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The Untold Truth Of Ghost Hunters

January 14, 2020

Ghost Hunters was an unscripted paranormal
investigation series on Syfy that saw its cast, well, hunt ghosts. But how did this whole thing get started? Has the team actually discovered evidence
of the paranormal, or has it all been one big con?​ Jason Hawes, former co-lead investigator for
Ghost Hunters, founded a paranormal support group called Rhode Island Paranormal Society
in 1990. In his book, Ghost Hunting: True Stories of
Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society, Hawes writes about RIPS saying: “It wasn’t a ghost-hunting organization…at
least not at first. It was more of a support group. I was trying to connect with people who had
gone through experiences similar to mine.” Those experiences included seeing things. He said: “Usually it started with a mist, out of which
emanated a dim light, and then out of the light came other things – including see-through
animals and full-body human apparitions.” They terrified him, but the support group
and, bizarrely, eating green olives, helped him feel less crazy. During the early days of RIPS, Hawes received
a call from someone offering to improve their website for free. That person turned out to be Grant Wilson. After a period of working together, Hawes
and Wilson wanted to develop a more rational approach to investigating paranormal activity,
something that relied less on emotions, and more on science and logic. The duo formed The Atlantic Paranormal Society
– T.A.P.S. – which was the start of what would eventually grow into the Ghost Hunters made
famous on television. In addition to the standard electromagnetic
field meters and electronic voice phenomenon recorders, EMF and EVP devices respectively,
Ghost Hunters investigators use a wide variety of unconventional items to detect paranormal
activity. Among the more unusual items are helium balloons,
which Grant Wilson says are used in cases where property owners experience cold spots
thought to be made by nearby ghosts. Half-deflated balloons can be put into play
to show that, no, there’s just an actual draft in the home. “You don’t even gotta take it out of here,
just make it roll back and forth.” A few other items in their toolbox that you
wouldn’t expect to see include crepe paper, which is sometimes used as a cheap motion
detector, and talcum powder, which Wilson says ghost hunters sometimes sprinkle on the
ground to pick up footprints left behind by creeping apparitions. Steve Gonsalves, former lead investigator
and case manager for Ghost Hunters, recommended some of his favorite tools of the trade in
a gear guide for Roadtrippers, and put a good old fashioned flashlight at the top of the
list. Just goes to show that it doesn’t take a lot
of money to hunt ghosts. “For what we do, I get excited when I see
a new flashlight. Check that one out.” There’s plenty of evidence Ghost Hunters is
fake, and always has been. While filming at the Overbrook Asylum for
the 2009 episode “Garden State Asylum,” a member of the crew left behind what appeared
to be staging notes. Further first-hand evidence is found in a
Reddit thread of people involved in various “reality” shows. In it, a user going by the name BosskHogg
says: “I was on set for a filming of Ghost Hunters
in Buffalo. On the show, they are ‘investigating’ an upper
level of the Buffalo Central Terminal when they hear a ‘disembodied’ voice say ‘Get out!’ It was the property manager on a lower level
yelling at some homeless people to clear out. Everyone knew it was him, but it somehow made
it in the show as an ‘unexplained’ event.” It’s Reddit, so take that “proof” with a grain
of salt, but it definitely seems plausible. Even the equipment used on the show has been
called into question. An in-depth article by The Atlantic details
how EMF meters, specifically the K-2 meters frequently used on Ghost Hunters, are, quote,
“erratic, prone to false positives, [and] easily manipulated.” EMF meters supposedly detect electromagnetic
fields. The readings spike when in proximity of something
as simple as wiring in the walls of a building, which isn’t accurate, but great if you want
“evidence” of ghosts for your TV show. If the ghost sleuthing business suddenly dried
up, many of the investigators on Ghost Hunters, both past and present, have side jobs they
could rely on to keep food on their tables. The New York Times reports both Jason Hawes
and Grant Wilson are former Roto-Rooter plumbers, so they’re the ones to call if your pipes
are full of tormented souls. Kristen Luman, the new co-lead investigator
for A&E’s Ghost Hunters reboot, is a licensed hypnotherapist. Former tech manager Steve Gonsalves is a film
producer, even working alongside Guillermo Del Toro to create the horror short “The Captured
Bird.” And Daryl Marston, another new co-lead investigator
on the re-boot, is a former firearms instructor and a contractor. Looking at that list, compiling a team that
knows how to properly fire a gun, fix a leaky pipe, patch up the wall when its fixed, film
the whole process, and then hypnotize you into thinking the whole mess never happened,
sounds like a pretty well-rounded crew. Donna Lacroix, a case manager and investigator
for Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International, has been very vocal in expressing her distaste
towards the show, as well as her former cast members. Calling in to a radio program called “Ghost
Divas” in 2009, Lacroix said that her contract while on the show was so bad she nearly went
bankrupt, plus everyone was out to stab each other in the back, and there was a staging
crew for episodes. As for her opinion about Ghost Hunters leads,
Grant Wilson and Jason Hawes, she referred to them as, quote, “the kings” during her
call, going so far as to say they treated tech manager and investigator Brian Harnois
like their, quote, “whipping boy” to the point of mental abuse. In 2012, Harnois scared his fans, friends
and family, when he went missing after posting a note on his Facebook that appeared to threaten
self harm, which has since been deleted. In 2012, Grant Wilson, co-lead investigator
for Ghost Hunters, announced during an episode that he’d be leaving the show at the end of
his eighth year to focus on other aspects of his personal life. “Jay and I have been talking, and it’s been
