With it being Halloween week,
The Atlantic Paranormal Society , also known as TAPS, or T.A.P.S., is one of the highest rated Sci-Fi network program this year.
The TAPS crew, consisting of Roto Rooter employee’s investigate alleged haunted establishments. Hotels, private residences, restaurants, buildings, warehouses, schools, churches, woods, hospitals, taverns, jails, even entire towns are investigated by this group of drain cleaners.
TAPS receives calls from concerned owners asking them to investigate their property to verify if it is haunted or not. Sounds pretty innocent so far, so let’s continue shall we.
Jason, lead investigator of TAPS, meets the client and the crew have a walk through the structure, a tour if you will, as the client explains why they think the place is haunted.
At this time, the crew unloads their equipment and sets up. The TAPS crew has a very impressive array of equipment in their possession. (We’re not talking drain busters and pipe wrenches) The crew sets up many camera’s and microphones throughout the property. They also install infrared camera’s, audio booms, thermal imaging devices, EMF’s, or Electro Magnetic Fields, and EVP’s, or Electronic Voice Phenomenon devices. When they are satisfied, they go lights out turning off the power of the structure.
The crew then splits into groups armed with portable camera’s and the above listed equipment and roam the structure attempting to capture an entity on camera. The crew wanders for hours filming every second in hopes of seeing a ghost. Sometimes, they even try to invoke the spirits to reveal themselves by voice, sound, appearing, or by moving an object.
As each crew creeps through the darkness with spirits on their mind, each sound, creek in the floor, is registered as a ghost presence. Sometimes they see things out of the corner of the camera’s eye, or an object moves, and speculate what it might have been.
The third phase of the show is called, the Findings.” This is where after the crew finishes filming and investigating the structure all night, they collect their equipment, pack it up and then analyze all the film and evidence from said equipment.
The crew pours over hours of film in what looks like a mobile home, and attempts to refute the findings. Most can be explained as normal everyday coincidences, (Steam moving through pipes, water in lines, pipes rubbing on walls, light reflecting off mirrors)
This brings the show to the final phase, what TAPS calls, “The Reveal.” This is where the crew present their evidence to their client to either debunk or support the claim of a haunting. So far, there hasn’t been any difinitive evidence of an actual ghost haunting, but plenty of conjecture and speculation which merely adds to the mystique to the clients residence.
And this is where the conspiracy begins. The Grassy Knoll Institute asks the simple and obvious questions.
If the Grassy Knoll Institute were the owner of an establishment that was locally known as a haunted place, say, a haunted hotel, how would we drum up business to get customers to come and stay at our hotel? I know, call TAPS and have them investigate the hotel to verify if it is haunted.
With TAPS investigating the hotel, it will get national exposure, in essence, an hour’s worth of advertising as the show is broadcast on the Sci-Fi network. It would be a literal fortune to buy that amount of air time on a national network.
Secondly, droves of people who religiously watch TAPS book reservations at the haunted hotels and restaurants featured on the show. These fanatics want to experience a paranormal event and following TAPS clients is their best bet to achieve their quest.
Everyone wins with this scenario. TAPS has become one of the most popular shows on the Sci-Fi network and the crew are raking in the money, and the clients investigated are reaping the benefits of the show as thousands of people are filling up their hotels and restaurants.
I have to hand it to the Roto Rooter plumbers, taking a hobby they did in the evening and turning it into a multi-million dollar hit television series. Do you think they still work at Roto Rooter?
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