Zak Bagans Talks Ghost Adventures - Part 2: Entering Hell's Gate - Bobby Mackey's Music World
"The most profound thing happened when I got dragged out of bed by my ankles a couple months ago. Ever since then I've slept downstairs in a little tiny guest bedroom at my house with the door locked. I will never sleep up there again. I know it’s all from Bobby Mackey’s. When we went back there to do the return episode (Season 4, Episode 3), we started revealing shit to each other and we started realizing how weird it was that Bobby Mackey is the only one who’s never been attacked. He’s the one that still doesn’t believe that this is happening. Yet, his own wife, who is now deceased, would never step foot in there. She would never go in there because of getting pushed down the stairs. Carl Lawson, the guy who was possessed there, just passed away. Bobby’s best friend just passed away. I’m not saying that any of these deaths are related to the haunting, but you gotta look at everything that has gone on. It’s a movie. It’s a real life movie. He is like the guy from From Dusk Till Dawn at the Titty Twister that allows people to go into his bar and for these evil things to feed off of. He’s the only bar owner I know of that was ever sued by a patron of his establishment because he was attacked by ghosts. The plaintiff won his case, too."
So would Zak and the crew ever head back to Bobby Mackey's Music World? "I don’t ever want to go back there because I’ve been dealing with a lot of health problems and a lot of bullshit ever since we visited there. They get you in different ways, man. I've been freaked out because of that. It hasn’t been that fun and I’m just done with that place. That's why you’ll see... you’ll notice in the new seasons and stuff I don’t really taunt that much anymore, if I do at all. I’m not going to lie to you; to this very day I am a little freaked out. I learned my lesson."
"There’s some things that you just can't fight," Bagans continues. There’s some things that your little tight t-shirt and muscles can't fight. That’s one of them, and it's forced me now to look at higher powers. Once I saw that holy water helped on my forehead... it changes your perspective a bit. It also helped me when I was in Italy (Season 3, Episode 3: "Poveglia Island"). When I felt that burning, I knew that that was real. I knew that the power of that is real against it. Now I’m not a super religious guy, I don’t go to church every Sunday, I don’t raise my hands up in the air and sing and shit. But when I see that this actually works? You have to believe in it because muscles, guns, weapons, that ain't gonna fight these things. You gotta see what works and I’ve seen what works. I’m still fighting them. I’ve seen my best friend Aaron be victimized so severely to the point where I became beyond concerned. That was incredibly scary. It hit him hard. That wasn’t a fun time, and I knew that something bad was having an effect on us and it stemmed from that place. I hope everything is okay now, but really, I’m done with everything concerning that place. People watch this shit on TV as it is perceived to be entertainment, but this show is about our lives, it’s about our passion. We didn’t audition for this show, we’re not actors. What we do is very emotional, it’s very real, and we're very passionate about it. That’s why we like inviting people in to witness these events. Some people that have jobs that are risky but they love their jobs. Look at folks like Dale Earnhardt... he and others like him face potentially fatal risks every time they do their job, but they still do it. Once I’ve seen what this can do and what this can open up, I’ve kind of accepted that. It’s deep, man; it’s deeper than most people think. You just gotta get out there and witness it for yourself, but I’m not gonna bring people like that back to a place where they are in jeopardy or harm. I have kind of taken responsibility for that event."
"As a human being you don’t want to believe what scientists haven’t told you is true," says Bagans. "You want to reject it. You don’t want to believe in it, your body doesn’t want to believe in it because they haven’t proven it. However, when you do experience it... everything changes. Everything. The way that you look at things, your family, life, moments of just happiness, people you meet, every laugh. It’s not a depressing job, but you just see how precious life is and how short it is, and you just want to make the best of it. Make an impression. That’s why you want to search for the afterlife, because death is a scary thing and it’s very serious. Me doing this has overcome my fear of death because I know something else is after this. Not everybody believes in that, and I don’t give a shit. We love our lives and we love our fans, and that’s the most important thing."
Look for the final part of our interview in the coming days. In it we'll be discussing what's next for Zak and the "Ghost Adventures" crew, and Zak will be answering some fan questions we got from Twitter. Stay tuned.
For more info be sure to visit "Ghost Adventures" on Travel Channel. "Ghost Adventures" Season 6 premieres on March 9th, 2012.
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