Since the Haunted Collector TV show debuted on Syfy, people have asked us about a few critics’ hints and claims.
They wonder if John Zaffis — Syfy’s Haunted Collector — and his team are taking things that don’t belong to them.
The cases on the TV show are real. You’re seeing genuinely troubled people whose paranormal problems have driven them to desperation. Treating their homes as if they’re “just haunted” hasn’t worked.
Something far more terrifying is going on. That’s when they call John Zaffis and his team. With over 30 years’ experience in demonology and paranormal research, John has dealt with some scary situations.
We may be fans, but we’ve also seen John at work. When John offers to take the apparently haunted object out of the home or business, the owners are relieved. They want that object to go away.
John Zaffis never takes things without permission. In most cases, the owners insist that John take whatever-it-is. They want him to dispose of it, or put it somewhere safe, far away from where it’s been causing problems.
John Zaffis’ emphasis is on bringing peace to people, not taking anything from them.
The critics don’t know what they’re talking about.
In more than 90% of the cases, the haunted or cursed objects have no significant monetary value, if any. (These days, most “haunted objects” don’t even get bids at eBay.)
If you have any doubt about the value of what John removes from haunted sites, seriously, take another look at John’s museum tours at YouTube.
I have no idea why spirits get attached to some of those objects. If I were a ghost, I’d want to be associated with something actually nice. Or lovely. Or valuable, like the Hope Diamond.
Get attached to creepy clown dolls, or tikis that were a dime a dozen in the 1960s…? Not likely!
(Don’t get me started about the haunted velvet paintings. They were scary enough without taking on paranormal energy.)
The reality is, nobody knows why entities choose to haunt these unlikely objects.
If John Zaffis just wanted to get valuable stuff, free, he might do a lot better by picking paintings out of the trash.
Also, someone asked about the handgun from the first episode of Haunted Collector.
John Zaffis did take the gun away from the Wilder House at Lake Charles, at the owner’s request.
What you didn’t see is this: John returned the gun about a week and a half later. That was even filmed for the show, but — maybe to fit the show into an hour, with commercials — it was edited out.
If you’ve seen John Zaffis’ museum in real life, you know it’s a mix of interesting pieces and stuff you wouldn’t want to own, even if it wasn’t haunted or cursed.
Nothing in that museum is worth more than a couple of hundred dollars. Many of those eerie dolls, creepy clowns, and shabby tiki figures wouldn’t get $3 at a yard sale.
What makes them interesting is that they are (or were) haunted or cursed objects, or ritual items.
The critics who say John Zaffis is taking objects or even stealing them are just critics. Their job is to find fault.
If the worst someone can say about John Zaffis is that he’s convincing people to give him broken puppets that would otherwise go into the trash, I think John’s doing a pretty good job.