If you were a ghost or a demon, would you attach yourself to something like a broken vase destined for the trash?
Or, would you latch onto something like a beloved doll or a valuable antique ring?
Smart spirit haunt objects that people will keep.
When a worthless or ugly object gives the owner “the creeps,” it’s easy to throw it out or donate it to a thrift shop.
When the disturbing object has value — sentimental or financial — even if the owner dislikes it, he usually keeps it around. The object may be stored in the basement, attic, or an unused closet… but it’s kept.
So, we’re not quite sure why some people expect (or want) all haunted collectibles to be junk.
In most cases, after Aunt Francine passed away, that ugly old clock — which made everyone uneasy — would be in the dumpster or in a box destined for the estate sale.
However, as soon as someone says, “Oh, that might be valuable,” the family decides to keep it.
Someday — a day that’s continually postponed — they’ll have it appraised. Or, maybe they’ll ask their son to research it on eBay when he’s at home during spring break.
This is exactly what a spirit, especially one that’s self-absorbed or even malicious, had hoped for: A continuing home among people… perhaps people who will respond to it, if only on an unconscious level.
At the very least, it affirms that the spirit is there.
We’re baffled when someone writes to us, upset that the Haunted Collector team sometimes finds activity (such as unusual EMF) coming from an object that seems valuable.
In the second season of the Haunted Collector, we’re expecting to see that issue addressed.
Here are the facts:
- John Zaffis and his team never remove an object unless the owner insists on it.
- Objects aren’t taken experts for appraisal; the objects are examined to learn the possible history of them, and why they might be (or probably aren’t) haunted. That’s all.
Example: During the fire station episode, Aimee learned that the Model T probably moved because the engine’s vibrations loosened the parking brake.
If John and his team were really in the business of “stealing” people’s valuables, they wouldn’t have debunked the Model T story. (After all, it nicely fit one of the station’s legends.)
Instead, they’d have announced that the vehicle was haunted, and eagerly taken it home.
- At any time a haunted object’s owner wants it back, it’s promptly returned. One example was the gun discovered during the debut of the Haunted Collector’s first season. The owner decided that she wanted it back, and it was returned to her immediately. We heard that scene was filmed, but it didn’t fit the 22 minutes allotted to each story.
In real life, most haunted objects aren’t especially valuable. John’s museum is full of items that wouldn’t sell at a yard sale.
However, those kinds of objects aren’t very interesting for a TV episode. The audience is more eager to learn about haunted objects with an interesting history… or that’s what the show’s producers seem to think.
A haunted, broken card table..? Unless the table belonged to the Fox sisters, most viewers will be clicking their remote faster than you can say “boring!”
Every reality show has to walk that fine line between mundane reality and “entertainment.”
For those of us who’ve been waiting for a show that portrays real ghost hunting, Haunted Collector has been a relief.
However, for viewers who were hoping for a lurid show like Extreme Paranormal… well, we guess they have to criticize something, so they’re harping on the possible value of the haunted objects.
We doubt those viewers would be any happier if the haunted object was a used textbook from the 1980s.
We also doubt that any spirit or demon would think a 1980s textbook was worth attaching to.
If John Zaffis and his team wanted to be thieves, they’d wouldn’t be plying their trade in front of TV cameras.
They also wouldn’t be in crawlspaces and underneath houses, risking close encounters of the Black Widow kind.
Photo credit: Clock photo by Katarzyna Lipińska