Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 | 6:54 p.m.
Television’s best-known paranormal investigators — seasoned-expert Las Vegas ghost hunters Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin — are set for a milestone Season 10 of their Travel Channel hit “Ghost Adventures.”
The new, chilling programs beginning Oct. 4 will feature lockdown investigations in five iconic locations airing in October, including a two-hour Halloween special that investigates the ancient Celtic demons that make up Ireland’s haunted Halloween history. Season 10 will include 13 hourlong episodes and one two-hour special.
“We’re going big this season,” said Zak, who is the lead investigator. “From the massive Queen Mary ship in California to Ireland’s Leap Castle and Mexico’s Island of the Dolls, each location is embedded with layers of paranormal activity to explore. As Nick, Aaron and I dig deeper to capture compelling evidence, we’re instituting a variety of new investigation tactics, experiments and equipment.”
On the season premiere, the investigative trio climbs aboard the legendary ocean liner Queen Mary, now permanently docked in Long Beach, Calif., and considered to be one of the most haunted places in the world. It’s the ship I immigrated aboard to America from Southampton, England, in 1963, but fortunately the only experience I had was a bout of sea sickness when the captain cut the engines for 24 hours and we bobbed around in the Atlantic Ocean marking British respect for the assassinated President John F. Kennedy.
Not long after the ship’s maiden voyage in 1936, it was put into military service. Tragedy surrounded the ship — nicknamed the “Gray Ghost” — until 1967 when it dropped anchor for good and became a Long Beach hotel still in operation. Weighing more than 81,000 tons and more than three football fields in length, the Queen Mary’s haunted history is as large and looming as the ship itself.
With reports of multiple apparitions and voices — including that of a former crewman and little girl — the “Ghost Adventures” trio prepares for a powerful investigation. They conducted a seance to channel the spirit of psychic and paranormal pioneer Peter James, who used the ship as basecamp for his studies and captured EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) of a little girl named “Jackie.” I’m not going to tell you what happens when the trio split up, save to say it will elicit chills to even the greatest of skeptics.
The Lemp Mansion in Missouri, voted one of Top 10 haunted locations in America, is another featured location this season. Its owners, a dynastic family, went from rags to riches to madness and horrible deaths. Zak also goes to one of the world’s strangest and scariest tourist attractions on the Island of the Dolls in Xochimico, Mexico. On Halloween, it’s a satanic confrontation with Celtic demons at the Hellfire Club in Leap Castle, Ireland.
Zak told me: “October is a monumental month for us. Season 10 is full of the most iconic, disturbing and bizarre investigations in our seven-year history. It also includes some of the most powerful evidence that we have ever documented of ghosts using the latest state-of-the-art equipment.
“Some people perceive ‘Ghost Adventures’ to just be a ghost show on TV, but things are getting very serious, and we are making history in our findings. This is our passion, this is what we live for, and we will go to any extreme to validate the credibility of research and investigations in which we conduct.
“One episode in Oklahoma using a Ouija board to bring back a malicious evil spirit was almost too disturbing to air on television, and we had to stop the investigation to aid in the homeowner’s safety.
“On Halloween night, our two-hour special ‘Ireland: Celtic Demons’ will take you on a terrifying journey investigating locations where the devil himself was said to have visited and places where ancient Celtic mystical creatures and demons haunt.
“One of my investigators experiences the most terrifying night of his life at Hellfire Lodge perched atop Montpelier Hill where satanic rituals are still being conducted today. A pagan ritual we participate in at what’s referred to as the gateway to hell, Rathcroghan Cave, where the holiday Halloween was born, takes a very scary turn for me as the Celtic goddess of death, Morrigan, makes her presence known in a very powerful, terrifying way.”
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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