Ghost Lab

Season 2 Episode 4

Afterlife Sentence

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Nov 20, 2010 on Discovery Channel

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  • Wishful thinking and outright lies

    A lot has happened since I last checked into "Ghost Lab". Apparently the show has been canceled, and the cable network is burning off the remaining episodes late at night. Frankly, I'm not surprised. Not only is this a casualty of the over-saturated paranormal investigation television status quo, but it is a victim of its own incompetence. The Everyday Paranormal folks, particularly the Klinge Brothers, are some of the least scientific and most credulous investigators I've ever seen. They make the folks on "Ghost Adventures" and "Paranormal State" look legitimate in comparison.

    To begin this episode, the team travels to the infamous Moundsville Penitentiary, a location that has been covered by several other shows over the past few years. It has also been the site of dozens of paid paranormal events. It's the kind of location that has plenty of built-in hysteria to overcome, and the Klinge Brothers are not mentally equipped to maintain the necessary objectivity. And if Kate gets freaked out by bats flying at her head, how can she be objective about anything else?

    Everyday Paranormal falls into the same trap that plagues many of paranormal investigation groups. They assume every little noise or movement is evidence of the paranormal. The fact that Brad feels the need to be a blustering, confrontational idiot when things appear to happen is just icing on the unprofessional cake.

    The first EVP was buried deep in the background noise, and was visibly amplified to make it seem more prominent. The second EVP was nothing more than environmental noise. Yet the Klinge Brothers take this "evidence" and build an entire complex context around it. It's exactly what a good investigator does not want to do.

    The second night's "evidence" was equally questionable. A lot of it is noise that could have been ambient, and given that none of it was caught on camera, it's hard to take seriously. And it takes a lot to interpret the remaining sounds as laughter or "yes".

    The second case involves a private residence. I personally prefer such locations, because the reported activity tends to be more specific. It allows a good team to target their research and investigative techniques to test possible alternative explanations. The key, of course, is that the team has to have the right approach and mindset to make it all work. But the fact is, this smaller location gives even a team like Everyday Paranormal the chance to make good.

    The problem with the claim that high EMF correlates with paranormal activity is not necessarily problematic. But there is no evidence at all that the presence of high EMF attracts paranormal entities. Rather, there is evidence that exposure to high EMF can, over time, affect perception and cause health issues that can lead to unusual mental states. My first exposure to this unfortunate business had nothing to do with the paranormal; a friend, having worked in a room close to high EMF sources for some years, had serious health issues as a result.

    So it makes no sense that the Klinge brothers leap to the assumption that there is paranormal activity due to the high EMF. And the rest of the team just makes the same assumption, that activity is still a real possibility. That shadow could have been anything, given that the light source is outside. There's no evidence that it's remotely paranormal!

    All things being equal, the right thing to do would be to explain the EMF problem, let them get it fixed, and then see if the client continues to experience activity. Barry mentioned that part, but then suggested that the high EMF is attracting entities. It's completely unfounded, and in my opinion, entirely irresponsible.