When I first saw the teaser for this show, my first thought was: Bad Idea. Really. Bad. Idea. And I was not going to watch a show that provoked in a negative manner, much less purposely attempted to contact the spirits of such horrible criminals.
Role playing. Antagonizing, “They stop at nothing to get answers from the dead” says their opening narrative. They claim that they are going to solve the most enduring crimes of the world – with paranormal evidence.
Provoking and antagonizing the dead can have serious consequences, and I fear that young people who watch this will take what they’ve seen and try to put it into action themselves. Those who go looking for trouble will always find it in some form. But when you are dealing the supernatural forces and spirits, you shouldn’t be foolish enough to think you learn all that you need from a television show.
With youth comes a level of arrogance that can be repelling, but I had to give Killer Contact the benefit of the doubt and see what techniques would be employed.
First case: Jack The Ripper.
The case of Jack The Ripper has remained unsolved since 1888. A test to determine who Jack The Ripper was involved asking questions of a spirit (presumed to be victim Catherine Eddowes) before photos of two suspects. Interesting idea. When they asked the spirit “Is this the man who killed you?” neither photo drew a response from the modified EMF meter. But the question they didn’t ask was: “Can you identify your killer?” Perhaps the victim never saw his face.
Molly, the female on the team, is the role player. The team thought it would be a good idea for her to dress as a prostitute to provoke activity. If I was investigating a case from 1888, I would have had her dress in clothing of that period instead of a 21st century get-up. In spite of this she managed to entice activity.
An EVP session asking Annie Chapman’s spirit who her killer was yielded Aaron Kosminski.
When in contact with the spirit of Aaron Kosminski, they asked if he killed the women (Mary Kelly, Annie Chapman, Catherine Eddowes ) and if he was indeed Jack The Ripper. The EMF meter they were using responded affirmatively with each question.
Does this solve the case? No.
Is it compelling? Absolutely. Any paranormal enthusiast would agree with that.
Compelling as it may be, it still is not proof.
The paranormal is metaphysical. Although the dead and other entities may be able to interact with the living in the physical, they are not physical beings and leave no traces in their path.
I will continue to watch this show with caution. I don’t condone provoking with the harassment and extreme reenactment that has been previewed in their teaser. And if you’re doing this kind of thing for kicks, be careful. You might get exactly what you ask for. Will you know how to handle that?