Ghost Hunters

Season 4 Episode 10

House of Spirits

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 28, 2008 on Syfy
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House of Spirits

TAPS investigate a home in New England and the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH.

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  • A surprisingly sneaky episode

    After a short sweeps hiatus, "Ghost Hunters" is back for a short foray through the month of June. This particular episode foregoes the usual trip to a tourist location in favor of a couple smaller venues: one private home and a small theatre. The differences are actually quite interesting. One location had some interesting potential "evidence", while the other was quickly and methodically dismissed. It's no surprise that one of the locations took all of seven minutes of airtime.

    These two investigations were filmed earlier in the year, around the end of March and early April, so most of the same issues persist. As usual, I was less than impressed with the K-II Meter, as it has been proven to my satisfaction that the devices will react to cell phone and wireless communication even when it is well outside the area the meters are located. I can't help but consider, every time the K-II flashes, how much wireless audio they have on site.

    Case #1: New Haven House

    One thing I constantly harp on is the need for corroborating data to make the case for unexplained activity. I regularly annoy my own team members by pointing out, even before we dig into the possible other natural sources of unusual data, that a single EVP or odd EMF spike is essentially meaningless taken on its own. It may indicate that more information is needed to resolve the source of the anomaly, but it's not enough to draw a conclusion. (And certainly not enough, in the case of "Ghost Hunters", to claim a location is haunted.)

    Setting the usual battle over legitimacy aside (others will no doubt carry the banners of belief and skepticism onto the battlefield without me), that made this particular situation more intriguing. In essence, Jason and Grant had personal experiences (knocks, movement, a possible shadowy form), there was something odd on thermal footage seemingly corresponding to the experiences, and then an EVP seemingly in relation to all of that as well. It's probably the only time they've ever shown evidence coinciding in that fashion.

    It's notable because this is precisely the sort of thing that investigators want to find: overlapping forms of evidence that, as a whole, cannot be explained. It's easy to throw out a single data point; it's a lot harder to dismiss when several data points must be systematically eliminated as meaningful. Correlations are important for a reason.

    There are a number of reasons to question the footage as presented, of course, so the natural next step would be a follow-up investigation to look into the matter further. Ideally it would be without a camera crew and tightly controlled, so it would never happen on the show. But I can say this without reservation: if I had data like that from an investigation, and I could validate the source, collection, and integrity of the data, then I would be very excited and jumping at the chance to investigate further.

    For that reason, I think it's absolutely understandable that they would label the location haunted, especially given that they must make a determination based on what they have in hand.

    Case #2: Palace Theatre

    Once again this season, we have the situation where the editors, for whatever reason, chose not to extend coverage of an investigation to an hour when it was warranted, in favor of tacking on a short and meaningless investigation that should have been left to the DVD extras. It's good to see debunking, especially when it's common sense, but this particular location was an afterthought. By the time it started, it was obvious that nothing was going to be found because there was so little time left in the episode!

    This is another example of how the editors get it completely wrong. Why not start with the short, meaningless investigation, and then hit people with something unexpected in the second half of the episode? It's not like anyone watching the show would tune out if the first investigation comes up empty, given the potential presented by more than half of the episode being left unseen!moreless
Jason Hawes

Jason Hawes

Lead Investigator

Grant Wilson (II)

Grant Wilson (II)

Lead Investigator

Steve Gonsalves

Steve Gonsalves

Tech Manager

Dave Tango

Dave Tango


Kris Williams

Kris Williams


Joe Chin

Joe Chin


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: Grant states that the apparition that appears at the private residence investigated in this episode wearing jeans and a t-shirt must be from at least the 1940s, if not later, going by his clothing. Jeans became popular clothes in the 1950s, but people wore dungarees (what jeans were called originally) from the 1870s, and sailors wore them as their regular working uniform in the early 1900s. Therefore, it's possible that the apparition might be from a much earlier period than Grant speculates.

    • Also Appearing:
      Investigation 2: Palace Theatre - Manchester, New Hampshire
      Peter Ramsey - President, Palace Theatre
      Dana Beaulieu - Production Technician
      Carl Rejotte - Artistic Director

    • The first investigation at a private home in New Haven County, Connecticut occurred on April 8-9, 2008. The second investigation actually took place a week earlier, on April 2-3, 2008.

    • Unlike most cases, the clients of the first investigation remain somewhat anonymous, with no town listed for their house's location, and only their first names, Jennifer and Nick, are given.

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