Destination Truth – Siberian Snowman – s04e05

Josh and the team head out to Siberia for another in their series of hunting down Bigfoot, this time the Siberian Snowman. The Siberian version is pretty similar to all the other versions, a big, furry, somewhat human looking creature that is exceptionally tall, reclusive and although often seen, is rarely photographed.

The team lands in Red Square where they fulfill Dan’s dream of Break Dancing in Russia. He has some skills too! Well, sort of. I’m sure the locals thought it was great!

They break away and meet with an authority on the Almas who claims they’ve found hundreds of footprints and have dozens of sightings. Alas, there is no photographic evidence of the Snowman running around in the hills.

They head into the high country with the help of plane, train and automobile and end up at the home of someone who’s seen the Almas first hand. But first, they’re offered a sumptuous feast. And not just anything will do for this group, it needs to be horse. And not just any part of the horse, the butt end. In his own words, Josh proves he’s hungry enough to eat a horse.

Their host gives them some details of her encounter and tells them they need to go further up the mountain to find the Snowman. So they rent a military transport and head up the mountain. The road is pretty steep going and soon they have to ditch the truck and go the rest of the way on foot.

On the walk, they get something on the thermal but they aren’t able to catch up with it. They press on and make base camp before heading out into the night.

Things get pretty exciting when Ali, Gabe and Shawn are standing near the mountain side and hear something large moving around and rocks falling. But the way things play out, the team takes off running and we don’t have any idea what was there. Looks like they might have been on to something, but bailed out a little soon.

All is not lost as they come across a tuft of hair tucked away in the foliage.

Meanwhile, Josh, Bobby and Mike come across what appears to be some massive footprints. They follow the trail, but are soon surrounded by wolves. Now is a good time to head back to base camp. Note to self, for a frozen expanse of wilderness with very few people around, there are plenty of wild animals. And no shortage of scares.

With fur ball in hand they head back to the main road and move on to their next location. But first, they need to stop at a local market for some supplies. Supplies include a whip to keep Josh under control, trendy shirts for Mike and Gabe, and a pipe so Dan can solve crimes. The stuff they find in markets is simply amazing, not to mention bizarre.

They meet up with a woman who claims to have seen the Almas while camping. She explains the area is quite rugged and they’ll need different transportation than the 4×4 Mystery Machine. Armed with a tank, yes indeed a real tank, Josh heads up the mountain. I think he needs to keep that tank for future investigations. Well, if he hadn’t broken it. But seriously, a tank!

Their new ride is turned into base camp and the team heads out to find more evidence. Bobby and Shawn find more footprints in the snow while Josh finds more tracks of his own. Josh even find a clearing where something large was laying down or rolling around in the snow. They’re able to find a urine sample and take it back with them.

The perimeter alarm goes off but ultimately they aren’t able to find the cause.

In the end they gather up their evidence and head back to Los Angeles. The fur clump turns out to be from an Ibex which is native to the region. The footprints are from something heavy which more than likely walks upright but they can’t make out much more. Unfortunately, they don’t come up with much to support the idea of a Siberian Snowman. The foot prints are certainly interesting but there’s quite a few animals which could have left those, the most obvious being a bear.

There would be food and water for a creature to live and hide up there, but you would think after all this time they would have found a carcass or some other tangible piece of evidence to it’s existence. Seems to me, like a bear or some other animal has been mistaken as the Snowman. And for the close up encounters it would seem like wolves or something similar would be to blame. Not much evidence here, perhaps he’s hanging out in Florida.

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Destination Truth – Ghost Fleet/Japanese River Monster S04E04

Ghosts of Truk Lagoon

Josh and team head out to an underwater graveyard that was the scene of a decisive battle between the US and Japan during World War II. The water is now littered with wrecked vehicles such as planes, tanks and trucks that many of the locals claim are still running. Not only do they hear the sounds of the engines, but many claim to still hear shots as though the war is still being fought. Many of the local people feel that the island has paranormal activity and there seems to be no shortage of people with eyewitness accounts. Scuba divers seem to both love and fear the wreckage out there.

