Saturday, October 25, 2008
Welcome to our latest edition of Eye on the Paranormal. If you’re a fan of Paranormal State and are completely and truly convinced that everything you see on it is real, then be warned that you’ll read only facts here.
This week we will do all of Season 2 in preparation for Issue 8 where a PRS insider tells their story.
It had been my original plan to close the Eye after next week. But due to an overwhelming demand I’ve put off closing it for a while, now.
On Saturday, November 8, I will take an up close look at Paranormal State’s latest episode entitled “I Am Six” which focuses on an exorcism performed on a young lady. A reader sent me part of the episode, which I have viewed, and there are things that concern me.
After that, I will spotlight the first season of “Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal.” I, along with numerous others, have had concerns about how things were presented, along with the endangerment of the children who appeared on the show. The entire series deserves a thorough analysis, which should take a couple of weeks. So that should ensure at least four more editions of the Eye on the Paranormal after this week.
Please read the entire blog, as there are two major announcements at the very end.
Each week we post questions that we would love PRS (Paranormal Research Society) to answer. But we know they never will.
You, my reading audience, are invited to send in questions and we will gladly post them in the following week’s issue. Please send them to my MySpace page email. And please don’t hold your breath waiting for an answer.
Here are the questions so far.
~ As a team, how many cases did PRS investigate off-campus prior to the start of the series?
~ How many cases does PRS investigate on a yearly basis, not including those for the TV series?
~ If you do investigate without the cameras rolling, how often do you invite para-celebrities to take part in such investigations? Or are they only there to make an appearance on the show?
~ What kind of training did Ryan Buell receive in demonology, and how was it that he became active with the local archdiocese?
~ What happened to the people who were part of PRS in the pilot episode but mysteriously disappeared from the series?
~ Why doesn’t PRS feature any of the new kids from the campus club on their current season?
~ Why doesn’t Chip Coffey or PRS do any events that we don’t have to pay to see?
~ Everyone knows that the Frank Box is a fake—why did Ryan Buell use it on the show and continue to stand behind the validity of the device?
~ What happened to the “Lady Vampire” episode? Why did A&E pull it from the broadcast schedule?
~ I noticed that Chip Coffey is doing reading via phone and ask that you send in question before speaking with him...very odd. Shouldn't this be a spontaneous reading?
~ Why are Dead Times routinely filmed before midnight?
~ Why did they change the name of the Requiem episode to Boy and the Barn?
THE MIND OF A “PARANORMAL STATE” ZOMBIE:
Throughout the past week we have kept an “eye” on a particular thread on Paranormal State’s Forum, located in the General Discussion topic area, entitled “The Next Round of Controversy” where there’s a dialogue over the ongoing effort of you know who.
It’s simply amazing to read some of the arguments that the zombie faithful presented over there to anyone that might express support for our efforts or dare question Chip and Ryan. Here are eight varied answers to the question, “Aren’t you concerned that Paranormal State is fake?”
~1 No. Because sometimes TV is fake and sometimes it’s real. And sometimes it’s real, and sometimes it’s fake and if I enjoy it then it doesn’t really matter.
~2 What’s the matter? We all get lied to sometimes!
~3 Hey it’s Dead Time someplace in the world. Every hour the clock strikes 3 AM somewhere.
~4 The clocks are all wrong in the people’s houses. They don’t know how to set them.
~5 Those clocks aren’t real they’re all an optical illusion and they don’t exist.
~6 Chip and Ryan just can’t lie -- they’re Chip and Ryan.
~7 The cases are real but the shows are fake so you can’t get mad at what PRS does.
~8 It’s not PRS’s or Ryan’s fault they turn the episodes over to A&E. A&E re-edits them and messes everything up.
So folks, as you can see, zombies just aren’t found on the big screen, they’re found looking over at the Paranormal State forums, too!
ANALYSIS OF PARANORMAL STATE SEASON 2, EPISODES 21 - 32
We now do an episode-by-episode overview of season 2. As we do, the numerous para-celebrities that make an appearance on the show will be added to the Paranormal Moment of Truth Challenge each week. In this issue, several more names have been added.
