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Zak Bagans Shows Us What’s Worse than Having a Demon Possession

My research into Zak Bagans’ controversial demon possession originally began with the video below. But now, I’m beginning to think he has an even bigger problem – if that’s even possible.

Ghost Adventures’ Zak Bagans Gives ET A Tour Of His Haunted Museum

It all started with Zak introducing the “Devil’s Rockingchair” to ET interviewer, Kevin Frazier during a tour of his haunted museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. And right away, I can tell Zak knows his shit about his paranormal artifacts. He’s a great storyteller. But he also seems very good at pushing his agenda, with the whole “now, you gotta touch it” and “mocking the chair” bit. It’s bullying, at its core, but also good for television, I guess.

Fortunate for Zak Bagans, I follow purpose, not people; otherwise, his story would’ve never made it onto this blog. Because if he treats a friendly interviewer like this, I can only imagine how he’d treat me.

When Did Zak Bagans’ Personality Change?

As the leader of the Ghost Adventures Crew (GAC), Zak Bagans and his film crew have visited many controversial places over the years. But in 2009, after visiting Poveglia Island, Italy some of Zak’s closest friends and fans started questioning whether he’s even the same person.

I recently talk with one of Zak’s close friends, who chose to remain anonymous, but also wanted to shed some light on Zak’s sudden darker side.

“ [I’ve known] him [Zak] personally for the past, God, like 13/14 years…It wasn’t until they went to Poveglia Italy when he changed. Literally his eyes changed and turned this almost black color…he used to be so kind and caring.”

Zak Bagans’ ANONYMOUS friend
and former member of Ghost adventures crew (gac)

“It’s Better to Be Kind Than it is to Be Right”

Around 10:24 in the video, when Kevin mentions that he feels his “back tightening up”, Zak responds with excitement. Pure, unadulterated excitement. He wants to be right so bad that he actually hopes Kevin’s pain is related to the cursed chair.

Then, later on, Zak admits to having an addiction to paranormal artifacts, and to appreciating any “curse” that may come with owning them, so he can know the truth.

Is this heartless behavior indicative of a demon possession, sadistic tendencies, or just someone with an addictive personality?

I still don’t know, but I decided to ask Zak’s close friend. I asked if he/she thought Zak’s change in personality was the result of his increased fame and fortune. Or, perhaps even drugs? He/she didn’t respond to the first part of the question, but did have something else to add.

“I don’t think it’s drugs or steroids to be honest. He is too much of a health, wellness and fitness fanatic…

“Actually, I think a lot changed at that time. They had a General Manager quit. He had a very public breakup.

Maybe work stress? I believe he’s just work overloaded and whatever dark stuff he got wrapped up in is taking him over. “

What Did Zak Bagans Get Himself Into?

In 2017, Zak Bagans published a book he co-wrote called Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew. The book is an interesting read for anyone looking for answers about their own paranormal experiences.

“In Dark World, regardless of whether you believe in the afterlife or not, Zak does his best to find and share answers to the phenomena that people encounter. He wants you to experience a haunting through his eyes: to feel what it’s like to be scared, freaked out, pushed, cold, sluggish, whispered-at and touched by an ethereal being or attacked by a demonic spirit.”

Zak Bagans | Amazon Author | Dark World

Then, in 2018, Zak filmed a documentary of himself living in a “Demon House”, which he later tore down. But not before he saved some of the paranormal artifacts for his award-winning haunted museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.

But if any readers know about the spiritual concept of Feng Shui, or Law of Attraction, they will understand why Zak’s addiction to saving paranormal artifacts is a very bad decision.

Click this link to view all of Zak Bagans’ books on Amazon!

Final Thoughts:

Yes, I think Zak Bagans is possessed. But not by demons; rather, his addiction to fame, power, and fortune. And this type of behavior is enough to change a “kind and caring” person into a money-hungry demon, of sorts.

Also, I don’t think Zak truly understands the potentially negative implications paranormal research could have on his life, health, or mental stability. Or, if he does, he doesn’t care. Because that’s also how having an addiction works.

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Ghost Adventures, Demon House, and Zak Bagans’ Demon Possession

Ghost Adventures, hosted by Zak Bagans, first premiered on the Travel Channel in October 2008. But I’ll admit, researching for this post is my absolute first encounter with him or his show. So, this entire post should offer readers an unbiased opinion, as well as some spiritual insight into the longstanding rumor about Zak’s controversial demonic possession.

Ghost Adventures Zak Bagan’s Possession at Poveglia Island, Italy

What is an Evil Spirit?

When paranormal investigators like the Ghost Adventures Crew (GAC) visit places like Poveglia Island, they already know what to expect. And it doesn’t matter if a place is actually haunted, or not. Because just knowing about a place’s infamous history; paranormal, or otherwise, is often enough to trigger high levels of stress and anxiety. I’m not saying that’s what Zak experienced in Poveglia, or if it was just an act, but both seem more likely than a demon possession.