Josh starts things off in typical style by renting a 4-wheel drive Jeep that is more than likely going to asphyxiate them all. It’s pretty much leaking exhaust fumes from every point. If Mike makes it, it’ll certainly be a trip to remember.

The team scouts several locations and then jumps in the water to see what they can see and hear. I have to say the dive is both amazing and creepy. There are dozens of vehicles just sitting in the water. It’s somewhat eerie to see a complete truck or tank just sitting on the reef floor. It does look like they could be turned on at any moment and driven out of there. And strangely, as Josh heads into one of the areas where several of the trucks are sitting, he hears what sounds like an engine running. There is definitely something there and you can hear an engine hum very distinctly. Of course I have to ask, is there some other explanation? Is it the sound of the water rushing alongside the container, or a vibration that’s giving off the noise? It seems very repeatable so more than likely there’s a natural cause. But none the less, having that sound coming from those vehicles would give me the creeps.

But that’s not all, as Josh continues his investigation he comes across multiple sets of human remains. There is no doubt about the destruction and loss of life that took place here. Further, there are still unexploded ordinances lying around. Josh and team swim right up on them and then make a hasty retreat before things go completely wrong.

Finally, they attempt an underwater EVP session to see if the can communicate with the soldiers. This actually seems pretty strange but who knows what kind of results they’ll get. I guess the worst thing that can happen is that they’ll get a response. (By the way, did anyone else think there was a voice saying "Hai" the word for yes in Japanese when Josh asked if anyone was there? That seems to have been glossed over in my opinion)

And with evidence in hand they head back to see they’ve captured. Alas, they yet again bring in Jason and Grant of Ghost Hunters to look over the evidence. Will this ever stop? Go away you two!

But what evidence did they find? There is the sound of the engine and perhaps even a voice. There looks to be someone walking around on the FLIR but that is dismissed as a real person who got in the way. And that makes me ask, are people just walking around while they film this? Isn’t there some sectioned off area where people can’t just wander into? You would think it would be harder just to "stumble" onto an investigation.

It’s hard to tell what Josh captured. The engine sound could easily be a naturally occurring phenomenon. Sure, it’s creepy and just happens to be in the same location as the trucks, but it’s really hard to say if it’s paranormal.

Japanese Kappa Monster

The Kappa Monster, which looks like Leonardo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles has gone from being scary lake creature to iconic decoration on lunch boxes and popular plush toy. But it used to be a scary thing right? It used to terrorize the landscape, steal children and drag people to a watery end? Actually, yes it did. Apparently the Kappa is a rather dangerous creature that is still attacking people.

After checking out the merchandising of the Kappa in downtown Tokyo, Josh heads out to look for it. And after paddling their way up the river, they have to make a few river crossing. Not an easy thing to do with all that equipment. But never fear, Josh plunges headlong into the river and builds a pulley system to help ferry things across. That Josh, he’s mighty McGyver-esque.

During the investigation they get several things swimming in the water and Josh even feels something brush up against him. There is no attack by any means so I think we have to conclude they just saw some fish swimming in the stream. Big fish perhaps, but fish all the same.

As the investigation continues they come across a cave and decide to wander on in. Those crazy kids! Alas, there is nothing to be found and the team continues to follow the river and what looks a well worn path to see if they can spot the Kappa.

In the end though, they don’t find much. There are certainly plenty of fish roaming around in the water, but there’s very little out there in the way of wildlife. Normally they stumble across something that growls at them and tramples down the grass, but not this time. They’re not sure what people are seeing, but they don’t come away with any evidence that supports a Turtle-Demon creature. Has the legend simply taken over the imagination? At least for now the Kappa will have to be content to live in infamy on a school lunchbox.

Out of these two investigations I really liked the investigation at Truk Lagoon. I wish it would have actually been an hour episode just on that. I think there is so much more history and underwater sites they could have explored and talked about (especially since that Kappa thing was a bust). Too bad they have such a tight schedule to keep. And did anyone else notice all the high tech gadgets for this investigation, especially the product placement of the iPad? That was really cool!

