Destination Truth – Ghosts of Haboro/Mngwa – S04E03

Josh and team head off to Japan to investigate the Ghosts of Haboro. This is a former mining town that may have turned into a ghost town. From the stories people tell, working here was no picnic. Many of the workers were slave labor who were literally worked to death. Many died from cave-ins and others from asphyxiation. They pretty much lived in squalor and there was little concern for their well being.

Many people report seeing spirits and hearing voices. Some are conversations while others are screams. The place is completely abandoned now and as you might expect most people think Josh and his team are crazy for going up there and quite possibly won’t make it back.

And there’s also bears up there. No Josh, you don’t get to investigate a haunted ice cream parlor. Although that would be cool!

Not stopped by the threat of real bears, Josh heads to the local outfitter to get anti-bear supplies. Leave it to Josh to go for the bat as his repellent of choice. I have to agree, sometimes the simple solution is the best.

But then it’s onto base camp and what a location it is. An incredibly dreary and run down set of buildings. The roofs are caving in, the floor is rotted out as we see by Josh falling through it, no electricity and no one around. Seems like this is the perfect place for filming a Halloween movie.

There’s lots of bangs and pops in the buildings, but keep in mind it’s raining and very cold. That could easily be the sound of rain and pooling water as well as boards creaking because of cold and stress. It could also be ice breaking off and hitting the floor.

Josh gets a hit on the thermal imager on the same floor as the girl who died. Is she looking out the window? Are we seeing some animals? It seems to have some body heat so I’m more inclined to think it’s an animal, but that is just my guess.

Bobby, Dan and Shawn are doing their own investigation when they hear what sounds like a girl sighing, perhaps even letting out a shriek. Hard to say what that noise is. Could be the wind, could be an animal, could something from the spirit world. There is a noise however.

I will say that this trio seems a little skittish. When they get worked up the bleeps go flying and so do the "Dudes!" I’m sure they’ll calm down as the season progresses. Being in a place like that can certainly freak you out.

We do have to stop for a moment and ask about all those stuffed animals in the school. What the hell is that all about? Who puts a bear in the middle of a classroom?

With their evidence in hand they head back and unfortunately head over to the Ghost Hunters for analysis. Jason and Grant don’t look at evidence on their own show, why are they looking at what Josh has? And do they really offer anything of value? "There’s definitely something there", thanks for nothing Jason. And just say NO to the K2 meter!

I think the evidence is pretty light and really doesn’t solidify the claims of what goes on out there. No doubt bad things happened and people lost their lives in a tragic way. The place is certainly run down and gives off plenty of noises and just the isolation alone will scare you. While spirits could be out there, I don’t think they showed up for this episode.

And anyone else notice they had no car trouble?


Africa is home to the Mngwa, a sabertooth cat looking creature that has been scaring the villagers for who knows how long. There are cave paintings and stories of it coming out of the plains and attacking people.

The good car vibe doesn’t last and their rugged 4×4 needs a bit of a push to get going before the investigation can start. But once they’re off, it’s out into the plains of Africa where the real wild animals roam.

Josh meets up with a guide who gives them directions on where they need to meet the nomadic tribesman who can tell them more about the mysterious Mngwa. Of course, directions is a loose term and Josh proves his map navigation skills could use a bit of work. After finding the big tree and circling the giraffes he finally runs into the tribesman who relay the story of a recent attack. They also get some lessons in how to defend themselves with bow and arrow. I think the team needs a little more archery practice. At least they didn’t shoot the truck, or themselves.

They get the investigation underway with a little help from the tribesman who have to help kickstart the truck again. And with the engine running they take Old Reliable out to scope out the area and see what animals are in the vicinity. Let me think for a minute, let’s take the truck that has a hard time starting out into the plains of Africa, at night, with the wild animals.

Luckily the team doesn’t get eaten but they come across plenty of animals and a set of huge footprints. Things get a little dicey as Shawn and Bobby gets themselves surrounded by animals in the tall grass. But Josh blazes a trail and gets them out of harms way.

They really didn’t come up with much, but what about those footprints? It turns out they’re probably from a lion, but a damn big one!

The story of the Mngwa has been handed down from one generation to the next, but it most likely is a case of mistaken identity. As we see, animals can grow to a massive size and when they catch you unaware, the stuff of legends is born.

