The now famous T.A.P.S. Ghost Hunters made their way into the limelight a few years back and managed to start a a ghost frenzy. They helped to pave the way for other Paranormal television shows such as “Ghost Adventures” or “Paranormal State”. The likable and down to earth team led by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson gathered a huge following in a short period of time after airing for the first time in October of 2004. But what was it about Ghost Hunters that caused America to fall in love with Ghost Hunting?
Many were fascinated to watch two plumbers who are best friends, spend their extra time Ghost Hunting and debunking claims of the paranormal. Somehow these normal guys ended up on television and we liked them. Not only did they seem like “normal” guys but they seemed genuine and most of all..Honest. Jason and Grant were the all american ghost hunting family guys. Not much different than you and I. And let’s give them some credit. Until the show became so popular, saying that you believed in ghosts just didn’t seem as trendy or accepted. They also managed to spark an interest in the paranormal that has given birth to a whole new generation of Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Investigators. But Is Ghost Hunters Real?
A Live Halloween Episode of Ghost Hunters in 2008 managed to raise a few eyebrows from otherwise faithful believers in T.A.P.S. and their methods. During this episode, Grant experienced the “Jacket Pull” that many of us watched and were amazed by. This and quite a few other ghostly things happened during the live broadcast. Unfortunately for The Ghost Hunters, other “real” things were heard and witnessed as well, which seemed to put a damper on the spontaneous investigation aspect of the show. Does this mean that Ghost Hunters Is Fake? Does it mean that T.A.P.S. is not real or genuine? I guess that would be a matter of opinion.
Real fans of the paranormal and actual Ghost Hunters will tell you that it takes many many hours of investigating before any evidence is found. Sometimes Ghost Hunters leave altogether empty handed. So to have a live broadcast of a Paranormal Investigation would seem futile..Unless there were plans to make things a little more exciting. The disastrous live broadcast combined with former T.A.P.S. case manager Donna Lacroix confessing that evidence was staged and giving Jason, Grant and The Ghost Hunters TV Show a bad reputation has managed to push away quite a few otherwise faithful fans. But what does this say about our favorite Ghost Hunters? What about Jason, Grant and Steve?
First of all it’s important to know that Donna Lacroix actually stated in her “tell all” interview that she never saw any evidence faked. She said that “they would have hid that from her”. Many people have pointed to this interview as the ultimate evidence that Ghost Hunters Is Fake. But in reality..She never said it. Also it is important to know that as the original case manager for T.A.P.S., she was admittedly bitter over how she ended up. (Which is broke and living with her parents) while Jason and Grant seemed to be set for life. So it is easy to dismiss anything Lacroix says as simple bitterness and spite. It can be easily passed off as nothing more than a purposeful attempt to discredit T.A.P.S. Ghost Hunters.
As a fan of the team members and the show, It almost made me sad to do the research for this article. A simple search of “Is Ghost Hunters Real Or Fake?” will lead to all sorts of anti ghost hunters rhetoric. I for one believe that T.A.P.S. has managed to capture some great evidence in the past. They have the time, money and equipment to make capturing actual evidence much more likely. I also believe that the “normal guys” persona that appealed to us all in the beginning was not fake. But I think that two normal guys taken out of their comfort zone and put under pressure by television executives will do what it takes in order to continue their passion and what many would consider a dream career. Hollywood and fame tends to destroy many who are touched by the spotlight. My opinion is that Jason and Grant are still just regular guys. They are still just plumbers at heart. But they are no longer in control of their own investigations. The almighty dollar is. So to sum it up and answer the question “Is Ghost Hunters Real Or Fake?” I will have to say..Both.
Just because they may have been caught with their hand in the cookie jar doesn’t mean they still don’t know how to make cookies. Much of the evidence that T.A.P.S. has captured has been genuine in my opinion. But do they fake evidence? Yes.. Sometimes. That’s my opinion. You are welcome to yours. Below is a link to a video pointing out some flaws in the 2008 Live Ghost Hunters broadcast and a link to Some of the best evidence captured by T.A.P.S. Which one will you choose to see? You calso take the poll below and tell us what you think.
Official Ghost HuntersSyFy page