Syfy drops Ghost Hunters

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Let’s be honest, we’ve all seen this one coming haven’t we?  Will this be the end of Ghost Hunters? I doubt it.

There is still a lot of interest in the paranormal and para-entertainment.If the Ghost Hunter show isn’t picked up by another channel, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it return as a special of some sort. Can you say Halloween special … How about books?   LMAO.

At any rate, I want to thank the Ghost Hunter franchise for the years of entertainment.

Mama don’t let your babies grow up to be … ghost hunters

♫ Mama don’t let your babies grow up to be … ghost hunters. ♫

Okay, as it turns out, while some Mothers may not want their sons to be cowboys, some Mothers at J.E. Jones Elementary in Wisconsin don’t want their children exposed to ghost hunting.

“We’re not going in there with Ouija boards, dowsing rods, to conjure things up. This is not the point. We’re there to document what may have been reported,” paranormal investigator Noah Leigh told a local news reporter.

A modern ouija board plus planchette
A modern ouija board plus planchette (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All in all, it sounds far more interesting than my elementary art class where my buddy Carl was sent to the principal for eating the watercolor paints. I mean WTF Carl — geez — and he ate pencils too.

Of course, some of the religious families are opposed to their children ghost hunting. I suppose, if I had a problem with the course, my objection would be to give the kids more reading, writing, and arithmetic. Having said that, I really don’t know the course load of the students, maybe they don’t need the extra time with the 3Rs.

I guess “misusing” instruments to document alleged paranormal activities is as harmless as the paint in Carl’s stomach. Yes, Carl survived.

source: http://whofortedblog.com/2013/11/23/whiney-wisconsin-parents-dont-want-their-children-taught-how-to-hunt-ghosts/

 

 

 

Burnin’ down the house … the haunted house that is

lebeaux plantI was saddened to learn of an historic site that was allegedly burned down by alcohol-fuel ghost hunters. The historic LeBeau Plantation survived for 160 years until destroyed by a fire caused (allegedly) by (alleged) paranormal investigators.

These so-called ghost hunters have been charged with burglary and arson. While the blame clearly lands on these alleged paranormal investigators, I wonder if they share all of the blame. Perhaps some of the blame belongs to paranormal TV shows like “Extreme Paranormal.”

lebeaux plant2In the episode “New Mexico State”, the Extreme Paranormal team set fire to the old penitentiary. I blogged about the show saying, “In its first episode, The boys go to New Mexico State. They display their “extreme” ghost hunting techniques by setting fire to the floor. […] Oh yes, I can just see the hordes of copy-cat paranormal investigators.” (link) Did paranormal TV influence our alleged fire bugs? Were they copy-cats or nothing more than vandals. I don’t know.

All I know is that firefighters risked their lives putting out a fire, and that an historic site was lost. Perhaps the mantra of any paranormal investigator should be “responsibility.”

The many dangers of ghost hunting

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While some ghost hunters may fear malevolent spirits during a ghost hunt, another danger may be the occasional BB-gun armed vigilante. As it turns out, a woman fed up with ghost hunting trespassers used a BB-gun on this group of paranormal thrill-seekers.

“Jessica stated that a female with blond hair (later identified as Amey) came out from the residence next to the tunnel and told them they needed to leave,” Lipe said. “As the male was getting back into the vehicle they observed some type of firearm in (Amey’s) hand. Jessica said she saw the female cocking the firearm, and as they drove off she (Amey) fired it at them, striking the rear of the vehicle.”

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“Brandi stated that she had a Red Rider b.b. gun, and as the vehicle was leaving she pointed the gun and fired it at the vehicle, but she was unaware that she hit it,” Lipe stated in his report.

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What do we learn from this? Use caution while investigating, look out for the living, be aware of your surroundings, get permission to investigate the location, and most importantly wear BB-proof body armor.

