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Ghost Hunters Returns To Syfy For A Seventh Season

June 16, 2010

Ghost Hunters' Grant Wilson and Jason Hawes. Photo by Andrei Jackamets and copyright of the Syfy Channel

GHOST Hunters, the Syfy Channel’s hugely successful reality series, has been renewed for a triumphant seventh season. After inspiring two spin-offs, Ghost Hunters International and Ghost Hunters Academy, creating the hottest paranormal franchise in cable, Ghost Hunters has set the standard for paranormal investigating and has cemented its place as a destination for spine-tingling entertainment. Its reign will continue with 25 all-new episodes, slated to premiere on Syfy in 2011. 

Since the series debuted in 2004, viewers have flocked to Syfy on Wednesday nights to catch the latest hair-raising cases from the files of TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society), led by Rhode Island plumbers Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. Before season seven debuts, viewers can enjoy new episodes from the entire Ghost Hunters franchise all summer and fall. The new class of ghost hunting hopefuls are currently in training under the watchful eyes of Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango on the new season of Ghost Hunters Academy, now airing Wednesday nights @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST. Ghost Hunters International will debut a new slate of episodes on Wednesday, July 14th @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PSt, and the rest of Ghost Hunters‘ sixth season will premiere on Wednesday, August 25th @ 9:00 p.m. 

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The Syfy Channel Sizzles During Summer 2010

April 15, 2010

THE Syfy Channel goes boldly where it has never gone before in Summer 2010 with its first ever Thursday night reality bloc (Mary Knows Best and Paranormal Investigators); new scripted series (Haven) based on a Stephen King novella; popular returning series (Warehouse 13, Eureka, Ghost Hunters Academy and Ghost Hunters International), and fan favorite Saturday Night Original Movies including Lake Placid 3 and Stonehenge Apocalypse.

The traditional holiday movie marathon runs from Friday, May 28th through Monday, May 31st, including “cold as ice” films (Yeti), horror flicks (premiere of Wrong Turn on Saturday, May 29th @ 9:oo p.m.), “creatures in the water” films (Lake Placid 2) and a festival of Stephen King adaptations (The Stand) on Memorial Day, May 31st.

The new Thursday night reality bloc premieres Thursday, July 15th @ 9:oo p.m. EST/PST with Mary Knows Best (working title), a docu-soap reality series following Mary Occhino, a successful radio host, psychic intuitive and mother of three, who gives a whole new meaning to the term “mother is always right.” Her children, Jackie, Chris and Carl, are a mismatched group f siblings consisting of a skeptic, a paranormal investigator and a reluctant psychic. In each episode, viewers will meet a humorous and unforgettable cast of family characters including Mary’s outspoken older brother Charles and two adorable grandchildren. The series is produced by Atlas Media Corp.

Following @ 10:00 p.m. EST/PST is Paranormal Investigators, which debunks fact from fiction by uncovering the truth behind supernatural and unexplained occurrences which have been caught on tape. In each episode, the six-person team, led by former FBI Special Agent Ben Hansen, searches for the most intriguing and unusual images, videos and unnatural phenomenon found online and around the world. Selecting the most intriguing images, the team heads into the field attempting to re-create the video, carrying out key experiments and searching for clues and evidence. The team uses all the latest tools CGI (computer-generated imaging) and investigative techniques at its disposal to try to answer the question, “Is it real?” Produced by Base Productions.

The new drama series Haven premieres Friday, July 9th @ 10:00 p.m. EST/PST. Based on the novella The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King, it follows FBI Agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose), who arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine to solve the murder of a local ex-con. Before long, her natural curiosity lands her in the epicenter of activity in this curious enclave, which turns out to be a longtime refuge for people with a remarkable range of supernatural abilities. Among the townspeople are local cop Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant), who eventually becomes Audrey’s partner, and the mysterious and charming Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour).

Cable’s top paranormal franchise, Ghost Hunters Academy returns with brand-new episodes on Wednesday, June 2nd @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST. Expert instructors Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango will once again train a group of recruits to become the newest team member, but this time, one hopeful will be voted off each week by one of the ultimate judges of paranormal investigating: Ghost Hunters‘ Jason Hawes! Jason, Steve and Tango will put the new recruits through the paces with challenging investigations at six of the most daunting and memorable past Ghost Hunters locations: Waverly Hills Sanatorium (Waverly Hills, KY), Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (Weston, WV), Mark Twain House (Hartford, CT), Fort Delaware (Delaware City, DE), Mansfield Reformatory – a.k.a. “Shawshank Prison” (Mansfield, OH) and the infamous Stanley Hotel (Estes Park, CO).