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Ghost Adventures – Return to Bobby Mackey’s – S04E03

For this episode of Ghost Adventures, Zak, Nick and Aaron return to Bobby Mackey’s Music World which has been cited as having some extensive and aggressive paranormal activity. On their first visit they claimed to open a portal to hell where Zak was physically scratched. Years later, they return with a public ghost hunting event and multiple people have wild stories about what took place on that night.

Many claim they’re still having residual effects. A lot of people have trouble sleeping, they have nightmares, hear voices and Aaron admits that spirits from this place lead to the breakup of his marriage. Several people that Zak interviews admit to having violent thoughts and feelings of hostility. They feel this place has effected them just from being there.

But Bobby Mackey thinks it’s all coincidence. He isn’t sure what to believe, but he can’t believe his bar is somehow responsible. During the interview there is some suggestion that Bobby may even be a reincarnation of someone who used to live or perhaps died at the site. A wild proposition to be sure.

After the interviews it’s time to get down to work and right as the investigation begins there is a loud crash and the EVP of "I’m gonna kill Zak". A pretty bold start I have to say. I have to admit, that actually sounds like a legible EVP.

But that’s just the start of the threats. They’re followed up with "I’ma kill your wife" which could have been directed at Nick and "take the knife" which may have been directed at Aaron in regard to a pair of scissors near him on the table. These are less legible so I’m not quite on board with the message because the main problem, as with so many of these, is all the noise going on. They’re littered with pops, clicks, bangs, creaks, people talking over the sounds and all sorts of other noise contamination. Quite frankly you can pretty much hear whatever you want to hear in those recordings. But if they are real, someone could be getting ready for a fight.

And once again they break out two pieces of technology I find to be faulty at best. One seems to be scanning for voices in radio waves, which honestly could just be picking up a radio station or other radio waves such as people talking. And the other seems to be some variation on Frank’s Box, which I think is complete bunk and just annoys me whenever someone uses it. I’m sorry, but until someone provides some scientific or at least repeatable data or tests on how it works I will continue to scoff whenever that thing is used.

Of course if you want to believe in such things the guys feel they connect with Scott Jackson who is rumored to have been a Satanist and is responsible for the murder of Pearl Bryant. Confession from well beyond the grave?

Moving on from the EVPs, the team is joined by Bishop Long who has come to protect as well as cleanse the place. He certainly feels there is a lot of dark energy there and while performing his cleansing ritual the guys claim to get recordings of something growling. There’s also several more threats which are apparently laced with vulgarities. The bleeps cover most of the EVP and the little bit that’s left is garbled. Do other people hear something totally different?

The Bishop brings the night to a close with a cleansing ritual and feels that demonic possession might be right around the corner if they’re not careful. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see all that since the cameras are turned off.

In the end however, the guys gather for a bit of a public service announcement where they caution viewers about the dangers of what they do and the experiences they have. I guess that is fair warning that things could get out of hand. Don’t try this at home kids!

In the end they claim to get dozens of EVPs that have nothing good to say and lay down threats at every turn. Too bad we really didn’t get to see their last visit with the public ghost hunt (or at least I didn’t, it seems like one hell of a time).

So is Bobby Mackey’s haunted? Are there really bad spirits still roaming the halls just waiting to pounce on the patrons? The team certainly thinks so, but Bobby seems to dismiss it all.

Mysterious haunting or wild imaginations?

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Ghost Adventures – Rolling Hills Asylum – s04e02

Zak and the team head off to New York to investigate the Rolling Hills Asylum. Despite a deceptively tranquil name the asylum has a pretty sordid past. It’s been used as an asylum, orphanage, tuberculosis ward, poor farm and a home for unwed mothers. Sometimes it played all these roles at the same time. This unfortunately led to some bad situations where those with mental illness were kept in the same location as new moms and young children.

From the records, they have around 1200 people who were known to have died at the facility and many of those are buried on the property. However, there could be another 1700 "unrecorded" deaths where there is no record of the patients and the bodies were simply buried outside in unmarked graves. As is so often the case with these medical facilities, care could degrade and patients were abused, used for tests and in many cases were ignored. But there are reports of patient violence as well. Patients would lash out at each other, attack the staff or in some cases abuse the orphans and unwed mothers. Some of the patients may have ended up killing each other. I don’t think anyone could say the conditions were ideal.

