Destination Truth S04E14 – Ghosts of Antarctica

Josh and the team head out for one wild ride as they head down to a true frozen wasteland, Antarctica. There are reports that people who visit these outposts and do research out there are still feeling the presence and hearing the sounds of explorers long since gone. They see shadows, hear footsteps within the old research buildings and see strange lights. The team bundles up and heads out to see what they can find.

As you expect, getting there is half the battle. But this time it’s not a faulty car that is Josh’s nemesis but rather a broken down transmission on their chartered boat that leaves them stranded at the dock for 5 days while a replacement is shipped in. That certainly puts a damper on things doesn’t it?

But they do manage to get the boat fixed, using a used transmission (they spare no expense) so they head off and spend a lovely few days seeing icebergs and getting seasick. None the worse for wear they do come across some lonely Russians who invite them in for a feast and tell their own stories about how they feel a presence and don’t feel alone even though they’re completely isolated.

Their first stop is Deception Island where they investigate several of the abandoned buildings. Josh gets something on the thermal but not enough for a positive ID. Josh and Ryder end up in some sort of warehouse where they hear plenty of bangs coming from all around.

Gabe and Shawn see lights and hear noises in another set of run down shacks and feel someone is trying to talk to them. They aren’t able to get anything definitive though.

There is no doubt this location is eerily still and creepy, but when it comes to evidence they don’t have much in the way of hard facts. The wind and cold could be making all manner of noises and light could be reflecting off the snow in all sorts of ways. But it’s desolate and lonely and for those who lost their lives it would have been a miserable passing. Starvation, bitter cold and lack of supplies could make for some negative experiences that might still linger.

But the team can’t stay so they move on to the next location. And the tribute to the Titanic by Josh and Erin is something to be seen and experienced. However, don’t trying drinking through this piece lest something come shooting out your nose.

The next stop is Wordie Hut, but first it’s a trip to the bar. Yes indeed, there is a bar in the Antarctic (which is worth the price of admission) and if you’re willing to part with a bra you get drinks for free. Sadly, Josh is informed it only works for the ladies. I think he was robbed.

The barkeep has the keys to Wordie Hut so they set out for another investigation where they find a journal. As they read some passages about the freezing cold temperatures and miserable conditions they hear what sounds like a light switch being flicked. Is someone offering them some light so they can read the journal better?

There is also an isolation session where Erin distinctly feels a presence and Josh swears he sees something and gives chase. They all feel as though something is there but that it’s just beyond their reach.

This has got to be one of the coolest investigations they’ve done. Regardless of the paranormal aspect the idea of going to such a remote location is absolutely staggering. It’s both beautiful and haunting and is most certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The team walks away with some odd sounds and experiences but it’s hard to say if they have anything truly paranormal. That’s not the point though. This was a wild ride and was a truly fascinating adventure on so many levels.

The season has ended far too quickly. Just when I was getting back into the swing of things we’ve come to the end of the journey. Hopefully Josh and the team will be back in a few months with all new adventures and great locations for us to visit. I think they’ve done a fantastic job of exposing us to different lands and varying cultures. In some cases they’ve actually risked their lives to bring it to us. Ryder has certainly taken a few knocks in the process.

Thanks for DT and Syfy for the wonderful adventures and I can’t wait see more.

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Destination Truth – Naree Pon/Aiya Napa – S04E13

Naree Pon

For this part of the adventure Josh heads to Thailand to investigate a creature that sounds too wild and fantastical to be true. Part animal and part plant, Josh is looking for the Naree Pon. It’s a legend that is turning into reality. The Naree Pon has been blamed for several disappearances and some claim it’s actually capable of attacking people. There have been many eyewitness sightings and there is even some physical evidence in the form of mummified remains.

Josh heads to a monastery to have a look at the remains. They do indeed look like small little animals. At first they almost seem like tiny monkeys. Josh isn’t able to take any samples so he does his best by taking photos.

To get to where the Naree Pon is supposed to live Josh enlists the help of some elephants. The adventure continues with Josh and team doing some impromptu repelling. It all looks pretty rough and dangerous, but at least Ryder didn’t fall down the mountain.

The team sets up base camp and heads out into the night. They find a slew of statues, a poisonous snake and a massive cave that Josh has to investigate. The cave looks like it used to be a shrine or perhaps even the focus of a small village. They don’t come across any real evidence but Josh takes quite a tumble on the slippery rocks.

At the end of the investigation they take the photos, the only evidence they have, to Jim Dines. It turns out he’s not actually sure what the creatures are. They’re certainly odd, but he’s not really ready to say what they are. For now the whole thing will still remain a mystery.

Aiya Napa

For the next adventure Josh heads to Cypress to track down a mysterious sea monster that is said to live in the caves surrounding the area. Fishermen claim to see it and also report that it’s chewing up their nets. There are also several local eyewitness accounts.

The team heads out to the caves where the creature may be hiding and decide the fastest way of getting to them is by jumping off the cliff. Josh is on a roll! He’s jumping off everything!

The caves are too small to hide a sea monster so they charter a boat and head out into the open water. They do a late night dive with the help of an ROV. While searching Josh swears something massive goes swimming by. At the same time Ryder loses control of the ROV. Is there a massive shark circling around them?

They don’t get any confirmation so they head topside and continue on from there. They’re unable to capture any more evidence even within the wreck of an old ferry and soon call it a night. In the end they think this is a case of mistaken identity and that more than likely people are just seeing sharks.

All nautical cities have legends of sea creatures to account for disasters, bad fishing days and accidents that happen. Those legends still hold true today. As long as we have fishing we’ll have stories of sea monsters. But as with so many DT episodes, it’s not about finding the creature it’s about going to the markets and taking in the nightlife. Watching Josh and the team race around in taxi motorcycles and having Josh handcuffed was hysterical. That’s why I love this show!

