Zak Bagans Responds to Annabelle Criticism

Well, here we are again.  Zak Bagans has done something dangerous and amateurish in regards to the paranormal and has once again written it off without accepting any real responsibility.

During a recently aired episode of Ghost Adventures, Bagans and his crew were given access to the storied Annabelle doll, which has been stored behind glass since it was confiscated by Ed and Lorraine Warren in the 1970s.  The doll, which is supposedly a powerful negative conduit, is never handled without gloves and holy water at hand, and comes with a host of warnings to those in her presence.  First and foremost, of course, is that she is not to be touched.

So, was anyone really surprised when Bagans managed to touch the doll during the investigation?  I wasn’t.

Bagans has a history of irresponsible investigating techniques.  He seems to be unable to approach investigation without resorting to provocation, even when it isn’t necessary, generally adding to whatever negative energy already resides in a particular location.  His seemingly staged, hyperactive responses to every little creak and pop in creepy old abandoned buildings have almost become legendary.  And yet, after 15 seasons, the show continues to draw in high ratings.

In this latest misstep, Bagans, while in the presence of the doll, moves bit by bit toward Annabelle as the investigation continues before finally reaching out and touching her foot.  Not only was this seen as a dangerous move but also disrespectful to Tony Spera and Lorraine Warren’s rules.

Still, others have suggested that Bagans and his crew actually were not working with Annabelle at all, but that it was a lookalike instead.

Never one to pass up a chance to be seen and heard, Bagans released a statement in which he claims that he is highly sensitive to certain energies and that he absorbs those energies.  He describes this contact as “a rush, it’s exhilarating, it’s terrifying.”  He goes on to say that there are multiple layers of negativity around Annabelle and that she and her energy drew him closer and closer until he had to make contact.  He says that Tony was not really angry with him for breaking the rules but more surprised at seeing the fallout that Zak went through after touching the doll.

So, just so everyone knows, Zak didn’t do it for the ratings.  He had to do it.  Annabelle made him.

NOW, I’ve no doubt that Annabelle has the ability to affect her surroundings.  I have no doubt that she is the conduit for negative entities that she is claimed to be.  HOWEVER, as I said, this is just another example in a long line of audience baiting that Bagans has been a part of since the beginning of his show.

As someone who is a sensitive and a medium, I believe it is possible that Bagans could also be gifted, but at this point in his career, if he’s going to keep doing what he is doing, he is going to have to learn to control those gifts and know when to put the walls up so that he doesn’t hurt himself or worse, others.

Most of all, he is going to have to learn that showboating and putting himself in situations like these might make for good television, but they make for terrible examples for younger people who want to start investigating.  He is not a role model.  If anything, he is the opposite.

In the meantime, I’m sure his ratings will continue to maintain and his museum of occult paraphernalia will draw thousands of visitors.  And I will be sitting here, watching well, any paranormal show he isn’t in.


  1. Rich Corpuz

    November 9, 2017 at 12:49 am

    I think he is an idiot and has no respect for dangerous items like the doll.He deserves everything he challenges.Even after Ed and Lorraine set rules for the safe handling of that doll.

    • Karen

      November 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Surely if it’s that dangerous, they should keep it where no one can access it? Just a thought…

  2. Cyndi Pollaci

    November 9, 2017 at 1:50 am

    I agree. Its just a big joke anymore when it comes to his show. Every week someone manages to become demonicly possessed. Its an insult to real investigators.

    • Dana Guglielmetti

      November 9, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Cyndi they are real investigators!!!!!!!!!!

    • Karen

      November 13, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      So why do you watch it every week?

      People, sheesh!!

  3. Katy

    November 9, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Bagans is too Hollywood for me. I watch the show to laugh AT him but also because I like Aaron and Billy and Jay. They do all the work. Bagans is too scared to do the real stuff. He makes the others do it and he takes the credit.

    • Janine Withrow

      November 15, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Enjoyed show at the beginning but see that Zac has to be center of attention. Really enjoy watching Aaron and the professionalism he shows. Would love to see Aaron take off on his own venture.

  4. Tina colmer

    November 9, 2017 at 4:59 am

    I think you guys are great. But I have to say that Arron is my favourite. He, s just a cuddly bear I want to hug. Xx

  5. Jerl

    November 9, 2017 at 8:29 am

    What a hater…

  6. Kilyean

    November 9, 2017 at 10:57 am

    If you don’t like it then don’t watch it. Simple as that. The joke was the skinwalker Canyon. Healers don’t do their work on camera. The lady was a fraud.

