Ghost Hunters

Season 3 Episode 3

Shadow People

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 25, 2006 on Syfy
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The team travels to a Vermont home and investigates the closed West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia to investigate phenomena attributed to "shadow people."

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  • Great debunking episode!

    7.0
    This episode was loosely themed around the so-called “shadow people” phenomenon, which is a subject that I find quite interesting, largely because I have encountered it in the “real world”. Much like the second season, when they have these themed episodes, they tend to offer two investigations with differing results. This helps to provide a few interpretations of the actual phenomenon, but the ongoing decision to cram two investigations into one hour continues to undermine the intentions. There’s literally no time to focus on the unique aspects of each case.



    It’s crystal clear, watching this episode, that the editing was brutal. There were some scene breaks that screamed “amateur hour”. Pilgrim Films could be doing a much better job of it, especially after a couple years of practice. The difference between the investigations, which have much higher production values this season, and the staged set-ups and transitions is jarring. Never mind the cuts in the conversations!



    Case #1: Johnsons House, VT



    It was good to see Mike Dion again. For those who are unaware, Steve started New England Paranormal a few years ago, after Jason initially denied his membership with TAPS. Why? Because Jason didn’t want Steve to have to drive from near Boston to Rhode Island. Now that Steve works primarily with TAPS, Mike runs NEP. Jason has referred to NEP as a “sister organization” to TAPS, and the non-TV TAPS team works with NEP regularly.



    For all that, I’m not sure this episode demonstrated Mike’s experience and skill within the field. I imagine that was partly the nature of the investigation, but the editing didn’t help, either. I thought a lot of this investigation was chopped up. Steve’s staged conversation with Dave about EMF detectors, something that would have been covered ages ago when he first started working with them, really threw off the pacing.



    I really love EVPs, because when they occur within context and above and background noise, it’s hard to debunk. In this case, I’m on the fence. The first one sounded more like “I’m Tracy” or “Who’s Tracy?”, and the second one was a little bit mocking. Both of them, in my opinion, sounded more like a grown man trying to imitate a young girl’s voice than an actual child’s voice, especially the second EVP. I have my suspicions as to a source, but there’s not enough evidence to prove it.



    Otherwise, this one was full of fluff, especially the “personal experiences”. The editing always makes it look more active than it is. Look at their facial expressions, and you can tell how bored they are. I think that Jason approached it the way he did because he, too, had some suspicions.



    Case #2: Moundsville Penitentiary, WV



    This is another historical site seeking validation of “haunted” activity. I like penitentiaries, though, so I was looking forward to this one. It’s also nice that they had some evidence from other parties to examine. The bulk of the episode was spent debunking that evidence, and I thought they did a fairly good job. Since nothing was happening on their own investigation (despite the attempt by the editors to make it seem otherwise), it made sense.



    I completely agree with the debunking of the “apparition”. I had the same reaction when they showed the video the first time around. The “shadow man” explanation, however, doesn’t quite work for me. I have to go back and look, but the “shadow man” didn’t show an origination point. In Jason and Grant’s version, the shadowing effect would show the legs coming from the direction of Jason’s position on the floor. Shadows, after all, have to come from somewhere. The picture shows the “shadow man” against the door, with the surrounding area bright and visible. If there was a light source behind the woman talking the picture, and that caused the shadow (IR or otherwise), wouldn’t there be a long stretch of shadow from her position up to the bottom of the figure at the door?moreless
  • Not good for West Virginia

    1.1
    This episode made me so angry. I am from WV and have been to Moundsville twice. Anyone who even had a thought to what they are doing would relize exactly how haunted this building is. As soon as you walk into the cell area, it takes your breathe away. In some of the cells you can feel the anger and hatred of past prisoners. The best part is that people have been known for staying there around halloween and have had experiences such as the feeling of people touching them and strange unexplained sounds. I honestly think that ghost hunters should come back and imvestigate Moundsville Prison again!!!!moreless
  • A great example of why Ghost Hunters is a LEGIT scientific ghost hunting show vs. other shows that use people such as mediums.

    8.5
    In this episode, Jay and Grant show what sets this show apart from other \"ghost hunting\" shows. Jay and Grant, the hosts of Ghost Hunters, don\'t try PROVEING that a location is haunted, but rather are trying to DISPROVE the haunting. They use scientific means and good common logic to try and \"debunk\" the reported paranormal events that occur in the location. If they cannot debunk the reports, then they are left with the possibility of the paranormal. This episode clearly shows how they attempt to debunk claims before declaring a location haunted. Yet the show is still REAL spooky!moreless
Brian Harnois

Brian Harnois

Investigator

Dave Tango

Dave Tango

Investigator-In-Training

Donna LaCroix

Donna LaCroix

Case Manager

Grant Wilson (II)

Grant Wilson (II)

Lead Investigator - Co-Founder of TAPS

Jason Hawes

Jason Hawes

Lead Investigator - Founder of TAPS

Lisa Dowaliby

Lisa Dowaliby

Investigator

Mike Dion

Mike Dion

Investigator

Recurring Role

Dustin Pari

Dustin Pari

Tech Specialist

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Nitpick: Jason and Grant claim that the picture of the Shadow Man at the WV State Penitentiary was caused by an IR shadow. However, the witness said that she saw the shadow, and then raised her camera. If it was an IR shadow, she couldn't have seen it with her naked eyes! Therefore, this picture is not debunked, as they claim.

    • According to the date embedded in the thermal camera's footage, the investigation of the Johnson's house took place on July 22-23, 2006. The episode's second case at the West Virginia State Penitentiary was actually filmed over a month before this one, on June 12-13 of 2006.

    • Also Appearing:
      Investigation 1: Johnson's House - Chester, Vermont
      Libby Johnson - Homeowner
      Sean Johnson - Homeowner

      Investigation 2: West Virginia Penitentiary - Moundsville, West Virginia
      Mike Parnicza - Employee
      Maggie Gray - Correctional Trainer
      Allen Brindza - Eyewitness

  • QUOTES (5)

    • EVP of a Little Girl: Who's Jason?

    • Grant: (arriving at the prison) Can you imagine actually being brought in here, knowing you're gonna be in here for the next 20 years?
      Jason: That's when I'd be eating the razor wire.

    • Dustin: (after Dave gets smacked in the crotch by a van door) You got years before you need those anyway.

    • Dave: I've never really had a personal experience. It's sort of spiritual to me, I sort of need it. I need to see it with my own eyes, that's just the way I am, and it'll just answer questions I've had my whole life.

    • Grant: Any truth we can find on a case, whether it be paranormal or not, that's all we're looking for.

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