Season two of Warehouse 13 debuts on Tuesday, July 6th @ 9:oo p.m. EST/PST. The series follows two Secret Service agents who find themselves abruptly transferred to a massive, top-secret storage facility in windswept South Dakota which houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and supernatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. government. The Warehouse’s caretaker Artie (Saul Rubinek) charges Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) with chasing down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to cache at the Warehouse, as well as helping him to control the Warehouse itself. Warehouse 13 also features Allison Scagliotti, along with series guest-star CCH Pounder.

Eureka kicks off its fourth season on Friday, July 9th @ 9:oo p.m. EST/PST with the introduction of new series regular James Callis (Battlestar Galactica) as Dr. Grant, a former resident of the town whose unexpected return is cause for serious alarm and, considering his romantic interest in Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), significant friction with Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson). New and returning fans won’t want to miss the big changes in store for everyone in the small town of Eureka after a cataclysmic shift turns their lives upside-down. Eureka also stars Joe Morton (Henry Deacon), Erica Cerra (Jo Lupo), Neil Grayston (Douglas Fargo) and Niall Matter (Zane Donovan).

On July 14th, new episodes of Ghost Hunters International premiere @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST. Like their U.S. counterparts, TAPS (The Atlantis Paranormal Society), GHI is a squad made up of everyday ordinary citizens who investigate and attempt to debunk claims of otherworldly activity. In the premiere episode, the team travels to the famous town of Nottingham, England and search for the Sheriff of Nottingham’s Ghost at the Galleries of Justice. Other countries on their global adventures will include Wales, Norway, Poland, Ukraine, Estonia and many more. The team includes Robb Demarest, Barry FitzGerald, Brandy Green, Ashley Goodwin, Paul Bradford, new cast member Scott Tepperman as well as Ghost Hunters Academy winners Susan Slaughter and Karl Pfeiffer.

Saturday Night Original Movies

Lake Placid 3 premieres in June 2010. In this sequel to Lake Placid 2 (most watched Syfy Saturday Original Movie ever), a game warden, his wife and their young son move into their aunt’s cabin on Lake Placid, where the lonely boy starts feeding baby crocodiles he considers to be pets. Three years later, the crocs start looking at him and his family as food. Stars Colin Ferguson (Eureka).

Stonehenge Apocalypse premieres in June 2010. When the giant stones of Stonehenge begin to move and cataclysms occur all over the Earth, only a fringe radio talk show host who’s an expect in UFOology figures out that the ancient monument is really alien technology. Stars Hill Harper (CSI NY).

Jack Hunter And The Lost Treasure of Ugarit premieres in July 2010. Jack Hunter, an adventurous fortune hunter, goes to Syria to find an ancient treasure buried thousands of years ago, which might be cured. Stars Joanne Kelly (Warehouse 13).

Goblin premieres in July 2010. A family vacations in a mountain town haunted by a goblin that steals babies. When their newborn disappears, it’s up to his older half-sister to rescue him.

Mandrake premieres in August 2010. A group of adventurers searching for a Spanish conquistador artifact find that the jungle around them is a single living being – and it’s not happy they’re there.

Ghost Hunters 100th Episode Live Event on Syfy

February 28, 2010

Grant Wilson and Jason Hawes celebrate their 100th Ghost Hunters episode in March. Photo copyright of the Syfy Channel

ON Wednesday, March 3rd, join Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson and the rest of the TAPS team as the Ghost Hunters celebrate their triumphant 100th episode with a LIVE audience from the legendary Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center. From 9-11 p.m. EST, the team will present their first-ever investigation at Alcatraz as well as take a look back at the most shocking and spine-chilling moments the hit series has caught on tape over the past five seasons. 

Josh Gates (Destination Truth) will host the event, which will feature investigators from all three Ghost Hunters teams gathered together for the very first time. Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, Amy Bruni, Kris Williams (Ghost Hunters), Barry FitzGerald, Robb Demarest, Dustin Pari (Ghost Hunters International), Susan Slaughter and Karl Pfeiffer (Ghost Hunters Academy) will take the stage and get the chance to talk directly with the fans, answering audience questions from in the studio and Syfy.com. 

Throughout the show, Josh will also reveal some surprises coming up in  the Ghost Hunters franchise! As always, Syfy.com will serve as the ultimate Ghost Hunters destination online, linking viewers to all of the action in the studio in real time. the site will host an interactive center helmed by investigator Britt Griffith, where fans can long on throughout the evening to be a part of the broadcast. Viewers will be able to ask questions of all participating TAPS members, leave comments and feedback, participate in polls, read up on Alcatraz history and more! 