GOOD VS. EVIL – Episode 21
This case concerns a couple by the name of Henry and Sandy who reside in Washington, Pennsylvania. They claim that over the past several months, weird and mysterious activity has been taking place. Lights and electrical equipment turn on and off at free will. All religious items are thrown around the house uncontrollably. Someone tapped into their bank account. Someone’s been leaving frozen cats and rats in the yard. And Henry hit his head on the headboard of the bed.
Now it’s interesting to note that while the PRS team is in the house, that none of these things ever happen.
It’s also intriguing that while Ryan is first interviewing the family, it’s clearly nighttime outside, there’s a quick outside shot prior to Dead Time, and the sun is just starting to set. We’re back on the Time Machine again, in Season 2.
A new para-celebrity is added to our list – Chad Calek. Chad, a tech expert, who according to Ryan, has some quite interesting techniques for ghost investigating. But throughout the episode all he can do is sit around and yell at the ghosts.
Dead Time arrives at 3 AM, right? Wrong! Look at the clock behind Ryan and it reads 12:34. Which in actuality is a good thing because they’re able to do a second Dead Time in the same night.
Ryan hears voices but no one else does. Noises in the woods at nighttime, shadows dark at nighttime, gotta be proof of paranormal activity, right?
When Psychic/Medium Chip Coffey arrives on the scene he is wearing a leather jacket. He steps through the door and, voila, the leather jacket is gone!
Notice the first scene in the basement, Chip is taking a look at his script prior to talking. And if Chip is so frightened while in the basement that he wants to get out, why he would say, “Let’s return at night I bet you some interesting things are going to happen.” Was that in the script?
Chip then has to throw around the term Santeria which is never proven in the entire episode, only voodoo activity. Santeria is much different than voodoo.
Now that wouldn’t be production notes that Chip is going over in the living room, would it?
Then Ryan is interviewing the couple again, no wait, it’s from the day before, and he is asking about things that 24 hours later Chip was bringing up. In addition, note that when Ryan and Chip are talking in the living room the lead in shot is down a long hallway. As the camera draws near suddenly day turns to night.
The voodoo doll just happens to be lying in an area where Ryan has to reach in and unerringly finds it.
Another para-celebrity is added when Michelle Belanger is called on for advice concerning the voodoo doll. Now why didn’t they ask Eilfie, their ever-trusty occult specialist about voodoo dolls? They are not deep, dark secrets, and information about them is readily accessible to anyone.
The second Dead Time is an active time for Chip, Chad, and Ryan. Many things in the basement move! Off camera. Things are seen! Off camera. There’s even a growl. Or is it someone’s stomach? They try to manipulate our emotions by shooting in an eerie style but wait a minute, folks, does the second dead time happen to take place at 3 AM? According to their own computer screens it’s happening between one and two, which means, more than likely they filmed both Dead Times in one night.
If there were actually a demon in the house, which there wasn’t, the house blessing that was performed would have done little more than piss it off. And isn’t it interesting that in the final hours of Investigation - Day 3, Ryan is wearing the same shirt that he wore in the beginning of Investigation - Day 1.
Two side notes concerning Season 2: Our man Chip Coffey seems to want more of a center stage role than what he played in the first season.
We are still in the process of verifying this, our phone calls have yet to be returned, but Henry and Sandy are now experiencing so–called demonic activity at an even more intense level than what they initially reported.
FAMILY TIES – Episode 22
This case concerns a family located in Petersburg, Virginia. Parker and Ginny are the parents, and Jimmy is their grown son. Jimmy also happens to be a ghost hunter, although we’re never informed of that during the episode. The claims of the family are that images are seen in the upper floors of a home that is being remodeled.
This episode really doesn’t belong in the paranormal field, but under the field of family counseling. It’s clear that there are emotional issues here that are possibly the root cause of the family members seeing what they have seen. Of course this is never suggested because it’s not as tantalizing as events being paranormal.
