Ghost Adventures – Riverside Plane Graveyard – S17E06

ga-riverside.jpgZak and Ghost Adventures continue their tour of California with a visit to the March Field Air Museum in Riverside where there are claims of voices, cameras getting tipped over, museum artifacts being thrown and the residual energy of a family that used to live on the site where an airplane hanger now sits.

Employees of the museum claim to have had experiences such as the feeling of something gong through them, voices and and even talking to one of the entities on a Spirit Box.

There is also a visit from Michael and Marti Parry, who give details about their location despite not knowing where they are.

For the investigation, Zak, Jay and Dakota start in the war artifact exhibit where they debunk several claims whether they realize it or not. They become extremely excited when not one but two TV monitors turn on.

A device turning on is hardly proof of the paranormal, but these are motion activated monitors. They are meant to turn on when guests get near them.

Next, they claim to see the shadow of someone walking around. This, and the other claims of moving figures, are the lights from nearby traffic casting shadows.

Next, they head out into the plane graveyard where they see shadows figures and hear the noise of someone making an escape. This turns out to be animals because there is clearly a large supply of animal droppings right in that location.

In the Restoration Hanger, Billy states that his walkie talkie falling over in a doorway is a sign of the paranormal. And that a stick figure appearing on his hacked up SLS is an apparition. And that the back pain he exhibits in multiple episodes is further proof that an entity is with them.

Next, Billy and Aaron unveil a wickedly dubious device called the Paranormal Music Box. This is supposed to play music whenever a spirit gets close enough. They use this in two locations to prove that spirit energy is with them. There is no possible way this could go off by other means or through remote control.

There’s really nothing else to discuss as this episode is ridiculously silly. I have the utmost respect for those who serve and have served our country, but this episode debunks itself.

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Ghost Adventures – Terror in Fontana – S17E05

ga-fontanaIn the town of Fontana, California, Zak visits the home of James and Michelle, who claim their children are being attacked by a dark entity. Their home has strange, blood like markings  on the stairs, poltergeist activity and physical attacks. Michelle believes that Justin is the target of these attacks as the dark energy has tried to pull Justin out of bed and has even been able to throw him into the air, giving him a concussion.

Justin claims the entity that comes after him has beady red eyes and mouth that looks like it’s been sewn together. He’s felt claws against his arm and that at one point, this unseen force threw a flashlight at his brother.

As we look around the house, there are red stains on the stair railing, red marks on the crucifix and reports of knives being driven into pillows.

In Jake’s room, a dragon “flies off” the table by itself. When viewing the footage from another angle, it’s very clear the dragon does NOT “fly off the table by itself.” It slowly topples over and falls straight down onto the floor. There is absolutely no force to it’s movement. This is the first of several suspect claims.

We also have footage of Justin being attacked in bed. Since things are so bad, the entire family now sleeps together in the same bed.

What we actually see is Michelle screaming in hysterics at nothin. Despite the claim of Justin being wrenched out of bed and thrown around, there is no movement, nor is Justin even in the frame. There is the flash of a hand, but clearly there is no “attack” and no dragging people to the floor as they claim.

For the investigation, Michelle and the two boys stay in the house and head to their bed. Zak sits off to the side to see what he can experience.

What we get to see is Michelle create an atmosphere of panic and fear for her kids. We also see Jake, drinking from a sippy cup as though he were a toddler, even though he’s 5. And finally, we clearly see that Justin is moving his legs around thereby creating all the noises and movement we see and hear.

Both Billy and Zak say they can see Justin moving, but chalk it up to Justin not being in control of his actions because he’s under the influence of the entity. That’s a pretty blatant disregard of the obvious.

After the family leaves for the night, Zak and team head downstairs. They investigate the toys as one of them has made a noise. Ironically, the grandmother is still wandering around the house as though nothing is going on.

They capture a stick figure on the wall and hear a toy say the number 6. After a time, it repeats the number 6 again, basically saying 6-6-6. Rather than thinking the toy has a short or a piece stuck in that number, they determine it to be demonically influenced.

In the end there isn’t a single sign or piece of evidence for the demonic. Clearly no one gets pulled out of bed. No one get clawed or scratched in the middle of the night. No one gets touched or attacked.

What we do have is a hysterical and mother and an 11 year old making some very dubious claims.

Ghost Adventures – Tintic Mining District – S17E04

ga-tintic-occult-tedWhile still out West, Zak visits Eureka, Utah to investigate the Tintic Mining District, an area where large deposits of gold and silver were found in the 1890s. The mayor has extended an invitation to investigate many of the old and abandoned buildings and offers up a bit of history.

Back in 1917 there was a Spanish Flu epidemic where 500 people died and were buried in a mass grave. Additionally, a Marshall was shot and killed in 1915 by his prisoner. To be honest, those are pretty mild events considering the time period. But fear not, Zak will do his best to make link to these events.

And opportunity presents itself when they visit the Gatley building and see a water well inside. When the rumor is presented a gun was thrown down there, Zak immediately says it’s the gun related to the Marshall shooting.

