By: Chad Charlesworth
As a investigator, I am a fan of shows about the paranormal and cryptozoology. A lot of so-called experts like to point out the flaws in the programs, which most time breaks down to personal issues or envy in regards to how they could have done better or how they have all the right answers. I have, in the past, been critical of Zak, Nick and Aaron of “Ghost Adventures”, and Jason Hawes’s crew of the show “Ghost Hunters.” I feel that these shows have created a more open dialog for people to speak out about their experiences and not be called “crazy” or have a fear of public ridicule. Now don’t get me wrong, I have interviewed my fair share of less-than-stable “witnesses”. As a researcher, we have to do this to gain a baseline for information gathering and critical thinking. None of us have the 100% proven method nor do we have indisputable evidence because there will always be critics.
My issue is with the show “Ghost of Sheppardstown”. I am a fan of Nick Groff and his crew. It is interesting to watch them work through their investigations, but I feel that they are being used to create a new revenue source for Sheppards, West Virginia.
The town is just reworking the Gettysburg Ghost business model. It has been copied so many times in some many places. I do not blame these people for trying to catch lightening in a bottle. Most people had never heard of Sheppards West Virginia before this show aired. Just, as prior to the 1980’s early 1990’s, most people only heard brief mention of Gettysburg in History or English class. That, was until one man started to collect and experience the paranormal side of Gettysburg. He put these stories and experience in to written word. Within a few years, he was giving “Ghost tours,” walking through downtown and pointing to a house or vacant lot and giving the attendees a terrifying account of the paranormal happenings. Within years, rival business popped up selling the same concept. I remember this; they began to break out like poison ivy. You notice a single bump in the morning and by evening you have a cluster of tiny annoying bumps. Now try walking from the Farnsworth House on Baltimore to General Pickett buffet in the afternoon without someone asking if you are interested in a ghost tour. I have taken every tour in town at least once, some as many as 3 times. I have even spent time with the owners of several of the Xtreme or Private locations and let me be the person to tell you that if the guide’s lips are moving, there is a 90% chance they are lying to you. Historically inaccurate is not even the correct term; they are literally repeating made up stories, all in order to make a few bucks. Half the time they are not even in the right part of town for the story they are telling.
Let me return to the origins of the paranormal craze that has sweep through the town of Gettysburg worse than the Army of Northern Virginia, and compare it to “Ghost of Sheppardstown”.
Blue Boy of Gettysburg College student Little Girl in College Housing
Elevator in time Gettysburg College Admin Building The Sweet Shop (Field Hospital)
Random Battle Field sounds The Gun Shot by the clock tower
Mystery intruders in Homes Mystery intruders in homes
Seeing Bodies down in the creek Body Floating in the river
Joey’s Note: This is Part 1 of a series of reviews written by Chad Charlesworth. Chad is a long time friend and colleague. Chad has been an investigator for decades. His knowledge and expertise ranges from Ghost to Bigfoot to UFO’s and much more. He is thorough in his examinations and, like me, is a skeptic before he is anything else. Chad likes to cover all of his bases when conducting an investigation. He has been (and my still be) a licensed Private Investigator in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As such, he is disciplined in the same techniques a Police Officer uses when conducting any kind of crime. Applying these skills to the paranormal field is crucial and much needed, especially in a time when so many “paranormal investigators” exist that use ridiculous tactics and phony equipment in their investigations. I want to thank Chad for his contribution to TruthGasm and his dedication in what he does. The Paranormal Field needs more ACTUAL research and investigators that can debunk natural phenomenon and confirm actual evidence instead of these Corporate Suits trying to make money by giving their audience what they want to see. After all, how can you have a show called “Ghost Adventures” or “Ghosts of Shepardstown” and NOT have an episode where the ghosts are flocking to get their 15 minutes of fame on TV?
I have been to MANY of the places in PA, NY and NJ that have been featured on these shows and can tell you that some of them are NOT as active as they are shown on TV. I’ve been to Gettysburg for days and didn’t encounter one glimpse of a phantom Calvary riding gallantly across the fields or hear the sounds of cannons being shot and taking off the limbs of men as they scream in agony. Then there are times where I am there for a few hours and can say with the utmost sincerity that I’ve encountered a Confederate solider at Devil’s den whom I actually interacted with then seconds later he vanished into thin air. Zak, Aaron, Nick…I believe they have a sincere interest in the paranormal. I believe that before their rise to fame they may have encountered some neat things and gathered some very interesting evidence. However, after watching dozens of episodes, I have seen and heard things that they present as “evidence” that is complete bullshit but they sell it like shrimp to an audience that’s craving shellfish! I don’t know if anyone has ever told you this but consider this a fair warning: don’t believe everything you see on TV. I will have more on this subject as the weeks go on, bu that is it for now!