Things to be watching for are: 1) Ryan’s jacket appearing and disappearing. 2) Ryan’s dark shirt suddenly turning into a t-shirt, and back to a dark shirt once again.
Psychic/Medium C.J. Sellers shows up and as she wanders through the house we receive such insightful readings from her as: “I see a little girl!” “I see photos!” and, “somebody in this house could have been shot, killed or committed suicide.” Being in a house that’s well over 100 years old you stand a great chance of any of those three types of deaths happening within the law of averages.
Notice on Investigation – Day 2 that both Parker and Ryan are wearing the same clothing from the day before.
The infamous Dead Time was not done on the night of the second day, but the evening of the first day – look at all the clothing that is being worn.
HAUNTED RANCH – Episode 23
This case certainly reminded viewers of the “Shape Shifter” episode from Season 1 and if you watch the two episodes back to back you’ll see very similar elements. A retired military couple, Roger and Janet, down in Hunt, Texas, claim that something mysterious is coming out of the woods and attacking and killing their livestock.
It’s interesting to watch Ryan’s sunglasses appear and reappear on his head
Why does Janet bring up Indian spirits and something has been disturbed when the PRS team first arrives and this information doesn’t come out until more than 24 hours later?
Chip Coffey arrives and as he walks through the house, which, don’t forget, is down in Texas, and he picks up on Native American spirits. Don’t forget, Chip, you are in Texas.
Notice as Chip and Ryan summon their courage and decide to enter the woods on their own. Seems like they’re walking towards a camera, which means that a camera crew had to go in the same area before they did. It was not a spontaneous act but a planned act.
And Chip’s sixth sense is really on overdrive this evening because he says there’s something in the woods!
Eilfie and Katrina go to the library and later when asked what they learned, Eilfie informs the team that Roger had been cutting down cedar trees on the property. I am very familiar with libraries; I spend as much time in them as I can. Unfortunately, I’ve never come across the reference book that lists who cut down what trees on what property! How on earth could anyone learn this at the library?
Watch on Investigation – Day 2 as suddenly Ryan’s clothes change back into those he was wearing on Day 1.
Dead Time produces little in the way of activity other than a couple of verbal warnings to look for moving objects. But after all the forewarnings, a chair moves! Or as Chip phrases it, “nudging.” A chair does not nudge, but a person nudges a chair. Was it a Freudian slip by Chip? And our dedicated team of investigators re-enacted the scene for us to prove the “paranormal activity.” But the camera is oddly out of focus. It would have been extremely easy for Chip to nudge the chair with his foot.
SMOKE & SHADOWS – Episode 24
Dennis and Sarah share a home in Parkville, Maryland. They claim that there is wild poltergeist activity within the home; they even produce photographic evidence of such.
Within the entire time the PRS team was in the house we see nothing that matches any of the alleged activity.
Somebody better contact the Penn State Department of Engineering and enroll the PRS tech crew there. Incredibly, they make the statement that copper can’t conduct electricity, which is totally untrue.
When Chip is doing his initial walk-through it sounds as if Chip is reading a list and not speaking fluidly.
Notice during Dead Time that nothing happens outside of where both Chip and Ryan are located and what they alleged to happen are nothing but parlor tricks that were conducted at spiritualist séances back in the early 1900s.
LADY VAMPIRE – Episode 25 [unaired]
This is probably one of the most controversial episodes and yet most secretive episodes that has been filmed to date. Out of respect for the five-year-old girl, I’m not going to analyze this episode. But I do have two questions.
~1 Why did A&E pull the episode two times from its scheduled Monday night airing?
~2 Why is the PRS forum silent about this episode?
HELL’S GATE – Episode 26
In York, Pennsylvania Wes and Jen and their three kids are being terrorized by dark forces.
During the first series of interviews Ryan’s shirts change.
When Chip Coffey arrives it’s daytime and while he walks around the house you clearly see it’s night. Then when Chip rushes out of the home it’s daylight again.
