Zak Bagans, the ghost-hunting star of the popular Travel Channel series “Ghost Adventures,” is releasing music later this month that he claims includes the voice of a television actor’s ghost.
According to a press release issued on behalf of Bagans and reposted on several websites, “In 1999, actor David Strickland, best known for his role on the NBC sitcom ‘Suddenly Susan,’ committed suicide in room 20 of the Oasis Motel in Las Vegas. More than a decade later, Zak Bagans, the host and lead investigator for the hit TV series ‘Ghost Adventures,’ spent hours in that very room attempting to establish communication with Strickland’s departed soul. The results of that investigation can be heard on the track ‘Room 20′ from NecroFusion, the upcoming album from Bagans and musical partner, The Lords of Acid’s Praga Khan.”
Bagans went to the room to conduct an EVP (electronic voice phenomeana) session, probably using his SB7 Spirit Box. This is where people attempt to communicate with a spirit and responses are supposedly recorded on devices. Except that’s nonsense.
But Bagans said ‘hello’ to David, and a male voice whom he believed was David, replied ‘Hi, Zak.’ A conversation ensued. Bagans said, “This was one of the most powerful spirit communication sessions I have ever conducted.” Except it’s nonsense.
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But worst of all, Radford notes, Bagans is capitalizing on a tragic death to sell his music. I can’t find where Bagans asked and receive permission from David’s family.
There have been more stories coming out of paranormalists seemingly exploiting events for their own publicity.
More about unethical paranormal publicity:
Brother of murder victim disgusted at publicity seeking paranormal group.
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