Ghost Adventures – Valentine’s Day Special – LongFellow’s Wayside Inn – S04E18

Normally you don’t associate ghosts and Valentine’s Day, but Zak, Nick and Aaron have managed to figure out a way to tie them together. Zak decides to have a lockdown at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn during Valentine’s Day to see if he can make contact with Jerusha. Legend has it that she waited decades for her lover to return and finally died of a broken heart.

She is said to occupy two rooms in the hotel, her old bedroom and the room next to it. Guests who stay in the room claim to have all sorts of experiences such as being touched or caressed in the middle of the night or waking up to find an indentation of a body next to them in bed. It has become tradition for people to write down their experiences and tuck these sheets away in the room or in the footlocker near the bed. And mind you, there are hundreds, perhaps even thousands of sheets of paper. Seems like everyone who stays there makes some sort of contact.

So what did the guys come up with?

Well, they bring out the PX Device and claim to get responses. Zak claims to see the outline of a woman when taking pictures with the full spectrum camera. And when Zak and Aaron sleep in two bedrooms Jerusha is supposed to visit them both and they claim to get all sorts of sensations. They even feel like they’re being teased by someone.

This episode really isn’t about the evidence (I don’t think they capture much), but it is probably one of the funniest episodes I’ve seen them do. We get a glimpse of Zak trying to play the piano Forte so he can serenade Jerusha. There is Zak slipping and falling on the ice with his head bouncing off the ground making it quite a spectacular crash. And there is the three of them sitting around the dinner table having a romantic dinner and looking quite awkward amongst all the other couples.

I think this episode was fun because the guys just seem to be goofing around. Who knows if they actually experienced anything, but it was great watching them try to woo the lady.

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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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Ghost Adventures – Goldfield Hotel – S04E16

The team makes another return visit to the Goldfield Hotel where they did their first investigation and claimed bricks and boards were thrown at them. This is also where they met the Constantinos who followed up Zak’s investigation with their own and caught EVPs and experienced things being thrown as well. However, the original intent of the investigation was to check out the Nixon Building and the Santa Fe Saloon since Red has locked down the hotel and doesn’t let people investigate there anymore. But in one of those ironic twists of fate that can only happen on television Red is around while they’re filming and he gives them permission to investigate there one more time. Oh the mystical power of television!

Activity around the Goldfield mainly stems from George Wingfield who was a greedy and rather ruthless mine owner. There are claims that he was rather cruel to the women he associated with. One claim is that he got a prostitute named Elisabeth pregnant and then chained her up in until she gave birth. At that point he ended up getting rid of her and the child. Zak claims in his previous investigations that he talked with or at least felt the presence of Elisabeth and he’s hoping to talk to her again.

As things get started (with the Constantinos in tow) they feel stones are already being thrown at them. The feel they debunk it as not being debris or things falling from the ceiling. Around this time they hear footsteps wandering through the halls. They also claim to get an EVP of "they’re here, what do you want". An interesting start, but it’s certainly not an evening full of brick throwing.

They move on and Zak believes he’s hearing Elisabeth crying and there is growling and snarling. While this is going on they all regroup to see how things are going. I find it amusing that they all admit they’re getting caught up in the moment and because of that the spirits are feeding off their energy. Seems more like they are working themselves into a frenzy and anything that happens will be considered paranormal. This is why I have such a hard time believing the evidence they come up. They hear what they want to hear and since they’re basically on edge anything that happens is proof of what they’re searching for. This is when they get the EVP that a spirit wants to talk to Zak.

But as they investigate further they bring out the PX device. I dislike this device and discount everything it records. For example, they claim to hear the word "kill" coming from it when it sounds more like "zero" to me. I guess zero doesn’t play as well on TV and put them in as much danger as the word "kill". They feel the box is letting them talk to Elisabeth, but I don’t think they get anything usable out of this. Of course it goes berserk and just starts making all sorts of wild noises and spits out static. Clearly this is not the work of a defective device but a device reacting to too much energy…

When all is said and done they get some static, get themselves all excited and feel once again they’ve communicated with the sprits they first ran into six years ago. They can certainly think that but I didn’t see any boards flying or bricks coming at them. I don’t really think they walked away with anything all that interesting.

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Ghost Adventures – Pico House Hotel – S04E15

The Ghost Adventures team takes a different tack and teams up with the Hollywood Ghost Hunters to investigate the Pico House Hotel, a site of civil unrest which turned into a riot and ultimately led to the death of several people. Tensions between the local residents and the Chinese were strained when a shooting occurred which resulted in the death of a police officer. People took to the streets to dish out their own brand of justice and things got completely out of control. Men were hung, shot, beaten and left to die in the streets.

Strangely, this is really the only incident of violence. Admittedly it was quite bad but doesn’t really seem to be on the same scale as many of the other places they’ve investigated. And to be quite honest the claims of the paranormal come across as pretty weak to me. A security guard claims he saw a toolbox moving around and got kicked. Another security guard claims he saw an apparition on the roof. I don’t really see these events as worthy of calling out a group of paranormal investigators.

But Ghost Adventures hooks up with Hollywood Ghost Hunters as they head off into the night to see what they come across. I have to say the Hollywood Ghost Hunters guys are great and seem very compassionate and caring guys. Their rough exteriors are for the movies but when investigating they really want to know about the people who might be there. I wouldn’t mind seeing these guys show up again.

As they make their way around the site they hear some noises and some footsteps. There is even talk of seeing a shadow moving around and some cold spots. But the main evidence they came away with are the EVPs. They claim to get multiple phrases which sound like someone trying to defend themselves about knowing information. Some of it seems plausible but I’m not jumping up and down over it. And that is basically the only evidence they found. There really wasn’t anything tangible. Again, nothing that compares to the claims like being kicked or objects moving.

The two groups split for the night and Zak does a final run through of the building with his IR camera snapping pictures. At the very end he claims to get a series of photos of a black mass in front of the window. It appears in one photo, moves in the next and then is gone for the third. Interesting, but how do we know it’s not a bird or some other animal? A pigeon comes flying out at them just moments earlier. Clearly animals live there and the place has been abandoned. It might be something of value, but then again it was at the other end of the room, we have no sense of perspective.

I have to say as far as locations go this one was sort of a dud. There is no doubt the events are traumatic but they don’t have that sustained history that other places like asylums and the prisons have. And I really don’t see that enough people had experiences to warrant someone going out there. Zak may feel this place is haunted but I thought it was pretty lacking.

As a side note I really wish they would tone down the theatrics and special effects during the background commentary. That is really starting to go over the top and is getting annoying.

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