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Sunday, January 28, 2018

My Take on Ghost Adventures

Jay Wasley, Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, and Billy Tolley make up the Ghost Adventures crew. Image credit: GAC

Many of my friends and relatives watch Ghost Adventures each week and there are mixed feelings about Zak Bagans and his Ghost Adventures crew. Some people love the show and others don’t but no matter what you think of the show it is entertaining.

I like Ghost Adventures because I like the crew. Aaron Goodwin is my favorite. He is expressive, funny, and honest. Aaron makes me laugh. I don’t think that is the intention of the show but there are times that it is pretty darned funny.

Ghost hunting takes you into some dark and dirty places. This was a basement of an old building we investigated in the river bottoms. Image credit: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations


These guys started out by making a documentary in 2007. The documentary was made in Virginia City, Nevada and in the course of filming they caught a full-bodied apparition on video. It is dark and transparent but it is there. My friends in the paranormal community agree that is why they got their show on the Travel Channel.

By October of 2008 Ghost Adventures was on the air. The first episodes were rather calm. The guys would get voices on the spirit box and calmly converse with the spirits. There was no jumping or running and screaming in those early episodes.

Waiting for the Tempod to go off in the 1859 Jail. Ghost hunting is a waiting game. Image credit: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations


Although the running is rare, the jumping and screaming is in many episodes. I think what happened is that their executive producers told them that they needed to be more dramatic. Drama makes better TV. If the guys jumped when they were a bit scared or screamed like a little girl now and then it would make the show more exciting. Ghost hunting is boring unless you get into a place that has extreme activity and that is rare. They had to liven it up a bit.

Paranormal investigators that don’t work in front of the cameras don’t over react. We calmly sit in the dark for hours waiting for a reaction, voice, noise, or anything. When we get a voice, we ask questions to try to get as much information as we possibly can. Spirits don’t perform on command and getting a conversation going with a spirit rarely lasts long. Spirits are constantly on the move and most don’t want to reveal much.

Guest investigators waiting for something to happen at the 1859 Jail. Ghosts don't respond on command. Image credit: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations


Another thing many people may not know is that one episode of Ghost Adventures may take a week to film. The paranormal group I’m in knows the owner of one of the places the Ghost Adventures crew investigated. It took them one week to get enough evidence to put into their hour show. There is nothing wrong with that. As a matter of fact, that proves the evidence on the show is real. This is how paranormal investigating works. Like I said before, ghosts don’t perform on command. We have to remember that spirits were once human beings and we all know how cantankerous humans can be.

Oddfellows Asylum in Liberty Mo. The GAC investigated here in 2015. Image credit: Dusk 2 Dawn Paranormal Investigations

Another reason I watch Ghost Adventures is that I like to see where they go. I have a bucket list of haunted places that I want to go to and sometimes after seeing one of their shows I end up adding a new place to my list. Of course, they get into places that small groups like mine couldn’t get into without paying an astronomical price.


Several of my friends and I agree that there are times that Zak Bagans gets a little too dark. He seems to go after evil entities in a way that can be dangerous. He’s admitted to having things attached to him which I hope that he has gotten rid of by now, but this is worrisome. 


Zak has his Haunted Museum which is filled with some of the creepiest things I’ve ever heard of. Most of his collection supposedly has dark things attached to them. The Dybbuk Box which has a frightening history of giving people nightmares and making its owners sick was donated to Zak’s museum after it was supposedly sealed. Now it apparently has brought a black-cloaked figure into the museum that has been seen by Zak and many guests. Zak also has Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s death van and the chair that Michael Jackson received his Propofol injections in. To sum it up, visitors have to sign a waiver that states they are aware of the risks of entering the museum. To say that Zak Bagans is obsessed with death is an understatement. I’m also fascinated with what is on the other side but I think Zak takes it to a whole new level.
Learning to sense energy can come in time. Although it's not considered solid evidence of the paranormal, it helps investigators to know where the spirits are located. Image credit: hhopus


Another thing I've noticed in the recent episodes is how in tune the guys are with spirit energy. I don't doubt that they feel spirit energy because once you have investigated the paranormal for many years, you learn to pick up on energy in a room. Some people are more sensitive to this energy than others. It just depends on how much you can open yourself up to it. 

Overall, I enjoy watching Ghost Adventures. I love Aaron Goodwin and the guys and hope they continue on past their tenth anniversary this year. I also hope they don’t get too involved with the darker side of the paranormal. There are some things in this world that are better off left alone.

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