Ghost Adventures – Hauntings of Vicksburg – Champion Hill Battlefield – Part 4

hill-of-death For the next installment of the Vicksburg grand tour, Zak and team visit the Champion Hill Battlefield where Grant and Pemberton squared off in 1863. Thousands of men lost their lives in savage fighting. The land is now in the hands on Sid Champion V, and Zak can feel the darkness and weeps for the land.

Zak uncovers three stories of pure evil. Al, a friend, saw a mist moving up the hill. Mike, another friend, felt something cold on his shoulder. Sid has the most frightening tale of them all and takes the crew to The Hill of Death, where evil came across as a wet blanket of emotion.

Those are the tales of evil? A mist, getting the cold shoulder and feeling some emotions? You think, “pure evil” would present itself in a guise of something a touch more sinister.

They start off the investigation by firing a Civil War cannon, which nearly makes Aaron soil his pants with excitement. From there, Bill Chappell sets up what is in essence a laser microphone. In the midst of a rain storm, Zak seems to do some “conjuring” when he commands the men to “Rise out of this ground”. They feel the beam is being broken and get the words, “I feel dead.” For once, I actually hear something in the static and it’s sounds a lot more like, “what’s up guys,” as though they tuned into a walkie talkie.

To try and cover more ground, Aaron and Billy head in one direction, while Zak and Jay head another. Zak and Jay mistakenly find Aaron and Billy on the thermal, then believe they’re being stalked by a light anomaly. The light appears and disappears as though it were flying behind the clouds. But, now that Zak has a prompt, it’s time for him to zone out like we’ve seen so many times before and comments about images of bodies in hell.

This is shortly followed by two gunshots. Zak believes these are coming from the soldiers since it’s illegal to shoot guns at night. Zak hasn’t been out in the woods after dark much has he?

After that scare, they regroup and go to the Hill of Death. Just for fun, Zak brings along an 8mm camera.

As Zak commands the entities to show themselves, they get a gust of wind from the storm. Further, they get the word, “Vicksburg” when asking what city they need to take.

Much excitement comes when a branch breaks in the dark. Despite misidentifying animals in the past, since they don’t see one, it must be paranormal.

Finally, they go to where Sid met evil and find a broken bone of some sort in the back of their buggy. Because they don’t know where it came from, it too must be paranormal. It couldn’t have been there and they didn’t see it. Nor could it have been kicked up with all the crap driving Zak was doing.

And so Zak concludes the area is soaked in paranormal energy and that they have tracked down evil.

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Ghost Adventures – Hauntings of Vicksburg – Spirits Under Siege – Part 3

ga-vicksburg-lodge The Tour of Vicksburg continues with Zak and team at two new locations. The first is a former Elk Lodge, supposedly the home to severe negative energy and site of an unsolved murder. The second is the Kuhn Memorial Hospital, which treated smallpox patients and Civil War soldiers.

Malcolm Carson own the Lodge and tells how he makes repairs, but the next time he shows up, his work is undone. Additionally, tools go missing so he keeps buying new ones. Most would say this is the work of vandals or shoddy workmanship, but to Zak, it’s the work of paranormal spirit energy.

The first thing to note about the Lodge is that it’s completely falling apart. There isn’t a straight line to be seen or a board that isn’t rotten. However, when Zak steps inside and something falls amidst all the visible debris, he claims something was thrown at him.

He also picks up and EVP that says, “Let me get out.” How he discerns those words is beyond me.

When Zak goes to visit the Kuhn Hospital, he comments the building is the face of evil. He follows this up with conversations from two paranormal investigators. John says he had an ordeal that drove him away from the hospital and this is first time he’s been back in 4 years. He doesn’t explain that incident other than saying something was watching him.

David says he was investigating when the spirit of Michael said he was going to kill one of their investigators. Nothing actually happened to any of them, but that is their story. When Zak speaks of Michael they hear a bang. They make a frantic charge up the stairs only to stop after a few steps. Additionally, Zak says he sees someone moving down the hall.

However, the bang and figures are revealed when Zak finds two construction workers loading a dumpster.

The actual investigation is broken into two parts. Zak, Bill Chappell, and Billy will investigate the Lodge with Aaron and Jay over at the Kuhn Hospital.

