Nick Groff Leaves Ghost Adventures

Nick Groff Leaves Ghost Adventures

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Nick Groff Leaves Ghost Adventures
Long story short, Nick has left Ghost Adventures to for his own show, Ghost Stalkers, where he is an Executive Producer.  This program is on Destination America.

The show features:

  • Chad Lindberg
  • John E.L. Tenney
  • David M. Rountree
  • Lisa Kovanda

Nick made the announcement by telling his fans:

Thank you everyone for your support through the years! I’m writing to say that I will no longer be a part of Ghost Adventures on Travel Channel. I am honored to have helped build an amazing paranormal phenomena that has touched people’s lives all around the world. I am continuing to research and investigate all things paranormal as I start the journey through the next stage of my Life. Much respect and love to all my GAC and Ghost Adventures fans. See you all soon.

IMDB describes the show:
Investigators of the strange, John E.L. Tenney and Chad Lindberg, explore the world’s most allegedly haunted locations in search of the truth regarding the nature of existence and if there are worlds beyond our reality.

All of the episodes aired in 2014.  They can be viewed by streaming on Amazon.  As of the time of this post, they cost $2.99, per episode, to view in high def and $1.99 per episode to view in standard def.

  1. Whispers Estate
    October 19, 2014

    Reports of violent hauntings and non-human entities drive John and Chad to investigate a possible portal at the Whispers Estate in Mitchell, Indiana. The closer they get to the truth, the more they find themselves in the house’s crosshairs.
  2. Springfield State Hospital
    October 26, 2014
    Rumors of forgotten souls and their role in a town’s haunting lead John and Chad to search for a doorway to another world at one of America’s most dreaded asylums: Springfield State Hospital.
  3. Old Taylor Memorial Hospital
    November 2, 2014
    John and Chad revisit their own near death experiences while investigating a vortex at The Old Taylor Memorial Hospital in Hawkinsville, Georgia, culminating their investigation with an unparalleled discovery.
  4. Holmesberg Prison
    November 9, 2014
    Reports of an oppressive paranormal energy charged by nearly a century of rioting, assault, and murder lead John and Chad to Philadelphia’s Holmesburg Prison. This supernatural portal hunt turns personal as John comes face to face with his own hell.
  5. Wheatlands Plantation
    November 13, 2014
    Reports of vengeful spirits, oppressive paranormal energy, and a sordid history including war, death, slavery, and murder, drive John and Chad to the historic Wheatlands Plantation. Could Wheatland’s dark history have created a portal?
  6. Farrar School
    November 20, 2014
    News of violent hauntings, evil entities, and child spirits has John and Chad searching for a portal at the Farrar Schoolhouse. John and Chad put themselves directly in harm’s way to find out how this building could be so violently guarded.

You can view clips on the Destination America website by clicking here.

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Mad Men – Severance

Mad Men – Severance

Mad Men - Severance

Known, even by those who don’t watch regularly, for beautiful cinematography and fashion, it’s the characters and the writing that make Mad Men the standout show it is. But you can’t talk about Mad Men without talking about the handsome and suave but tormented Don Draper. Viewers either love him or hate him. Don has the same issue with himself, alternating between arrogance and self-hate.

The first few scenes of Severance tell us much about who Don has become. The first is the suave Don Draper. Smoking a cigarette, drink in hand, looking at a beautiful woman in full-length mink coat. She speaks a bit and then he makes a statement that has been repeated many times throughout the seasons and that is the source of man of his problems – “You’re not supposed to talk.” He fur scene girljust wants her to do what he directs her to do and look pretty. She does, like most women do for him. As the scene ends, the camera pans out and she walks toward a chair. Cue the music – “Is That All There Is?” by Peggy Lee. It plays as she puts a foot on the chair and allows the mink to fall away from her leg. She runs her fingers up her legs and the music continues. The camera pans out more to reveal four other men in the room. The woman has been auditioning for an ad campaign. The music plays us out to the end of the scene, as another woman enters the room to do what Don tells her to do. Because that’s what women do.

