In February of this year, it was reported that Zak Bagans, the controversial lead investigator on Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures”, had destroyed the so called demon house in Gary, Indiana. Bagans had purchased the house back in 2014 after his own investigation into the house and its residents.
Bagans had announced he was making a documentary about the home and what the family experienced there. The trouble is, as is often the case with paranormal investigation, there are a lot of people who have worked very hard to debunk the family’s experiences and the investigators claims.
It was the bizarre and intense claims by the family that first caught Bagans attention. Latoya Ammons, a single mother of three, reported that her children had been violently thrown around the home by unseen forces. She had seen them levitate. She had heard them speak in voices that were not their own.
For those who study these topics, these are classic symptoms of possession.
Some of these instances were corroborated by medical professionals. Medical staff at one hospital claimed to have seen one of the boys walk backwards up a wall and flip over onto his feet on the floor.
For many, Bagans included, this was proof enough, but authorities remained unconvinced and investigations were made into the family by child protective services.
Psychologists who spoke with the children found them to be intelligent and logical children who only exhibited symptoms when they were confronted about them or when their mother was present. Likewise, Miss Ammons, was shown to be very religious and highly superstitious.
She brought two different clairvoyants into the home who told her that the house had a high concentration of demonic energy and that it was unsafe to be there. Critics question this, as well, because no one who lived in the house prior to Ammons and her family had ever reported any activity. Moreover, the subsequent renter had no experiences either.
Bagans and his team were firmly convinced, however, and after investigating the home, Bagans bought it because he felt no one else should be exposed to the evil inside. After almost two years and multiple delays on his documentary, the investigator made the decision to have the house destroyed. Further to that, he had the rubble removed to a storage facility because he was afraid the dark energy might be spread to other locations.
That was February of this year, and yet the case still seems unresolved. Critics and believers alike have written articles and gone on the record presenting their cases.
As investigators of the paranormal, this brings up an excellent ethical question, however. When faced with opposition and disbelief, as we so often are, do we follow our instincts in spite of critics?
If we truly believe these dark energies are present, do we do everything we can to remove them, even when the world would much rather label us as frauds?
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