Haunted Collector: Bringing Peace or Taking Property?

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.

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26 thoughts on “Haunted Collector: Bringing Peace or Taking Property?

  1. Petina

    I had a problem with the fact that they didn’t seem to regroup & re-investigate the houses again ………. what if the object they took out was not the cause of the problems ?

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    1. admin

      Good comment, Petina. I don’t know any responsible investigators — including John Zaffis and his team — who don’t check back to be sure everything is okay. That’s not shown on most TV shows, due to time limitations, but it’s routine in practice.

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  2. Karen

    I can assure you he has checked a second time to make sure he had the right piece that was causing the problem, John Zaffis has been investigating for years, I have the honor of speaking with him and this man knows what he’s doing when it comes to doing investigations.

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  3. Derrick Whiteskycloud

    John Zaffis is one of the best paranormal investigators you will ever come across. Would you want or have a cursed doll in your house? And would you want John to come take it away? Before you judge folks…look at the facts. They do re-investigate the scene after the shows to see if there is any more activity. If there is further re-occuring activity then John would return to see what else it could be. They don’t investigate & walk away & pretend it never happened. I’ve seen John’s work…he is well known & very respected in his field…GOOD FOR YOU JOHN ZAFFIS.

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  4. George Mercado

    John Zaffis, is by far one of the most professional investigators that has ever entered this field. He not only has decades under his belt as America’s top Demonologist, but he was trained well by his aunt & uncle the Warrens. John Zaffis is polite, positive and an inspiration to all investigators worldwide. Do not confuse him with other TV investigators who do not have the experience and expertise he has. Just because someone is on TV investigating the paranormal does NOT make them an expert in the field, There are people in this field for decades who are far more experienced that most TV show investigators.

    I am proud to not only call John Zaffis a friend, but to clearly state that he is the an amazing soul with a huge heart who has worked forever in this field and now deserve this role more than anyone else.

    You Go John, Shine like you were meant to.
    Sincerely George Mercado.
    Team Phenomenon / Paranormal Bad Boys
    Positive Tsunami Foundation.

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  5. lynn grice

    Nobody ever tries to find the good in people. I think he did a wonderful job. But it would be nice to know if it has worked or some kind of update. I have had a spirit following me since I was young. But ever since we moved into this particular house things have changed. I know my spirit is still with me but since living here it feel like my son can’t get along with my husband, my older son or myself. It’s like he’s a different person. He was always popular and now has hardly any friends. The only place he goes is next door because he can’t stand to be here. He’s 30 years old now and of course we have put up with a lot with him growing up. We’ve been here for 21 years. He’s doing things we never figured he would do and he is nothing like the boy I raised. Some days he’s so sweet and caring and then boom he treats us like dirt. Loud, obnoxious,and down right cold. We don’t know what to do.

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    1. admin

      Lynn, in case John doesn’t see this, I’ve forwarded your information to him. I think the first step with your son — if you haven’t already taken it — is to get involved in counseling (from a doctor as well as your priest or minister) to see if the problems may have a simple explanation and an easy solution.

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  6. DEneen

    Lighten up people.John is awesome at what he does. Don’t go and ruin a great show cause its been a long time since there has been one. The can only show so much in a certain amount of time. Stop looking for things to complain about sand enjoy. I have followed Johns work for years and I can assure youhe knows more of what to do then you critics out there. He doesn’t need peoples junk. So stop being jelious and find something real to whine about.

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    1. admin

      DEneen, I assume you’re addressing the critics in general, not the people who’ve posted comments. (So far, one person asked nicely if John’s team does a follow-up, and the responses have been positive.)

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    1. admin

      Who says it isn’t? Many of us live in haunted houses, and it’s so normal to us, we don’t even talk about it.

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    2. Richard Valdes

      Wut, John used to have these objects in his home but it got to the point that he couldn’t sacrifice yet another room to keep them in. So he moved all of the Haunted artifacts to the Barn. He also has all of these object blessed before being put into the barn to avoid any repercussions once they are there.