The music continues quietly in the background into the beginning of the next scene in which he and Roger Sterling (sporting his long classic 70s moustache) in a diner with three beautiful women, all of them young enough to be their daughters. They both look a bit sloppy, a bit disheveled. They look like a couple of aging rich men clinging to youth by keeping company with women half their age. Don is sharing stories of his troubled childhood, a severance diner scene onechildhood he used to hide at any cost. Roger leaves the waitress a $100 tip, an apology for his rude behavior toward her he explains to everyone but the waitress. A waitress Don finds familiar.  The music plays quietly in the background as they leave the diner.

When Don arrives home that same night he calls for a girl who arrives with a bottle of red wine. They proceed to get very drunk. On their way to the bedroom she spills wine on the carpet.  He pulls the bedspread from the bed and uses it to cover the spill. In a show full of symbolism, this scene is about not only the obvious, his promiscuous lifestyle, but also about blood spilled in his life and his attempts to cover it up. He climbs on top of the woman and she discovers an earring on the floor. “Another woman you’re sleeping with?” she asks. “No, that’s the woman I’m not sleeping with. My ex-wife,” he answers and tosses the earring over his shoulder, dismissing it as he has Megan. He has stopped trying to fight his demons and is instead indulging them and being open about them. He is still, however, dismissive of women in general.

There are a handful of women of whom he is not completely dismissive. He dreams about one of them while sleeping after the wine and blanket encounter – Rachel Katz. She is wearing the mink coat from the audition scene, but he does not tell her what to do. He simply watches her, mesmerized. He seemed to truly love Rachel. She was one of his women who may have been a good match for him given different circumstances. The day after he dreams of her he learns she recently died and it saddens him. He attends her shiva and sees rachel katz fur sceneher children for the first time. He spends his time speaking with Rachel’s sister and manages to irritate her. She ends their conversation by telling him Rachel “lived the life she wanted. She had everything.”

Don returns to the diner, curious about how he knows the waitress. They have a few minutes of passion in the alley behind the diner. He thinks they have some kind of mysterious connection and gives some significance to their sexual encounter but learns from the waitress that she did it for one reason. “You got your $100 worth,” she tells him, in reference to the $100 tip left for her on his previous visit. The man who sleeps with woman after woman with no emotional attachment, sometimes fully aware that they attach more significance to it than he does, has just had the tables turned on him.

He returns to the diner one more time. It’s the setting for the final scene. The waitress tells him they are not going to have a repeat performance. He shares his dream with her, a stranger. “Maybe you dreamed of her all the time,” she severance diner waitresssays. He raises his eyebrows, nods, and says “Maybe.” She tells him maybe he’s returning to the diner because he thinks she is Rachel. “I don’t think so,” he answers. “When people die we want to make sense of it but we can’t,” she says. When she tells him she just works there and to please not return with any expectations he says, “I just want to sit here.” And he does as she goes back to work. The camera pans out and the music starts again “And then I fell in love with the most wonderful boy in the world,” sings Peggy Lee as Don Draper just sits and stares at the wall behind the diner counter. “And then one day he went away. I thought I’d die, but I didn’t. And when I didn’t, I said to myself, ‘is that all there is to love?’” We go to credits, where the song continues. Classic great Mad Men with music and conversation full of symbolism referring to the past, present, and possibly the future. The complex and fascinating Don Draper.

Music choice is always intentional in Mad Men. It always has some relevance to the scene. The song “Is That All There Is” is the theme of this episode, both literally as it’s played throughout and figuratively in the message it sends. The threads holding Don Draper together at the seams are slowing unravelling. He has made the same mistakes over and over with different women and different people. He has accepted his flaws and his weaknesses and is now indulging them instead of fighting them. At his core, Don is a broken man who wants to do the right thing but doesn’t know how because no one in his fractured childhood ever showed him how. He’s ashamed of his mistakes and still deeply hurt by his past. He has pushed himself to get where he is now. He tries to cover the “whore DD alonechild” he still sees in himself with money, booze, and women. But it isn’t enough. On the outside he has everything any man could ever want, but inside he’s wondering if that’s all there is.

