John Zaffis, the “Haunted Collector” gets approval for a new museum in New York. It’s another spoke in the wheel of the rolling cash cow of paranormal tourism.
Paranormal researcher John Zaffis’ site plan for his Paranormal Artifact Museum has received approval from the Planning Board.
Paranormal researcher and host of Syfy show “Haunted Collector” met with the Planning Board on Monday night to go over the site plan of his proposed museum in the old McBride Funeral Home.
The Liberty Street museum would house some of the haunted artifacts he has removed from various locations throughout his more than 40 years of paranormal investigating. He added he also plans to host lectures, ghost hunts and weddings.
John is a self-proclaimed demonologist and the nephew of infamous American paranormalists Ed and Lorraine Warren. John had a TV show on Syfy channel for 3 seasons called The Haunted Collector where his group went into supposedly haunted locations and removed trigger objects. The worst criticism of the show, besides that it has a baseless idea, was that valuable objects such as antiques and artifacts were removed by John under the premise they were dangerously haunted. Now HE has them. How convenient. John is a nice guy and has made a good living, it seems, at this unconventional career, but the paranormal thinking here is irrational and very silly. It would be easy to test such objects but truth and testing is not the goal – belief in a paranormal world is the goal. There will surely be plenty of visiting fans to this coming establishment to view the mishmash collection of stuff with manufactured supernatural value. It will make for a popular Halloween destination for the unskeptical.