Then, at 11pm, the show continues online with an exclusive post-broadcast streaming event, Ghost Hunters Alcatraz Live Extra, also hosted by Josh Gates. This 15-minute extension of the live episode will feature a Q & A panel with Jason, Grant and the rest of the TAPS team answering viewer-submitted questions from Syfy.com. 

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Ghost Hunters International’s Dustin Pari – Let The Spirit Move You

February 17, 2010

 

Ghost Hunters International's Robb Demarest, Dustin Pari and Barry FitzGerald. Photo copyright of the Syfy Channel

When it comes to job satisfaction, Dustin Pari has no complaints. Since childhood he has been interested in the supernatural, and as a teenager, he and some of his friends would conduct their own paranormal investigations. A chance viewing of the hugely successful Syfy Channel reality TV series Ghost Hunters led Pari to become a member of TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) and, eventually, the GH team.

In 2008, his investigations went global when he was invited to take part in GH‘s first spin-off series Ghost Hunters International, which has fast become a hit in its own right. Season two finishes airing tonight (Wednesday, February 17th @ 9:00 p.m. EST) and, like the show’s first year, was a joy for Pari to work on. The latter half of GHI‘s second season began with two cases in Argentina, the second of which, Silver Shadow, focused on The Eden Hotel, a 19th century luxury resort once frequented by the world’s rich and famous. This case proved especially memorable for Pari.

“The Silver Shadow investigation is one that became very emotional for me,” he recalls. “I wasn’t expecting it, but the little house and the story of the young child who died there kind of pulled at the heartstrings. Being a father and having children myself, any time there’s a report of an apparition or the spirit of a child being left behind, it’s always something I focus on and see if there is anything I can do to get that spirit to come forward. And more importantly, to urge it to move on from that place.

“As much as I enjoy documenting paranormal activity, I’m not there to leave the place haunted, especially if it’s something like that. When that little shadow kind of stepped out and showed itself, it definitely scared me quite a bit. Again, I wasn’t expecting it and it really startled me. However, I did stay there and try to speak to it further about how to move on.

“The thing is, I look at ghost hunting as more of a spiritual thing, and to have witnessed as well as captured firsthand evidence of some sort of afterlife or spirit world, is especially gratifying for me. Also, on a personal level, to be able to reach out to the spirit of that child hopefully made a difference. I really hope that the little guy found his way out of there.

“It’s funny, too, a lot of people will ask me, ‘How can you speak with the spirit of a child, especially someone who passed away so young?’ I believe the age of this child was around 18 months or so. There are several theories out there about universal consciousness that say after the spirit passes on and we leave our mortal shell, that you tap into something larger than what we are here on Earth. As a result, you’re able to understand other languages for one thing, as well as have a greater understanding of life in general. So in this instance it would be limited to the understanding and vocabulary of a young child, if that’s how old the person was when he or she passed away. So that’s what we keep in mind when we try to make an appeal to a younger spirit.”

Australia was GHI‘s next destination, specifically Quarantine Station, once the first stop for immigrants carrying infectious diseases, and Port Arthur, a 19th century penitentiary known as “hell on Earth” by its inmates. “The cases in Australia were really sweet,” says Pari. “The country itself is fantastic and we had a chance to chase some kangaroos and really enjoy ourselves.

“Of the two cases we did in Australia, Quarantine is the one that really stands out. Obviously there was a heightened probability of capturing [paranormal] evidence just because there were so many locations on the property and such a rich history of people who had been detained there and passed away there. To top all that off was the opportunity to capture that photo of the young boy standing outside the church, which is one of the best photos we’ve captured in a while. I think that they [the show’s production company] did it justice, too. When editing the episode in post-production they put a little outline around the image to give it a bit more contrast, because you do lose a little something by the time it gets to TV. Again, though, I think they did an outstanding job of presenting the image as we saw it, and it’s one of those things that makes you think twice.”

Besides Argentina and Australia, Pari also traveled with GHI to Tasmania and Costa Rica for the season two episodes, Tasmania Death Sentence and San Lucas Prison. “In Tasmania we visited the courthouse, which was particularly interesting because it’s not the type of building that we often get to investigate,” he notes. “There were certainly some unique happenings there that we had the chance to further look into.

“Malaysia I found interesting insofar as catching up on the different ways that they perceive paranormal activity as well as their belief systems and how things are structured, so there was a great deal to look forward to there. It was a challenge as well, though, with the language barrier probably being the toughest that we’ve so far come up against.”

It was necessary for Pari to bow out of GHI‘s season two finale trip to Jamaica in order to help out Ghost Hunters while two of its investigators, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango, shot the first season of the second GH spinoff series, Ghost Hunters Academy. Pari and GHI teammate Barry FitzGerald subsequently flew to San Francisco, California to make a guest-appearance on the 100th GH episode.

