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Ghost Adventures

Season 4 Episode 12

Fort Chaffee

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 19, 2010 on Travel Channel
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Camp Chaffee was built on 70,000 acres of Arkansas farmland in 1941 as the US was building up its forces to join the fighting of WWII. Renamed Fort Chaffee in 1956, this military complex has been used to train Army soldiers for combat, hold German POW's in the 1940's, and housed refugees from Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and Cubans after the Mariel Boatlift.

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  • mediocre

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    Camp Chaffee was built on 70,000 acres of Arkansas farmland in 1941 as the US was building up its forces to join the fighting of WWII. Renamed Fort Chaffee in 1956, this military complex has been used to train Army soldiers for combat, hold German POW's in the 1940's, and housed refugees from Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and Cubans after the Mariel Boatlift.

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  • Bad EVP analysis, as usual

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    As usual, for the sake of simplicity, I will simply make the following disclaimer: if I don't discuss a specific EVP, one can make the assumption that I think it was just background noise and nothing remotely paranormal. (And seriously, if they want to get EVPs that can be taken seriously, they need to put the recorders down and eliminate their own movements and noise! I guarantee, they wouldn't get a quarter of the "EVPs" they keep claiming they get!)



    Due to various circumstances, I let a few episodes pass without commentary. Frankly, I'm not sure it matters. I don't think either of the locations in question presented anything more (or less) compelling than what they have shown before. What few items might have been intriguing enough to note have already faded from memory.



    Fort Chaffee is a ridiculously large area to cover. You could probably take every paranormal investigative group in that state, and they couldn't cover it well enough to exclude site contamination or animal activity from the mix. Take investigators willing to believe that just about anything is evidence of negative spirit activity, and there's no shock that they found "evidence"!



    The "working sounds" recording was interesting, but it would have to be proven that there were no interlopers in the area, human or otherwise. Certainly the security would limit the presence of unwanted human guests, but animals could be roaming around without a doubt. The question is: would animals moving around in the buildings produce noises like that? Considering that GAC is only the second team to investigate there, it's hard to say.



    The troubles experienced by the team, in terms of the dust and other air contaminants, is an interesting side note. My group was recently investigating an old building where asbestos and mold were known to be an issue. We only stayed for a short time, and limited our activities to certain areas, but we recognized the potential dangers. A lot of investigators roam abandoned buildings and such without taking this into account.



    The "get on the bed" recording is interesting because it rises above the background noise, but it's practically incomprehensible if you listen to it without their interpretation. That, to me, makes it impossible to call a viable EVP. The "latte" recording is equally bad, because they have to fish for context to make any sense of it. The "get out" EVP sounds like amplified movements, not words. All of them are just noise! A good EVP will be clear, without need of interpretation.



    I don't have much faith in Billy Tolley. While I recognize that he has some experience in sound engineering, his claim to fame is "audio editing and production software". That's something that raises a red flag for me, since it means he would be very good at making something out of nothing within an audio file. Besides, he is part of a group called PIMPS. I just can't take that seriously.



    And that's one of the double-edged swords of the paranormal investigative world. You want people with the right skills on your team. But they are, in the eyes of the skeptics, also people who have the skills to facilitate fraud. It comes down to presenting the data and evidence in a way that eliminates the doubts, and right now, that's rare. And it certainly doesn't happen on any of these reality television shows.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Also Appearing:
      Lynn Merechka - Former Fort Chaffee Prison Guard
      Joey Chasteen - Fort Chaffee Museum Coordinator
      Adrian Scalf - Paranormal Investigator
      Beverly Glynn - Paranormal Investigator
      Tina Scalf - Paranormal Investigator
      Robbin Howe - Paranormal Investigator
      Ivy Owen - Director, Chaffee Crossing

    • The GAC do a few different things during their second lockdown in the Fort's prison. Former Prison Guard Lynn Merechka joins them, acting as a guide, and a trigger object, as well as asking his own EVP questions in Spanish since many of the former convicts were Cuban. They also bring Billy Tolley, their EVP Expert, inside the prison so that he can do real time EVP analysis for them using his full equipment.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Lynn Merechka: (mock seriously, after hearing an EVP of "Get out!") I'm selling the business, I'm never going back in. (they all laugh) Yeah, he told me to leave, so...

    • Aaron: (volunteering to try an EVP question in Spanish) I know one! Como te llamos, y tu? Means 'How are you? I'm good.'
      Zak: That's 'What's your name?'
      Aaron: Oh... What's your name? (he cracks up) I tried.

    • EVP: It's getting hot in here.

    • Mick: (doing an EVP session in the mental ward) Who's out there?
      EVP: Come and get me!

    • Zak: (after being told there are Bigfoot sightings at the Fort) What was that?!
      Nick: I don't know!
      Zak: (as he goes running towards the disturbance) Did you get that?! Did you see that?! (pointing at a shaking bush) I just saw that move. (going towards a dilapidated building) Hold on, there's something over there... (sees Aaron without his shirt on) Are you serious?!
      Nick: Is that Aaron?!
      Zak: What are you doing without your shirt on?! You look like Bigfoot!
      Aaron: It's hot, dude!
      Zak: What are you doing, Tweeting?! (to Nick) Is that what you saw- a big, hairy looking thing?
      Nick: Yeah, that's it.
      Zak: (to Aaron) We thought you were Sasquatch, you ugly, hairy bastard!

    • Zak: There's still an active base over on the other side. So when we're locked down here and investigating, if we kind of mosey off into the active base part wearing all black with our big cameras that look like bazookas, do you think we're going to be shot in the face?
      Joey Chasteen: (chuckling) Well, they'll probably point a gun at you.

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