We are introduced to a new device called the Ovilus, which is clearly just one more overpriced [$199.00] gimmick to talk to spirits. Like the phone to the dead. Supposedly, they induce the demon to say “sorry.” Demons don’t have that word within their vocabulary because they can’t conceive of such a concept. In addition, a demon does not need any type of device to talk to someone. If you are in the presence of a demon you will clearly be able to hear its voice.
Out of respect for Wes and his family and the trauma that he has gone through, and is still going through, due to the possession, I am not going to over analyze this episode. But suffice it to say, that if you pretend to deal with such things, eventually you will stumble onto the real thing and luckily there was a priest on hand.
THE LADDER – Episode 27
We go to Shrewsbury, Massachusetts to meet Sandy, who’s the caretaker of her family’s home, which has a long history of ghostly activity. The family is preparing to sell the home and Sandy is concerned about what will happen to the ghost.
Sandy clearly comes across as an emotionally troubled individual. Watch her body language as the PRS team drives up. Also, she repeatedly says, “Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God!” That is often the sign of a troubled person. Additionally, she has an emotional bond with the ghost because the ghost is her man.
3:15 PM they are doing family interviews yet it’s dark in some scenes and light in others.
Some of the family members have had frightening encounters with the entity, it’s apparent that there’s more than one entity, but the team never follow up on that.
We are led to believe that the family had been in the home since 1965, which is 43 years, and nobody once has ever asked about the property’s history.
Sandy’s stories seem to change when it comes to the number and how often she has dreamed of Edwards the ghost.
We add to our growing list of para-celebrities who’ve appeared on Paranormal State, Psychic/Mediums Michael and Marti Parry. Listen to what Michael says as he is in Sandy’s childhood bedroom: “When I got to the top of the stairs they told me to go to the first room on the left.” Is he referring to the off camera presence at the top of the stairs? He notes “bangs, knocking, man here…” he must’ve really been under Chip‘s tutelage as his gifts are working full blast. But even more amazing is when he’s talking to Ryan and Sandy. Michael first holds a small notebook in his hands and then suddenly it changes into note cards! From the producers, maybe? Talking points, probably. Which is why he says about Edwards, “he fell off the roof.”
When Eilfie goes off to the library to do her investigation she is wearing one outfit but when she arrives to tell Ryan her finding of how Edwards died, she is wearing a different outfit and Ryan is wearing the same outfit from the first day. They knew who Edwards was and how he died on Day 1. They told the Parrys the whole story on the first day. The Parrys just repeated the story on the evening of the first day. This is what is called a Gotcha moment! It gets even worse for the show. You see the interview with Sandy when Ryan asks her how Edwards died from Day 1 and Sandy then tries to act surprised when the Parrys bring it up on the evening of Day 1.
When Sandy has the portrait drawn, notice her body language; the portrait and the ghost have become the man that she is in love with in her mind. No attempt by the team is ever shown of verifying who is this Edwards?
Dead Time doesn’t take place on Day 3 but probably on the evening of Day 1. Of course there is little that happens that we see directly, notice Heather’s reaction to the noise in the basement and one would have to wonder how does Sandy know where the noise was taking place that Heather heard?
THE MESSENGER – Episode 28
In Oregon, Kelli and Riley purchased a home and since they have moved in they have noticed ghosts running around, including one with no head. It tosses things around the kitchen, which is never followed up on.
Why does Ryan stop and look at himself in the bathroom mirror? Not just a short passing glance, but a gazing, loving look at his image?
When Ryan interviews the couple separately, day changes into night, night into day, and his clothing also changes.
Michelle Belanger arrives to supposedly create a vortex of energy, but after many viewings I don’t understand what the heck she is talking about or even doing there.
Dead Time #1 doesn’t take place at 3 AM they get an early jump and it goes from 1 AM to 2 AM, not sure when Dead Time #2 takes place but the only thing that comes from that is that Chip and Ryan claim they see an image on the bed. Of course we never do.