“That was fantastic,” enthuses Pari. “First off, it’s always good to get that old Irishman [FitzGerald] back in the United States and my home territory, and it was terrific to be back with TAPS and work again with the GH team as well. To then go to Alcatraz was incredible. I hate to sound like I’m quoting an old line here, but it really is a paranormal investigators’ dream location.

“The history of Alcatraz is, of course, extremely well-known and there were men of much ill-repute who were held there. There is definitely some sort of essence within the place when you’re walking around it, especially at night when everything is dark. It almost feels like Alcatraz comes alive. It’s amazing, and to be standing there in the cells and looking at the California mainland; imagine the torture that must have been for those prisoners. To be that close and see freedom, but knowing there was no way you could ever get to it. It really was an unforgettable experience.”

Despite their busy GHI schedules, Pari and Barry FitzGerald managed to find time to collaborate on a book, The Complete Approach – The Scientific and Metaphysical Guide, which was released last summer. “The response to the book has been just phenomenal,” says Pari. “We’ve heard from people all over the world, from different groups and at different points in their investigative careers. They found a great deal of information in the book that they’d been looking for, as well as a number of things that I don’t think a lot of people out there speak about.

“So we were very happy to hear the response to the book. We put it out there in an effort to document exactly what it is we do, how we do it, why we do it, and as a reference for people who want to get involved in this field. Barry and I have now taken that a step further with our second book [So My Home Is Haunted, Now What?], which we’re just putting some finishing touches on and hope to get out in the coming months.

“This book is going to speak more to an understanding of the paranormal field and how to deal with hauntings when they happen. We’ve taken a worldwide approach to this and interviewed people in every country that we’ve gone to, from different faiths and walks of life, to see what their opinions are on why these things are happening and how they come about in the first place. Then from there, what steps do they take to deal with such things, based on, like I said, what their faith as well as family traditions have taught them.

“We actually found that there is a lot of common ground from all corners of the globe, and it was quite interesting to see this underlying understanding of the paranormal community and the spirit world. We had the good fortune to work with several people who are very knowledgable and were very kind in sharing their stories with us. We’re presenting all of it anonymously just to protect those people who wanted to share some of the darker side of things, which I think is good because it really allowed them to open up and say what they wanted to say.”

Of all the people he and FitzGerald talked with for this second book, is there one whose information Pari found especially surprising? “We spoke with this one gentleman in Malaysia about an entity that they know and respect very much,” he says. “We would classify it as an ‘inhuman entity,’ meaning that it was never a person like you or I at any point in its existence.

“The way he explained it to us is that these entities are actually here to test mankind out of a duty to God. However, they can be very destructive and harmful, and he has seen them tear apart families and cause a number of problems. Again, he was really kind enough to go into detail about how these things happen, what signs to look for, and ways to clear them out and release them from someone’s home.”

Away from the paranormal world, Pari holds down what he refers to as three “normal” jobs and takes great pride in being a devoted husband and father to three children. While he is looking forward to production starting up this month on season three of GHI, he is, as always, going to miss being away from his loved ones.

“We’re not exactly sure yet what’s going on as far as what locations the team will be travelling to this time around,” he says. “So at the moment we’re all just absorbing those last few precious moments with our families and enjoying the comforts of home before we get ready to start filming again.”

To find out more about Dustin and his paranormal work, check out his website at www.paranormalrockstar.com

Steve Eramo

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Sneak Peek At This Week’s Ghost Hunters – 11 – 18 – 09

November 18, 2009

Ghost Hunters Grant Wilson (front) and Jason Hawes (back) and their team visit "the Sunshine State" in this week's episode. Photo by Gavin Bond and copyright of The Syfy Channel

HEAD down South with the Ghost Hunters crew as they investigate the spooky Pensacola Lighthouse in Florida. Tales of a ghost-like woman lurking in the halls have been passed down from generation to generation. Brace yourself as TAPS searches for clues to explain creepy transparent figures, invisible fingers tapping guests on the head and light switches turning off and on by themselves.

Tune in as the team reveals some of its most startling on-camera evidence yet. Pensacola Lighthouse airs Wednesday, November 18th @ 9 p.m. EST on The Syfy Channel.

