From 2005 until 2010 and with the help and support of Sander/Moses Productions, I promoted the CBS TV Series “Ghost Whisperer” quite extensively through my website. I had descriptions of episodes, brief character bios, brief bios of the stars, information on music used in episodes, a forum, a chat room, a guestbook and a hit counter with map showing where people would hit my website from. One particular evening after a particularly chilling episode, I decided to go into my office to check the hit counter. One hit came from Los Angeles, California. I excitedly thought that someone from Universal at Sander/Moses must have checked out my website. As I zoomed in on the location, I noticed that the location of the hit came from south of Universal Studios. I zoomed in again and noticed that the location was just a little bit north of I-10. I zoomed in closer and was puzzled as all the streets gave way to what looked like an open field. “What’s going on here”, I asked myself? Puzzled, yet pleased by the mystery before me, I pulled up Google Earth and matched it with what I had visible on my Map. I found the field and zoomed in closer. As I did and got a good look at the location of the page hit, I got chills from head to toe! It reminded me of an old episode of the Twilight Zone.
“It’s impossible for anyone to call you from that location.”
Rosedale Cemetery to be exact.
I checked the time in which the page was hit.
8:30PM. Three and a half hours after the gates closed and when Los Angeles was in full dark.
Was someone from the grave trying to contact me or was someone making a joke?
Anything is possible.
As much as I enjoy watching TV ghost shows, I have to say that I am often quite irritated when I detect that the investigators involved may be faking the supposed paranormal activity. It is soooo annoying. Sadly, such manufactured “ghostly” activity has become far too common in these shows, and this often results in my reaching for the OFF switch of my TV set with a weary sigh.
When I sit down to watch a ghost hunting show, I expect it to be GENUINE, and not just some exaggerated piece of shallow rubbish, with obviously scripted dialogue and over-theatrical behaviour when even as much as a spoon is chucked across a darkened room.
When I first started watching these shows, I did initially think that they were all genuine, especially when the presenter took you into actual haunted places and interviewed the owners and other people there about their reported “paranormal” experiences. However, the more I watched these shows, and the more I read certain devious things about them that raised questions about their sincerity, the more I began to doubt that they were all that they seemed to be. Furthermore, the antics of these TV investigators became so tiresome and predictable that I even found myself bursting out laughing, as they were just getting to be beyond a joke. Just as if you would stay in a creepy, darkened cellar whilst being repeatedly assaulted by an apparent “malevolent entity”, and just as if a spirit would immediately – and without fail – respond to your queries of “Is anybody there?” with well-timed knocks.
The fakery and theatrics in a lot of these shows has become so regular now that it is becoming increasingly difficult to know which incidents are genuine and which are staged. It’s just like the boy who cried wolf, for one day these investigators could actually experience GENUINE paranormal activity, but if they have generated a rather dogdy reputation for themselves for faking ghostly activity, then they are going to find it very difficult to convince viewers that this time it’s all for real.
Even some of the so-called “psychic mediums” that accompany the TV investigators to these supposedly “haunted” buildings can often project a rather ludicrous, questionable impression. “Is there anybody there?” they call out, and on the occasions that they DO appear to contact a spirit, they give pretty thin and vague descriptions which almost anybody who knows how to exaggerate spirit medium capability would be able to do, with no trouble. To be honest, I am quite surprised that these TV ghost shows have been allowed to get away with their exaggerated investigation antics for so long, as there must be millions of people who have sussed them out and, as a result, are switching their program off, just as I have been doing.
Just for once, I would LOVE to see a GENUINE, SERIOUS paranormal investigation show – one whose makers would not feel the need to resort to staging silly ghostly activity in order to inject some kind of “entertainment” factor into the programme to boost up ratings. I would rather endure an hour or so of little paranormal activity from a truthful investigation than be subjected to false “bumps” in the night and manufactured moans and howls from a TV crew who are just doing it to keep up their TV fame.
Come on, PROPER TV ghost hunters – where are you all?
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