Who Are The Investigators of the Ghost Adventures Crew?
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If you frequently watch the Travel Channel, then I am sure you have come across this highly anticipated show. Ghost Adventures is about three paranormal investigators, Zak Bagans, Nick Groff, and Aaron Goodwin, as they go in search of some of the most notorious haunted places around the globe and get lock-downed inside for a entire night. What is different about this show compared to some of the other ghost hunting shows out there, is that it is more documentary and they use their own equipment. We watch them investigate these highly reputed haunted places equipped with their own night vision cameras and digital recorders. Though there are many skeptics that question their evidence and truth to the show, just who are these investigators and how long have they been documenting ghosts?
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Zak Bagans (born April 5, 1977) is the lead investigator, executive producer, and editor of the show. He now resides in Las Vegas but is from Washington DC. But it was when he was living in Trenton, Michigan that he first became interested in the paranormal. So was ghost hunting always in his blood? Absolutley not. Bagans was a former wedding DJ and a former skeptic to the paranormal. While living in his apartment building in Trenton in 2002, Bagans came face-to-face with the spirit of a woman who would consistently call out his name around the same time every night at the foot of his bed. He later found out that the woman had committed suicide in the building. That chilling encounter then sparked his interest in the paranormal, and he became determined to find answers into this second world. He wanted to be able to capture evidence to prove that there really is an afterlife.
Ghost Adventures got their start in 2004 when they shot their first documentary for the Sci-Fi channel. The investigation in Virginia City, Nevada is where they caught some of their best evidence to date. Though Sci-Fi decided there was no room for a show based upon them, luckily the Travel Channel then picked them up and Ghost Adventures was born in 2008.
Bagans tends to be criticized for his provoking approach used during his investigations. He is definitely extreme, as well as aggressive and confrontational. In response to these critics, Zak claims that he is very much respectful to the ghosts he encounters, and that he only likes to provoke the evil entities that have caused harm to others. If you are an committed viewer like I am, from what I see in the show, I would 100% back that claim up. With the tough guy persona vibe that he gives off, oddly enough he does have some fears. He summarized some of his greatest fears as heights, snakes, and dolls. But in three episodes, he has faced each of these fears. Way to go Zak! As far as his "scariest" moments, he has stated that those include feeling a burning sensation on his back while being scratched by an evil entity at Bobby Mackey's Music World, his partial possession and the Preston School of Industry, and being overwhelmed and partially possessed again by a dark energy at Poveglia Island.
You will also see Zak Bagans again soon as he is now hosting a new show called Paranormal Challenge on the Travel Channel.
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Nick Groff (born April 19, 1980) is the co-investigator of the show, co-host, and cameraman. He also co-founded the show along with Zak Bagan. Also living in Las Vegas with his wife and daughter, he is originally from San Jose, California. While living in Salem, New Hampshire, Groff experienced his first paranormal encounter when he was just 8 years old in which he could not explain. He saw a figure of a man on his back porch in an old cul-de-sac, which then sparked his fascination and curiosity into the paranormal. After graduating from Pelham High School, Groff went on to study film, where he met Aaron Goodwin, at the University of Nevada, in Las Vegas. After graduating college, he then became a ghost hunter. During Groff's wedding in Nevada, he met Bagan's who was deejaying for his wedding at the time. Because of their mutual interests in the paranormal, the two then became partners to investigate the paranormal.
Groff has had his share of memorable moments on the show as well and he lists them as the life-changing experience he encountered at The Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia, where he was possessed by a dark entity. He also recalls the startling experience where he came face-to-face with a female apparition at the Linda Vista Hospital in Los Angeles, California. Very brave Nick, because all of experiences would scare the crap out of me!
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Aaron Goodwin (born April 1, 1976) is the equipment technician, camera operator, co-host, co-investigator of the show. Because they needed a cameraman for their the documentary, Goodwin was introduced to Bagans by Groff. He is originally from Portland, Oregon, but he also now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since being in film school with Groff, Goodwin was originally a cameraman for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and filmed several other behind-the-scenes film premieres in Las Vegas. Aaron claims he "never really thought twice about ghosts." After watching him on the show, we can all see how scared he can get, and he now says that "1,000 percent believer" in ghosts. Bagan's often likes to feed on Goodwin's fears, and most times casts him as "bait" on the show because it is said that entities themselves will interact with people that have the most fear.
Goodwin's career in the paranormal, however, has deeply affected his personal life. In a flashback to the episode of "Return To Bobby Mackey's Music World", Bagan's outright asks Goodwin whether he believes their first investigation at the famous haunted club affected his marriage. Goodwin then claim's that he is sure that the aftermath of the investigation ended his marriage. Their original investigation at the music club affected almost all who was a part that night, as a dark entity followed them home, and unexplained phenomena then reportedly happened. Nick himself would wake up often in the middle of the night to hear banging pots in his kitchen. Goodwin explained that his now ex-wife was having nightmares that were related to Bobby Mackey's Music World, and would report to him that something dark and evil was attacking her. He says that although they remain best friends, they ended the marriage as a protection to her. It goes to show just how dangerous ghost hunting can be. Most believe that ghosts cannot hurt you when in fact they most certainly can, whether it be physical or personal. I believe all three of these men get scratches on them in different episodes from a so-called evil entity.
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Despite mixed critic and watcher reviews, Ghost Adventures has won several awards and often like to interact with their fans as well as other paranormal investigators. Although they do conduct their investigations with their own equipment, they will review and analyze their findings and evidence with some of the most respected and expert specialists in the paranormal field. Part of the reason I enjoy Ghost Adventures more then other paranormal shows is for that fact. It is a three-man show using their own equipment and analysis. I also like the fact that there is not a lot of crew members because that tends to create too much noise which could possibly lead to their evidence becoming harder to prove and contaminated.
Some critics claim them to be fake, too provoking, or overly- exaggerated, but I highly disagree and say they are totally entertaining! They are extreme, and take their investigations seriously, yet can bring some humor to the situation as well. I guarantee if you are interested in the paranormal, you could never get bored watching this show! A lot of us want answers, and here is a trio set out to help find it and bring us evidence. Way to go Ghost Adventures!