Click on the following link for a preview of this episode – https://rcpt.yousendit.com/774331834/7b1f2749fbb8ef1da3d229afccb6b48b

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Sneak Peek At This Week’s Ghost Hunters – 11 – 04 – 09

November 4, 2009
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Grant Wilson, Jason Hawes and the rest of the TAPS team heads West on this week's Ghost Hunters. Photo copyright of the Syfy Channel

THE West is about to get a whole lot wilder – Warehouse 13‘s Eddie McClintock dons Ghost Hunters gear for a special TAPS investigation. This week, the team tackles the haunted graveside of the legendary Buffalo Bill. Violent, invisible forces are believed to haunt the area. The mysterious specter of a cowboy has been spotted in the neighboring museum, and spooky whispers echo throughout the building’s empty halls. Could TAPS have a close encounter with our nation’s greatest showman, or will they run into more hostile spirits.

Later in the episode, residents of Oakland Hall in Eaton, Georgia are scared senseless. For the past three years, a strange spirit has haunted the home, causing visitors to feel nauseated and sick. TAPS heads in to investigate.

Built in the early 1800s, Oakland Hall survived General Sherman’s famous “March to the Sea.” Today, the ghost of a mentally ill child is believed to haunt the premises. Electronics turn on and off, and apparitions have been spotted on the grounds. Watch as TAPS solves the mystery of the haunted hall. Ghost of Buffalo Bill/Oakland Hall airs Wednesday, November 4th @ 9 p.m. EST on The Syfy Channel.

Click on the following link for a sneak peek at this episode – https://rcpt.yousendit.com/759393361/ae10620576bc091f06a83a944c2c1a75

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Sneak Peek At This Week’s Ghost Hunters – 10 – 28 – 09

October 26, 2009
It's Rocky Mountain high-time for Grant Wilson, Jason Hawes and the rest of the TAPS team on this week's Ghost Hunters. Photo copyright of The Syfy Channel

It's Rocky Mountain high-time for Grant Wilson, Jason Hawes and the rest of the TAPS team on this week's Ghost Hunters. Photo copyright of The Syfy Channel

TAPS scales the Rocky Mountains to explore one of the most haunted places in America. Built in 1888, Briarhurst Manor is one of the oldest buildings in Colorado. Today, the home is a hotbed of paranormal activity, ranking in the Top 3 of the Great American Ghost Hunt. The shocking specter of a skeleton-like woman is claimed to haunt the premises. Shadow people and bizarre voices have scared employees senseless. The flickering apparition of a small child has both charmed and frightened visitors. Will TAPS conquer this mountain of terror? Tune in to find out! Rocky Mountain Hauntings airs Wednesday, October 28th @ 9 p.m. on The Syfy Channel.

Click on the following link for a sneak peak at this episode – https://rcpt.yousendit.com/757741187/52930bbb21a1e551e68c6f657c1f5b32

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Sneak Peek At This Week’s Ghost Hunters – 09 – 02 – 2009

September 1, 2009
The Ghost Hunters team (L-R) - Dave Tango, Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, Steve Gonsalves and Kris Williams. Photo copyright of The Syfy Channel

The Ghost Hunters team (L-R) - Dave Tango, Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, Steve Gonsalves and Kris Williams. Photo copyright of The Syfy Channel

THIS week in Civil War Spirits, the Ghost Hunters travel to Thornbury Farm in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Not your ordinary ranch, it was built on the bloodiest battlefield of the Revolutionary War and its grounds are allegedly haunted. TAPS is called in to investigate. Ghosts of soldiers and children are rumored to disturb the farm. Could they make an appearance for the Ghost Hunters? Join Jason and Grant as they have a close encounter with our nation’s past.

The Ghost Hunters then head down South to investigate the Lee-Fendell House – the former home of Robert E. Lee in Alexandria, Virginia. The house was converted into a hospital for Union soldiers during the Civil War. Today, it is an historic museum. Visitors claim to see ghosts and feel other paranormal activity. Has the South risen again? TAPS investigates. Civil War Spirits airs Wednesday, September 2nd @ 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CT on The Syfy Channel.

Click on the link below for a sneak peak at this episode: http://rcpt.yousendit.com/732269863/f3508604a3175628ac773328c66cc5e7

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Ghost Hunters International Returns To The Sci Fi Channel

June 30, 2009
The Ghost Hunters International team (clockwise l-r) - Robb Demarest, Brandy Green, Barry FitzGerald, Joe Chin and Dustin Pari. Photo by Barbara Nitke and copyright of the Sci Fi Channel

The Ghost Hunters International team (clockwise from l to r) - Robb Demarest, Brandy Green, Barry FitzGerald, Joe Chin and Dustin Pari. Photo by Barbara Nitke and copyright of the Sci Fi Channel

THE Sci Fi Channel comtinues the summer with its ratings driver hit reality series Ghost Hunters International (GHI) wih the premiere of season two on Wednesday, July 8th @ 9 p.m. EST/PST. The first episode of the hour-long series ventures deep into the countryside of Wicklow, Ireland for an investigation of an old 18th century prison. As these “real life” ghost hunters try to uncover truth or fiction, they’ll face their closest supernatural encounter yet! The new six-part episode season will have the team trekking around the globe with upcoming haunted haunts in countries include Chile, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy and Argentina.

