April 11, 2012 08:39 PM by Ryan Haidet
The shape of Ghost Hunters is soon going to change as co-lead investigator Grant Wilson wraps up his final investigations on the show. Grant, who has been involved with TAPS since its inception, announced during the Feb. 15 episode that he would be leaving the show for personal reasons. Although no further information was provided, many fans speculate he may be having marital issues since his wedding ring was missing at the time he made the announcement. As the show returned tonight, it was the first of Grant’s final six episodes, which will culminate on May 16. While I expect the episode will be a ratings success for SyFy, it really wasn’t the most entertaining one I’ve seen. What happened during the episode and did they find anything paranormal? Read on to find out!
If you were expecting a lot of focus and more answers regarding Grant’s departure, forget that. All we had was a glimpse back at the big moment when he made the announcement and several quotes about his time with TAPS scattered very sporadically throughout the episode. “TAPS is very important to me,” Grant said at the beginning of the episode. “I’ve invested a lot of my life and effort into it and I’m proud of the result.” His long-time paranormal partner, Jason Hawes, also weighed in. “Grant is one of my closest friends in the world. Him and I go back 20 years. If he needs something, I’m there for him 100 percent. And I know that the decision of him leaving has really affected the team. And bottom line, we still have investigations to do. We still have people to try to help while he’s here.”
The first investigation was in Kingston, Rhode Island at a fraternity house. It was a building that dates back to the turn of the 17th century with a very spooky history tied to a young girl known as Abigail. It has been fraternity folklore for years that Abigail tumbled to her death down what has been dubbed the “secret stairwell.” Written on the wall right near the bottom of that staircase were the words “help me.” Despite many attempts to cover the words over, they just seem to keep reappearing.
As the investigation began, Jay and Grant went to the attic first. As they were asking the spirits questions, one of their devices started indicating that something paranormal was in the area. Then the guys heard something that sounded like somebody was talking right near them. At the bottom of the so-called “secret stairwell,” they found a very strong electromagnetic field, which could indicate something paranormal.
Some of the other team members heard noises when they were roaming the building, but they really didn’t capture anything that great. There were a few pieces of audio that didn’t seem like much to me, but the guys from TAPS believed one of the voices they recorded was saying, “Who’s that?”
The second investigation took them to the USCGC Taney in Baltimore, Maryland. It was a ship built in 1936, which actually fought in the attack on Pearl Harbor. It now sits in Baltimore as a museum. Some of the paranormal claims include things turning on and off by themselves and Japanese voices, which some connect to a kamikaze pilot who died on board.
Before the investigation began, Grant offered another quote about moving on from the show. “There’s definitely a different among everybody since I made the announcement that I’m moving on. But it’s nice to see that despite that everybody knows that there’s a job that needs to be done. And I know that they’re dedicated to the clients and to the entities. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
During the investigation, the team did experience several weird noises from a high-pitched laugh to a loud male voice, which came from a speaker system that no longer works. The coolest moment came when Steve and Tango chased down the sounds of switches being turned on and off. Although it was pretty neat, Steve ruled it out as something paranormal.
What did you think of tonight’s episode? Were you hoping to get more answers about Grant’s departure? Are you still shocked that he’s leaving? Will you watch the show after he’s gone? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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