Ghost Lab

Season 2 Episode 2

The Betrayal

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 21, 2010 on Discovery Channel
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The Betrayal
The team heads to Hill View Manor, an abandoned nursing home and former Poor Farm said to be haunted by an angry spirit in its cellar. Then they investigate Fort Niagara, a colonial era fort where its present workers say ghostly soldiers still man its walls.

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  • More questionable "evidence"

    The episode starts in Hill View Manor in Pennsylvania. I have to agree with them on this much: abandoned asylums, where personal items were left behind as if everyone just up and walked out, are some of the creepiest places to investigate. I enjoy it on so many levels, even if there's not one shred of evidence to be found. This particular building seems to be a bit better maintained than, say, Overbrook Hospital was when I investigated there. This place is in clear disrepair, but looks like it was only recently abandoned.

    This is the first substantial screen time for Katie this season. For reasons I don't particularly comprehend, I like Katie. I think she's cute in a Texas Gothic sort of way. But based on how it was edited, I'm really not impressed by the door closing right in front of her. It didn't come across as natural or real at all. Katie sums up the issues fairly well, despite all the excessive celebration from the Klinge brothers. It's just not airtight evidence of anything.

    I was also a bit annoyed by the over-reaction to the equipment malfunction. If you're going to run around like a bit of a maniac, then things are going to happen. Using a lot of technical equipment means a greater chance of something going wrong. Why go ballistic?

    The EVP is buried in the background noise, as shown in the graphic. It's easy to pull things out of the background noise that aren't really there, and the quality of the sound strongly suggests they made certain adjustments to the audio during analysis. They also pushed hard for the clients to agree that it was the voice of the former resident, which is a sure sign of confirmation bias.

    The next investigation takes place at Fort Niagara. It doesn't take long before someone is seeing shadows on a wall, though it is, of course, not on film. This is followed by a lot of suggestive talk of violent attacks by entities, as if to prime the audience for something to come as the team fans out throughout the location. But despite a lot of yelling and such, nothing seems to come of it.

    Audio analysis seems to suggest a response, but note the graphic display: the apparent voice is buried deep in the background noise, and there's absolutely no reason to think that is actually a voice. It strikes me as nothing more than pattern recognition.

    They bring in a French translator to help them provoke, and the result is an apparent attack, when a flashlight is knocked out of Barry's hand. It's not on camera, so it's impossible to say if it was genuine or staged. Brad supposedly hears something at the same time this happens. The supposed voice sounds like more background noise again, but the team takes the "evidence" and runs with it. As always, I am less than convinced.moreless
Katie Burr

Katie Burr


Steve Hock

Steve Hock

Ghost Lab Ops

Steve Harris (I)

Steve Harris (I)

Tech Manager

Barry Klinge

Barry Klinge

Lead Investigator

Brad Klinge

Brad Klinge

Lead Investigator

Cory Lamey

Cory Lamey

Investigator-In-Training/Tech Asst

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The investigation of Hill View Manor took place on May 4-6, according to the dates embedded in the team's camera footage.

    • Also Appearing:
      Investigation 1: Hill View Manor - New Castle, New York
      Gary Cangey - Local Paranormal Investigator
      Candy Braniff - Hill View Caretaker

      Investigation 2: Fort Niagara - Youngstown, New York
      Tim Shaw - Fort Niagara Employee
      Bob Emerson - Historian
      Matt Anderson - French Scholar

    • Gary Cangey, who is identified as being a local paranormal investigator at Hill View Manor, is also one of the property's owners.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Brad: (doing an EVP session at Fort Niagara) The battles are over! There are no more wars against France and England!
      EVP: (roughly meaning in French "A betrayal of France") Trahison du France!

    • Brad: (when Molly says the voice from the EVP was familiar) It's just interesting that something did ring a bell. Which is very cool for us, because we want to not just come in here and show you paranormal evidence. We want to to be able to take something away from it, and that's your personal satisfaction.

    • Molly: (calling former patient Mary Virginia) Are you here?
      Female EVP: Hello?

  • NOTES (1)