Like their U.S. counterparts, TAPS (The Atlantis Paranormal Society), GHI is a squad made up of everyday ordinary citizens who investigate and attempt to debunk claims of otherwordly activity. The new team of skeptical paranormal investigators includes four returning members and two new colleagues. They are:

Robb Demarest A native of Albany, New York, Robb joined the Ghost Hunters International team after three years with Florida Ghost Team, an affiliate of TAPS (founded by Ghost Hunters‘ Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson). Robb’s responsibilities on the team have ranged from research, technology management and client relations, to his current position as assistant director. As the lead investigator of the Ghost Hunters International team, Robb hopes to push the boundaries of current knowledge in the field and approach these enigmas with the open-minded skepticism for which his TAPS counterparts are known.

Dustin Pari – Cranston, Rhode Island native Dustin Pari is a familiar face to regular viewers of the Ghost Hunters franchise. Long harboring an interest in the paranormal, he began his career in his teen years investigating local hot-spots in Rhode Island. He was later invited to join TAPS by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, and began appearing regularly on Ghost Hunters as an investigator. TAPS’ trip to Ireland in 2006 was a turning point for Dustin – during the investigation of Leap Castle, he had the most intense paranormal experience of his life when he was attacked by an unseen force in the tunnels beneath the castle. The Leap Castle investigation was his first outside of the United States and it would not be his last. Since joining the GHI team, Dustin’s role has been one of both investigator and historical researcher, uncovering the truth behind centuries-old myths and legends.

Barry FitzGerald – A veteran ghost hunter with 17 years of experience in paranormal investigating, Barry is memorable to Ghost Hunters fans for his work on TAPS’ investigations in Europe during the show’s third season. Now, as a member of the new GHI team, Barry supplies his expertise in both ghost hunting as well as his knowledge of the historical locations of each new investigation. Haunted by supernatural events he experienced as a child growing up in Ireland, Barry developed an interest in paranormal research and went on to work for two different paranormal groups based in Northern Ireland. He now dedicates much of his time to the development of new investigative techniques and research methods.

Brandy Green A native of Farmington, Minnesota, it was Brandy’s childhood experiences with the paranormal that led her to spend much of her life exploring the possibilities of life after death. Brandy’s first ghost hunting endeavor began when she founded her own paranormal investigation group in the Twin Cities. Now she begins her latest feat as the Case Manager of the GHI team. After studying the psychology of death and dying, Brandy began to expand her understanding of the psychological, social and historical aspects of loss and the afterlife. She has worked to apply that knowledge towards clients and cases that her home team has worked on, as well as those that she encounters with GHI.

Joe Chin A native of North Providence, Rhode Island, Joe’s interests in the paranormal dates back to his teenage years. Growing up, he remembers that the third floor of his apartment house was always lively with instances of unexplained paranormal activity. And although he experienced the supernatural as a youngster, he had no idea that people looked for the paranormal until he met Jason Hawes. Months after meeting Jason, he was asked to join the group and several cases later he is still a part of the thriving team. Since joining the team, Joe has cultivated what he refers to as a “skeptical curious side” that spurs him to want to get to the bottom of things. He also relates this innate curiosity to being a computer technician, a trade he delves into in his spare time. When working with computers, he always has to figure out what the problem is and how to resolve it as quickly as possible – similar to the work that he and the other ghost hunters do.

Ashley Godwin A native of Winter Haven, Florida, Ashley is driven by the logical, the methodical and the scientific. Her recent years have been spent studying atmospheric science and experimental psychology. She is also a member of Robb Demarest’s local paranormal group, Florida Ghost Team (FGT). After proving to be a fearless and thorough investigator, Robb asked her to join the GHI team. Having never left the country before, Ashley thought the show would offer her an amazing chance to travel the world and explore the unknown. Though Ashley is the youngest in GHI, her expertise and insight into her field have proven to be of endless value.

Jason Hawes & Grant Wilson – Journey Into The Unknown

April 16, 2009
Grant Wilson (left) and Jason Hawes (right) on the job as TV's Ghost Hunters. Photo by Les Stone and copyright The Sci Fi Channel

Grant Wilson (left) and Jason Hawes (right) on the job as TV's Ghost Hunters. Photo by Les Stone and copyright The Sci Fi Channel

Nowadays, it is not unusual for someone to have two jobs, but how many people do you know who are employed as plumbers and ghost hunters? Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson are family men, longtime friends and Roto-Rooter plumbers as well as the hosts of the Sci Fi Channel reality TV series Ghost Hunters. Founders of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), they, along with fellow TAPS members, spend one hour  on TV each week investigating places that are reported to be haunted. Armed with, among other things, EMF (electromagnetic field) scanners, infrared as well as night vision cameras, and video/audio recorders, our Ghost Hunters do their best to locate, catalogue and subsequently analyze possible paranormal activity. Their small screen enthusiasm is infectious, but that was not always the case for Hawes or Wilson.

