This Indiana exorcism story has been the hot topic all week. It’s been everywhere. The people involved claim they didn’t know it would blow up like this. Oh really? Hmm… I think that was exactly the intent. Otherwise why tell the extraordinary story if you didn’t want people to be impressed by it and ask for more. I’m finding this story more and more yuck if that’s even possible.
Over-enthusiastic believe in archaic superstitions, the Hollywood-like storyline, the lack of any evidence except eyewitness accounts (by people who seem overly credulous) and the fact that nothing was amiss before or after the Ammons’ account. This story is FULL of holes and there is no reason to take it at face value.
Zak Bagans, host and executive producer of “Ghost Adventures” on the Travel Channel, offered Wednesday to purchase the home on Carolina Street in Gary, part of a media frenzy that enveloped many of those connected to the case.
Media outlets in more than a dozen countries have clamored for interviews with Latoya Ammons, her family and others mentioned in The Star’s report.
Ms. Ammons and the priest who conducted the “exorcism” have been barraged with interview and media requests. The current tenant has refused.
Gary police Capt. Charles Austin, who investigated Ammons’ claims, said he expected notoriety and figured the situation would be made into a movie.
I bet. And I also bet Zak will find something there. Once again we see little attempt by the media to dig into this and find the real story because that’s not nearly as good as DEMONS. And, once again, a complex story will be presented with a supernatural slant that encourages belief in such ideas and discourages any critical thinking at all. Bagans has not said what he will do with it, saying he likely will investigate it because he’s a researcher and all. (Amateur Paranormal Research and Investigation Groups Doing ‘Sciencey’ Things – CSI.)
If Ammons and her family were suffering from some trauma (real or supernatural), I can’t see how this is publicity is helpful and suspect it can only cause more stress and harm. It doesn’t seem to be helping to get to the bottom of the story.
I’d also bet that this gets us no further credible evidence for demons but does tell us a lot about modern pop culture and personal notoriety.
Tip: Skeptical Inquirer
UPDATE: Here is Zak talking about it on Inside Edition.
If you didn’t laugh out loud at his allegations re: the “Biblical” stuff, the “credible” witnesses, him being a full-time paranormal investigator and all you SURELY LOLed at his concern that “people could DIE!!!” (Why didn’t the subsequent or previous residents have issues if this is a site problem?)
Dear Zak, at least a few skeptics have suggested you take them with you on your investigation on this “portal to hell”* investigation. Are you so confident in your beliefs that you will attempt to convince more critical thinkers of the reality of these claims?
I thought not.
*A reader has provided Doubtful News with information that the portaltohell.com domain was purchased just two months prior to Ammons moving into the house in November 2011, someome using an alias residing approximately 150 miles to the east in Horton, Michigan, registered the domain name portaltohell.com , a phrase which is now prominently associated with this case. The website is currently a parked page at Godaddy.com. The two cities are connected and easily traveled by Interstate I-94. What to make of this? Nothing so far but I would not be surprised if that website was picked up and activated prior to the “investigation” of this case.