden House – S05E05

Well now, this episode should shake some things up shouldn’t it? Zak and the team head over to the Lizzie Borden House to see if they can make contact with the victims and possibly identify the real murderer. As I mentioned before I’ve been curious about this episode since the Ghost Hunters went there and didn’t feel it had any activity. Right off the bat Zak has very different thoughts on the matter and puts out the idea that demonic spirits may have been the cause.

We start off the investigation with a lot of history and a tour of the house. Maybe it was just for show, but Zak looked a little nervous about the tour guide having a hatchet in her hands and it looked like he got the heeby jeebies from sitting on the same couch Mr. Borden was killed on. I suppose sitting in the middle of a crime scene could upset the balance in the best of us. It’s interesting how many people claim activity in the house though. The girls have felt that something was there. People feel an oppressive force is lurking around. A couple of mediums have been there and thought something was off about the house. Is there some support for dark forces at work?

Jeff Belanger brings up that there have been murders at the house long before Lizzie came along. A mother went mad and killed her child then slit her own throat. That’s some pretty gruesome business right there.

So we have several murders and a checkered past, do we have any evidence? Zak brings in several people for this investigation including a medium and they work to contact Mr. and Mrs. Borden. The medium claims she knows additional material about the murders. She puts out the idea that Mr. Borden was killed because of an improper relationship with daughter Lizzie. Mom was killed because she allowed it to happen. I’m sure it’s not the first time the idea has been brought up, but she claims she was told this from the spirit world. While the medium is bringing this idea up, they get some voices coming through the spirit box. They feel they get the phrase, "Tell them about the girl", possibly confirmation of the relationship. They also get some other words that lead them to believe they’re talking with the victims and that Lizzie may indeed be the culprit. The voices may also be saying Lizzie is evil. I have to say those EVPs sounds pretty dodgy to me. I didn’t make out any of the words they claim to have heard. I heard a lot of pops and squeaks and static. I personally think a lot of their confirmation was wishful thinking.

Then there is Zak, Nick and Aaron all feeling sick while talking to the spirits. That’s interesting, but I don’t think it’s indicative of anything. They also claim to get goose bumps when all of this is happening. Is this an evil spirit trying to make itself known or just them getting caught up in the moment of the gruesome murders?

There is also a flashlight that turns on while they’re talking. That would certainly make you jump, but is that proof someone is there? Using the flashlight as a means of communication has been used before, but I don’t feel it’s very reliable. I just feel there are too many earthly things that could cause that. The timing is very interesting though.

Further on in the investigation, Zak hears a drawer open on its own. That was pretty interesting because in the previous shot it does look like the drawer is closed. Too bad we didn’t capture something coming out of the drawer, but it does look like something is going on there. Is something rifling through the belongings? Perhaps something was being hidden?

When all is said and done, I don’t know how I feel about the Lizzie Borden House. I can’t say I latch onto the idea of demonic forces causing the events since people have lived there and spent the night plenty of times. I think there has been a lot of opportunity for a repeat performance if that were the cause. I can’t say I put too much stock in the EVPs either. Like so many of these, I’m just not hearing it. I don’t know if the guys captured solid evidence to prove it’s haunted, but then again, they didn’t disprove it either. I think this is another one of those situations where a multi-part investigation would be in order.

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Ghost Adventures at the Lizzie Borden House

This should be awesome, the GAC team is at the Lizzie Borden House this Friday. This should be especially interesting since Jason and Grant from Ghost Hunters didn’t really gather any evidence when they were there all the way back in Season 2. How do you think the evidence will compare?

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The Dead Files – Death and Dolls – S01E04

I think my patience has run its course with this show. Conducting an investigation from these two mindsets is a great idea, but watching Amy is grating to say the least. Her spasms, spouting gibberish, flopping her hands around like she has an illness and her general mannerism while onsite is more than I can deal with. It’s like watching a 4 year old talk about pooh-pooh. I can’t stand the faces, the rolling of the eyes and all that damn fidgeting. We don’t see Chip Coffey, Michelle Belanger or Lorraine Warren act like this when they go on site and they supposedly have the same abilities. Why is Amy on the edge of pure lunacy?

Amy also claims that it takes a lot to scare her, but every episode so far she has flat out said, "I don’t like this, this scares me". In each episode, she’s been freaked out to the point of having to leave and run away. This is supposed to be her job and each location keeps bringing up things she’s never dealt with or experiences before.

This episode was just another exercise in aggravation. Maybe there is something to the Native American practice of sending their dead down the river because there were too many bodies afflicted with disease. Are we really going to believe that these dolls are trapping their souls? If the spirits were already there how come the other owners didn’t complain of anything? How is it the dolls trapped the spirits if the spirits have been there for decades? If this entire area was used by the Native Americans how come other people in the area aren’t having the same problem? Why is it just localized to one house? Even Amy said she could feel spirits all over the place outside? And a child who is obsessed about death and destruction? No surprise there. Considering what’s on TV, in video games and on the web how is a kid going to avoid that kind of stuff? But no no, we have to make the connection that this kid is like Amy because she read Anne Frank. Come on, give me a break.

This show is firmly entrenched in the ridiculous. I haven’t been enjoying these episodes so I may have to skip the rest. I think the Travel Channel has a dud on their hands.

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Ghost Adventures – Winchester Mystery House – S05E04

If you’re looking for a paranormal investigation of the Winchester Mystery House then this isn’t the episode for you. Although the guys go out there and do a walk through, when it comes time for the investigation the tables are turned and we’re drawn in to an unusual experiment. Zak wants to try and connect multiple locations to see if he can get spirits to "travel down the wire" and meet with him. He has the Constantinos at the Washoe Club, and a group of paranormal investigators at Bobby Macky’s Music World. It’s an interesting idea, but I really wanted to see an investigation of the Mystery House.

Joshua Warren is the special guest who will conduct the experiment using a Very Low Frequency generator. The goal is to give the spirits a means of travel so they can come onsite and participate in the investigation.

Right as we begin, the Constantinos suddenly disappear and go offline while the team at Bobby Macky’s hears voices and feels things pass through them. It’s all a bit chaotic really as Aaron gets ill and gets to the point of Zak feeling something may be wrong with him. An investigator at the other location has something follow her home and is plagued with horrible nightmares and aggressive behavior towards her boyfriend. She ends up visiting Bishop James Long who believes she might in the first stages of a possession.

I’m not sure this episode actually accomplished anything. What are the real effects of this Very Low Frequency generator? Are we sure that alone wasn’t causing the feelings people had at the Mystery House? Does the Mystery House have its own energy? We don’t know because it wasn’t really investigation. I have no doubt that house has an effect on people because of all the odd angles and disorienting feeling. What caused some of the voices at Bobby Macky’s? Was there something there? Did a spirit figure how to jump places? Was one of the investigators a victim of an entity? Can this experiment really give entities the ability to come out at multiple locations at once?

This experiment should have been a separate episode rather than piggybacking on an investigation the guys talked about, but ultimately didn’t do. It’s an idea worth pursuing on its own not jumbling it up amongst other ideas.

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