A new paranormal show which begins airing on Destination America June 12th at 10pm with six episodes and sounds as good as it looks….for television, Ghost of Shepherdstown follows paranormal investigators as they try to find what’s haunting America’s Most Haunted Town.
Sure the top brass at Discovery are billing it in their PR packet as “Real time, serialized investigations”. I’m guessing they aren’t familiar with the fact real time means it’s live. At least that’s what I think most people think. But ok moving on.
Your Investigators are:
NICK GROFF, America’s Leading Paranormal Investigator
Nick Groff has been fascinated with the paranormal ever since surviving a near-death experience as a child. Now, he chases ghosts full-time with the goal of finding new evidence of the afterlife and discovering a breakthrough in paranormal research. After graduating from the University of Nevada with a B.A. in Film, Groff made his big break when he co-wrote, co-produced, co-directed, co-edited, and co-starred in Ghost Adventures: The Original Documentary, which aired on the SciFi Channel in 2007. The film was a winner at the Los Angeles Film/Video Festival and was nominated for “Best Feature Film” at the Eerie Horror Film Festival. The documentary served as a pilot for the Ghost Adventures television series that debuted in 2008 on Travel Channel. Groff was an Executive Producer, co-host, and investigator on seasons 1-10. Groff is also the author of the book Chasing Spirits: The Building of the Ghost Adventures Crew. Now, Groff is the Executive Producer and Host for the hit series Paranormal Lockdown on Destination America.
ELIZABETH SAINT, Paranormal Sensitive
Elizabeth Saint has demonstrated a sensitivity to the supernatural. The manifestations she first experienced as a child led her to pursue a life dedicated to explaining the unexplainable. Being struck by lightning on two separate occasions sparked Saint’s interest in the natural phenomena of electricity. While completing her B.S in Electrical Engineering, with a concentration in Electrical Systems Technology, she worked as an Engineer Technician for the Department of Defense. During this time she also deepened her understanding as a sensitive by working with Maryland Paranormal Research(R) as a Technician and Senior Investigator. Presently, Saint is exploring her new home state of Colorado and conducting solo investigations at commercial and residential locations along the Front Range. She uses her own engineered designs, under the name Ghostly Gadgets, during these investigations to further her research of the paranormal.
BILL HARTLEY, Paranormal Tech Expert
Bill Hartley’s introduction to the paranormal began during childhood, growing up in a house that was wrought with unusual paranormal activity. As an adult, he became a Civil War re-enactor and founded the Fighting 57th North Carolina, in which he reenacted as his ancestor 1st Sgt. Jonas Hartsell. After witnessing unusual activity at historic locations, Hartley was inspired to pursue paranormal investigation. The unexplainable phenomena Hartley witnessed led him on a journey to discover as much as he could about the paranormal. In 2006, he founded the Greater Maryland Paranormal Society and dedicated himself to helping others living in fear of the mysterious unknown. Hartley believes it is important to have a balanced point of view when it comes to the paranormal investigations. While he does believe locations can be haunted, he remains a skeptic at the same time. Hartley currently works at one of the most haunted locations in Maryland, the Westminster Hall and Burying Grounds that houses some of Maryland’s most historical figures including Edgar Allen Poe.
Along with Chief Michael King.
I have for years wanted to do a full on investigation of Shepherdstown. It’s one of those places that if you hang out you’ll start hearing the stories and it doesn’t take that long. I rolled through while going to school in Virginia and West Virginia really is some beautiful country, everyone should see it (October 7 November are best).
Shepherds town sits within Jefferson County along the Potomac river and was chartered in 1792. There is only 37 square miles and only as of the 2010 census has 1,734 residents. Billed as “The Most Haunted Town in America” and after sitting along the city’s main drag I can tell you there certainly is some sort of malicious spirit hanging around there. It is dark and pissed off.
I do have to say with the town sitting right on the Potomac and sitting on bedrock with cambrian-aged conococheague limestone and dolomite it will pay hell getting rid of this spirit. It is probably being fueled by at least 4-5 residents who have abilities then you get everyone and their uncle coming through town including those who have major abilities AND paranormal investigators who are poking the bear.