HIDE & SEEK – Episode 29
Again, in respect to the fact that a child is involved in this case, I will refrain from a thorough analysis. But there are three points that I will note here:
~1 Psychic Kim Russo develops a story concerning an adult male who not only sexually molested a little girl by the name of Abigail, but killed her. There is even an implication that he did this more than once. This was all said and done with no factual basis whatsoever outside of her feeling that people played hide and seek within the house.
~2 EVP experts Mark & Debby Constantino really produced no measurable results in their extensive EVP session.
~3 Ryan’s growing obsession with using the term shadow man or dark man as in reference to the Season 1’s Dark man episode, the Messenger in Season 2, and of course in this episode.
THE GLOVE – Episode 30
We meet a young couple, Eric and Lisa, and their three children who live in Daisytown, Pennsylvania. The case concerns the appearance of a male figure within the house that seems threatening to the females there. Joining the cast of intrepid investigators are Chad Calek and Michelle Belanger.
Michelle proves that she attended the Chip Coffey School of Obvious Psychic Readings. It’s extremely easy to understand how she came up with what she comes up with, because she’s in the heart of coalmining country. She talks of a strict disciplinarian, alcoholic male figure, which is not a stretch of the imagination.
We are quickly introduced to our first piece of fake evidence of a gloved handprint on the wall. Notice how Michelle sells this, as to the way in which she stands against the wall. This is a very uncomfortable, as well as unnatural, stance. She emphasizes that her hands are planted firmly against the wall far lower than the gloved handprint. So you have Michelle playing her part in the con. Chad plays his role as the enthusiastic expert by emphasizing how large the handprint is and how Michelle couldn’t have possibly been responsible for its appearance.
So, our intrepid team of inquisitive researchers reenacted the event. If a person places their hand in an oversized glove and grasps something that is cold, such as a can or bottle of beer, soda, or water, holds it for an extended period of time, then presses it firmly against the wall, allowing that area to absorb the cold, then quickly videotape it, you’ll produce the same result.
The second piece of fake evidence is a series of broken lights during Dead Time, or so we are told they break. We don’t actually see them. Closely observe Michelle’s head when the glass begins to break -- it’s a reaction of a person who is anticipating the event. Actually it’s only one glass breaking, they replay the same sound twice and just shoot the glass from a different angle.
THE FIRE – Episode 31
After repeatedly watching this episode our team decided the best thing to say about this is to say nothing. Because northing happens. It’s simply a repeat of the Vegas episode of Season 1 where you had a murder victim coming to you and nobody even bothers to ask the victim directly three simple words: who killed you? Enough said.
FIRST CONTACT – Episode 32
PRS visits the famous Gilliland Ranch in Trout Lake, Washington known for UFO and possible alien as well Sasquatch contact points. Yes, you too can pay several hundred bucks to sit in the dark on plastic chairs out in the middle of the woods and watch things fly around the sky that may or may not be UFO’s at all.
Ryan Buell keeps using the term “Paranormal Central.” Do they have angels, demons, poltergeists, and leprechauns floating around?
We are told by the owner, James Gilliland, that some high ranking government officials and folks that not only have one, not only two, but three PhD’s have visited the ranch and said that everything there defied explanation. Now of course we couldn’t get any names, not three, two, one, just zero.
David Schrader, ghost hunter and Internet radio talk show host on Darkness Radio, claims that things have happened to him at the Gilliland Ranch. Of course there’s no evidence like photos or proof of sightings of aliens or Sasquatch.
We keep hearing the phrase “I am not the only one” repeated time after time in this episode. Could this be an upcoming paranormal song in the making?
Chad Calek tags along so he can try to intimidate the spacecraft into responding to his commands.
Next, we learn that if the unidentified object in the sky is not on the NASA web site then it’s proof that it’s an alien spacecraft. Can anyone say top-secret government satellites?
Of course there has to be something sighted in the woods, and as always, nothing is found.