    • Karen

      November 13, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Kilyean – finally, someone who’s making sense!!

  7. Jackie

    November 9, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Annabelle looks like my Raggedy Ann doll, eek. I’m scared to touch her even!

    • Synyster

      November 14, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      Actually raggedy Ann is Annabelle…..just changed the name due to obvious reasons

  8. Don I-SPI

    November 9, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I have to agree with Waylon on this. The show is entertaining for the most part… however when Zack begins taunting the spirits, my wife and I change the channel. We are amateur investigators in Idaho but we NEVER taunt, we treat spirits how we want to be treated… with Respect.

  9. Carrie Livingston

    November 9, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I love the show but I agree with others. Zak’s little antics put his crew members at risk.I recently watched an episode where Zak locked Aaron in a abondoned church with a demonic entity. Aaron asked several times to be let out. Billy said to Zak,Aaron is going to be mad. Zak said “I don’t care”. Aaron managed to get out on his own. That is totally unacceptable. Shame on you Zak.

  10. Sandra bartlett

    November 9, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Zak has made the field a laughing stock.This makes it hard for us . True paranormal investigators

  11. Lisa

    November 9, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Zak just pisses me off! He’s a showboater, Nick got out because of Zaks taking over of everything, it was suppose to be all 3 (Zak, Nick, & Aaron) equally! Zaks a bully, I’m glad after trying to get Billy to go back into a room that was clearly having a negative effect on him he yelled at Zak “I CAN’T DO IT” then Zak started yelling at him!!! Zak needs to be a lot more respectful of his other investigators, he needs to stop his STUPID ANTICS & BE MORE AWARE OF THE RESPONSIBLY he’s taken in PERIOD! STOP BEING A DOUCHE BAG BULLY!

    • Katy

      November 9, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Yes. I wish Zak would respect the spirits. Give the audience a little credit for having some intelligence and respect them as well. Respect the space people are allowing him to film at. Respect his co-workers.

      I fear that Billy is in danger as we speak.

  12. TR

    November 9, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    It all seemed pretty hoky. A guy wearing welder’s gloves carrying around a supposedly haunted doll. Another guy crawling around on the ground begging to touch the doll. Just hard to watch. But it is nice to know that fireproof gloves can prevent demonic possession.

    • Katy

      November 9, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Baahahaha!!! Fireproof gloves protecting against demonic energy!! Seeing it in that light, said that way, it’s hilarious!!!

  13. Karen

    November 10, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Why watch his show if you don’t like him? It seems to me that there’s a bit of jealousy going on here lol…

    • Katy

      November 10, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      I know for me, it’s not jealousy. I’m not in the industry but I am an empathy and healer. I have great respect for what paranormal investigators do. However, as far as Zak goes, he does not show any respect for the spirits or his co workers. I watch the show for entertainment (when watching Zak) and I truly like Aaron, Billy and Jay. I wish Zak would stop being so Hollywood. He has the viewers. He can change his tactics and people will still watch.

    • Carrie

      November 10, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Karen it’s not that Zak is hated as a person. It’s is out right disrespect of his fellow team members & also the filming crew. He is being very reckless with his investigations & putting his fellow investigators in harms way.

  14. Donna

    November 10, 2017 at 5:53 am

    I don’t believe for one minute that was the real Annabelle doll! #1 they never allowed it out of its case. Why would they start now? #2Zak Bagans is an idiot who is afraid of his own shadow. Always sending poor Aaron in alone. I’d laugh if a real demon got ahold of Bagans for one second he’d instantly die of a heart attack. No I really wouldn’t wish that on anyone. But if anyone deserves it it is him the way he throws all the other investigators in harm’s way and hides out. How does he watch the show every week and and then call himself a man? I’m embarrassed for him! I’d rather hear the beginning of the show the histories and the interview then the nonsense of him squealing like a little girl, running away to the base camp. One thing that does bother me is how dark Aaron seems to be getting he used to be afraid of the demonic wanting nothing to do with it. He almost quit at the beginning as their cameraman bc he was so scared of anything remotely evil. I read it brokeup his marriage bc of what he was bringing home to his wife. Now it seems like this good hearted soul is embracing the dark side.That’s not cool Aaron, you are too good to go down that path.. When Zak even mentions it on air.. Something is up. Wake up Aaron before its too late. Nick didn’t like how everything was focusing on the demonic either. O e one the reasons he left.

