The Damned Story: If you're not familiar with Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures," the basic premise is this -- three guys (l-r, Nick Groff, Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin) go around the country to investigate allegedly haunted locations. They research the sites and interview witnesses before locking themselves in for the night, during which they aggressively search for and try to contact ghosts.
At the end of summer 2009, the team visited Bridgeport's notorious Remington Arms, the former munitions factory -- now abandoned -- which was the scene of multiple unfortunate deaths. In addition to various lethal industrial accidents (workers falling into kettles of molten metal, ammunition inadvertently going off, etc.), there was a large explosion in 1942 that claimed the lives of seven workers. As such, many now claim the site is haunted: Shadowy figures have allegedly been seen at various spots on the property; others say they've heard disembodied voices and unexplained noises.
The good people at Travel Channel were nice enough to send Damned Connecticut an advance screener of this episode of "Ghost Adventures" where Zak and the boys spend the night locked down in Remington Arms.
The episode airs for the first time on Nov. 20 at 9 p.m., and obviously will be repeatedly repeated.
The description of the episode from Travel Channel:
The Remington Arms munitions factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut has been abandoned since 1986, but a dark history looms over the buildings. In a place that once was the largest supplier of munitions on Earth, mysterious explosions, electrocutions, and bodies turned to liquid in melting pots, have left the specter of death all around its confines. This investigation into the dank and decrepit Remington Arms Munitions features eyewitness accounts of fires, spirits, shadow people, and even sabotage.
Sounds like fun!
Our Damned Experience: We watched the entire episode and can report that it lives up to standard "Ghost Adventures" fare. Not surprisingly, it follows the simple formula that the show has established:
- Provide a general overview of the site
- Interview various witnesses
- Scout the site during the daylight
- Lock in the three-man crew after dark with the cameras rolling
- Let the ghost adventures begin!
As you might expect, while talking about the history of the site, there are multiple shots of the dilapidated buildings that at one time comprised the bustling Remington Arms complex, illustrating just how far into decay it has fallen. In daylight under ideal summer conditions, it's shown as the dangerous place any old munitions factory might be, with all sorts of broken windows, rotting floors and staircases, collapsing walls and abandoned machinery. In short, it's not a place fit for four-legged vermin, let alone any place a rational human would want to visit, even if they were up on all their tetanus shots.
Oh, and as anyone who has dared go to the area of Bridgeport could tell you, the crew needs a police sweep of the site for their safety against the other types of vermin that occasionally prowl the vicinity.
They interview a few people associated with the site -- the property manager and a former employee -- as well as Mr. East Coast Paranormal Police himself, James Myers and our old friend (and first Damned Connecticut interviewee) Donald Carter, the author of Connecticut's Seaside Ghosts.
The crew also takes time to trek up the road to Stratford to interview renowned ghost hunter John Zaffis, who is kind enough to show them the paranormal museum he has in his basement. Creepy, cool stuff!
Zak, Nick and Aaron find out that in addition to the dark history of Remington Arms itself, there is a cemetery across the street where a woman was alleged to have been buried alive. Extra bonus creepy!
Time comes for the investigation to begin, and the crew is locked down for the night. And in typical "Ghost Adventures" style, that's when the real fun begins. Zak brashly challenges entities to bring it on, while Aaron and Nick take turns freaking out accordingly. With the green night-vision cameras running, they investigate the site from top to bottom throughout the night, as well as analyze some interesting footage from their stationary cameras.
Not to give too much away, but the crew sees and records a few seemingly unusual events and apparently experience a few odd moments, all of which will do nothing to dispel the reputation of Remington Arms as one of the most haunted places in Connecticut.
In short, if you like these kind of shows -- and if you're reading this, chances are that you do -- and appreciate the local connection, then you should enjoy this episode of "Ghost Adventures."