Here we are at the final chapter of our in-depth interview with “Ghost Adventures” star Nick Groff. Thus far we’ve covered the crew’s beginnings as well as Nick’s greatest fears. Now it’s time to check out his view on skeptics, what’s next, and your questions.
“It doesn’t bother me whatsoever,” says Groff of the myriad people trying to discredit or debunk what they do. “Everybody has their own mind to make up. At the end of the day I’m not here to be the one to try and convince everyone. You have to go out there and have your own personal experience. The key is to go out and experience it for yourself and try it with an open mind. You can’t be one-sided in this world. There are too many unexplainable things out there that have been happening for centuries and centuries. From people talking about their own experiences to the evidence that we’ve captured and what not. No one will believe until it happens to them.”
“We’ve had skeptics on our show, like the detective at the Villisca Axe Murder House in Iowa (Season 4, Episode 13). He told us flat out, ‘I don’t believe in any of this stuff. I go off of what facts tell me, like documents, or a piece of paper.’ So we asked him, ‘All right that’s cool. You want to come on a lockdown with us?’ He said, ‘Sure’, and I responded ‘Okay, We’ll give you the digital recorder. You can see the file; we’ll erase everything off of it. You can check it out, can open it up, you can put your own batteries in it. I don’t really care. You can hold it. Hold it completely still, make sure you don’t say anything in between asking questions. Boom. Let’s go.’ We brought him in and at first we weren’t getting anything. Then we asked a question and got an answer on the recorder which we played back on the spot. We brought him back to our makeshift base and we showed him the recorder plug into a laptop, capturing it, and then playing it back off the laptop so he could see the whole process. Then he sat there and listened as we had this voice come through clear as day saying, ‘I killed six kids.’ His face just kind of dropped because he was trying to wrap his head around it. ‘Wait, how can that be possible?’ he asked. No one said anything. ‘How can there be a voice there?’ We were like ‘Welcome to our world.’ That was awesome. We love that type of stuff.”
From there we decided to get to some fan questions.
If you had it to do all over again, would you still investigate Bobby Mackey’s?
“Everything that we have done is done. I don’t dwell on the past. It’s kind of one of those things I would do it again, but I don’t think I would do it again in the future. I’m not making it a point to go back there. I don’t want to go back there.”
What scares you the most?
“Besides not being able to get out of a morgue I was locked in for over an hour? I think what scares me is that dark energy; one day being in a location and not being able to come back to terms with my own self. Something just over taking my mindset, my soul per se. Having a negative an effect on me where I just lose track of my own self and time. I never want that to happen. That’s what scares me.”
What do you do if a negative energy attaches itself to you?
“That’s an interesting question because a lot of people have their own beliefs. If it gets really bad, someone may find themselves seeking an exorcism. My belief is that in order to really come to terms and rid yourself of evil – if that’s in fact what we’re discussing – it’s more or less like you’re trying to rid yourself of it with your own inner-self. That is one great way to do it. You really have to find your own way to get rid of that evil, or else it can have an effect. When I have stuff follow me or when I’m suffering from a negative effect, I fight it with my own self and I control my own mental ability. I’m a strong individual spiritually, it’s hard for me sometimes, but I’m able to fight it in that scenario. Just ignore whatever follows you home and eventually it will drift away. It’ll just raise off your body and that’s it, it goes away. That’s me, though; it doesn’t work for everyone. That’s just the way I deal with it.”
What does your family think about what you do?
“It’s funny because my wife, Veronica, and I have been fascinated by the paranormal for a long time. We actually went up to Virginia City, Nevada, together prior to ‘Ghost Adventures’ on a college trip just for the hell of it. We went up there and that’s how I kind of knew about Virginia City prior t,o doing the documentary. I had no clue I would ever go back there again. She digs it. She thinks it’s interesting. She definitely believes in the paranormal and doesn’t like the effects it has on me sometimes. We were talking about Bobby Mackey’s a lot. She thinks I’ve changed a little after spending time there. When I come back, I have that kind of depressed feeling, that lingering negative effect. A week goes by and boom! You’re back to yourself, but it takes a little bit.”
What do you think about one of the most popular tales of a haunted house, the Amityville Horror?