There are lots of old places to visit, Cold Spring which was built in 1793, Elmwood-1797, Linden Spring-1793, Morgan’s Grove, Rockland-1897 and Ramsey Hall-Late 18th Century which funny enough Ramsey was the only hold out in the Charter vote.
I firmly believe the spirit there is not someone from the town but something someone conjured there, possibly in some kind of ritual years ago. This show begins with the 911 call of the sighting of a body floating down the Potomac River. The sighing of a headless woman and a piano playing by itself.
As always I caution the viewer to remember this is television and there is a lot of production value here. There are far more people involved in the production behind the scenes then is shown in the show BUT…..having been there, having felt uneasy, nervous and getting what I got as far as feelings/visions while being there it will certainly be interesting to see if any of these things are picked up by these investigators, time will tell.
Episodes featured in GHOSTS OF SHEPHERDSTOWN are:
Welcome to America’s Most Haunted Town – Series Premiere Episode: Sunday, June 12 at 10/9c
Paranormal experts Nick Groff, Elizabeth Saint and Bill Hartley begin their investigation into the flood of paranormal activity in Shepherdstown as they respond to their first case: a mysterious haunting at the local bakery. The terrified night-shift baker reports sightings of a figure in a gray Civil War uniform and strange objects falling past the window outside. With the help of a local historian and a gifted psychic, the team uncovers shocking details of the building’s role in the bloodiest battle in American history.
Do You Know You’re Dead? – Episode Premiere: Sunday, June 19 at 10/9c
A female college student calls 911 after coming face-to-face with what she believes to be a legendary young spirit that’s haunted the campus for decades. Soon, the haunting escalates with a report of the ghost allegedly making violent physical contact with the coed while she was in bed. With things quickly becoming dangerous, the team enlists the aid of a psychic medium and stages an emergency spiritual intervention to discover the secret of what’s agitating the ghost girl and, hopefully, put her spirit to rest.
She Didn’t Have A Face – Episode Premiere: Sunday, June 26 at 10/9c
Nick, Elizabeth and Bill are called to a home where there has been a sighting of a headless woman on the porch. The team soon discovers a wealth of paranormal evidence that leads them to believe there is more than a single entity haunting the house. With the help of a psychic medium and town historian, the team is able to uncover the spirits’ identities but is still working to explain the rise of paranormal activity in Shepherdstown.
Grave Stalker – Episode Premiere: Sunday, July 3 at 10/9c
A Shepherdstown resident calls the police when she hears a gunshot in the center of town, but Chief King investigates and finds no evidence of foul play. When he is unable to find anyone else who remembers hearing the shot, he hands the case over to Nick, Bill and Elizabeth. The resident confides in the team that she has recently also felt a constant sensation of being watched. Soon, the team realizes her stalker might be from beyond the grave and pieces together a shocking tale that reveals a disturbing link between the resident and the grisly murder of a young woman over a century ago.
It’s Behind You – Episode Premiere: Sunday, July 10 at 10/9c
The paranormal investigators are called in to help a woman who saw a corpse floating in the Potomac River and then disappear. Clues provided by a local medium and town historian connect the report to the cold case of two murders decades ago. The team conducts a nocturnal paranormal investigation in the woods by the Potomac and uncovers evidence that indicates satanic rituals or witchcraft is being practiced in Shepherdstown. The team senses a darker entity in the woods, a feeling that’s confirmed when the medium suddenly feels Bill’s life is in peril.
Redemption – Episode Premiere: Sunday, July 17 at 10/9c
Nick, Bill and Elizabeth investigate the mysterious sounds of a crying baby coming from a young couple’s basement. Just as the team realizes that all their cases are located near one area, the paranormal activity in the couple’s home escalates to that of a dangerous poltergeist. While hunting through the basement, the team comes across evidence that convinces them they’re near the source of the negative energy that seems to be pervading Shepherdstown.
***This blogger did not attach the moniker of “America’s Leading Paranormal Investigator” to Nick Groff it was included in the press material coming from Discovery Channel***