Reality Check: Ghost Adventures

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Nicole Burdette, Journalist

In today’s world of entertainment, with specific reference to movies similar to Insidious or Paranormal activity, there are now a lot of “reality” paranormal shows to choose from. One notable supernatural show is Ghost Adventures which airs on the Travel Channel. This show consists of Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans leading his team of co-investigators through haunted locations around the world and interviewing locals about alleged hauntings before actually confronting the supernatural entities. Like many other reality shows, this one is obscenely fake and only serves the purpose of temporary entertainment. There is absolutely no proof that any of the supernatural happenings are real. Furthermore, each episode follows the same set-up which would not occur in a true paranormal setting.

The most convincing evidence of the show’s fraud is the statements made by ex-cameraman of the show, Aaron Goodwin. Goodwin was fired from the series after a rant while being interviewed on a popular podcast, Are We Alone. Goodwin ranted about how the Travel Channel took everything that was truly paranormal about the show and made a mockery of it by making the crew record its own voices in place of actual EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomena) when filming did not reveal enough evidence to satisfy producers. Goodwin stated with regard to the show, “This started off as a real thing, it is just not consistent and active enough for the big-shots at the network, so they basically have turned us into liars. We have been committing a fraud in my eyes and I’ve just about had enough.”