January 23, 2013 07:57 PM by Ryan Haidet
After last week’s Hollywood-based investigations, the TAPS team stayed in Southern California for their latest search for spirits on Ghost Hunters. Mission San Juan Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano, California, is a location that many locals there believe is peppered with paranormal activity. Due to the size of the location, the TAPS team welcomed Josh Gates of Destination Truth as a guest investigator to help them cover extra ground. I always enjoy the episodes with Josh because I feel he adds a bit of credibility to a show based in skepticism. Were they able to find any evidence to prove that Mission San Juan Capistrano is actually haunted?
The location is actually a very cool place. Crumbling walls and lots of history was enough to make for the perfect freaky place to hunt for ghosts. Upon their arrival, the TAPS team was given a brief tour where they learned how an earthquake in 1812 caused a partial collapse of the building, burying dozens of people — including one girl who has become a focus of many ghost stories connected to the location. Another eerie tale surrounds the spirit many have dubbed the “Faceless Monk” who some have claimed to see walking around. For those who see his face, legend has it that they will die. Creepy story. Totally creepy.
As Jason and Steve teamed up to investigate, they started hearing scuffing sounds of shoes walking on the gravely, sandy ground around them. They stood as still as possible and the sounds kept continuing. Both guys were blown away and concluded they just heard the sounds of something walking around right in front of them.
Meanwhile, Britt and KJ joined forces with all sorts of their fancy ghost-hunting gadgets to conduct an EVP session. Suddenly, a very loud sound echoed nearby, which elicited a huge reaction from both men. “Whoa! What the hell was that?!?!” KJ shouted. “Are you kidding me?!?!” The duo dashed in the sound’s direction and tried to determine what caused it — but they couldn’t find anything. “I’m seriously spooked right now,” KJ admitted. “I’m totally rattled.” KJ said that he believed they actually pissed something off.
Jason and Steve decided to try their luck in the same area after Britt and KJ shared their experience with them. They walked into the spot and started rattling gates in an attempt to recreate the sound. Only one gate — one at a greater distance — made a similar sound. Was it the right gate? Doubtful. Even they acknowledged that. The best part of this portion of the investigation is when Steve freaked himself out by stepping on… get ready for it… a towel. Yes. A towel under his foot scared him silly, which Jason poked plenty of fun at. It was actually hilarious to think that Steve has become so jumpy that everything seems to scare him anymore.
As Adam, Michelle and Josh went to hold heir own EVP session, they suddenly had major technical problems — especially with their microphones dying. They all seemed genuinely impressed that their audio had stopped working.
My favorite part of the entire episode came when Tango and Steve held an EVP session inside a part of the building that has been off limits for a long time. In their true, goofy ways, Tango and Steve decided to speak Spanish to the spirits that might be nearby. Their overall conversation proved hysterical and Steve ultimately labeled himself as “El guapo grande.” Great, entertaining stuff.
After reviewing all of their audio and footage, Tango was able to couple a female voice with the moment Britt and KJ heard that loud crashing, shaking noise. It was a really cool connection between the two strange moments.
As this show has become exceedingly frustrating due to its lack of believability, I really enjoyed this episode. The location was creepy and filled with plenty of freaky ghost stories that everybody around town seemed to know. There were memorable moments that actually captured very strange occurrences. Finally, it felt more like the old-school episodes that I loved so much when this show first began.
What did you think of this episode? Did any of the evidence impress you? Do you believe in ghosts? Do you have any strange experiences with paranormal activity? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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Photos from the show courtesy of SyFy. Photos from Madame Tussauds Wax Museum by Ryan Haidet, Leah Machek.