Bill Chappell has come out to create an EMF vortex so he can capture it with a variety of devices. This experiment creates a lot of EMF energy that they can all feel and react to. Bill admits the effect of that high of EMF is disorienting.

And then the big evidence of the night happens, a board falls over. Zak and Billy make a huge deal that a 4×4 board of that size couldn’t possibly fall over on it’s own, it’s just too heavy. How is something too heavy not to fall?

But, it’s not too heavy for Bill, who picks it up with one hand without any strain. Zak continues to expound on how profound this evidence is and how it’s proof of poltergeist activity since there is no visible way to explain why the board fell.

Over at the hospital, Jay and Aaron send themselves into a fit as they discover someone is walking around the hospital with them. They clearly capture a figure. So clear in fact, it’s obvious it’s another person. And their big discovery for the night is a pile of Ziplock bags of poo.

Another piece of evidence they capture is something climbing on the wall. A wayward animal climbing a wall wouldn’t be a stretch for this location.

With the investigation over, all the focus is on the board falling over. Zak says the board is so heavy you need to two hands to pick it up. He’s completely wrong as we saw Bill pick it up with one hand. Zak is utterly convinced that a board falling over is the work of spirit energy and will not accept any other explanation.

Zak is free to believe whatever he wants, but this is another example of his paranormal hypochondria. He should also look up the subject of gravity.

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Haunted Towns – Bisbee Arizona – S01E05

silver-king-hotel For this episode, the Tennessee Wraith Chasers, head to a town I have visited, Bisbee, Arizona, where copper was king, prostitution was plentiful and the conditions were downright dangerous. We have the usual stories of terrible working conditions, prejudice and violence against “foreigners”, death from accidents, poverty and men turning on each other to make a living.

We start by talking to Danielle, owner of the Silver King Hotel, who relates two pretty meager ghost tales. The first involves a Chinese laundress who wanders into room 1 and shakes her fist. The other involves a friend she hired, who quit on the first day and left his tools behind. A couple of months later, those tools are found in the boiler room, a different floor than where he was working. I don’t really feel either of these qualifiy as a story of paranormal activity, but Chris is trying to make this out to be poltergeist activity.

The evidence, or lack thereof, pretty much agrees with that. While on the 3rd floor, Chris and Porter get goosebumps and Porter believes he sees a shadow. Meanwhile Brannon and Doogie are using the flaky flashlight trick as evidence of the paranormal.

As they bring the night to close, they all gather in the same room and work on an EVP session. When they ask if someone is in the room, they get the word, “No”. This is recorded on one recorder but not the other, and that makes it special, so says Doogie.

For Day 2, they head to the Queen mine with it’s 2000 miles of tunnels and 372 deaths. Men died in elevator accidents, from cave-ins and the floor giving out. There is also the claim of a headless miner.

Chris and Doogie try to find the headless miner, but as you might expect, don’t capture anything. Brannon and Porter go to the elevator shaft and ring the bell at midnight. This makes their partially screwed in flashlight go off. This coincides with Porter saying he feels something around his wrist.

At the end of the investigation, Porter believes Bisbee lives up to it’s haunted reputation because he got goosebumps, believes he saw a shadow, had something touch his arm and his flashlight went off.

And that is the evidence they collected after two days in one of the most haunted towns in America.

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Ouija Mat and Astrology Skull

Always on the lookout for interesting Halloween decorations, I found two that really caught my fancy.  While looking around Spirit Halloween, I discovered they had a Ouija section which included shot glasses, planchettes, fleece towels and a door mat. I wasn’t sure what to do with the mat as leaving it outside might strike the wrong chord. However, I have found a brilliant way to use it all year round. Since my computer desk is glass, it makes a fantastic keyboard mat and wrist support. It’s the perfect size and makes me laugh every time I sit down.

The other is an astrology skull I found on Amazon. It’s close to the size of an actual skull, with all sorts of signs and markings. It has a good weight too it, feels sturdy and has a really unique look. It’s a dash on the expensive side, relatively speaking, but it’s well worth it because of the uniqueness.

Two more complementary items are on the way that will make very nice additions.

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