Ghost Hunters Get Ghost Busted by M16
The second house featured in this episode was the Gardner mansion in Gardener, Massachusetts. The TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) team, in the second half of this episode, was rushing to the scene of a haunt where the owner was in severe distress with restless spirits.
Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of TAPS introduced this case to the Ghost Hunters audience of being of great urgency. TAPS needed to find an answer to the haunts in the mansion or the current owner would sell the home to get out from all the torment that was being hyped up in this intro. Now if you were paying attention to the intro of the Gardener Mansion, the TAPS team already filmed an episode of Ghost Hunters on site at the mansion several years earlier. If the current owner didn't like haunted residences then why did he buy a home TAPS investigated. In real estate, a haunting is a full disclosure article. This was the first thing that tripped a red flag in my mind as the intro of the Gardner mansion unfolded. Second, a house of this age, and being supposedly haunted, is a cash cow in this paranormal frenzy going on in our country. The owner would be stupid to sell it now. This was red flag number two for me.
Next, TAPS pulls up to the house and meets the owner of the Gardner Mansion, Edwin Gonzalez. Edwin does a pretty good job of convincing the Ghost Hunters audience he has no idea what is happening in the house and tells the viewers he is at wits end with all this paranormal activity. He wants Jason and Grant to help him or else he is selling the mansion.
I was pretty convinced by Edwin's story that I thought I would look up Edwin and see if I could send him some info on house blessing or see if M16 could be of service. I googled using the search string, "gardner mansion massachusetts" and several sites popped up. One site caught my eye immediately, it was the url, The HAUNTED Victorian Mansion.
Okay. Now things were getting fishy. The Gardner Mansion, according to this site hosts docent tours and is making money for being a haunted house. If Edwin, the owner, is truly in distress, then why is he selling the house, after it has been featured on Ghost Hunters and is going to lure a LOT of paranormal investigators and thrill seekers?
My next inkling was to determine who owned the domain name for the hauntedvictorian.com. I used my 1990's kung fu on the keyboard and located the domain registration. Wanna take a guess at who owns the domain name and is booking docent tours to the haunted house? Why Edwin of course!
Here is the whois hauntedvictorian.com results I queried off my computer.
The Registry database contains ONLY .COM, .NET, .EDU domains and
4 West Broadway
Gardner, MA 01440
Domain name: HAUNTEDVICTORIAN.COM
Gonzalez, Edwin email@example.com
4 West Broadway
Gardner, MA 01440
I decided not to contact Edwin. His plight must have sucked in a lot of paranormal investigators who would eagerly pay the fees to come investigate the mansion. M16 doesn't investigate -we clean out! TAPS must have known too that the building hosted paranormal tours. Well it is REALITY TV -where nothing is real. Keep in mind when you watch these shows that most big sites featured are commercial sites featuring attractions for paranormal teams to come out and pay fees. It's kind of like a paranormal golf course -there are no free golf courses and paranormal investigation is catering to a niche in the travel industry. This episode was aptly titled - Buyer Beware.
There is more here on a Boston news station where Edwin and his friend don't appear as anxious for a resolution as they did on Ghost Hunters.
Gardner Mansion on Fox Boston
Another investigation -Ghost BUSTED!