My name is Zak Bagans. I never believed in ghosts until I came face to face with one...
So far, the investigators believe to have experienced and filmed three apparent possessions. Bagans believes that he was possessed twice: first at the Preston School of Industry and second at Poveglia.
Groff, who admitted that he had never believed in possessions, now claims that he was possessed once at the Moon River Brewing Company. The permanent members of the cast and crew are Zak Bagans, Nick Groff, and Aaron Goodwin.
All three of them studied film and say that something evil followed them home after investigating Bobby Mackey's Music World.
Zachary Alexander "Zak" Bagans (born on April 5th, 1977, in Washington, D.C.) is the lead investigator and host of the series. Formerly working as a wedding DJ, he is also an executive producer and editor of the show.
Bagans is the founder of the Ghost Adventures Crew (GAC), a worldwide community of paranormal investigators. Its membership consists of about 500 paranormal organizations. He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Being a former skeptic himself, Bagans says that his passion for investigating the paranormal resulted from a face-to-face encounter with the spirit of a suicidal woman who haunted his old apartment building in Trenton, Michigan in 2002.
Afterward, his life-changing experience caused him to actively pursue capturing video evidence of the afterlife. In the introduction of each episode, Bagans states:
“My name is Zak Bagans. I never believed in ghosts until I came face to face with one. So I set out on a quest to capture what I once saw onto video....With no big camera crews following us around, I am joined only by my fellow investigator Nick Groff and our equipment tech Aaron Goodwin. The three of us will travel to some of the most highly active paranormal locations, where we will spend an entire night, being locked down from dusk until dawn....Raw...Extreme...These are our Ghost Adventures.”
Using a self-described religious, scientific, and emotional approach, Bagans is known and criticized for his aggressive and confrontational methods used during investigations; however, he maintains that he respects the afterlife and only provokes evil entities in order to elicit responses.
Zak Bagans Does A Video Shout Out
In a June 2009 interview with the Paranormal Underground magazine, he stated, "I don't want the public perceiving us as the taunting, provocative ghost hunters. We do that only to the bad spirits who we know are attacking the living."
Bagans also mentions this concept in various interviews and episodes throughout the series.
In season 3, Bagans summarized his greatest fears while climbing an aged staircase inside a shot tower at the Remington Arms factory: "Heights, snakes, and crazy-looking dolls...Those are on Zak’s top three I-don’t-like list."
Zak encountered situations involving these fears in the episodes at Sloss Furnaces, Idaho State Penitentiary, and the Riddle House, respectively.
In a 2010 special, Bagans said his "scariest moments" (at his top three creepiest places he listed in a 2009 interview) include feeling a "burning" sensation on his back while being scratched by a demonic entity in the basement at Bobby Mackey's Music World, being partially possessed by a spirit at the Preston School of Industry, and being overwhelmed by "some dark energy" while on Poveglia Island.
Nick Groff (born on April 19th, 1980, in San Jose, California) is a co-investigator and cameraman on the series. He is also an executive producer and editor of the show.
Groff is also the co-founder of the GAC. He and his wife currently reside in Las Vegas, Nevada. Groff's family moved to Nashua, New Hampshire when he was 1. He spent the early years of his childhood in Nashua before his family moved to Salem, New Hampshire, and then later to Pelham.
Groff's fascination and curiosity of the paranormal began since childhood, during which he had experienced phenomena that he could not explain. When he was 8, he saw a figure on an old cul-de-sac on Lancaster Road in Salem, New Hampshire. After graduating from Pelham High School, Groff studied film at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Following college, Groff became a ghost hunter.
After Groff met and befriended Bagans during Groff's wedding in Las Vegas, the two partnered with mutual interests to investigate the paranormal. One of Groff's most life-changing experiences was being apparently possessed by an entity at the Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia.
Another such experience, which startled him, was an alleged face-to-face encounter with a female spirit at the Linda Vista Community Hospital in Los Angeles, California.
Aaron Goodwin (born on April 1st, 1976, in Oregon) is an equipment technician, camera operator, and a co-investigator on the series.
In need of a cameraman for their documentary, Bagans and Groff first met and hired Goodwin in Las Vegas to assist them with primary filming and B-roll taping. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Before joining Bagans and Groff, Goodwin had worked as a camera operator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and several behind-the-scenes film premieres in Las Vegas.
Before his experiences at Virginia City, Nevada, he "never really thought twice about ghosts." Goodwin looks perpetually terrified on the show and now considers himself "a 100 percent – no, a 1,000 percent – believer."
Often left alone on "hotspots" within the locations under investigation, Goodwin has been portrayed as "bait" to attract supposed ghostly spirits. At Preston Castle, the crew claimed that marks similar to those on Bagan's back appeared on Goodwin's left leg as he felt them. In the episode "Return to Bobby Mackey's" of season 4 episode 3, Bagans asked Goodwin if he believes that their first investigation of the nightclub in the first season affected his personal life.
Goodwin answered that he was "80 percent" sure that the effects of the investigation ended his marriage. He said that he and his ex-wife had nightmares that were related to Bobby Mackey's Music World and spoke of how these nightmares affected their relationship. Aaron also had indicated that his former wife would report to him, that she was being attacked by something evil, while Aaron was on the road.
According to that series of statements, Aaron indicated that while his ex-wife and he remain best friends, they did end their marriage in an effort to remove her from being affected - 80% cause.