Review: Growing Up With Ghosts

guwgGrowing Up With Ghosts
by Sharon Day
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN-10: 1481810111
ISBN-13: 978-1481810111

(Barry’s score 5 stars out of 5)

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Growing Up With Ghosts

Sharon Day is the sassy, spunky, red-head known for her books on zombies and the paranormal. She maintains the popular blog “Ghost Hunting Theories” and can be found on a myriad of radio interviews, conventions, etc.

“Growing Up with Ghosts” takes us through her early life growing up in an old Southern haunted mansion. I guess the skeptical part of me would shrug off most of the sounds described in the ebook. If an old house didn’t make odd sounds, I think I’d be worried. That being said, seeing ghosts is something else all together.

Father remained in place, frozen by the sight of this stranger in his basement. Just as he took in the details of the boy’s asymmetric eyes, the down-turned corner on one side of his mouth, the very wide-set space in the center of his face and flat nose, the boy disappeared as if he evaporated in the dry cool basement air.

All in all, it comes down to the reader deciding what is and what isn’t paranormal. Is plaster falling from the ceiling paranormal? That being said, the story of a picture crashing into a TV tray and stacks of pennies not tumbling over will have you scratching your head for an answer.

The ebook will give you a little glimpse into Sharon Day and shows the genesis of her interest in ghost hunting. I enjoyed her ebook and found it entertaining and thought-provoking.  I give it 5 stars out of 5.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from the author Sharon Day. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Growing Up With Ghosts by Sharon Day

Sharon Day, author of “Ghost Hunting Theories” blog shares the unsettling accounts of her and her family’s experiences at the 250-year-old house they called home in Northern Virginia. The actively haunted estate had been used as a field hospital during the Civil War and left a lingering residue of haunting activity, apparitions, voices, object movement, and more. To the author, growing up there since she was a baby, the phenomena seemed quite normal and natural. It honed her desire to understand how and why hauntings occur and led her as an adult into the field of paranormal investigation.

New book: Growing Up With Ghosts

Another cool ebook for your Kindle ($4.99) — just in time for those cold winter evenings. If you enjoy the work of Sharon Day, I think you’ll enjoy her latest book.

Growing Up With Ghosts
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Sharon Day, author of “Ghost Hunting Theories” blog shares the unsettling accounts of her and her family’s experiences at the 250-year-old house they called home in Northern Virginia. The actively haunted estate had been used as a field hospital during the Civil War and left a lingering residue of haunting activity, apparitions, voices, object movement, and more. To the author, growing up there since she was a baby, the phenomena seemed quite normal and natural. It honed her desire to understand how and why hauntings occur and led her as an adult into the field of paranormal investigation

My thoughts on this week’s Syfy paranormal shows

I can’t help but think that a couple of the current paranormal shows will soon become ghostly memories. Let’s take a look at “Fact or Fake.”

For whatever reason, the show continues to stray from its premise. Is the viral video fact or faked? Instead, we watch as the show, all to quickly, abandons its video debunking to do some ghost hunting. If we wanted to watch ghost hunting there are several programs that do that very thing.In last night’s episode, “S02E02: Thermal Theater Ghost; Fire in the Sky” we watch the FoF team ghost hunt for the second episode in a row.

I was also disturbed by the heat signature interpretation by the stuntman of the team. The heat source seemed to disappear, as if my magic, when another team member walked up. It would seem to me that the thermal camera is adjusting to the larger range of temperatures as Bill or Chi-Lan walk into the shot. I believe that the team either intentionally or unintentionally misinterpreted the thermal readings.

In the second part of the episode, the team concluded that the lights in the sky was a night-time parachute team. At the conclusion, Ben congratulated himself and the team for figuring it out. However; the local news channel said that the event was “airshow maneuvers“and reported that more would happen the next night. Are we to believe that FoF’s research was so bad that they didn’t check with the local TV station or the locals? If they did know what the lights were, why string us along with the experiments? Why congratulate yourself for solving a mystery that wasn’t a mystery?