There are three main figures that seem to move around the building. First there is Raymond who was violent toward other patients and may have even molested them. There is also Roy, a boy who was dropped off at the age of 12 due to a giantism condition. And finally there is Nurse Emmie who apparently abused patients and may have dabbled in the black arts. The new owners claim a group snuck into the asylum and performed some rituals possibly to try and communicate with Emmie.

Right as the team starts their investigation they claim to get an EVP about someone getting out of jail. They also hear some sort of squeaking which they attribute to a wheelchair just down the hall. A creaking wheelchair with no patient in it always sets the right mood for a place.

As the investigation progresses the team plays back multiple EVPs they’ve just recorded. They hear screams, conversations, knocks, the sound of a metal door slamming and even someone saying "Get Out". As they’re recording the EVPs they get out the temperature gauge and find the temp in the room is 66.6

It should come as no surprise that I’m not impressed by the EVPs; garbled and staticy as always. As for the temperature? Well, you have to go past 66.6 to get to 66.5 or 66.7. On it’s own that’s hardly impressive. Sure, it can make you all excited and tingly inside, but it’s just a temperature reading, it’s really not all that mystical.

Next, the guys bring out something new, a laser grid. Supposedly they get some footage of movement through the grid. I can’t say it was all that definitive. I think it could be interesting, but not sure what kind of results we’re seeing on this run.

Finally, they bring in Dave Shrader as the team splits up and goes into different rooms. Nick and Dave head to where Emmie was known to work, Aaron heads to the Christmas room and Zak heads off to find Raymond. They all claim to hear things and get more EVPs.

Just to check again, if you actually hear it, it’s not an EVP, right? Basically they keep reacting to all sorts of noises and then playing them back as whispers from the spirit world. I thought an EVP wasn’t something you would hear at the time, it would only show up on the recorder. Have I got things confused?

However, the big stand out pieces of evidence are the pictures Zak took of what looks to be someone standing in the doorway and the hall. And whoever it is, is big. Is this Roy, the boy who was dropped off by his family and spent the next 50 years in the asylum? Certainly looks to be something there.

Now, if you take the evidence at face value this is perhaps one of the most haunted locations in the country. Quite frankly this would rival Eastern State and Waverly Hills based on the sheer amount of evidence gathered in such a short period of time. Of course I gloss over the EVP sessions. I think they add to other evidence they capture, but they aren’t strong enough to stand on their own. As I keep saying, there is a sound there and it has cadence to it, but I don’t hear the same words they claim to hear. I’m certainly not hearing these big conversations. I guess I’ll just have to accept that as the nature of an EVP. I think they’re interesting, but they don’t convince me of anything.

But it’s those pictures that have me scratching my head. They really look like a figure standing in the middle of the room. You don’t have to struggle to make out features, it looks like a complete person. I really don’t know about that one. I would love to study that one some more.

This was a bizarre location and I thought a brand new one until I did a quick search and found out the Ghost Hunters did an investigation there back in 2005 (Season 2, Episode 9). Of course, I had to go back and see what they thought of the place. And in their investigation nothing happened. They caught no evidence whatsoever. The only thing they did prove was that bats (and probably dozens of other animals) live all over the place. Of course, as soon as I see that I have to believe that a lot of the noises people hear are nothing more than animals skulking around looking for food. It doesn’t explain everything, but it makes me dismiss quite a bit.

Another part that has me scratching my head are those power lines. They are right next to the building. Wouldn’t that give off high EMF which is supposed to make people feel something is happening when it really isn’t? It kind of seems like you add an asylum with a dark past, add high blasts of energy which give people odd sensations and the let their imaginations run wild in a dark, corridor filled building, you’re bound to get some odd stuff. It’s possible the external factors are having a major impact on this place.

But to jump back a bit, the Ghost Hunters didn’t capture anything, yet the Ghost Adventures team captures a seemingly endless stream of voices. Were the Ghost Hunters unlucky? Were they more critical of calling something an EVP back then? Were they not quite sure of what they were doing and just missed the evidence? Did something change to stir up the activity? Kind of interesting how things changed at the same location. Two groups, two totally different verdicts. What do you think is going on with this place?

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