Another opportunity presents itself as they are told about the Fitch mansion and the mysterious events going on. An investigator named Zackary explains that he has been to the mansion and seen terrible things he can’t explain. There was a book of witchcraft, occult objects, and some human hair. These are working of devilry and Zak is determined to know more.

Billie, the owner, explains she has a roommate who studies the works of Aleister Crowley and does Cabalistic readings. He is very intuitive and sensitive. Zak is very quick to call out and denounce these “rituals.”

The investigation starts at the Gatley building, where they have brought along Julie Jordan of People Magazine. As they begin, Julie feels a cold “breeze”. The fact she keeps saying “breeze” forces them look around and they find a crack leading into the building causing a draft. Too bad they don’t do this with other “cold spots.”

Billy does some investigating on his own, and after trying to provoke the spirits, he trips over something in the dark, but claims it was a dark entity leaping off the wall at him.

They shift gears and head up to the Fitch Mansion where they sit down to a summoning ritual with Ted. You can immediately tell this is a load of nonsense as Ted says, “We need this mirror, but I don’t know why.” He then proceeds to make a mess of things to the point where Jay, being the conjurer that he is, interrupts to explain how things should be done and tries to get back on track.

Instead of calling BS on these shenanigans, Zak says Ted is making things more dangerous as he is performing the ritual incorrectly and making the entities mad.

Despite this obviously being a hoax, Zak claims his name comes across on the recorder. This is followed by a mass of static he claims is a demonic entity screaming at them from the great beyond.

There is really no need to go into more detail about this episode as it was such a nonsensical farce. Ted and Billie were obviously hamming it up for the camera and trying to put on a good show to scare the locals. The other buildings are nothing more than neat looking, old, abandoned buildings-relics of an old mining town. This episode seems nothing more than a way to drum up some tourist dollars for a town that probably has interesting things to see, but needs a hook to draw a crowd.

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Ghost Adventures – Crisis in Oakdale – S17E03

ga-crisis-in-oakdaleThe next investigation takes place in Oakdale, California, where Zak meets with Karon, a woman who feels a dark cloud of tragedy hangs over her head. Karon explains that her son recently took his own life in the house. Previously, Karon’s fiancé, who lived in the house, was found strangled, believed to be suicide. Additionally, her mother, also died of suicide. Finally, her grandmother was institutionalized for talking with the dead. It’s also explained that the first owner of the house, was killed in an accident on the Colorado river. The link? An evil house.

Karon feels her son’s energy is still in the house as people get touched, doors close, and there is a presence as though something is trying to attach itself. Karon’s daughters also feel an energy within the house. The claim to have darker experiences such as the feeling of overwhelming anger, and that Don was prone to fits of violence for no reason. Both daughters and Karon explain they have had violent nightmares and visions of rotting people.

Both Michael and Don were known to say they needed to get out of the house as though something were driving them away.

The investigation starts in the usual way with Aaron saying he doesn’t feel well and that his heart is racing. This is followed by feeling a cold spot surrounding them. On the stairs they get a spirit box voice saying, “can you help” while Zak says something touched him on the butt. Oddly, a door that no one can see closes on it’s own.

Because of the spirit box, Karon is brought in. She claims the voice is Michael and admits that she told her son to touch Zak on the butt. An odd request.

They claim to get the word, “mom” which Karon claims is her son Michael speaking. When they head to the bathroom where Michael took his life, they feel a cold spot.

Chris Fleming comes in and immediately feels anxious. He feels the spirit of both Michael and Don. But there is more to this story.

Chris says he can see Michael walking around the house, which they feel is confirmed by the sounds of footsteps. In addition to Michael, there is a female presence. Karon concludes this is her mother. Chris feels Don is a dark presence and won’t let Michael leave. The female spirit is helping Michael.

As Zak checks out the room with the SLS camera, he gets a stick figure trying to hit Chris. The is followed by the front door, closing on it’s own.

After checking out the door, they head to the top of the stairs and are overwhelmed by a blast of negative energy. No surprise, Billy says he’s going to pass out and bolts out from the house. Aaron is writhing on the floor, struggling with the pain.

On the spirit sweep device they get, “It hurts when I”, “one time” and “I’m human”. Then an odd phrase of “dimension disrespected”, which confirms the device spits out gibberish on a regular basis.

Finally, as we get to the end, and to prove there is negative energy in the house, Zak lashes out, grabs a camera and throws it down. Oddly, no one seems startled or scared by his tantrum. “Yep, there’s goes Zak breaking stuff again.”

There is no doubt Karon has suffered through several tragic events. However, suicide is not the work of dark spirits. Some may call them demons, but they are the demons of mental illness or overwhelming depression. While Karon says Don was angry but had a heart of gold, it sounds like he had some anger issues, mental problems, or another condition that should have been diagnosed and treated.

We also have the very real crime of what sounds like child molestation. It wasn’t the demons that drove Michael to do something so terrible, it was the shame, guilt, anger, or even threat of what may have happened to him.

This family needs counseling, it needs mental health guidance, and there needs to be some investigation into some earthly crimes. Don sounds like he has his own problems, and who knows how else they manifested. Instead of blaming “the devil”, get some help and get closure through justice before someone else gets hurt.

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