On a classic ghost hunting episode of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — spirited paranormal talk Thursdays 9-11pE with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we talk with Tennessee Wraith Chaser, Porter, about his new Destination America series HAUNTED TOWNS. We talk with Porter at 10pE; at 9pE Joel and Eric review the week’s spookiest paranormal news from the America’s Most Haunted Twitter feed.
From infamous hotbeds of paranormal activity like Gettysburg and Salem to small towns with turbulent pasts that have fueled generations of ghost stories, HAUNTED TOWNS explores places home to some of the darker chapters of American history, where war, natural disaster, and injustice have condemned unsettled spirits to lurk and roam. The Tennessee Wraith Chasers (TWC) ghost hunting team is expanding their scope in this all-new series as they travel across the country investigating America’s most haunted towns.
Follow TWC – Chris, Doogie, Porter, and Brannon – as they interview witnesses, investigate hotspots using the latest ghost-hunting technology, and follow new leads until they can pinpoint who is haunting the town and why. But the team isn’t just about collecting evidence – they seek the truth behind the legends that have shaped each town’s paranormal notoriety. The eight-episode first season of HAUNTED TOWNS premiered August 15 and runs Tuesdays at 10/9c on Destination America.
Towns explored in the series include:
Gettysburg, Pa., where more than 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the Civil War’s most epic battle. The town is a hot spot for paranormal activity and the perfect testing ground for an experiment using trigger objects that may have had personal meaning to the spirits and could activate paranormal activity.
Salem, Mass., one of the most legendary haunted towns in America
Savannah, Ga., where hauntings plague the businesses surrounding the former site of the city’s gallows
Vicksburg, Miss., the site of major civil unrest during Reconstruction
Bisbee, Ariz., the old mining town plagued by union strife
Fall River, Mass., home of Lizzie Borden
McDonough, Ga., where the Camp Creek train crash of 1900 left dozens of passengers dead
Cape May, N.J., the epicenter of the Victorian Era’s Spiritualism movement
TENNESSEE WRAITH CHASERS
The Tennessee Wraith Chasers (TWC) are a serious team of paranormal investigators who don’t take themselves too seriously. TWC’s motto is respect, detect, collect, meaning they rely on a unique combination of the scientific method and spiritual faith to navigate investigations. Growing up in a historic, haunted, area of Tennessee has given them with an authentic desire to make sense of the mysterious things they’ve experienced through paranormal research. They take great pride in establishing relationships of trust with witnesses and call on the strengths of each team member to leave no stone unturned. The Wraith Chasers made their television debut as the stars of Destination America’s fan-favorite series GHOST ASYLUM, in which they investigated America’s most frightening asylums, sanitariums, penitentiaries and haunted hotspots.
Porter became fascinated by the paranormal after experiencing something unexplainable during his college years. One morning, he awoke to the smell of breakfast filling his family’s house. He saw who he thought was his mother in a pink robe cooking at the stove. He left the room to clean up before grabbing a plate only to return and find the kitchen empty. Porter then realized that his entire family had left earlier that morning to run errands and his mother didn’t own a pink robe. He now studies other strange occurrences and looks to historical record and the Bible for answers. Porter brings an analytical mind to the team and quite often plays the devil’s advocate when studying evidence.