“We’ve researched it. It’s an interesting story from the standpoint of the guy who unfortunately killed his family, and it is really weird that no one heard the shotgun blasts. I’ve researched it pretty heavily. It’s been owned by a couple of recent owners, and they aren’t allowing anyone to go in there. That’s what I think until I can actually get in there and experience it myself. It’s hard to say, you know?”
Will there be any upcoming international investigations?
“We are planning out some England shoots, which are gonna be off the hook. So cool. We’re really looking forward to going to England and going a little bit back in time for the history, which is always fun. You can only go back so far in the United States so it’s fun to jump across the sea and drift back to some crazier places with some pretty demented history. That’s coming up at the end of March; we’re planning it all out right now.”
What’s the most fun you’ve ever had during a lockdown?
“I don’t know about fun. I think my type of fun is a little bit dark to people. It’s climbing into a morgue locker and getting that rush, that adrenaline pumping, and going, ‘Wow that was an experience!’ I think to me that’s fun. I think fun is experiencing the paranormal. Like hearing voices on playback of the digital recorders or capturing some evidence stuff like that to me is fun.”
After ending the fan questions on a fun note, we asked Groff what he has been working on independent of “Ghost Adventures”.
“I’m doing so many things it’s crazy to try to keep track of anything anymore. I’ve been working on a music album called ‘The Other Side’ which just got launched February 5th (order below). Really, really excited about that. I did that because I have a huge passion for music. I think that’s another great avenue and tool to express yourself and voice some stuff out there. It’s a lyrical expression of my life … a conceptual album. I actually took the album in reverse where you’re actually in a different realm, like you’ve already died, your energy has transformed and moved on to whatever that next place is. I go backwards through all these different song titles from ‘Enter My Realm’ to ‘What’s Next’ to ‘Energy’ to ‘Black Death’ and ‘Possession’. These songs are like chapters detailing things I’ve experienced in my life. I’ve been dabbling in music since I was about 13 or 14 years old with my good friend Danny Bedrosian, who is one of the head keyboardists for George Clinton and P-Funk. It is an amazing band, and he travels all over the world with them. We have some really cool people on a lot of the tracks who came together and helped put the album together. I’m really happy and proud about it; it’s doing exceptionally well, selling all over the world. It’s actually doing really good, better than I thought. It’s catching on like a wildfire. You can get it on Amazon.com, iTunes, cdBaby. You can also go to my official The Other Side Facebook page and “like it” so you can keep up-to-date on all the stuff we’re doing. We’re talking about doing some concerts coming up here in the future. I’m just excited, ya know? It’s another avenue and I think it’s awesome. I’m just pumped up. Love all the people who represent me and support me. It’s another great way to give back. Music is a huge passion of mine right now. I’m working on a second album coming up, even bigger and better.”
Groff continues, “Another thing I’m doing is getting into the clothing industry. I would have never pictured me having my own clothing line, but I do. I do things because I want to do them. I’m not doing them to make millions of dollars or all this stuff you see other ‘brandable’ people doing. I’m making pieces of clothes because they have had an impact on my life in some way. It’s the best way for me to give back to the people that represent me and they can have a part of my experience.”
“A lot of people are connecting with my album right now. I get so much positive feedback from people who are in the hospital, people who just had a tragic death, a family member died, or somebody who’s going through night terrors. I just want to be a motivational person at the end of the day. Be a movement leader rather than that typical ‘Hey, I’m your guy.’ or ‘I’m your leader; follow me.’ I want to be one of those people who were put on this Earth and did justice in some way. Helped motivate somebody in their life when they were down or depressed. We’ve all been there, ya know? It’s a tough life we live. I think that’s the best way to keep your head up … be motivated.”
Would Nick’s passions ever drive him from the small screen to the big screen?
“Film has always been something of a passion of mine since I was a kid. I think it always will be. I would love to. I have been writing screenplays for a long time. I actually have a book coming out, too, but it’s more a book based on my life leading up to ‘Ghost Adventures’. That comes out in September. It just got picked up by Penguin Books so I’m really excited about that. I would love to do a film, though. I think there are so many different avenues to go down and express yourself, I think that’s another great avenue to try to conquer.”
There you have it, kids. Time well spent with a man who digs spending time in morgues! Look for a talk with Aaron Goodwin up next!
For more info be sure to visit “Ghost Adventures” on Travel Channel. “Ghost Adventures” Season 6 premiered on March 9th, 2012.
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