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Destination Truth Spirits Of Angkor Wat/Canadian Lake Monster S04E02

Well that didn’t take long, we hit the second episode and Josh is already driving a car with the wheels ready to fall off. He even has bad luck with Jeeps. That’s saying something!

Angkor Wat

Josh and team head to Cambodia to investigate the spirits that seem to inhabit the ruins of Angkor Wat. People report screams, see lights and lots of other experiences in the temple. One person even claims to have been attacked by a spirit. After talking with several eyewitnesses Josh and team do the first overnight paranormal investigation.

To start the investigation off right, Josh heads out for a spa treatment and dips his feet into a pool of pedicure loving fish. They were slightly sidetracked while on their shopping spree looking for fruit offerings for the spirits.

They also need to get incense and candles from two different shrines. It’s basically a motorcycle trek around Cambodia as they find the appropriate offerings. But with the right pieces in hand they set out for the night.

As Josh leads his team out, they’re confronted with a choice – the door on the left, the one in the center, or the one on the right. Did we all guess this was a choose your own adventure beginning?

The investigation starts off with Dan and Bobby doing an EVP session in the ceremonial pool. As they’re talking you can clearly hear a wailing sound. Now my first thought is that it’s animal; some sort of large cat. There is a chance it could be the wind too. Certainly seems like it could go whipping around and generate that sorts of sound. Either way, they’re outside, so it could be any manner of noise that’s just being amplified by the acoustics.

One thing that’s interesting is what looks like a figure walking near the columns. It certainly looks like a figure, but again, how can you be sure it’s not a reflection. It’s hard to say what that really is, but there looks to be something walking around out there.

Josh also sees some lights flickering in the area. You can’t really tell what those are since they don’t actually show up on the camera. He could be seeing the eyes of an animal or the reflection of some bugs. Josh is certainly excited about it, whatever it is, so once again, it seems like something is hovering out there.

Josh and team did manage to capture two EVPs, but like so many others it seems there’s something there but who knows what it is. When asked if someone is there they get a "Keep Off" as the reply. And when asked if they should leave, they get a "Yes". Is someone speaking from the other side? Maybe, but they need to speak up a little.

A really interesting place, but it seems like animals are the explanation behind most events. There is some howling, but considering the outdoor environment, plenty of natural explanations exist.

Ogo Pogo

Everyone seems to have a lake monster and Canada is no exception. For them, they have the Ogo Pogo which seems to be a Loch Ness style creature that inhabits the lake. Josh and team head out in search of an explanation.

And even in Canada they run into car trouble. At first glance the car seems respectable and reliable. But that’s on flat ground. When it comes to the hills things get a little rougher. Their little mule just can’t take any more and after making an abundance of clunking sounds it finally overheats. Josh and team resort to showing a little leg while trying to hitch a ride. It was the I love Canada hat that proves they’re not a threat.

After being rescued by some passers-by, they meet up with local residents who tell of their own encounters with the creature. It seems to appear off Rattlesnake Island (such a cool name) so Josh and team go up in a plane to scope out the area. Canada has better planes than cars so there’s no incident, but they do manage to see some splashing around in the water. They team flies into action to try and locate the source by landing near the island. Wasting no time, Josh puts on the wetsuit and dives right in. As you might expect he finds a creepy cave and heads right in. As you also might expect he sees a large shadow while in the murky water and the team send in a robotic drone to try and find it.

Alas they don’t find the source of the shadow so who knows what it was. Considering the murky water it could have been any manner of debris.

The team makes camp and then heads out into the water with sonar to pick up the trail. They get a reading that something is underneath the boat, but once again nothing seems to come of it. The object doesn’t move and keeps pace with them. They toss out the evidence and move on.

While scanning the water they do see big ripples in the water and give chase. Unfortunately, once again it turns out to be nothing.

There is an incident with the ROV being pulled, but it may have gotten tangled in something or been nibbled on by a fish. It wasn’t a sea creature, I’m pretty sure of that.

In the end they capture very little evidence. They have some close calls, but don’t come away with anything that really supports the claim of a large sea beast lurking in Canada. There’s something in the water but they could be seeing schools of fish or some other perfectly reasonable, albeit large, fish.

For now, Ogo Pogo is still a mystery and remains as elusive as Josh getting a decent rental car.

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Ghost Adventures – Gettysburg – S04E01

A slew of evidence in this episode, some of it came across as compelling, some came across as complete bunk.