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Ghost Adventures – Sacramento Tunnels – S04E23

So the guys heads to Sacramento to investigate the tunnels that are actually part of the original city. Because of floods and fires the city was basically rebuilt on top of itself. The tunnels now contain artifacts and trapped energy from the lives that have passed. While there are no specific incidents involving tragedy to individuals, the flooding, fires and cholera have certainly taken hundreds of lives over the years. Are those souls now trapped in the original walls of the city? People report feeling a presence in the tunnels, they see shadows moving around, furniture gets moved in the courthouse and voices call out to people.

As they begin the lockdown they hear lots of banging and footsteps right above them. The visitor center is right above them so they break away from the lockdown to check it out and find no one is in that building. It would make sense however that it would be real people walking around up there, someone on a bike or one of the many cars rolling right by where they’re investigating causing an echo and making that sound. It just seems like too much of a natural occurrence to put a paranormal spin on it.

As the investigation continues they claim to get multiple EVPs. There is a woman who doesn’t appear to like Aaron. There is a child that could be looking for help. Someone asks that the guys stop talking to them. And there are several other male voices that don’t actually make any sense. There is even a voice that is throwing out obscenities. It’s interesting stuff but once again it’s coming from those devices I just can’t stand and have no confidence in.

After the main investigation the guys split up to cover two other sites – the courthouse and the Eagle Theater. Nick supposedly hears what sounds like furniture moving around, but he doesn’t actually find anything out of place. Aaron, who is still in the tunnels, starts flashing some cash around and says the spirits can have it if they talk to him. On a recorder in another room there is a voice claiming it will take the cash.

On two different occasions Zak claims to see a large shadow moving around. They claim to get one of them on the camera. I think it’s a bit of a stretch to say that’s a shadow figure walking away from them. It also seems a little odd that Zak can see a dark figure moving when he is supposed to be in complete darkness himself. How exactly does that work?

Another odd thing is the claim of the mist leaving the spirit box and taking the voices with it. All of that seems pretty strange to me. Are we sure the device didn’t just burn itself out? And as anyone who’s been around computers for a long time know, once you let the smoke out the box nothing works right any more. :) I will admit, there does seem to be something going on with the box right at that moment.

I thought the tunnels were really neat, but like the Madame Tussauds episode I’m really not seeing the paranormal connection. There is no definitive haunt or happening that they’ve come to check on. Being in a dark and dank tunnel will surely make your mind wander but that doesn’t immediately make it haunted. I sort of wish they would have spent more time talking about the history of the place, I actually find that to be the most interesting part.

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Ghost Adventures – Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum – S04E22

The guys are in their home town of Las Vegas to investigate Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum which now stands on the same location as the old Sands Hotel. The Sands was one of the original casinos from the day featuring Sinatra and the Rat Pack. It was also the time when the mob ran just about everything. If people tried to cheat or cause trouble they were taken out and dealt with sternly. Guests were well to do and only the rich and famous got to play here.

So what kind of energy is here? Why are they investigating this place? It seem that even though the actual Sands is gone, having been demolished in the 90’s, the party and gambling are still going on and people claim to hear the sounds of glasses clinking together, people laughing, music and even Elvis himself may still be performing here. The building may be different but the band may still be playing on.

Some things people have seen are a figure dressed in green pants and wearing a white shirt wandering around the building. Also, Kurt, who works in the Scream House has seen apparitions and has been touched on the head by something.

Even guys from the early days of Vegas feel there are still spirits lingering around. One of the guys actually feels a little nervous about the spirits. He feels he’s made a few enemies so maybe some of those guys are going to come back and get some vengeance.

Robin Leach makes a brief appearance to say that he believes the spirits are still roaming around and may be coming back to see their likenesses in the museum.

It’s pretty interesting that so many people believe the spirits are there in the building. They really have no problem with the idea that the old guests are still there with them.

So what about the investigation? As they start off they think they hear laughter from one of the side rooms.

Zak puts some old Sands Casino chips on a table and invites the spirits to take them. An alarm goes off while their heads are turned as though someone reached out for them. As a viewer that is hardly convincing. That could easily be faked since someone could have just put their hand near the chips and then disappeared into the darkness while the guys were looking away. I’m not saying it was faked but paranormal means something has happened that is outside the normal realm of understanding. Considering we just saw Zak make the device go off with his hands this is some pretty weak evidence.

They break out the Ovilus II which is another voice dictionary. The machine starts showing the words, Play, Corner, Tied and Contract. They jump to the conclusion about the words meaning someone got caught cheating and the mafia killed him. He was then taken to a cave out in the desert and strangled around the throat. Sure, you could jump to those sorts of conclusions if you wanted to.

It does come up with some odd words with Cave, Dig, Throat, Lash. And finally Alive. These words are being said in the same place where people see apparitions. It’s interesting, but I think that device is pure bunk. There is no proof to show how or even if that device works.

As Nick is wandering around he captures an extremely grainy picture which they believe has a figure standing by the rail. Yeah, it does look like there is some sort of blog in the photo.

For a final piece of evidence they capture a voice saying "singing in the rain" which they conclude to be Judy Garland or Debbie Reynolds. Ok sure, if that works for you.

I think the location they chose was really neat, but I’m a little surprised by it. Overall I think this episode was a little on the cheesy side. Once again, I really think the guys are just reaching for evidence. They go into a place firmly convinced that it’s haunted so they’re certainly not going to walk away empty handed. I think the evidence in this episode is interesting but hardly conclusive of anything. A pixilated photo isn’t very convincing and a woman’s voice saying "singing in the rain" really doesn’t add up to much.

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