Where will the writers take us with Don Draper this year? How will things work out for him? Will the crumbling continue until the end when he’s left in pieces and alone? Will he rise victorious over his demons and vices? His family was completely absent from this episode. Where will his relationship with them go? Peggy Olson was also absent from this episode. Another woman he does not dismiss but for entirely different reasons. They have a connection that’s fascinating to watch. Where will that go?

I hope everything isn’t all tied up neatly in the end. That would not be true to the character of Don Draper. He is at heart a broken man. He puts on a good face and avoids anything real. I’d like to see him begin to face things, real things. I’d like him to end up with someone who knows his flaws and loves him in spite of them. Someone who will fight the fights with him. I have my thoughts on who that might be. But we’ll see how it plays out. Wherever we go on Mad Men this season, it’s guaranteed to be a great ride full of great lines, plots and characters with layers, and the fashion and cinematography that is the delicious icing on the cake.

#MadMen #Severance

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Ghost Adventures Season 1 Episode 3 Moundsville Penitentiary

Ghost Adventures Season 1 Episode 3 Moundsville Penitentiary

Ghost AdventuresGhost Adventures Season 1 Episode 3 Moundsville Penitentiary
October 31, 2008

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Moundsville Penitentiary
aka West Virginia State Penitentiary
818 Jefferson Avenue
Moundsville, WV 26041

The things that I type up for the Ghost Adventure episodes are things that I look up simply to fulfill my own curiosity as I watch the show.  I look up murders, people that lived in the house, I always pause to read the letters, newspapers, etc. that the show pops up on the screen.  I figure, I can’t be the only one that does this so maybe me doing this will save some folks the leg work.

We’ve actually toured this location!  The building no longer houses inmates, not living ones anyway.  An inmate sued the prison because the cells were to small, he won and a new prison was built. I figured if I had been in charge I would have said “Your cell is bigger than the coffin of the murder victims…you lose” but…that’s what happens when people don’t put me in charge…idiots!

Other than paranormal sites and Wikipedia (Moundsville Penitentiary’s page), I can’t find any information R.D. Wall.  I do know that it happened, well, we toured the place and what Ghost Adventures reports is exactly what we were told on our tour.

Ryan, our guide on the Moundsville Penitentiary tour said that the Sugar Shack was a place where a lot murders happened because guards didn’t go down there very often. It was where inmates could go if the weather was bad and for recreation.

You can read a news story about the riot by clicking here.

Danny Lehman is said to have been the inmate that started the riot.  You’ll see in the article below that, so far as a riot can go, he did a good job of keeping it under control.  Here’s an interesting article on him.

I found some actual newspaper articles.  I’m sorry that there are so many photos but that’s how I had to take them to get the columns in storyline order.

3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17

Other than paranormal pages, I can’t find any information about anyone being cooked in a pot of beans.  I saw “Twelve persons – 11 corrections officers and one food service personnel – are being held by a group of inmates.”  I guess it’s possible that the food service personnel…maybe?  The article above says 3 inmates were killed during the riot.  It gives the report of how each died…none were cooked.I can’t find any information on Tom “Redbone” Richardson.  He tells GAC that he was in from 1967 – 1983.  When they ask him, later in the show, when he was incarcerated, he says 1966 – 1983.

According to the tour’s website, records indicate the prison population rose to more than 1000 several times in the 1960’s. When the prison closed in March of 1995 there were 675 inmates incarcerated within the walls

The tour’s website also states the executions by hanging were held in the Northern area of the facility. The first execution took place in 1899 when the state assumed the responsibility of capital punishment from the counties. Hangings continued until 1949, with a total of 85 men executed by this means. From 1951 to 1959 nine men were electrocuted in the chair known as “Old Sparky”. The State of West Virginia abolished capital punishment in 1965.

This episode is very fun for me because I’ve actually toured this location!  Here are some of my photos:

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