    • Chrissy

      November 16, 2017 at 5:22 am

      This I actually agree upon. Hollywood or not… I know of shit of the places they go to. And no, Zak is not being careful of his partners and all around him. He mentions all the time on how he keeps himself safe, by getting blessed and healers often. But never mentioned anything about his partners getting the help. Yes I feel we fear for Aaron too. Plus I fear those in his haunted museum. A number of friends work there it’s in Vegas. With all that bad energy locked up together. It’s almost like the movie 13 gohsts. People you need to protect against, and have respect for all aspects involved. My opinion

  15. Becca

    November 10, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Television is for entertainment. I see it as that. Zac is a showman, its what he does. I don’t like the taunting of spirits or forcing one of his crew to go into some place they adamantly dont want to do. I think Zac should do it. I thought it was foolish to allow himself to be “drawn” closer to Annabelle. He is supposed to be a professional. With that said, I still like the show. I watch it every Saturday night. Aaron is my favorite. I bet he is a blast to be around. I love his expressions and he just seems genuine.

  16. Mel

    November 11, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I love Zak and the crew I love the show I’ve seen a lot of ppl who taunt the other side instead saying he’s stupid blah blah blah Zak shows what happens when u taunt the other side and what affects can happen afterwards look at all the ppl who use the ouji board that’s just as bad at least he’s a professional they ain’t love ghost adventures n will always be a fan

  17. Gregg Vohn

    November 11, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I recently ( last weekend) went to Grand Canyon Caverns and took the entire 300 foot below ground tour,saw the ” hotel suite” and asked many questions, the biggest non shock was that The Ghost Adventures Crew faked the rock throwing bits and the places ” nobody has access to” just costs a few bucks to get to for anybody

  18. Deborah

    November 11, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I would hold that doll. I love the Ghost Adventures. Zak is not an idiot, in fact, I would use the same techniques as he does. He proves and debunks evidence. And as for the Annabelle doll…bring it! I’m not scared of that doll or anything like that. One day, I would love to meet Zak and go on a ghost hunt with them. Let people think what they want. It shows how narrow minded people are.

  19. William J Miller

    November 12, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Your bashing of Bagans touching Annabell’s foot is tiring and boring. That was not even the exciting part of the show (like the words that were chosen on the ovioulus “you” “us”) Be it for show or for real Zak’s over exagerations on every creek and little sound are not even why we watch his show. It is because of his loud and abrasive challenges to spirits human and non. There ability to communicate on a constant basis. There ability (all the guys) to put there self in very brave situations to document paranormal is why we watch. If you want role models, go watch reruns of boring ass Ghost Hunters which I am sure your psychic self does.

    • Tina Waganfeald

      November 15, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      I agree, if you don’t like ghost adventures, don’t watch it. Zac is good at what he does and I love to watch all the shows, even the ones I’ve already seen. Ghost Hunters is just out there to debunk everything. They don’t stay long and they don’t get much evidence. I quit watching them because I got bored. Ghost Adventures keeps me on the edge of my seat.

  20. Alison Ruth

    November 13, 2017 at 1:27 am

    I think zak is so effing disrespectful, thats why i stopped watching his shows. He will yell very rude, disrespectful, dangerous things to demons/ negative spirits, when he yells and challenges them, so wrong!!! His dumb ass always wears a stupid gas mask and im sure, makes shit up for ratings!!

  21. Karen

    November 13, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    LOVE Zak, Aaron and the others, but especially Zak – what a lovely person; keep up the good work dood!! Xx

  22. Melissa

    November 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Love you guys love the show I’ve never missed one episode. I can say just from watching from my home I wanted to touch the doll so I can’t say anything in that regard. Aron is the man love Jay n Billy too

  23. Sherry Hightower

    November 14, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Read the article.WOW! Jealous much?
    Zack is a showman and arrogant as hell BUT he has made the paranormal a household acceptable genre. He has thousands of followers and devotees. Say what you will, criticize him all you want.. and then THANK HIM for paving the way for all those OTHER shows you are watching!

  24. David

    November 15, 2017 at 2:38 am

    I watch the show in hopes of getting the chance to see Zak try to punch a ghost.

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