Soldier’s Museum

Gettysburg, famous for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which are its battles. And not easily won, decisive battles, but extremely bloody and costly battles. Zak, Nick and Aaron head to the battlefields of Gettysburg to immerse themselves in the lives of the soldiers who fought and died there. But it’s not just the soldiers, but also the children who were sent there as orphans who were beaten and punished for the most minor of infractions.

Stories tell of Rosa who used to stick the children in the pit as well as chaining them to the wall. There are claims that she ordered the older kids to beat the younger children to keep them in line. There’s even speculation she may have even killed some of the kids in her care.

The team jumps right in and heads down to the pit to see if they can talk with the children. They start off with offering some candy and almost immediately get an EVP of "You’re wonderful. Thank you" which sounds surprisingly clear. But seconds later it seems like rocks are being thrown around the place and a warning to "Watch your backs". There are some bangs and thuds (you don’t actually see anything) but again another respectable EVP.

Another EVP they get are the words "Betcha won’t untie me" which I think is a bit of stretch. I can see where that phrase fits, but I don’t quite hear those same words. Anyway, it’s an odd thing to say. Is someone asking for help or throwing out a taunt?

The other EVP that’s odd is the one recorded by Aaron as he’s talking about the display cases and the money in the museum. They hear "Pass all the Morgan’s" referring to the money. That EVP is nowhere near as clear as the others so I have a hard time hearing their translation. It would be interesting that they have activity from multiple time periods. There verdict is still out on that.

As Zak is still in the pit they claim to get "Kill the girl" as they provoke Rosa. I don’t hear that at all. That sounds like nothing but static and some wishful thinking to make up that phrase. I think that’s a throwaway as is the "I want the bowl of money" they claim to capture. Those are so garbled and come across as background noise. The first two sounded quite distinct, but the rest aren’t worth paying attention to.

Jennie Wade House

Not the word database box again! How can you even say that thing works? Taking it at absolute face value how could a spirit possibly know what level of energy it needs to form a specific word? Where’ the instruction manual? Is there a class on how to work it before the lockdown begins? That thing is a farce!

It all sounds great and exciting to get words like Pass, Property, Helpful, Teen and Drink, but there is no way to validate the finding so it should be completely discarded.

But the big EVP moment is a voice from beyond saying, "I’m pregnant". That static in the air does not equate to "I’m pregnant" to me. If that’s what you hear, fine, but to me, that could be anything! I’m going with another example of wishful thinking and hearing what you want to hear to make it fit the story.

And then we have Zak hovering over the body of Jennie as he does some provoking. Perhaps he’s taking too many liberties with Jennie, or perhaps someone is getting frisky, but Zak claims he was grabbed on the ass. It was more amusing than anything else, almost an excuse to keep saying the word "ass".

Engine House

We start off with a trio of EVPs which sound like their plotting against Zak. Once again, nothing but static to me so I think it’s a pretty big leap to make a conversation out of all that. I hear noises, but there is no way I agree with what they hear.

As soon as I saw Zak with the pistol I said, "Zak will fire it, then they’ll capture a figure of a soldier at the end of the tracks". And low and behold that exact scenario played out. That was way too damn predictable to believe, way too coincidental for me. I’m not saying anything one way or the other, but I just can’t get excited over that. It would be far too easy to artificially recreate that…

I applaud the effort of bringing in the voice pathologist for the "I’m pregnant" clip, but I’m not really sure she proved anything. I’m still not a fan of EVPs as evidence. I really like the first two Zak and team came up with, the rest however, don’t add up to much.

A nice season opener though, and in a pretty interesting place. I don’t agree with most of the evidence, but I still enjoyed the ride. It was a little over the top in silliness at times. That happens sometimes I guess. I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with next.

What do you think? Do you think they found some compelling evidence? Did they capture Jennie giving a message about her baby? What do you think about the season opener?

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Ghost Adventures returns tonight with a marathon!

Don’t forget, tonight is the return of the Ghost Adventures crew, and it’s not just a single episode, but a marathon of episodes for this Friday night. Things kick off with "Best Evidence So Far" and then the season premier with the team in "Gettysburg". After that is a rerun of "Washoe Club" and then a re-airing of "Gettysburg". That’s a pretty good kickoff to a new season.

Don’t forget, the action starts at 8PM tonight.

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