Meet Zak Bagans

Host of Deadly Possessions and Ghost Adventures

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Zak Bagans is the host, lead investigator and an executive producer on Ghost Adventures. With his paranormal investigation team, Zak travels to domestic and international locations rumored to be haunted in search of evidence proving the existence of the supernatural.

After graduating from film school in Michigan, Zak moved to Nevada to pursue a career in documentary filmmaking. There, he met fellow Ghost Adventures investigator Aaron Goodwin. Their first paranormal investigations as a team took place all over Nevada, and the footage led to an award-winning, nationally-televised documentary, Ghost Adventures. Their concept was picked up by Travel Channel and commissioned as a series. Zak is also host and executive producer of Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks, where the team revisits past locations to follow up on their initial investigation, and Deadly Possessions, which features the stories behind haunted, iconic items from Bagans’ Las Vegas museum collection. He also served as an executive producer for Travel Channel’s Paranormal Paparazzi, Paranormal Challenge and Netherworld. In 2004, Bagans founded the world's largest paranormal organization, The Ghost Adventures Crew, which consists of over 6,000 members.

Bagans recently executive produced a feature film entitled “Sympathy, Said the Shark,” which has landed a distribution deal soon to be announced. Bagans also directed and produced a documentary, “The Demon House,” where he investigates one of the most well-documented case of demonic possession in America. The film is projected for a 2016 release.

Bagans joined efforts with Lords of Acid’s Praga Khan on an 11-track album titled NecroFusion (launched in October 2012 and reached #1 on iTunes) that tells the story of a departed soul who has not moved on. Woven into each song is an actual message from the dead, captured from Bagans’ own paranormal investigations.  Additionally, he’s penned two books with Kelly Crigger: I am Haunted: Living Life Through the Dead (Victory Belt, 2015) and Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of the Ghost Adventures Crew (Victory Belt, 2011), which debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list at #18.

Zak currently resides in Las Vegas, NV.

Zak's Haunted Museum

Zak's Haunted Museum

Zak Bagans poses next to Robert the Doll in the Doll Room. 960 1280

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Zak's Haunted Museum

Zak's Haunted Museum

Jay Wasley, Peggy the Doll, Patti Negri, Zak Bagans and Jayne Harris sit around the table to begin the seance to reach the spirits of Peggy the Doll. 960 1280

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Zak's Haunted Museum

Zak's Haunted Museum

Zak's mom, Nancy, and Aaron smile for the camera after making a great deal to purchase angry Joe's items. 960 1280

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African Nutcracker

African Nutcracker

Nancy digs deeper into the history of the African nutcracker. 960 1280

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John Murrell's Preserved Thumb

John Murrell's Preserved Thumb

A close-up photo of John Murrell's preserved thumb. 960 1280

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John Murrell's Preserved Thumb

John Murrell's Preserved Thumb

Zak, Aaron, Billy and Jamie Pistel sit around the preserved thumb and try to communicate with the spirit of John Murrell, through his thumb. 960 1280

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The Forest of Dead Dolls

The Forest of Dead Dolls

A close-up of The Forest of Dead Dolls, a main attraction in one of the museum rooms. 960 1280

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Zak's "Phobia" Room

Zak's "Phobia" Room

Zak dedicated a whole room to one of his phobias. Dolls! 960 1280

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Dybbuk Box

Dybbuk Box

The infamous Dybbuk Box. A wine box haunted by the Dybbuk spirit. 960 1280

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Contents of Dybbuk Box

Contents of Dybbuk Box

Ever wonder what's inside the Dybbuk box? Look no further.  960 1280

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Zak's Haunted Museum

Zak's Haunted Museum

The entrance to the Interview Room.  960 1280

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Zak's Haunted Museum

Zak's Haunted Museum

Zak's Haunted Museum Library. 960 1280

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Zak's Haunted Museum

Zak's Haunted Museum

An old medical record book, skull and jar of teeth, on display at Zak's Haunted Museum. 960 1280

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Charles Manson's TV

Charles Manson's TV

Carvings on an old TV etched by Charles Manson. 960 1280

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Old School Medical Tools

Old School Medical Tools

Zak created a whole room for old school medical tools.  960 1280

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St. Valentine's Day Massacre

St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Zak speaks to one of the curators of the museum against a brickwall featuring bricks involved in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. The 1929 massacre was one of the most brutal gangland crimes in history. 960 1280

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Zak's Haunted Museum

Zak's Haunted Museum

The Tommy gun was used in the St. Valentine's Day massacre. 960 1280

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Zak's Haunted Museum

Zak's Haunted Museum

A lock, given to Zak by "Angry Joe" who believes it is cursed. 960 1280

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Zak's Haunted Museum

Zak's Haunted Museum

Zak takes a break before he begins the interviews to mentally prepare himself for coming face-to-face with the Dybbuk box and Robert the Doll. 960 1280

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