But something readers might find interesting is that after Zak filmed his Poveglia Island visit in 2009, he went on to write several books, and even bought a haunted house in Gary, Indiana. He filmed a documentary of himself living in the “Demon House” over the course of three years, then he tore it down, but kept some of the artifacts for his haunted museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Then, during an interview with CW’s reporter, Jeff Maher, Zak goes on to explain why he put a disclaimer at the beginning of the documentary. Not as a marketing ploy, but rather as a warning.

“Whenever I spoke about these forces, things would happen to me, around me, and to other people.”

Zak Bagans | Ghost Adventures | Demon House

Is Anything about Ghost Adventures True?

Recently, I asked one of Zak’s close friends if he/she would agree to write a guest piece about their Ghost Adventures together. He/she declined, but agreed to an informal interview without any credit or attributions.

Here’s why…

“I attribute my investigations with them as to why I’m so sick now. Fully believe it. I even blame [it for] all the stuff that happened in our house. SEVERAL pets dying. My Dad dying. Then my Momma.”

“Something happened with Zak after Poveglia, and I think that energy rubbed off on others, myself included.”

Zak’s ANONYMOUS friend
and former member of ghost adventures crew (gac)

As with anything paranormal or supernatural, the truth about demon possession remains highly subjective. Because there are just as many factors that go into a person believing in ghosts, evil spirits, and demons as there are personal stories.

However, there is some medical and spiritual science truth about absorbing and reacting to potentially negative energies. Even if it is just psychologically, or by experiencing psychosomatic pain.

For anyone who doesn’t know, psychosomatic pain is a medical phenomenon that causes a person’s body to physically react to psychological triggers, such as stress and anxiety. Psychosomatic disorder happens when a person’s body mimics a perceived pain, and sometimes without reason.

Could this be what Zak experienced while visiting Poveglia Island, and then again in the “Demon House”? Since he already believed the island and house were cursed?

“Believe Nothing You Hear, Half of What You See, and Everything You Feel”

Thousands, if not millions of people study and follow topics like supernaturalism and paranormal activity. Because humans have an incessant need to know; regardless of the danger involved.

Here’s a quote from Zak Bagans’ Amazon author profile:

“I never believed in ghosts until I had an encounter in my apartment in Michigan that compelled me to find answers about the afterlife. “

Zak Bagans | Ghost Adventures Crew

This is how it happens for most people. One strange experience, and the person suddenly wants to know everything they can about the paranormal world. And what better place to start than with a well-known paranormal investigator like Zak Bagans?

Click this link to pre-order Zak Bagans’ most recent book:

Ghost-Hunting for Dummies

What if it’s not real? O.K., but what if it is?

Now, I have my own disclaimer.

The purpose of this post is not to convince anyone of anything. That’s not my job. My job is to provide information, and then let my readers make their own decisions about what to believe, or not. No one else’s opinion matters here.

“After Poveglia, when he [Zak] got possessed, it became dark, all about demons, and money…It’s all about evil and opening doors to it…I’m over it. I will always miss my friend, but he’s lost his way and his path is too dark to keep supporting.”

ZAK’S ANONYMOUS FRIEND
AND FORMER MEMBER OF GHOST ADVENTURES CREW (GAC)

But I want to caution readers with a reminder that Ghost Adventures is just a television show. And when it comes to television, very few things happen by coincidence. From finding the perfect location to scripting the actors themselves; everything is planned.

Is Zak Bagans possessed by a demon? I guess no one really knows. But one thing for sure is that his history of paranormal investigations has opened a whole new realm of possibilities. And that alone, is worth exploring.

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Badflower: Ok, I'm Sick Album and Ghost Song Review

Badflower: The True Story Behind Ghost and Suicide

In February 2019, the alternative rock band, Badflower, introduced their debut album, Ok, I’m Sick. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, the four-piece band surprised the music world with their first collection of songs. There are 13 songs listed on the debut album, with a total listening time of just less than an hour. And with songs that discuss controversial topics like drugs, anxiety, rape, and suicide, Badflower fans are certain keep coming back for more new stuff.

Click this link to check out Badflower’s entire album, or just download your favorite songs from Amazon.

Badflower: The Story Behind Ghost is Based on a True Story

One of my favorite Badflower songs is Ghost. Its music video only appeared on YouTube about a year ago, but the song already has over 14 millions views.

According to several interviews, Badflower’s lead singer and guitarist, Josh Katz admits that he was in a dark place when he wrote the song Ghost. He wrote the song directly after a gig, and after a lifelong struggle with severe anxiety, panic disorder, and depression. Josh also admits that Ghost is a true story about his personal history with drugs and self-harm. And at one of his lowest points in life, he even contemplated taking his own life.

