I have always believed that there are things in this world that defy the laws of science, logic, and reasoning. In my years before and during my time as a writer, I have seen things occur that can not be explained or debunked by any physical means. So as you read this column, please bear one thing in mind, specifically that is it not the writings of one seeking to disprove anyone’s belief in the supernatural.
Recently, Syfy started airing a new paranormal reality show called, “Haunted Collector.” This show follows the work of John Zaffis and his team of paranormal investigators as they do their work. Specifically, their mission is to investigate places with reports of paranormal occurrences, and seek to identify and remove objects in the location that are causing the incidents. According to Zaffis, objects can retain the energy of people who have departed this life, especially if because of a violent and sudden death.
Frankly, when this show was announced, I was concerned. Syfy already has two well known and respected paranormal investigation shows, “Ghost Hunters,” and “Ghost Hunters International.” I was concerned that Syfy was about to overload their schedule with such shows and do to the subject what ABC did with their hit, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” ABC kept increasing how often the show aired till it reached a saturation point and viewership lost interest.
However, after watching this week’s episode, a far more serious matter has come to light that has caused me to question this show’s credibility. In the second half of that episode, Zaffis and his team were shown investigating the St. James Hotel in Cimarron, New Mexico. While investigating a room in the hotel that was kept locked due to incidents in it, one of the investigators, Beth Ezzo, became ill and developed a nose bleed. Because of this, they withdrew from the room in question.
What is the problem you ask? During the episode, the illness and nose bleed as presented to the viewer as caused paranormal activity. However, on her Twitter account, Ezzo posted the following, “Hey guys just so you know we can only show so much in a half hour I had altitude sickness and that’s why my nose was bleeding.” While one of the team members did say that the explanation could be medical and not paranormal, Zaffis seemed to continue to push his belief that it was indeed paranormal, and that causes extreme doubts in my mind.
Leaving out that bit of information about the true cause of Ezzo’s illness and nose bleed causes that segment of the show to be nothing more or less than a false report. I can completely understand the problems of time restrictions of any kind of program, radio or television, but leaving out something that causes the information in a reality show to be presented in a totally different light than what really happened is absolutely inexcusable, and raises very grave questions about how much, if any, reality there is in the program. Even if they did not know the true reason during filming, the information could have been added afterward, during the editing process.
In light of this admission, I call upon Syfy to either take actions to rectify this absolute false report, or to cease presenting the show as a reality program. After all, if the information is presented inaccurately, what becomes of reality?
Think about it.