Ghost Hunters

Season 3 Episode 5

Whispers and Voices

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 01, 2006 on Syfy
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Whispers and Voices

Massachusetts is visited for two paranormal investigations. The team explores a Victorian Mansion and an 1897 manor.

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  • Not much evidence, but quite entertaining

    (This particular review only covers the regularly scheduled episode; commentary on the recent “live” episode will be included along with the review of the recap/reveal episode, which airs 08 Nov 2006.)

    This episode focuses on a couple of locations that fall between the typical “tourist trap” cases and the more interesting “private home” cases. Both sites in this episode seemed to have a reputation for being haunted, and in one case, hosted a haunted house every year. Also, both clients were looking for validation of their experiences, which is a tricky proposition.

    TAPS does try to debunk the unexplained phenomena encountered in a location, but at the end of the day, they believe in the paranormal and they have certain subjective interpretations of events that creep into the process. It’s one thing to say that the goal is correlation of data in the hopes of determining a cause or validating phenomena in general (as Donna and Lisa discussed). It’s another to speak in terms of certainties or what a spirit does or does not do (as Steve does all episode long).

    It may seem like an odd distinction, but it’s really just following through on what they say at the top of nearly every episode. If they want to debunk a haunting, they can’t think of it as a haunting, and they can’t tailor the use of equipment based on assumptions of what spirits would do. After all, none of the equipment they use could ever demonstrate that the cause of something unexplainable is definitively “paranormal”.

    Case #1: Veau’s House, MA

    In this case, I had the feeling that this was a shot at publicity. The owner sounded like a game show host, not a concerned homeowner. Also, a lot of what he mentioned sounded like the effects of high electromagnetic field exposure (feeling threatened, auditory hallucinations, headaches, etc.). Beyond Steve flipping out about the spiders, which is always fun to watch, the investigation seemed rather simple.

    They did, however, run into a couple of EVPs. Neither of them were particularly convincing, even if one sounded like a creepy laugh. I personally assumed it was some kind of electrical effect from interference (especially if it was the wireless audio). The camera situation was even less convincing. For one thing, it may have been secured, but it was hanging on a folding shutter, which could have jostled or moved with a little wind. It wouldn’t take much for the camera to move just enough to get that kind of effect.

    Case #2: Bucksteep Manor, MA

    Two things immediately came to mind as this investigation started: Donna looks great with glasses, and Heather, the client, was very easy on the eyes. It helped to distract from the fact that there was very little worth talking about in this case. Everything was effectively debunked. I was a little surprised when they reacted to the thermal images during the outside tour. I always have a hard time taking any outdoor thermal evidence seriously, and that immediately looked like a finger moving in front of the camera.moreless
  • Good but not too much evidence

    I liked this episode however it didn\\\'t get a lot of evidence and as such I was disappointed. I felt that the first guy in the case was way too eager to catch something and the second girl was wanting them to find something. The funniest part of this however was Brian and Tango jumping around with the spiders which seemed pretty funny and was the comic moment of the episode. Hopefully the reveal in next week\\\'s episode from the live episode and the Ireland episode will give us goosebumps. This show rates as a 7 out of 10 in shows as I wanted more.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


Brian Harnois

Brian Harnois


Donna LaCroix

Donna LaCroix

Case Manager

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • According to the date embedded in the camera footage, the investigation of the Veau House took place on July 18-19, 2006. The visit to Bucksteep Manor was a few weeks later, on July 31- August 1, 2006.

    • Also Appearing:
      Investigation 1: Veau House - Gardner, Massachusetts
      Mark Veau - Homeowner
      Victoria Casanova - Homeowner's Daughter
      Paul Harter - Eyewitness

      Investigation 2: Bucksteep Manor - Washington, Massachusetts
      Heather Anello - Bucksteep Manor Chef
      Sheri Pingryn - Bucksteep Manor Employee
      Cora Mitchell - Bucksteep Manor Employee
      Joe DeMoncada - Former Manager
      Alissa Mitchell - Daughter of Employee

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Grant: (when they arrive at the Victorian mansion) It's like they built this place to be creepy!

    • Jason: A lot of times spirit activity picks up as soon as somebody starts remodeling. So the theory of it is the spirits are used to the environment they're in. They don't like the change, they want it to stay the way that they remember it.

    • Donna: A ghost who apparently haunts the basement, and he likes to pull hair.
      Jason: Guess I'm safe.

    • Heather: There's a really creepy hole behind you there.
      Grant: Oh, we're Roto Rooter plumbers, man. That's like home to us.

    • Jason: I hate driving by woods wide open 'cause you never know what the hell's looking back at you.
      Grant: Right, man, and you're in their turf.

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