Ghost Adventures is a weekly American paranormal television that premiered on October 17, 2008 on the Travel Channel. The program follows and stars Zak Bagans, Nick Groff, and Aaron Goodwin, as they investigate locations that are reported to be haunted. Hosted and narrated by Bagans and self-described as “raw” and “extreme” the program originally began as an independent film documentary, which was filmed by the crew in 2004 and produced by 4Reel Productions in 2006. The Sci-Fi Channel first presented 4Reel’s ”Ghost Adventures” on July 25, 2007. The documentary centers on the trio’s investigation of alleged paranormal activity in and around Virginia City, Nevada, which the crew returned to on the fourth season of the series, and in Goldfield, Nevada in which the crew returned to in order to finish their lockdown at the Goldfield Hotel.
Bagans, Groff, and Goodwin investigate reportedly haunted locations, hoping to collect visual or auditory evidence of paranormal activity. Each episode begins with the trio touring the investigation site with its owners or caretakers. These introductions typically include Bagan’s voice-overs of the “dark” histories of the places and interviews with people who claim to have witnessed paranormal phenomena at the location. The crew places ”X”’s with black or gray tape at the sites of alleged activity and later returns to set static night-vision cameras on these “hotspots”.
After completing the walkthrough, the three men plan their strategy and then are “locked down” into the location by themselves “to prevent any kind of audio contamination” for an overnight from dusk until dawn investigation. During the lockdown they use a variety of equipment, including digital thermometers, EMF Detectors, handheld digital cameras, video cameras, digital audio recorders,the Ovilus and infrared night-vision cameras in an effort to document evidence to support paranormal events. On some investigations, the members follow provocative techniques, such as using trigger objects and aggressive language, in an attempt to increase their chances of capturing such phenomena. At the end of some episodes, the investigators analyze their audio, photos, and video footage and present any unexplained phenomena that were captured.
Throughout the series, the crew claims to have captured and experienced various anomalous phenomena, some of which occurred almost simultaneously: equipment malfunctions, like battery drainage; EMF spikes, or fluctuations in EMFs; sudden changes in temperature (increase, cold spots, or both); unexplained noises; EVP; apparitions, shadow people, mists, and Orbs; physical contact and harm; poltergeist; spirit possessions; and other phenomena, like responses in an Ovilus and drainage of an EM Pump.
So far, the investigators believe to have experienced and filmed three apparent possessions. Bagans believes that he was possessed twice: first at the Preston School of Industry and second at Poveglia. Groff, who admitted that he had never believed in possessions, now claims that he was possessed once at the Moon River Brewing Company.
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