“We started out as non-believers,” admits Hawes, during a recent conference call with journalists. “To be honest, it was just our own personal experiences, which we’ve always kept private, that fueled our passion to investigate the unknown. When we first got into this field, we realized that there’s a ton of garbage out there. There are people who are selling pictures of a [blurry] dot on-line for others to view in return for $3.00 a month in membership fees and stuff of that nature. When we came along, being non-believers, we looked at the field differently and were willing to call things out. Our initial investigations led to a number of people hating us because of the way we saw things and how vocal we were about it. However, over the years, they’ve come to realize that we’re going to call it as we see it.

“I think the most difficult part of an investigation is trying to get into the client’s head and trying to get them to understand that you’re there to help them. Most of these people are like you and me, but we’ve also dealt with people who, for example, have been in the early stages of schizophrenia or had other mental health issues. One lady actually came at us with a gun; you never know whose house you’re walking into, and you need to always remember that. When it comes down to it, I feel the best outcome of an investigation is truly being able to figure out what happened. If someone had an experience and you’re able to prove that it wasn’t paranormal, but there that it was something explainable. I think that’s the most important part of what we do.”

Adds Wilson, “Another challenge is making sure a person is sincere and that they’re sticking as true to the facts of the story as possible. You’ll send in several different people to interview an individual to get the truth out of them, but the best thing is finding out one way or the other that this is definitely paranormal or, yeah, we definitely debunked your claim. That’s the meat of an investigation and what keeps us going is when we find definitive answers, whether it be one way or the other.”

In March, Ghost Hunters returned to the Sci Fi Channel for its fifth season, which began with a visit to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to check out an historic, and reportedly haunted, property that the legendary seamstress Betsy Ross once called home. For Hawes and Wilson, this was the start of a truly enjoyable as well as fulfilling journey into the unknown.

“This is a great season,” enthuses Hawes. “We’ve investigated a lot of places and, in particular, gone back to getting a number of residential cases as well, which I think is always important. We got some terrific evidence in the form of great visuals and audio along with some other neat little things. Grant and I also kind of shook things up a little bit by buying an inn [The Spaulding Inn in Whitefield, NH) that had supposedly been haunted for the past 70 to 80 years. We had the GHI [Ghost Hunters International] guys come in and investigate it just so that there was no bias there.

“I’ve been doing this show since my twin boys were just one – they’re going to be five this year – so we’re going on five years and this has been the most enjoyable season I’ve ever done.”

Says Wilson, “One of the coolest cases we did this season was at the Georgia Aquarium, which is the largest aquarium in the world. They have a traveling Titanic exhibit with actual artifacts from the ship, and everywhere that the exhibit goes, [paranormal] activity supposedly follows. So we caught up with it in Georgia and had an interesting time there dealing with the artifacts. We even got to climb into a six million gallon tank and swim with some whale sharks, which was incredible.

“So this year has been a blast. We’ve got a good team and we brought in a lot of new equipment that we’re using, which I think everyone is going to appreciate. And like Jason said, we’re getting into more of the homes again, but still doing the big locations, too.”

Continues Hawes, “An especially challenging case this year was one we did just recently and that involved a child. The family believed that there was a negative entity in the home, so they were terrified for their safety and that of their child. No one was sleeping at night and at one point they ended up leaving home and moving into a hotel. It was really sad, and being a father of five, that’s one of those things that really pulls at your heartstrings. Anytime a child is involved, even though you might not know what you can do, you have to do something.”

Adds Wilson, “Certainly the toughest and most rewarding investigations are when you get to go in and help a family, even though in their eyes you don’t necessarily have good news to tell them. However, you still feel a relationship with them and want to help them through it the best you can.”

Most people at one time or another have heard a strange noise or other bump in the night that, for the most part, has been air in the pipes or something other than a supernatural act. What, however, in Hawes’ and Wilson’s opinions, causes one place to be haunted and another not?

“It could be anything,” notes Hawes. “We’ve dealt with places that have been 300 years old with quite a bit of activity, and other places that have been just as old but with no activity. It’s the same with brand new buildings. You find that a lot of it has to do with what happened on the property prior to the building of it, or after the structure was built and what people living or working there have since been doing there. All these factors come into play.

