“Ghost Adventures,” the popular Travel Channel paranormal reality show involving three Ed Hardy-clad ghost hunters, is being haunted by allegations the show plays loose with the facts and emphasizes showmanship over hardcore research.
`Ghost Adventures` – Accused by Bonnie Vent
And, yes, paranormal experts claim that they employ science and scholarly research in their investigations of unexplained phenomena.
The accusations come from Bonnie Vent, a self-proclaimed “spirit advocate” in San Diego, who claims shows like “Ghost Adventures,” “Ghost Hunters” and “Fact Or Fake” sensationalize the supernatural in order to scare up ratings.
“Due to the format they have to be augmented to make them more interesting,” she told HuffPost Weird News, adding that “lockdowns,” where “Ghost Adventures” stars Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin get locked inside a facility at midnight in order to investigate, “are good television but not necessary.”
This doesn’t set well with Vent, who claims that, as a “spirit advocate,” it’s her job to help dead celebs like Michael Jackson, George Carlin and “Crocodile Hunter” star Steve Irwin by delivering messages to their loved ones from beyond the grave.
She says that the crew behind “Ghost Adventures” doesn’t research the places being investigated as thoroughly as they claim to. Recently, she says, she discovered that first-hand, when the crew came to her home town to investigate the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant, a reportedly haunted San Diego hot spot for paranormal activity.
While in town, Bagans, Groff and Goodwin did an interview with HuffPost Weird News in which they discussed the pending investigation of the Cosmopolitan.
The investigation will air sometime during the show’s fifth season, which premieres Sept. 23. During the interview, Bagans and Groff said one anecdote they discovered during their research led them to believe the hotel was haunted by Native American spirits.
“There is a certain energy that is trapped in this location and one lady was partially possessed, I guess, and started doing an Indian ritual dance,” Groff said.
“Yes,” Bagans adds. “This lady went downstairs to one of the other rooms we’re going to be investigating and she started doing this Indian dance.”
Vent says she knows that story is inaccurate because she is the woman who did the dance.
“In no way was I possessed,” she insisted on her website. “The dance was an old fashioned Mexican Tarantella, not an Indian ritual dance. I did get into the flow of the energy in the Wine Room which is located in the original Bandini house and I did perform a dance that I had no knowledge of for several minutes.”
Another bit of research that Vent says was incorrect was the “Ghost Adventures” cast’s claim that the room in which the interview took place was where Juan Lorenzo Bandini, a San Diego pioneer who built the house in 1827, slept for many years.
That room was on the second floor of the building, which, it turns out, wasn’t built until years after Bandini died.
In addition, hotel owner Joe Melluso — who emphasizes he was thrilled to host the cast and crew — says Bagans, Groff and Goodwin got a couple other big facts wrong.
During the interview with HuffPost Weird News, Bagans mentioned that a Spanish-speaking guitar player named Carlos had told him that Bandini murdered his wife and buried her where the restaurant is now.
In the original story, hotel co-owner Catherine Miller said she was unaware of this allegation. Melluso said he spoke with Carlos after the story was printed and the guitar player said his words were misinterpreted.
“But, after hearing how he explained it, I can see how the confusion happened,” Melluso said.
He also says the crew misinterpreted a wood headboard of a little girl and a mirror featuring a woman’s face carved in wood as being Bandini family heirlooms.
“The faces don’t represent anyone related to the Cosmopolitan’s original owners,” he said. Read More