A decade ago I took part in a paranormal experiment, the likes that had never been seen before, spending over 90 days at a single location where we would investigate claims of haunted activity. We did this for two seasons of GHOST MINE That’s nearly 200 days investigating, exploring, discovering, uncovering, and becoming a part of an active location.
If you’ve lived in a house with activity you know there is a special connection you gain with the spirits over time. It’s a connection like no other. An understanding. A respect. It’s a relationship; but just as it is with love, rarely is there ever “Haunt at First Sight.” I argue a connection to a place or the spirits within can not be obtained in just a night or two (the typical length of time for a paranormal investigation). You need to put in the time and energy, just like in a romantic relationship, where you open yourself up to new experiences and work to earn the trust of the one(s) you are trying to reach.
Ever since GHOST MINE’s end I have been hoping to see more teams braving the Extended Stay Investigation Experiment, but that’s not so easy to do when there are bills that need to be paid and responsibilities that need adulting. It’s even tough for a television show to pull it off, but finally someone has taken on the challenge with the new global hit Netflix original series, 28 DAYS HAUNTED. Three teams, each investigating one of three haunted location for 28 days straight. The title of course comes from the theory from the Warrens, but most investigators can’t fathom the impact on a person’s emotional and physical being during that amount of time alongside powerful and sometimes negative energies.
I commend the team members for their commitment to the task and their professionalism during the investigations. We, the audience are shown just a sliver of what they endured, and I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I wish we could have seen more of the daily interactions and activity, which I’m sure happened on a regular basis. But having done this type of show myself, I understand that only so much can be shown in six episodes. During discussions at conventions I describe GHOST MINE as a highlight reel. There were countless EVPs, shadows on camera, anomalies on film and unexplainable lights and sounds the audience never got to see. I’m sure the same can be said about the activity witnessed by the teams on 28 DAYS HAUNTED. The good news is the show was a global hit, which usually means another season. If so, I hope Netflix gives us more! Twelve or maybe eighteen episodes. Give us enough time to watch the relationships between investigator and spirits grow, and be there when trust becomes an unbreakable connection, which leads to amazing communication and maybe even a face-to-face for us all to see.
My biggest take away from my extended stay at a single location was the bond I created with spirits in the mine and at locations all over town. They are connections I still feel in my heart, and relationships I hope to reconnect with one day in the future. I’m sure the teams who took part in the 28 DAYS HAUNTED experiment made similar connections and they get the opportunity to do more in the coming years,
You can watch all six episodes of 28 DAYS HAUNTED on NETFLIX. The show is produced by MAK Pictures and features Jereme Leonard, Shane Pittman, Amy Parks, Brandy Miller, Sean Austin, Nick Simons, Aaron Thompson, Ray Causey; and is hosted by Aaron Sagers.
Patrick H.T. Doyle
Being out in the middle of nowhere for an extended amount of time gives me time to think. My mind wanders, jumping from thoughts about current theories in the paranormal to new ideas in the hopes of discovering the truth about what we're encountering. These are some of those ideas.