A dazed and confused Psychic/Medium Chip Coffey drives up in a car where he is the sole occupant and he has “NO IDEA” where he is at. So how did he get there?
Now why not do Dead Time at 3 AM? No wait, they’re more used to doing it at ten or eleven.
We learn that alien spacecraft love hearing drums. Or do they assume the occupants of the alien spacecraft respond to drumming noises? Then shouldn’t they be hanging out at parade routes, football games, rock & roll concerts, and strip clubs? If they’re so attracted to the positive activity that was taking place, why didn’t any of them come closer to the participants?
So readers, we have come to the end of our journey. Season 1 and 2 are done. OK, now it’s time for the big announcements that I’ve promised.
~ I’ve promised you a Paranormal State insider that was going to tell the truth. Many have said I can’t produce such a person[s] and even PRS has said on their forum that I have been lying. Well, the whole world can hear the insider for themselves this coming Wednesday, October 29 at 10 PM Central time on the Ghost Divas Para-X radio show online. Both the insider and myself will be on the show exposing the whole sad story.
~ Chip Coffey and Ryan Buell will be receiving personal invitations to appear on the show, so they might be able to explain their conduct and the conduct of PRS.
In closing, for all those who have been contacting me and talking off the record, I hope you now can see that you’re not alone and that there are others who have been used as well by the hands of other people’s quests for fame and fortune.
THE PARANORMAL MOMENT OF TRUTH CHALLENGE
Dear Ryan Buell, Chip Coffey, Lorraine Warren, Sandra & Keith Johnson, Dr. Ron Milione, Tony Spera, Shannon & Jeff Sylvia, C.J. Sellers, Chris Moon, Michelle Belanger, Chad Calek, Michael & Marti Parry, Mark & Debby Constantino, Kim Russo, and David Schrader:
I have expressed concerns about how you conduct your investigations and the validity of those investigations, where anyone with a clear and discerning eye can see that they are not authentic. I have also witnessed heavy-handed tactics being used against people who question your alleged authority within the paranormal community and dared to raise questions concerning the validity of appearing on the A&E shows, Paranormal State, and Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal. I can no longer sit by in silence. That is why I came up with The Paranormal Moment of Truth Challenge, which will benefit you, your organization, the paranormal field, and a charity that would be assisted from the donation of the prize money.
1 ~ It would silence your critics if you are determined to be telling the truth about all your claims and how they are presented. There can be no one left to challenge your honesty and integrity.
2 ~ It would not only benefit your organization, but it would also help the entire paranormal field. Because if such evidence is true, it will be brought to a much wider audience, which hopefully would fuel additional legitimate investigations. So it’s a win-win situation for everyone.
3 ~ The charity of your choice would have the prize money donated to them. If the truth is being told, that prize money could reach $500,000.
So, what is The Paranormal Moment of Truth Challenge? I am sure you’ve heard of the Fox Network program entitled The Moment of Truth. This is where a contestant is hooked up to a lie detector test and asked 50 questions, of which 21 of them are used on the actual show. As long as you tell the truth, you keep on winning money -- up to $500,000. The production company, Lighthearted Entertainment Inc., would jump at an opportunity of doing a show with the two of you. And I will put my personal credibility on the line and appear, as well. For if you visit my Free All Spirits page (www.myspace.com/freeallspirits), you’ll notice that I personally make what some would call outlandish claims concerning my work as a Demonologist/Exorcist/Paranormal Investigator/Caring Spiritual Adviser.
If you would like to be "one step closer to the truth" then this is a way to achieve your goal. If interested, please contact me at this email address and I will get the ball rolling as soon as possible.
Your friend in spirit,
To date, this is the response that I’ve received from them.
Why not do the show? Only you, the paranormal field, and a charity of your choice would benefit.
INFORMATION REQUEST: If anyone wants to share any information with their experiences involving the PRS, Ryan Buell, Chip Coffey, and any other para-celebrity that has made an appearance on Paranormal State, whether it is good or bad, I would like to read it. Your confidentiality is 100% guaranteed.
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