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After the familiar opening in which Zak Bagans introduces the guys - Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin - we are shown the object of tonight’s investigation. The Yost Theatre and Ritz Hotel are side by side in Santa Ana, California and owned by the same man, Dave Leon. The Theatre opened in 1813 and was the place where Ernest Ball, famous composer, died in his dressing room unexpectedly. The Ritz Hotel never really lived up to its name, becoming a health club and then a shabby hotel.
Some people have said that they’ve seen Ernie walking around the Theatre in the basement. The director of security, Art, told the guys that there are certain places he won’t go in the building, which makes his job difficult. More than just seeing visions, he has heard voices. He said that once he heard a voice say, “Hi Dad,” sounding like a little girl, but then say it again much lower sounding more like a demon. The owner, Dave, said he and a buddy heard voices in the basement, low guttural voices loud and spooky and that they froze. Zak explained to us at home that this was common when spirits are around as they give off electromagnetic waves that can “freeze” humans temporarily. Ernie Vanlier, a local ghost hunter said that the site is extremely haunted and played a recording for the guys. He had captured a voice saying, “Dead, [pause] ghost.” Zak said that this was significant in that it was over many frequencies, paused and then on the same frequency said the second word. Zak and Nick got very excited listening to the voice and Ernie got goosebumps and started to feel weird.
As Zak headed toward the hotel he found that there were construction workers in the building and had torn down most of the walls they had seen in pictures just two days before. He was not happy about this and said as much to someone in charge, stating that he had paid to film there and now there were no walls. Nick did a good job of turning things around by suggesting that the tear-down may actually “kick up” some spirits. About here we were treated to another “Lumber Liquidator” commercial in which Zak fakes a ghost hunt. The guys were told that in room 19, a black shadow was seen creeping up a wall and then a portal showed up and it crawled into it and disappeared. They discussed whether or not they should continue in light of the demolition and decided to press on.
The first order of business was to visit the local historian at the Waffle house. Not a regular Waffle House, this one was named after the former occupant, Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle. She and her husband were both doctors and it was said that he had been in trouble for doing abortions there, at that time, 1889, completely illegal. Ernie Alonzo showed them some old pictures of things after the earthquake. Ernie said a woman’s voice had been captured that said, “It’s hopeless here.” Zak and Nick tried to get something on the spirit box but nothing came for a while, so they headed to the attic. Zak asked multiple questions and finally got a response. He had asked, “Did your husband do abortions in this house?” to which the response came, “It’s haunting.” Zak asked, “What did your husband do?” “In trouble,” was the answer. Zak asked, “Why”? The answer came, “abortion.” After 30 minutes of nothing else they went downstairs. Zak went into the patient room alone and starting asking questions. He heard what sounded like dishes clinking together but didn’t capture any voices. Nick captured a small ball of light behind Zak as he was asking questions, but Zak wouldn’t know it until later.
The lock down was about to start and Zak had an idea to have Art walk back to the hotel from the nerve center where the guys were all gathered. Art agreed and headed out.
Meanwhile, Billy and Jay were monitoring the theater with x cameras. Art headed to the back stage area by the green room and the dressing room where Ernie died. Right after he walked in we all heard, “Hey, can you hear me?” Zak quickly ran out to where the doors were just outside of where Ernie was so he could debunk anyone outside saying anything. No one was there. Art walked out of camera shot so the guys in the nerve center had no way of talking to him. But they could see what was happening by what Art could see with his camera. A ghostly figure suddenly walked between two curtains. It was played several times, but was very hard to make out. Art called out, “Somebody there?” He tried talking to the guys, but didn’t realize that he was out of camera shot. Art became very cold and disoriented. Zak quickly went to him and told him that he thinks he, Art, is an actual trigger object and took him back to the nerve center. Aaron was in the hotel and called out a few questions. He heard sounds as if someone was working, but no one was there. He asked more questions and his spirit box said, “haunting.”
In the end, Zak saw a rat on film and then most of the noises they had heard could be debunked as rats running around the buildings. All in all, lots of activity, but Art was the most successful of the night. We were also teased with the promise of Special Events coming up, “Weekends to Die For,” beginning September 27...stay tuned.