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  7. Richard Valdes

    I have known John now for well over 3 years and have been honored to have been asked by John himself to represent his team PRSNE here in the state of Florida if there were ever a case presented to PRSNE here, my team would investigate it for John. In all the time I have known John Zaffis I have only known him to be nothing but down to earth, honest and a very caring man. His concern is and always will be to help out the Client above all else! He’s not in this for the fame and fortune cause quite frankly the paranormal is not how you go about getting those things. Trust me when I tell you John is possibly one of the very few trust worthy individuals that you will find in this field (Present Company Included) lol. I commend him and the rest of his crew for the great job they are doing in helping people understand that sometimes Objects can bring haunted phenomenon to a home.
    Rich Valdes

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  8. Steven LaChance

    John as been doing this work for over thirty years. The number of people he has helped during that time is unmeasurable. I was one of those people and I am telling you if you were in trouble he in the person you would want to be helping you.

    I think it is amazing that finally John has found a place on television to showcase his talents and share some of what he does with the public. It is way over due and should have been done a long time ago. He should have been one of the first.

    The amount and type of care John takes with each of his cases is something that is truly unique. His heart is huge and he understands the emotional conflicts and the turmoil that goes on within each one of his cases. This is something that you cannot say of just anyone. His concern is real and so is his desire to get to the bottom of what is causing the problem in each one of his cases.

    I don’t know what I would have done personally had I not found John in the darker days of my haunting. I owe a lot to him. I know I am just one of many that feel this way.

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    1. P. O'D

      hey Mr. LaChance
      I read your book and was very interested in the haunting you and your family suffered through…have you ever found more info on the current status of the old man that owns that old house?

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  9. Robin

    I love the show – I had no idea he was connected to the Warrens – loved them – read all of their books. Thanks for answering some of the same basic questions I have had about the objects and show. We also live in a house that is occupied by spirits – mostly nice spirits from the house’s past. We had some bad ones at one point that came in somehow thru an opened door. Anyway – great show – keep up the good work.

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  10. Michele Nardone

    For those that know John personally, which is alot of people, know what John’s job is within the paranormal, which is helping people, usually on the demonic side, but regardless helping people, not only in the US, but across the globe. He has “collected” objects from his investigations that seemed to may have been the cause for the hauntings, at the owners request, in hopes that their “haunting” would stop. John is probably (in my opinion) the top man within the paranormal community, with his years of experiences and extending his arms across the globe with sincere interest in helping people. We all love John, we all know when a “ghost” show comes to the screen, people will always say something negative. I think we should just ignore it and it will go away. But atleast we know people are watching 😉 Best of luck to John and the team! We love them as friends, mentors and as a family.

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  11. acacia

    i kind of have a few questions relating to the objects john collects but they problably dont matter though. ok so you know how spirits attach themselves to certian objects &those cause things to happen? well if the object moves(like if that object was given to someone & they move to a diffferent state or country & take the object with them)will the spirit move along like with the object to the different place (because my brother says it will stay in the place it died but i dont i think the spirit is tied to the object not the place so i think it will move along with the object wherever it goes & still cause things to happen wherever it is at.) so will it? if it does & can does it cause activity in johns museum.?

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    1. admin

      Hi Acacia,

      I can’t speak for John or the team, but here’s my opinion:

      The study of physics shows us that people exchange molecules with the objects around them. The more contact, the greater the exchange. There’s some speculation that the more the intense the emotions, the more energy surrounds the person… and therefore the greater the exchange of molecules.

      So, there’s a scientific foundation to the concept (if not the reality) of objects retaining something of the people who once owned, used, or were impacted by those objects.

      Personally, I think the entity lingers where it wants to be, or where it feels trapped, or where it thinks it’s still alive (and waiting for something to happen).

      I believe that many (if not most) haunted objects are actually residual hauntings, where there’s no actual entity but the lingering molecules from the person (and maybe related to an event) are intense enough to affect people around those haunted objects.

      Regarding John’s museum, I think you’ll need to ask him about the activity there. John’s website is JohnZaffis.com

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  12. Jay

    Everybody is giving this show fantastic reviews, but I was not as impressed. It seemed quite scripted. For time’s sake, I’ll only mention two instances that caught my attention. The first was in the home that used to be a sanatorium. They “all of a sudden” noticed the crawl space in the basement, and then while the investigator was questioning him being in the crawl space discovers a broken poison bottle and that is the artifact they remove and show is over. That seemed fake to me. The biggest instance that turned me away from this show is their ghost box. If you are actually getting communication from the other side, and they are answering whatever you are asking them….you don’t just shut that off!! Why wouldn’t you continue to ask more in-depth questions and seek out more detailed answers. I am not trying to be a Debbie-downer, but I thought the people in this show were acting, and the acting wasn’t up to par. I think I’ll stick with Ghost Hunters.

