Ghost Hunters

Season 6 Episode 16

Lemp Mansion

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 29, 2010 on Syfy
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Lemp Mansion
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The team heads to St. Louis, Missouri to investigate the Lemp Mansion. Built by money brought in by the largest brewery empire in its time outside of New York City, it was later the venue of a recurring family tragedy: three Lemps within two generations committed suicide within its walls.moreless

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  • Bad investigating, all around

    4.0
    I always find it interesting how every season, there's a new "holy grail" location that TAPS is super-excited to be investigating. Remember how ecstatic they were to get into Eastern State Penitentiary? And now, that site is practically passé. Funny the way it is, when you think about it.



    The investigation begins, as usual, with Jason and Grant, heading to the third floor and Frederick's room, where shadow figures and odors have been reported. It doesn't take long for them to lounge out (seriously, Jason is sprawled on the bed, ready for a nap!). Jason notes that the corner of the room seems to be getting pitch black.



    Of course, this leads to some typical K-II Meter activity. I'll refrain from going through the usual explanation for how the K-II Meters are ridiculously unreliable, and how the question/answer methodology is nothing more than a constant stream of confirmation bias. I've said it all before, so let's just say that I don't consider it credible evidence of anything. Regardless of Jason saying that he saw something walking by the door. Using equipment as an electronic Ouija board does not advance the field.



    Next, it's Britt and KJ on the first floor, where more shadow figure traffic is reported, and the office where Billy Lemp committed suicide. For those who continue to swear by TAPS equipment and methodology, I'll just point out again that an EMF meter doesn't give you nearly enough information to exclude man-made RF sources as false positives. Nor would a 1 - 2 mGauss baseline trigger much reaction from a person even highly-sensitive to EMF, since that is close to the natural background in many parts of the industrialized modern world.



    Amy and Kris take on the bar/restaurant area. Kris thinks she saw a shadow, so they try to debunk it. It doesn't quite work, so they proceed to an EVP session in the hopes of getting more information. (Using handheld equipment has long since stopped being an option for TAPS personnel, it seems.)



    They chase down a shadow up to the second floor, after both seeing it themselves, and wind up hearing movement further up the stairs. The sounds take them on a bit of a wild goose chase, constantly moving just out of sight. Eventually, they are left without evidence or answers.



    This all illustrates one of my oft-repeated points. Much of the investigating is now conducted in a manner that emphasizes personal experiences, even though they constantly talk about how such experiences are not evidence. When they do use handheld instruments, they use equipment that they know is not effective. They talk the talk, but they seldom follow through with the "scientific approach" that used to be their claim to fame.



    At any rate, Jason and Grant move back to Frederick's room (at least as the episode was edited), and Grant supposedly smells something terrible. Those who have observed that Grant is typically front and center for much of the high-profile "evidence" were no doubt rolling their eyes. It really doesn't matter; there's no proof to be offered from such a thing, after all. It can't be verified or debunked. The bit with the air freshener was pretty funny, though!



    Britt and KJ next investigate the atrium (where Kris and Amy were previously), and they hear footsteps, as if someone is coming into the room. I've had this happen very recently on an investigation at Fort Mifflin, with a group of three of us all hearing the same thing, so I can't say it's impossible. But we caught it on our recorders as well, and I didn't hear it in their footage. But it does give Britt and KJ an excuse to go rushing to a scene again!



    Jason and Grant turn to the Lavender Suite, where a dog is seen on a couch. Jason leaves for another room, and sure enough, Grant seems to have someone whisper "Atlantis" or "Atlanta" in his ear. Apparently, this is supposed to be some experiment to prove a spirit or entity is playing Super Password with Grant.



    To me, it just strains what little credibility Jason and Grant still had. Not only is there nothing remotely scientific involved in this little game, but it's something that could have easily been set up before the investigation. In fact, chances are much, much higher that this was staged for the show than it actually happened. It's just far too convenient for this to be something Jason tried randomly on a lark. I suspect this will push some of those still on the fence right off the edge. (If this had been on "Ghost Adventures", I guarantee a lot of people would be crying foul, and rightfully so.)



    Britt and KJ move on to the basement, and they resort to the "knocking method", which is just more of the same style of spirit communication that has been in use (and soundly dismissed) since the dawn of the Spiritualist movement. I wasn't convinced of anything unusual taking place. Kris and Amy move on to Frederick's room, but before much can happen, the investigation is concluded.



    When it comes to the reveal, there isn't a lot to offer the client. Thankfully, they didn't bring up the Super Password bit. But they do present the K-II "evidence", which is really not all that much better. The "groan" could have easily been someone knocking into one of those chairs, causing it to shift on the tile floor. Considering how little tangible "evidence" they collected, the "haunted" designation is hardly warranted. But then, personal experiences are now more than enough for Jason and Grant.moreless
  • plain horrible

    2.0
    what the hell happened to these guys? I'm so bored with all the stupid talking and "investigator personal experiences" without any evidence. do you really think we're that gullible? I don't expect computers flying out the windows or bleeding walls but neither the same old stories which bore me to death and prove absolutely nothing. there are cases where activity clearly doesn't happen but they still try to make it seem like ghosts, without any hard evidence. so just.. stop. if you're continuing like this please go away from my tv screen. I can always watch ghost whisperer if I wanna see cliched naive hauntings.moreless
Amy Bruni

Amy Bruni

Investigator

Britt Griffith

Britt Griffith

Investigator/Acting Tech Manager

Jason Hawes

Jason Hawes

Lead Investigator

Grant Wilson (II)

Grant Wilson (II)

Lead Investigator

Kris Williams

Kris Williams

Investigator

K.J. McCormick

K.J. McCormick

Investigator

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