a very difficult decision to make, but I’m going to be leaving Ghost Hunters.” In a recent interview with Den of Geek, Wilson
says that at the time he felt as though the show had started to rely on gimmicks, and
that they were, quote, “kicking a dead horse,” which ultimately led to his decision to leave
the show. “I was tired. And I was ready to get back to my family.” But in 2019, A&E picked up Ghost Hunters for
a reboot, with Wilson returning to head up a whole new team of investigators. This thrilled fans, while also causing a bit
of confusion. What prompted Wilson to change his tune? In an interview with TV Insider, Grant said: “I never stopped investigating the paranormal…My
youngest is about to graduate from high school, and he’s got it all figured out, so why not
get back into it?” “Still doing it, still gonna do it, will always
do it, and just because, you know, you want to take a break doesn’t mean people don’t
need help.” Makes sense. But, why didn’t his previous partner in ghosts,
Jason Hawes, come back as well? Looking at the chain of events for Ghost Hunters,
specifically those having to do with key members leaving the show, there are a few mysteries
to puzzle over. Why is it that Grant Wilson was the first
to announce he was leaving, then returned for the A&E reboot in 2019, but co-lead investigator
Jason Hawes rode the sinking ship to the very end of its run on Syfy, and stayed gone? You’d think that when A&E picked the show
back up for new seasons, and Wilson announced he’d be returning, Hawes would have jumped
on board as well, but that wasn’t the case. Instead, Hawes heads an entirely different
show, with a very similar name, Ghost Nation, which debuted on the Travel Channel in October
2019. Although Wilson and Hawes have both stuck
with their stories that, when it came to their working relationship, everything was rosy,
it’s hard not to wonder if that’s as true as they make it seem. Shortly after Grant announced he was leaving
Ghost Hunters in 2012, he and Hawes listed Spalding Inn, a New Hampshire property they
co-owned, for sale. Hawes spoke about Grant’s initial split during
an episode of Beyond Reality Radio, which he co-hosts, saying: “Anytime a cast member leaves there is a change
in the dynamics of the team – sometimes good, sometimes not good.” If there was ever a feud here, Hawes and Wilson
are playing it cool. On June 7th, 2016, Jason Hawes posted a message
to Facebook that read: “With heavy heart we want to inform everyone
that we are choosing at this time to end our relationship with SyFy channel.” Further insight, however, points more towards
a cancellation than a voluntary departure. During a speaking engagement in Vermont in
2015, Kris Williams, a former case manager and investigator for Ghost Hunters and its
spin-off series Ghost Hunters International, said that a dip in ratings, and the subsequent
envelope-pushing stunts in a desperate effort to bring them up again, led to Ghost Hunters
International getting cancelled. In an episode of Ghost Hunters International
titled “Sacrificed Mayan Spirits: Belize,” cast member Susan Slaughter cut herself during
a bloodletting ritual and Williams thought that the stunt was too much. After expressing her reservations and then
pleading for the episode not to air, Williams quit when her requests were ignored. Knowing this, it would make sense that Ghost
Hunters, which experienced a ratings dip of its own, was next on the chopping block. In 2015, the year before Hawes’ announcement,
the show was averaging ratings of just 1.7 million viewers, a significant drop from the
three million it brought in during earlier seasons. And Syfy was going in a different direction,
towards mostly scripted television. Within a few years only one paranormal show,
Paranormal Witness, remained. The women of Ghost Hunters have proven themselves
more than capable of holding their own. One woman in particular, Amy Bruni, an investigator
for the show from 2008-2014, sleuthed spooks while pregnant. In a 2013 interview with Glamour, Bruni said: “If we’re local, I’ll investigate until I
go into labor – as long as I’m close to the hospital, it’s fine,” A proclivity for the paranormal has fallen
within the wheelhouse of women for many years now, believe it or not. When the director Paul Feig made the announcement
in 2014 that he’d be making a new Ghostbusters film with an all female cast, the negative
reaction was immediate. Bruni, as one would guess, had a lot to say
on the topic, and admitted in a 2015 Huffington Post article that at first she thought the
angle was, quote, “a stunt,” but gave it more thought and concluded it was actually a perfect
way to add to the arc of the films without attempting to replace the original cast. She also chimed in with some pearls as to
why women have every right to be ghost hunters, or fans of the paranormal in general. “I would say the paranormal field strongly
skews female. When you attend a paranormal convention, you’ve
usually got 75 percent ladies to 25 percent men…However, on television, the field is
strongly represented by men and frankly, it’s just not accurate.” Throughout the years, Jason Hawes has spoken
about the infamous Amityville haunting in such a way that leads one to believe he doesn’t
believe it at all. In an interview with the blog Geek Mom in
2015, Hawes was asked what location he would investigate, if he had unlimited access, and
he said: “To answer this, I would need a time machine…I
would want to see what truly happened at the Amityville house. I know the claims and have studied the case
for many years…I just believe there was way too much hype and not enough truth to
it.” Furthering evidence of his doubts on the matter,
Hawes shared a video of the home’s patriarch, George Lutz, discussing the Amityville events
to his Facebook page in 2018 with the caption: “In this video, George Lutz talks about his
and his families experiences at the Amityville house. Take a listen and tell me, your thoughts. ‘Real or hype?'” Seems like Hawes had long since answered that
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  1. This show was fun when it first came out. And the Mount Washington EVP is the single best piece of paranormal evidence I've ever beheld (assuming it's authentic, obviously). No one ever talks about that EVP.