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    1. admin

      Jay, I understand your concerns and, from a viewer’s standpoint, I think they’re fair.

      I’m about to address the time issues, and include exactly what John has said about what you see on TV shows. The short version of my response is: These shows have to portray — in 30-minute segments — something that may have taken days or weeks to film. You’re often seeing re-enactments of the most important moments in that investigation. How well they’re re-enacted varies with how well the investigator can repeat what he (or she) thinks was said at the time the actual event occurred, during those days or weeks of research.

      Maybe the camera just happened to be there when Brian Cano found the bottle. Maybe that was a re-enactment. (He has a lot of experience on both sides of a camera, so I think he’s better at re-enactments than some are.)

      Ditto the ghost box coverage. Having been with John when he’s worked with a ghost box, I can say with confidence: I’ve never seen him just walk away from a box that’s communicating. John cares about people — living or on the other side — and unless someone’s being a jerk (or something urgent requires John’s attention, elsewhere), John never walks away until the person has finished saying what they need to.

      If anything, it’s the other extreme. I’ve been with John during a ghost box session where I was ready to leave the room. After a few minutes of thinking, “Aw, c’mon, John… this isn’t saying anything new,” I just walked away and left him (not alone) so I could check out things that interested me more.

      There are things that really annoy me about TV shows, and the way it’s all condensed (with sometimes stilted re-enactments) is probably the number one reason why I talk back to my TV screen as I’m watching ghost shows.

      That’s not under John’s control. He does the investigation. The crew film it. Far away from John’s Connecticut home, probably in California, people edit the footage to make what they think will be a compelling show. John doesn’t see the finished show until the rest of us do, on TV on Wednesday nights.

      I’m still seeing improvements in the show, each week. I hope the viewers will have enough patience and/or loyalty to keep viewing. What’s disappointing on the TV show isn’t under John’s control, and I hope the production team will allow him more input in the near future. Our best chance for that will be sustained or increasing ratings, so this show goes on to additional seasons.

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  13. Jo

    I love the show and hope it stays on the air.Why is it all the good shows get canceled? This show is much better than Ghost Hunters.

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    1. admin

      I think many of us feel the same. It’s a paranormal show with far more potential than most, and it’s a show we could respect.

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  14. Jane

    When I watched it after a while, it did cross my mind that they do indeed just want to keep things that are not there’s. However, John Zaffis puts the objects into his museum and shows that camera. So, if the people wanted the object back, they have no problem getting it back as they have evidence of where it is and who took it. John does say at the end of his episode that they can come to collect their objects if they so wish. I do think that it would be brilliant if they went back to the investigations and see how the clients are getting on. This program shows that the clients have no problem in retrieving their objects if they want them returned. You have to admit that it would cause so much conflict if John did not say where he put they objects and doesn’t state if the clients can have them back. John Zaffis takes his time to go to these clients and solve their problems. He is absolutely fascinated in the paranormal and then uses his knowledge to help people. John did not have to turn what he does into a show to entertain the public, but he did. I don’t think that John Zaffis should be painted as a thief. Some ghosts can be aggressive and posses people, John risks himself to help these. He gets scratched and what have you, but doesn’t run away. He is a professional and knows what he is doing. I fully do not believe that John Zaffis just takes things away and doesn’t give them back.

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  15. christina

    there is no proof… [remainder of comment removed by webmaster]

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    Message from the webmaster:

    This is a fan website. It says so at the top of every page.

    According to the Oxford Universal Dictionary, since 1889, the word “fan” can be used as an abbreviation of the word “fanatic,” and it means “an enthusiast.”

    If you’re not enthusiastic about the Haunted Collector TV show, I’m sure there are plenty of other sites and forums that will welcome your complaints.

    Or, here’s a rule for a happier life, in case your mother never taught you this: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

    There are plenty of snarky websites that consider groundless criticism fair, if not actually nice.

    This isn’t one of them.

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