I’ve seen Ghost Hunters once or twice and honestly, it doesn’t really do anything for me. It’s not that I don’t believe in ghosts, because I do. I’ve had too many freaky things happen that couldn’t be explained any other way.
So anyway, I watched the latest episode of Ghost Hunters the other night because they were investigating the Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island. Having just been there last spring on the Field Trip of Doom with Corwin’s class, I decided to tune in.
Okay, first off, I think if you’re a professional ghost hunter trying to make contact with the other side, you should probably stay away from lying to ghosts. Telling a spirit that committed suicide over his girlfriend that his girlfriend is there and wants to talk to him is a super shitty thing to do.
Telling a little girl ghost that you have candy for her if she’ll come out and talk to you is also super shitty. Who does that?
However, I’m even more appalled by a back lack of history and simple research. In fact, I had what’s known in our family as “The Caitlin History Rage.” This happens on a fairly regular basis when tv, movies or books eschew historical accuracy for the sake of a storyline. I won’t even tell you what it was like around here when the DaVinci Code was at the height of its popularity. Suffice to say, it was ugly.
So, back to the Ghost Hunters, show. Apparently guests at the resort reported seeing a figure in long black robes. People had supposed that maybe he was a judge. At the end of the show when they were doing their post game wrap up with the guy that runs the resort, they said that they think it’s unlikely that the ghost was a judge. They supposed that since the Mission Point Resort was also a college at one time, that the perhaps the black robed figure they saw was a professor.
Seriously? A professor? According to their “research” the college was open in the late 1960s. Guess what friend, college professors in the United States didn’t wear robes in the late 60s. Tweed jackets with suede elbow patches? You bet. Long black robes? Not a chance.
But you know who did wear long black robes? Jesuit priests. You know…the ones who founded missionaries all over Michigan–especially in the U.P. In fact, the Iraquois dubbed them “Black Robes.”
I bet if the Ghost Hunter actually had done research, they would have discovered that. Seriously…I’m not taking major research – this is Wikipedia level stuff, people. And the name Mission Point Resort? Gee, I bet that area was founded by missionaries and the name stuck. In fact, very near to Mission Point Resort is a statue of Father Marquette. Now, I’m not implying that the ghost of Father Marquette is wandering around the resort, but he wasn’t the only black robed missionary on the island. The Jesuit priests continued to live among the native populace for years after Marquette’s death in the 1670s.
I’m not even saying this should be common knowledge, but for fuck’s sake, people. If you say you’ve done research – actually do it.