“We’ve dealt with what appears to be a spirit just passing through and for whatever reason decided to stay. Perhaps there’s a child there that can see it, so it stays in the hopes that the child will grow older and still be able to communicate with him or her, because to a child anything is possible. After all, Santa comes down the chimney every year, and the Easter Bunny drops off a basket every Easter, so nothing is impossible.”

Says Wilson, “There are two main types of hauntings; one is like a leftover memory in a place that pops up at certain times, and the other is the ghost of a dead person. So anything that might make a ghost stay or be attracted to a living person, an area or an object in a house is reason enough. It’s pretty broad, and that’s why we call ourselves paranormal investigators, because you’ve really got to put your clues together and figure out what would cause a ghost to stay in that location.”

The success of Ghost Hunters has spawned a spin-off series, Ghost Hunters International, whose team investigates paranormal activity across the pond. While not yet quite as seasoned as their American counterparts, their work has certainly earned kudos from Hawes and Wilson. “I think they’re doing great,” says Hawes. “[Investigators] Dustin Pari and Joe Chin are very close friends, as is Barry Fitzgerald, and Robb Demarest is a friend of mine, too. A lot of their protocol is the same as ours, but they do things differently than us. They’re their own people. I have the utmost respect for them, and I also appreciate that when our series is on hiatus filming new episodes, they’re holding down the fort for us on TV.”

Adds Wilson, “As we mentioned, we bought this inn called the Spaulding Inn. We’ve been busy restoring the place, and our families, including our wives and kids, have had [paranormal] experiences there. We thought, ‘Hey, let’s get this on TV and do an investigation.’ However, we wanted to maintain an unbiased approach, so we contacted the Ghost Hunters International guys and had them come in and investigate it for us. So it’s good to have that kind of relationship and I think they’ve come a long way. I don’t know that we could have asked them to do that in the beginning, but now they’re certainly more qualified. We’re proud of them and they’re doing a terrific job.”

Are you a passionate Ghost Hunters watcher? Do you long to follow in your heroes’ footsteps and do a little paranormal sleuthing? Before you head out to do so, our experts have some advice to pass on.

“For one thing, stay away from the occult. Don’t go the way of the Ouija board and that sort of stuff,” warns Wilson.

Hawes agrees, “Yeah, that’s definitely a red flag.”

Continues Wilson, “If you want to ghost hunt and stuff like that, it’s always best to find a friend’s or relative’s house that you think is haunted. Don’t go into cemeteries or break into abandoned houses because the police won’t believe you when you say you’re just ghost hunting. A video camera, which a lot of kids have nowadays, is all you really need, and just talk to what you believe is there. Keep in mind that what you’re talking to is a person, albeit one without a body, but someone who at one time had a family and a job. And always make sure you do things in a safe way and in a safe environment. We’re not breaking any laws, you know?”

Adds Hawes, “Don’t go into a place automatically assuming it’s haunted because of what people have told you. You want to go in there and look for the real explanation. My children do this right now. I have five kids and they’ll do a little mock investigation and everything else to figure out what’s truly going on. At one point, my eight-year-old daughter thought her room was haunted, and she ended up finding out that it was nothing but her Furby with a low battery that was making weird noises. Do you know how empowering that was for her, to take away that fear, and it also went to show her that most of the time it has nothing to do with a ghost.”

While some people might be reluctant to admit it, most of us are interested in the paranormal, and a show like Ghost Hunters feeds into our curiosity. While it is billed as entertainment and Hawes and Wilson enjoy what they do, they also find it rewarding for very down-to-earth reasons.

“We’re always looking for that answer,” says Hawes, “and, of course, if you go for two, three, four months and don’t catch anything, it kind of becomes a downer. However, when, all of a sudden, you catch a great piece of evidence, it boosts your inspiration back up and keeps you going.

“Again, we’re looking for a the truth and we’re also trying to help out as many people as we can. I did a reveal today for a lady who was actually in tears because of the activity going on in her house. When we were getting ready to leave, she came up and gave me this big hug and said to me and Grant, ‘Thank you so much. There’s no one who can help people like us when we have a problem like this. There’s nowhere to turn to, and you guys are there for us.’ That makes everything we do worth it. The fact that this lady can now honestly feel OK and sleep in her house at night is so important.”

Says Wilson, “That’s your main paycheck right there, you know? You go into a house where people are terrified, and by the time you leave, you’ve narrowed it down to a pill that they can swallow. They’re comfortable and hugging you and are thankful that they can take their home back. That’s what it’s all about.”

For more information about TAPS check out their official website – www.the-atlantic-paranormal-society.com

Steve Eramo

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