Psi’s Circus Sideshow?
At last count, how many alleged paranormal reality shows are on television? Do you remember all their names? Do you recall what any of them are really supposed to be about? Probably not, because they’re about absolutely nothing.
Does anyone really believe that these shows are unscripted? They’re as well choreographed as any Broadway show in many respects. After one hundred and twenty nine years of formal psychical research and forty three years of my own investigating close to five thousand field cases of poltergeists, hauntings, apparitions, doppelgangers, UFO abductions and the like, one clearly obvious pattern has emerged: the chance of regularly or consistently running into real paranormal phenomena while investigating a case is the chance of winning the lottery ten times in a row at the hundred million dollar level. More simply put, the odds are astronomical against you.
However, if you’re producing a paranormal reality show where something paranormal must occur during every episode, perhaps even several times per segment, you have a serious logistics problem on your hands, don’t you? You cannot simply have talking heads on camera for forty minutes out of every hour, or you’re ratings will be as remote as your chances of encountering real paranormal phenomena are.
Therefore, if one wants their reality show to get ratings worthy of renewal, one must do one of three things; a) fake paranormal events. b) populate the show with such colorful or outlandish individuals that they’re weekly rantings serve the same purpose as observing real phenomena would or, c) dramatically exaggerate and embellish whatever really does occur to make it appear more important than it really is.
Long before the air was littered with such ridiculous shows, I was approached by the creator of one of the first (whose name will remain absent as I do not wish to promote this clown in any way). Years ago, when we first met, I made it very clear to him what the true reality was regarding investigating such paranormal events was like. His answer was simple and straightforward.
Each episode of his show would fake such occurrences, and on the very rare occasion when they actually encountered demonstrable paranormal events, they would make it appear as if it were a hoax. Compelling reverse logic indeed, but not for me.
I made it clear to this producer (who already had a well established track record), that his thinking was certainly novel and provocative, but his show idea was nothing I could ever be associated with as it would be a blatant fraud. I shook has hand and walked out. About six weeks later, I once again met with this producer along with one of my colleagues at the time, and he again made his pitch. But now, to the both of us.
We both shook our heads in unison to the negative as we were not even vaguely interested in his offer. The seriously disturbing aspect of all these shows are that they’re doing a tremendous disservice and injustice to academic, scientific researchers within parapsychology by misinforming the public as to the real nature of these types of events, which in reality are not as frequent or intense as erroneously depicted in these juvenile, ludicrous shows.
If paranormal events were as consistently reliable as seen in these “unreality” shows, they wouldn’t be referred to as paranormal, as we’d already understand what they are, how they operate and why they occur.
Trust me on this, no one on earth really knows what’s going on with such other worldly events, which is why they’re referred to as phenomena. The primary reason that these shows follow the the same intrinsic formula is that they are feeding a population that is totally ignorant as to what’s real in the paranormal world, let alone within science in general.
It’s very easy to fool and manipulate large audiences if they are unaware of the facts regarding a specific subject. And when it comes to the paranormal, this applies to probably 99.99% of the population.
In the end, one must remember that all these shows are nothing more than mindless entertainment for people with way too much spare time on their hands and cannot differentiate between reality and fantasy.
All too frequently, amateur paranormal investigators venture forth on their own attempting to emulate what they’ve seen on these shows. The results of such copycat investigators is nothing more than sheer fantasy and misinterpreting very normal, everyday events as something paranormal.
An interesting closing note here is that several of us (parapsychologists) have been officially banned from ever appearing on one particular cable network for consistently refusing to lie to the public on their behalf.
With the exception of myself, the names of the three other gentlemen forbidden from appearing on this network will not be disclosed in order to protect their innocence and privacy.
My relationship with this particular network has now degenerated to the point where they actually offered to overtly misrepresent, publicly discredit, humiliate, embarrass, liable and slander me for the paltry sum of $750.
As insane as this sounds, this production company actually offered me a contract stating exactly that. In fact, they were adamant about my not showing their contract to anyone or even discussing it with associates and friends. Can’t imagine why?
Adding more fool to the fire was a provision in the contract clearly stating that even after their scandalous misrepresentation of me was completed, I was not allowed to even mention the criminal nature of their efforts to the media or they could sue me, but I could not sue them for defamation of character, liable and slander.
The perfect contract, can’t imagine why I didn’t sign it? Actually, I should have asked them to add four to fives zeros to their amount, write it up as damages, and then I could change my name and move?
Wow, and I thought that I’ve heard the absolutely most absurd offer ever? Guess I was wrong? And all this to continue their misinformational campaign, specifically intended to increase the network’s ratings by consistently lying to the public and creating scandal and controversy.
Needless to say, I did not sign any contract or any form of release with these miscreants, and warned them that if they used my name, voice, image or likeness for any purpose whatsoever, that they would end up in court.
So is this the fate of those few academicians in parapsychology who work with the media, but refuse to lie for their potential employers?
