I seriously can’t stand when Ghost Hunters still tries to sell us the concept that lead investigator Jason Hawes is still a working plumber with Roto-Rooter. That’s exactly how tonight’s episode kicked off. Seriously, nobody believes Jason is still working as a plumber. He possibly would never have time to do it. When I interviewed TAPS investigator Britt Griffith in June 2011, he said the show sucks up the majority of his year. I realize the show is trying to continue the story that he’s a plumber-turned-paranormal investigator, but it’s getting totally phony. Last season when they showcased Jason working as a plumber, his long-time co-investigator Grant Wilson was working at his side. Suddenly, because Grant is off the show he no longer works as a plumber with Jason? That should be your first clue that this dose of “reality” is nothing but ridiculous. Was the investigation and evidence any better as the TAPS team searched for spirits at Western Kentucky University? The location was promising with creepy instances including a man who fell through a skylight, a woman who hung herself and a girl was murdered with an ax. But was the evidence as interesting?
Just when I have reached the highest level of frustration with Ghost Hunters, the hit paranormal spookfest finally brought the show back to its freaky roots and delivered the best episode of this entire season. Much different from last week’s disgraceful episode, tonight’s hour was actually something worth investing interest in. For this investigation, the TAPS team partnered up with Josh Gates, host of SyFy‘s Destination Truth and Ghost Hunters Live specials, to search for spirits inside the Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Massachusetts, since he grew up nearby. And one moment, very reminiscent of the first Paranormal Activity movie, involved a swinging chandelier.
Go ahead, Ghost Hunters fans. Hate on me as much as you want. Tonight’s episode was nothing but silly. Watching this hour in which TAPS investigated two different locations was such a buzzkill having come after the awesome Survivor: Philippines episode right before it. My frustration all surrounds an obviously inserted voiceover that makes me doubt any “reality” this show attempts to portray.
A shuttered shoe factory that has been transformed into a restaurant was the focus of the first freaky investigation on Ghost Hunters. The Topstone Mill in Claremont, New Hampshire has been filled with a variety of paranormal claims from the restaurant’s employees who have heard footsteps and seen shadows, among other creepy things. I find it hilarious that footsteps are heard in a former shoe factory. How appropriate, right?
With Halloween right around the corner, it was nice to have an entertaining episode of Ghost Hunters for once. Some of it was the usual nonsense with the investigators exaggerating their experiences, but it did offer up an overall creepy vibe and one very interesting piece of footage of a full-bodied apparition roaming around. The investigation swirled around multiple freaky sightings at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois. The main ghost at the location is that of a little boy who died inside the theater after he was hit by a car outside. Various staff members have claimed to seeing the child’s spirit all throughout the theater. His presence has become such a commonality that they gave him a name: Kevin.
Dating back to 1852, the Old State Capitol building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was the focus of tonight’s Ghost Hunters investigation. A congressman died in the massive building following a heated debate about gambling in which he collapsed. Jason, the TAPS team lead investigator, said the energy behind the congressman’s death is the type of story that often ties itself to paranormal activity. It’s also noteworthy that the historic building’s basement was used by the Union Army as a prison during the Civil War. What kind of evidence did TAPS capture? All the details are inside!
As their search for spirits continues, the TAPS team traveled to Fort Ontario in upstate New York, on tonight’s episode of Ghost Hunters. The fort, which was built in 1755, served an important purpose in WWII by providing sanctuary for Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust. “This was the only place in the United States that there was a shelter,” the president of the Safe Haven Museum said. Prior to that, many died there in bloody battles dating back to the French and Indian War. For those reasons, many witnesses believe the location is haunted by those who lost their lives there. Were they able to capture any compelling paranormal evidence?
A new investigator joined the TAPS team as tonight’s episode of Ghost Hunters took the paranormal investigators to the Alexandria Zoo in Louisiana. At that location, many folks believe the place is haunted by Les, the man who transformed the park into what it is today. “There’s certain places that you can feel his presence more,” one witness declared. Another said that he could feel the man’s spirit right at that moment saying it was “palpable.” Whether or not these people are being serious, the evidence revealed at the end of the hour wasn’t as compelling as the commercials were selling it to be.
Tonight’s episode of Ghost Hunters took the TAPS team to the site of a tragic crime from June 24, 1973. On that night, an arsonist set the Jimani Lounge in New Orleans on fire. As a result, 32 men died and very few were able to escape. The person who ignited the blaze reportedly committed suicide. The owner of the location was only 12 when the fire happened under his father’s ownership. According to the TAPS team, many of the victims of the inferno were members of the gay community. For that reason, many people didn’t pay much attention to the fatal fire — some families were reportedly even too embarrassed to claim their own dead. This deadly crime has resulted in a pounding of paranormal activity. Some claim seeing burned bodies while others have spotted orbs, shadows and flashes of light. What was the TAPS team able to find?
Being a huge horror fan, I was super excited that TAPS traveled to Camp Rutledge in George — a location of a “Friday the 13th movie” — for the first investigation on tonight’s episode of Ghost Hunters. The creepiest paranormal claim at the location is some who reported seeing the spirit of a young boy who looks like he drowned. Some folks even claimed they saw unexplained wet footprints inside a cabin. Holy crap! This is just like the original “Friday the 13th” story in which a young Jason Voorhees drowns before coming back from the dead to kill stupid camp counselors in a slew of silly sequels. Sadly, the show never acknowledged the “Friday the 13th” connection, which would have made it the only neat part of the episode.