Fortunately, Josh soon realized that writing about his compulsions helps him feel better able to manage his behavioral health issues. And now he feels like he’s in a better place mentally. He wants to live, so that he can continue making and sharing his music.

Finding Your Creative Inspiration

If you’ve had a chance to read LG’s post: Jeremy Zucker: Depression and What the Fuck Are You On? , then maybe you understand why songs like Ghost are important. Especially for those people who suffer from debilitating anxiety and depression.

You are not alone. In fact, thousands, if not millions, of fans and musicians also suffer from mental illness. The only difference is what each person chooses to do cope with the symptoms.

For many musicians like Josh Katz, he had to hit rock bottom to remember how to stand. And how to allow his music to become his saving grace.

Today, Josh openly shares his worries, fears, and feelings of inadequacy through his lyrics without fearing judgment. He knows he’s not alone, and he no longer feels like suicide is his only option. Instead, he tells his story through his music, and he speaks to an audience who understands. He found his purpose in life.

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Jeremy Zucker: Depression, and What the Fuck Are You On?

Jeremy Zucker: Depression and What the Fuck are You On?

In May 2018, recording artist Jeremy Zucker posted a music video to YouTube called, “All the Kids are Depressed”. The video features a story about the signs of depression and contains dialogue from teens and young adults wanting to share their experiences. To date, the video has received over 6.5 million views, over 450K likes, and over 13K comments, including one comment from Jeremy Zucker himself.

“Guys, just want you to know I see all your comments. I love you, stay strong.”

Jeremy Zucker | YouTube | All the Kids are Depressed

You Are Not Alone

When Jeremy Zucker made his request for stories, hundreds of people responded. Only a few stories made it to his video, but the numbers don’t lie.

You are not alone in your fight against depression.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website, and several studies, anyone can experience depression regardless of gender, age, race, or geographic location.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

In fact, the World Health Organization says that:

“One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives.”

World Health Organization

All the Kids are Depressed, and Getting Better at Hiding It

The main purpose of Jeremy Zucker’s video, “All the Kids are Depressed” is to remind people suffering from a mental illness that they are not alone. But since no two people experience depression the same way, there are just as many symptoms of depression as there are stories. So, this is why every story matters, and why every story needs to be shared.

For some people, like Jeremy Zucker, depression means not wanting to get out of bed, let alone participate in life. For others, depression means constantly feeling inadequate, unimportant, and undeserving of happiness. Or, worse yet, not wanting to feel anything.

Substance Abuse and Addiction

Let’s be honest. Sometimes it feels easier to light up a joint or open a bottle of alcohol than it is to sit down with our thoughts. Or, to grab a pen and a piece of paper, and start exploring our feelings. Like most unwanted situations in life, it’s easier to deny a problem exists, rather than to deal with all the issues we’ve kept tucked away for years.

But what many people don’t understand is that drugs and alcohol often intensify hidden symptoms of depression. Then the same people go on a prescription anti-depressant because they “just can’t figure out what’s wrong.”

Also, constantly smothering or drowning our sorrows can eventually lead to addiction, making it even harder to dig ourselves out of a rut.

“The thing that frustrates me the most is that I can’t control how I feel. Even if everything’s perfect, I still find a way to feel like shit.”

Jeremy Zucker | All the Kids are Depressed

Mental Health Stigma

We live in a society that stigmatizes mental health. We train ourselves not to act “crazy”, entertain crazy, and to simply ignore crazy people. Then we write off taboo opinions as “crazy”, like a person’s words mean nothing more than a nuisance. But we can learn a lot from each other, and from listening to ourselves. Because mental health issues are real, especially to the people suffering.

Like many people who suffer from depression, Jeremy often feels like he can’t talk to anyone about his mental health problems. So, he pretends like he’s O.K. by smiling and forcing his laughter. Sound familiar?

But what if there are healthier ways to cope with depression?

Combating Depression with Music

It’s no big secret that art and music connects people. Both forms of creative media allow for better communication and self-expression, which is why so many people choose to tell their stories creatively. And why it’s important for musicians and celebrities to interact with their fans and help support their creative endeavors.

In a Billboard interview, Jeremy credits the band, Blink-182 for inspiring him to pick up a guitar and start writing his first songs in fifth grade. He calls music a release for him, which allows him to express all the emotions that he feels everyday. He says he writes music to feel, and he encourages his fans to listen if they want to be honest with themselves about their own feelings.

Jeremy Zucker, along with many other known and unknown creative talents want you to know that you are not alone. Even though a mental illness like depression can make you feel that way. You just have to connect yourself with the right people, and find the right kind of music that speaks to you. But more importantly, never stop telling your story, or using your creative talents to inspire other people to tell theirs.

Peace and Blessings.

Namaste.

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