  2. I read somewhere an interview with Jason Hawes where he was asked what the worst thing about doing the show was, and he said that not having final say on the editing of the show. He said that SyFy was making the show too Holywood or something like that.

  3. This isn’t my favorite paranormal show but I’ve watched a bit in the past and it’s okay to hear or see something find out it’s something not paranormal and own up to it

  4. of course its a scam, when you have no real skills or talent or education this is the only way these losers can make a living by scamming the gullible idiots

  5. The original presentation of the show was good. When it became popular, and thus needed to keep ratings up, they faked everything.

    I would have no issue with that, but they presented it was real. 'Scientific' research into ghosts is hard enough for the science community to accept. When a show fakes evidence, if they ever were to capture something real, no one will accept that proof.

  6. the truth is they're a bunch of jackasses playing make believe.
    most of us grew out of this phase when we were around 11, but they discovered you can make good money when you point a camera at it and film the jackassery.

  7. What are gosts?
    I tell you
    every time we sleep our souls get leave our body and meet the ghost of our loved ones, before awaken our souls come back to our bodies.
    So what hunt houses?
    the Devils are not angles or sons of God, the are invisible creates Made from Fire, they exist in Every House and every where, there Numbers at least 10 times Human, an can and like angles they can temporary change there chape to look human.
    but even Devils Prefer to live in houses that isn't hunted by Humans.

  8. Great show to watch. If you want fake commercialism, watch Ghost Adventures. That is a ridiculous show. I really like Kindred Spirits. Amy Bruni does a great job.

  9. It started out as a good show and they were honest when they started. They would tell the truth even if the truth was that a place wasn’t haunted. The show got popular though and they or the shows producers started faking things. I remember the guy pulling a string hidden in his pocket to make it look like a ghost was pulling the back of his jacket. Pretty sure that was during a live Halloween show. A lot of people called them out on it and they denied it but it was pretty dang obvious. The show went down hill fast after that.

  10. Go watch UGUE on YouTube joe finds more proof in one episode, then the ghost hunters did the whole time on tv

  11. A total waste of time hunting ghosts in the US. In a country where every single building is hardly a century old all you're going to find are leaky roofs, stray cats and creaking staircases. If you want to hunt ghosts come over to the UK. We have genuine haunted houses galore here. We have centuries old haunted pubs in the middle of nowhere, former so called halfway houses. We have a pub in my former home town (Bolton) where they kept condemned to death convicts over night before they were hanged in front of the pub the next day. Patrons swear seeing the spirits of these poor sods still wandering around the place. There's even footage from a security camera showing a really creepy visitation in the bar during the night. And of course we have castles and mansions where bad things happened and the ghosts to prove it. I reckon the UK is the most haunted country in the world, at least according to all the sightings that are reported each year.