Is the show “Fact or Fake” fact or fake? I would say fake!

Ghost Hunters:

Even though it’s ratings are dropping, I don’t see this show going off the air in the next couple of years.  I would like to see them return to their roots of helping people. In this week’s episode “S07E06: Frozen in Fear”, the team travels to another Haunted Theatre. Yes, the place bills itself as a haunted theatre — another perfect place to hold a Ghost Hunters convention ( so of course it’s haunted ).

The evil part of me wanted to see Steve stranded on the frozen island unable to fly off. The best part of the show is the dog and she may be the smartest one of the team.

Destination Truth:

DT is another one of those paranormal shows that I think will not last. The episode “S04E11: Sandstorm Spirits; Cerro Azul Monste” is a ghost hunt in Namibia and an investigation of a dead sloth. As for the ghost hunt, why make your show like so many others? A quick google search would solve the dead sloth mystery and I felt that they strung me along knowing that it was nothing.

There seems to be a desperation to the stunts on the show. I get the feeling that they know the show is on the chopping block. In this episode, one guy falls from a raft on the way to meet some people in native costume. My thought native costume = tourism and tourism = roads.

Funniest line, “claws perfectly designed to tear flesh from bone.” Oh Josh, that was so funny and yet so sad.

My thoughts of Ghost Hunters 7.3: “Century of Hauntings”

Ghost Hunters 1.440 million viewers,( down from the1.481 million of last week) found itself badly beaten by Top Chef and Dog the Bounty Hunter.The show is barely holding on in the top 10 rated shows for Wednesday. As a result GH seems to be grasping for ideas from other paranormal shows.

GH has made a big deal of its new van and I couldn’t help but think of Ghost Labs’ van. In this episode, GH goes without their camera crew — you know like Ghost Adventures.

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Knocks, the sounds of alleged footsteps, whispers. Let’s be honest. In a house of that age, I would be surprised if we didn’t hear some odd noises. A loose window pane and a gust of wind — footsteps? A draft — a whisper?

USS Olympia
I had high hopes for this one. I liked the shoulder-cams and I hope to see more on that sort of thinking. A noisy ship is a tough investigation, this is a perfect case for a long-term investigation in one place so you can weed out the usual noise. I have to say that it is an interesting location and I enjoyed seeing it.

I think that the GH cast and crew could benefit from reading “Was That a Ghost?” by Sharon Day. Maybe we should all chip in and buy the GH cast and crew copies — it would improve the show.

Ghost Hunters and Pennhurst Asylum

The Ghost Hunters show started with a season premiere rating of 1.745 million viewers, but the Pennhurst episode slipped to 1.481 million viewers. The GH show was narrowly beaten by Face Off (1.490 million viewers). It would seem that the new paint is not helping the show.

The episode began with Jason and Grant as plumbers. Amy calls them with their new case. I guess that it was lucky that cameras and a sound man was there when Jason and Grant got the call. Come on guys! Isn’t it time that we dropped the faux plumbers act?

The Pennhurst Asylum was an interesting location. I would be hard-pressed to find a creepier location. I remember the Ghost Adventures investigation of Pennhurst and I was eager to see what the GH team would do with it.

The GA team covered a story about a person looking out a window. They discovered that the curtains in the window were protected by a metal screen and couldn’t be moved. This lead the team to believe that the sighting was paranormal. However; one of those screens was the source of a bang that Steve and Tango heard. That would seem to cast doubt on GA’s findings.

Amy and Adam debunk some odd sounds as coming from cattle in a pasture nearby. Maybe the next GH gear will be a “See and Say” — the cow goes moo. The GH team collects some poor quality evps ( a giggle ) and hear odd sounds.

On the plus side, the location and the look at the new GH van was interesting. Next week GH will investigate with their production people, you know like Ghost Adventures.