How utterly vile and disgusting I say.
By the way, when I learned of my being banned from this network, it was like being told that my photograph and name will not appear in the post office.
Recently, there was a very disturbing production of misinformational hype related to this case that comes from that great bastion of lies, ignorance and stupidity; Paranormal Witness on the Psi Lie Network, oh, excuse me, the SyFy Network.
When their episode on the Cielo Drive case aired this April of 2013, it was one of the greatest fabrications, misrepresentations, distortions and exaggerated concoction of lies I’ve ever seen.
To start with, David Oman allegedly observed the apparition of whom he later believed to be that of Jay Sebring shortly after he moved into the Cielo Drive in August of 2002, not years later in 2005-6 as depicted in the show which is when I was investigating this case.
I was the one who brought my new friends Jeff and Kashmir to the house during the late summer of 2005, not at the start of the case in 2002, when I did not even know of its existence. It appears that the producers of Paranormal Witness told everyone what to say and how to say it (that is, scripted), as much of their testimony does not ring true to what really transpired according to the detailed files on this case. Most of the people who were being interviewed on this show were doing nothing more than reading their lines of dialog provided to them by the producers (in fact, several of them were, or are, actors in real life). But given the fact that Paranormal Witness and the Psi Lie Network are almost totally incapable of telling the truth when it comes to the paranormal, what else is new and should we expect anything different?
There are no records that someone’s camera was almost pulled out of their hands, and the flying cup of wine was actually thrown at me, not the individual depicted in the show. But we did occasionally hear the sounds of deep labored or impaired breathing and growling on several occasions, as well as muffled, disembodied conversations, which could not be traced to an apparent source. It should also be noted that the sophisticated setup of cameras and instrumentation occurred between 2005-6 through the assistance of varied associates of mine (Pat Wheelock of Beyond Investigations), not through the efforts of David and/or Jeff.
In the seance video at the end of the show that I was in attendance for and did not sign a release for, no one suddenly collapsed with terrible abdominal pains as depicted in their recreation (especially the woman on the show who made such a claim). More bullshit from the folks at the Psi Lie Network. When does their lying end? Remember that phrase from the late 1960′s: “Everything I’m telling you is a lie, and I’m lying to you now.” It’s never been more relevant than today.
By the way, the woman who made this dishonest claim of being in intense abdominal pain during the seance also told me and my associates that she sensed that there were “Crab People” walking around the hills of Beverly nearby. That is, humans with giant crab heads. What was this woman ingesting? How much substance abuse creates this type of hallucination or delusion? Or perhaps she’s just another of these psychopathic lairs that the media perpetuate as real in their quest for ratings?
As usual, Paranormal Witness played loose and fast with facts and dates as related to almost everything in their show.
These were the same disgusting miscreants from RAW Television (UK), the production company of Paranormal Witness who attempted to discredit and libel/slander me on their show from 2012 regarding the San Pedro case. In their contract of late 2011 that I refused to sign, RAW Television specifically stated their intent to humiliate, embarrass, discredit, as well as libel and slander me and my work to their audience. When I asked them to strike or remove those clauses from their contract they refused. Then I refused to participate in their show, which while nowhere near as misinformative as the show on Cielo Drive case, was riddled with numerous falsehoods and untruths that would have made me look like a fool and a liar.
But wait, there’s more. When RAW TV of Paranormal Witness threw their insane contract at me in late 2011 which they were adamant I show it to no one as it included clauses that specifically stated that while they intending to libel and slander me, I would have been prohibited from even divulging what they did to me or I would be sued by them. At the same time, another clause in their agreement specifically stated that I would not be allowed to sue them for libel and slander, but if I disclosed their lies about me to the public in any form whatsoever, that they could sue me and I would have no legal grounds for defense as all my rights would have been signed away.
Talk about a deal with the devil?
In the end, the most seriously damaging effects of these numerous paranormal “unreality” shows are their severe contamination to the field of parapsychology and those of us who have been scientifically investigating paranormal phenomena for many decades. These shows are causing people to actually believe in what they see and hear during such staged events. They therefore suspect that parapsychologists are the frauds and little more than very old dinosaurs who have not yet fossilized.
However, the majority of the media is well aware that these shows are little more than clever, manipulative, choreographed productions by people making lots of money off gullible, naive and ignorant viewers. And of course, many of the “actors” performing on these fraudulent “unreality” shows frequently appear on very well-known radio shows that play into the garbage these shows spew to increase their listener audiences.
Once these unreality shows fade from cable networks and our memories, the paranormal as a genre may disappear from television and feature films for several generations, as young, new producers will view it all as little more than clever hoaxes to attract sponsors for those people who believe that there’s a demon in every closet and under every bedpost. Far too many people, and are far too many shows will have cried wolf way too long for any real, scientific evidence to be believed and taken seriously again. If I didn’t know any better, I’d almost suspect that there’s a real disinformational program at work here to totally discredit the paranormal in general. Who knows, maybe there is?