  12. For those of us who have experienced paranormal activity for our self, it’s easy to cut through the hype and focus on what’s real. I like Jason‘s current program better than Grant’s; however they both try to debunk as much as they can as they did on the original show. My family shared a circa 1907 home with some of the original owners for about 40 years. Not only did my immediate family see everything from lights to full body apparitions, but guests did as well, To the point were some would not visit anymore or would not venture upstairs.

  13. I think the most useful piece of cake to hunt ghosts is the Xbox Kinect because it can pick up those skeletons of figures that aren't there and it's pretty creepy

  14. Zak bagans is the biggest piece of shit and all of them have been caught faking it lol I'm sure they really haunted ghost before they became famous and got a TV show and didn't fake anyting but television demands something to keep the viewers on edge and it's ruined their reputation because no one is an idiot that's like finding Bigfoot

  15. you know what's sad expedition unknown which is a great show that doesn't fake anything because there's no reason to use them when they studied ghost and it made his show look bad because they're known to fake everything there is literally footage on YouTube right now of them faking encounter's

  16. Hmmmm weren’t women on that show? Didn’t Amy get her own show? Not sure why that fake feminist garbage was even apart of this? It was two men that created the show, so what they are just suppose to say hey let the women take credit. And the 2016 Ghostbusters was hated by both genders you idiots. Now that was sexist. Having a whole Ghostbusters female cast and crew.

  17. Met these guys when they came to our location….Jason was pretty nice but they seemed a little scared of the building…lol…for good reason

  18. I use to watch ''Ghostly Encounter" by Lawrence Chau. I liked the way he presented the episodes. He has a great personality and demeanor. He seemed to leave me ambiguous.

  19. They are no different from the fake seance people from the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth century, it's show business.👻

  20. I’m surprised they mention Brian. He was pretty unprofessional on the show, constantly bringing drama. The show started to drift in soap opera territory, and he eventually chose a relationship over the show.

  21. Prepare for a rant by me….
    I fail to understand those who believe that us humans are the only things capable of existing in the huge expanding universe. If there is an ameba the size that only a microscope can see thats in a galaxy 333 billion light years away, that would classify as an alien life form. There are also those who say aliens are demons, why? If God created everything then they also could be created by God? Genesis said that God created everything in the universe according to the Bible, God didnt only create things that have life on Earth.
    Now there will be those asking why I believe in God. I can't explain who he/she/it is but it is what I believe tho I can't prove his existence. There are many things I can't explain that physically happen but that doesn't mean those things don't exist.
    Ghosts, I've seen shadows of someone who wasn't there, I've seen objects move with no person around them and I witnessed many paranormal activities in my life that I can't explain…..but they still occurred.
    Things happen in life that are unexplainable and people who talk about them are sadly labeled looney just because science can't back them up. Skeptics need to stop being so hard on those open minded people.

  22. The "jumping the shark" moment for me is when, during the live show with guest "The Miz", you can hear the producer tell one of the team to ask him a question (forgot the question) and of course the infamous moment when Grant's coat is "tugged" on which later on it's discovered that Grant fondled with something in his coat pocket the moment that had occurred suggesting Grant pulled the stunt. That was the end of Ghost Hunters for me.

  23. I’m sure they probably did treat Brian poorly, but anybody that knew Brian at all, which I did knows he is an absolute compulsive liar he cannot stop lying. I don’t know why they would ever hire someone like that other than to go along with their own lies so easily.

  24. They never found evidence of the paranormal, despite all those episodes. This has to be the fakest reality show ever (in a field with very strong competition for that title.)

  25. Cool toys to detect your ghosts kids…. however…

    At what point did someone actually catch a ghost and study it to verify cold temperatures and emf signals actually indicated conclusively that there's a ghost in the room.

    Oh wait, its Hollywood science, not actual science…… ghost hunting is bullshit…just like bigfoot hunting shows

  26. I just to be so obsessed with this show and paranormal witness!! Brings back some good memories sitting on the couch with my older sister scaring ourselves! Good times….

  27. No talcum powder can give ghosts cancer. Time open up a “scientific ward” on how to spare ghost from cancer. Ghost lives matter.

  28. Sooo paranormal clubs are a great way to meet chicks.

    Chicks who like scary dark places.

    Line forms to the right guys.

  29. I haven’t had any kind of experience like that which wasn’t explainable. And I know there are people who believe in this and that’s their right to do so.

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