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JC De La Torre

The Ghost Hunters Hoax - Real or Not?

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Not sure how I"ve missed this thread. Ghost Hunters, GHI, Paranormal State, Ghost Adventures etc etc are all frauds. This has been covered here quite a lot on this forum my friend. These shows are simply entertainment. That's it.

For example: Ghost Hunters has been proven to hoax "evidence." Grant was caught creating a "Ghost pulling his coat."

Just one of multiple examples of hoaxes done by all these groups. Remember, as I said, these shows are simply for entertainment. The entertainment is to laugh and train yourself to find hoaxes and become educated in the ability to spot this sort of junk. :yes:

Allow me to just add something else. What we have in society regarding the issue of the Paranormal is something similar to the Spiritualists from the 20's and 30's. Frauds were using simple tricks and the uneducated masses to milk millions from society. Claiming they would contact their deceased loved ones and do all sorts of super natural things for money. This only stopped after Houdini took it upon himself to expose this fraudulent behavior.

Fast Forward to modern times and the masses watching GH, GHI, GA and the like and all of a sudden you have thousands of "Professional Investigators" stomping through cemeteries, people's homes, abandoned buildings and with simple equipment they've purchased off the internet, and without and scientific knowledge of how to actually gather data or use any scientific standards, they go about making great claims of the Paranormal.

Some go into people's homes and validate that their "loved one" is still in the home, or even worse, they scare the living daylights out of the children involved. Most is harmless, some isn't.

There are a very VERY select few whom are actually educated, connected with higher education entities and are using true scientific method to research this. The field of Paranormal Research is in a very infantile stage at this moment. Where they are simply setting up the procedures and protocols for going about the research.

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Honestly, I've been used several times as a consultant concerning the paranormal by media. Many times the casting directors and producers are looking for "entertainment." When these show stop being entertaining, the ratings go down hill and the show goes off the air... Plain and simple. So, no ratings no show...

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I've watched GH since Season 1 and in my opinion they're legit. As they got more popular they became the target of people who wanted to ruin their reputation and spoil the show. They've managed to catch some fairly impressive video/EVP evidence. Do I wish they'd equip the investigators with personal cams so we can see what they instantly? Yes.

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Let's not forget more than one of the former "cast" members now coming forward admitting tons was staged and moreover, GH even had a whole separate staging crew to pull off hoaxes...according to them. There is even a clip (I'll have to find) of a staging crew's voice bleeding over into the shows actual audio giving commands of when something should happen. sad and embarassing really.

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Let's not forget more than one of the former "cast" members now coming forward admitting tons was staged and moreover, GH even had a whole separate staging crew to pull off hoaxes...according to them. There is even a clip (I'll have to find) of a staging crew's voice bleeding over into the shows actual audio giving commands of when something should happen. sad and embarassing really.

Which former members have come forward?

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The Long Island Ghost Hunters have been exposed as fakes[and i use to love that show:(]. A family in an old house has decided to test if the GH was real or not. The house was not haunted. So one night the family called the police and said that there was a poltergist in their house throwing things around. The police went to check but found nothing out of ordinary until a little boy threw a pencil at a police officer. The police officer turned around but the little boy was already hiding. Then the police called the ghost hunters. They brought two physcics and a team of ghost hunters. They investigated the unhaunted house. The next day, The GH said that they had made contact with the "ghost." They said the two pyshics sensed the ghost was angry and was bound to the house by murdur. Thats when the family and company that sponsored the project of exposing the ghost hunters came and said the house was not haunted! Boy the GH was sued for frauds and disgraced. How sad. So as u see the GH is fake! :devil:

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My opinion of Ghost Hunters and TAPS in general is that they started out on the network legit; when sci-fi picked them up I think they were initially just 'tagging along' on their real cases. If you watch the first two seasons, you will see a VAST difference from what it is like today. Why? Because then it was nothing more than a cult hit.

In the first couple seasons they went to every place as a skeptic, looking to debunk activity...whereas now they clearly state they want to 'experience something'...that alone is a vast difference.

Also, in one of the early episodes they captured something like a shadow figure, but they couldn't quite determine whether it was paranormal or not, and the whole team got into a heated debate and argument...over one piece of footage. Jay and Grant felt it would damage their integrity if they showed something inconclusive....and now that seems to be their MO.

It is worthwhile to note too that they rarely had personal experiences, and when they did they often discounted those too. Now they are always hearing things, seeing shadow figures etc....reminds me of Most Haunted, really.

I doubt scifi ever anticipated this, but the show became massively popular...and I think that's when the network stepped in. They probably figured that viewers would get 'bored' if things weren't happening on their investigations and they didn't turn up any evidence, which seemed to happen at least half the time on those first two seasons.

I think the network exerted their 'creative control' over the show and made them start faking things, to the point where the whole show became a mess, and they got rid of a lot of their good investigators like Brian Harnois.

If you want to see some good episodes of Ghost Hunters, ones that I do think are legit, get the first two seasons on DVD. Beyond that, it's mostly crap.

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