What’s Next for Ghost Adventures?Sagers: For the 100th episode on Oct. 4, why did you choose to investigate the “exorcist house” that’s connected to the famous book and movie?
Bagans: I wouldn’t have thought that place was haunted or had any type of activity; there is no history of death or suicide in the house, no transition from living to dead, with that doorway happening. I wasn’t convinced there were hauntings happening there until I started learning more from demonologists and exorcists I talk to -- I have a chain of people I talk to outside of Ghost Adventures. Any event dealing with anything spiritual, whether it’s a mass murder in a bedroom or an exorcism where a demon was possessing a boy, share an emotional super-charge. Those events can embed themselves and create an everlasting emotional residue. That residue can reignite and re-manifest itself. The question is, “Can that entity that possessed the boy return?” So I thought that was fascinating, and I found it even more fascinating that a credible investigator claims he was recently attacked in the bedroom. And Father Bowdern’s great niece even validated that investigator’s credibility. Also, we thought the episode dealing with one of the most famous exorcisms in America allowed us to come out and talk about some of our past possessions and oppressions that we had to cope with. This story sets the foundation for what we went through as well.
Sagers: For the 2-hour Halloween special on Oct. 31, you head to Transylvania. I know you’re a huge vampire and Dracula fan, so was this investigation everything you hoped it would be?
Bagans: It was cool. I have always had a fascination with Vlad Țepeș. He is Dracula and ruled Wallachia in the 1400s. Bram Stoker portrayed him as a vampire, but a lot of people in Romania didn’t like that because Vlad is a very honorable figure in Romanian history who protected the country. We went there to try to decipher why he is a called a vampire and called Dracula, and to get a better understanding of who he is. People in Romania, even a top historian, said Vlad ruled with an almost supernatural power and was almost too strong. Some of this has led him to have this vampire quality. We followed his reign of terror, and went to his castle and another castle where he was imprisoned. Then I had to take a last-minute detour to the Hoia-Baciu Forest. As we were there, I learned it is one of the most haunted forests in the world and most supernatural places, where Romanians won’t step foot inside. It was a fascinating adventure with some really cool evidence.
Sagers: Did you pick up any cool Transylvanian memorabilia?
Bagans: Yeah, but my souvenir was the most powerful moment I’ve ever had on any investigation -- in my life -- in the Hoia-Baciu Forest. My souvenir is the memory of that experience. You’ll see part of it. Some of it, I don’t want to air.
Sagers: It has been 5 years since the show began, so where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Bagans: I don’t like to foresee the future, unless I have a goal to accomplish. And I feel like I’ve accomplished my goal. Right now I’m just living in this day, in this moment, spending my energy focusing on tomorrow not 5 years from now. That was what I did 10 years ago, 6 years ago, whatever. Just like in the world of the paranormal, everything is unexplained and unpredictable. Those adjectives explain my life right now.
Sagers: Anything you’d like to say to the fans who have stuck with Ghost Adventures over the course of 100 episodes?
Bagans: I want to say to them, “You’re a part of us.” It is not just Nick, Aaron and myself, and Billy and Jay. You, the fan, are a part of our crew. We talk with you every day through social media, we listen to you, we take your suggestions. We are joining virtual hands. That is why we have the fans we do. Ghost Adventures is an interactive experience. If you support us, and respect us, and are nice, you’re a part of us.
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