The Travel Channel's popular television show Ghost Adventures has become a viewer favorite. Since 2008 the show's three investigators, Nick Groff, Zak Bagans, and Aaron Goodwin have thrilled and entertained audiences with their high adrenaline lockdown investigations at some of the most haunted locations across the country. With season five starting in late September 2011, Nick Groff joined LoveToKnow Paranormal for this exclusive interview.
LoveToKnow (LTK): When you started with the Ghost Adventures documentary all those years ago, did you ever think you'd wind up with five seasons of television under your belt?
Nick Groff (NG): Season five! It's crazy. Time flies! In the beginning I thought we were just a couple of dudes going out to see if we could capture the unexplainable. If anything came of that, it would be awesome! I didn't realize it would turn out to be such a phenomenon. Now here we are years later and still visiting amazing locations and gathering incredible evidence. It's been a roller coaster ride.
LTK: What inspired you to investigate the paranormal?
NG: It was a fascination. I've always been interested in the paranormal since I was a child. I attended UNLV and was visiting haunted locations while I was there. It wasn't until I met Zak though, that we decided to capture it on video. I really wanted to try and see it with my own two eyes. I'd known Aaron for quite a while. The three of us teamed up and hit the road, never realizing where it would take us.
LTK: Were you surprised at what you encountered?
NG: Yeah - it caught us totally off guard. We were not really prepared for some of the stuff we captured. The Goldfield Hotel and the Old Washoe Club were amazing. Capturing evidence, going home and reviewing it was surprising. Seeing a full body apparition at the Washoe club blew our minds, but it was what provided the energy for what we do now. We keep striving to find that kind of stuff. We are trying to invent new equipment to get closer to spirits and show even better evidence. Every location we go to is so different than the next. It's amazing.
LTK: How do you keep that excitement alive?
NG: I think we stay excited because we're getting closer to answers. The biggest question on everyone's mind is, "What happens when we die?" I don't care what your background is, everyone wants to know that. It's on our minds too. I always think maybe I will have a personal experience and it will be the one that answers that question. It is like when I was at Linda Vista Hospital in Los Angeles. I turned around and saw a ghost two feet in front of my face. That was a personal experience I will never forget. I walked away pumped up. Stuff like that keeps me pushing to try and capture more.
LTK: Which encounters have made the biggest impression on you?
NG: Linda Vista Hospital is definitely one of them. It's in my top five. Others include Moon River Brewery, New Jersey Mental Hospital and the Old Washoe Club. That location gets to me every time. When you not only hear the spirits but they know you by name, it's crazy.
LTK: How does it feel when you hear a spirit call you by name?
NG: All of my emotions drop. It's like free falling. When I hear someone call my name it is mind blowing. I never thought in my life a spirit could intelligently know me by name. It's not just my first name. The spirits at the Washoe are saying, "Nick Groff." I can't wrap my head around it. How can a spirit say that and I hear it in the living world on this piece of equipment? I have a real connection with the Old Washoe Club. It creeps me out every time I go there.
LTK: Do you still get scared?
NG: Yes. It takes a lot to scare me. Over the years I've gotten used to it, but things still scare me. I'm the first guy to go off by myself though. It's scary when you sit by yourself in pitch darkness and you know the history. You have to stay mentally strong, but boom - something happens. It startles you. It doesn't matter how tough you are.
LTK: Season five starts September 23, 2011. Talk about it.
NG: We have some great locations in Nevada and California. We've been all over from east to west. Right now we're in Fall River, Massachusetts and from here we go to New York City. One location in particular has had a personal effect on all three of us and is tied into two other locations. You'll see some very interesting experiments tied in with very personal locations that have had weird effects on all three of us. You know us. We're always trying to figure the next craziest thing to do to catch evidence. We're still having weird things happen, and I can't wait for everyone to see it.
LTK: Is there a piece of equipment you feel has been your most effective?
NG: Sometimes it is the simplest things. You can get very technical, but I still love the digital recorder for EVPs. A cheap digital recorder is awesome to me. You can communicate closely to the other side. You use your body and emotions to communicate, and then transform it to a device where they can talk back to you. It's still my favorite piece of equipment.
LTK: In season five, do you revisit any previous locations?
NG: All are new, but two are tied into previous locations in this experiment we do during our lockdown in California. It's very interesting.
Season five of Ghost Adventures premieres on the Travel Channel on Friday, September 23, 2011. The crew will visit many haunted locations including Mizpah Hotel in Tenopah, NV and the Ashmore Estates in Ashmore, IL. Check your local listings for times. If you'd like to learn more about Nick, you can follow him on Twitter or Facebook. Nick tries to reply to all his fans.