"That for me just kind of validated the experience," Bagans said. "Once I heard that, I was really hooked on doing this forever."
Along with Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin, Bagans has hosted "Ghost Adventures" on the Travel Channel since 2008. The TV show has taken them all over the world investigating some of the most notoriously haunted locales. They've used the latest technology to capture what they consider proof of the paranormal both visually and aurally.
"The level of communication (with spirits) I get now is what drives me," Bagans said. "That is what's groundbreaking in this field."
One of his favorite accessories is the SB7 Spirit Box. It sweeps through radio frequencies at a rapid rate to capture any interference. Bagans says it's recorded spirits responding to some of his questions in the course of investigations. One was so compelling it was turned over to Denver police for a murder investigation there.
"I don't care who believes and who doesn't," Bagans said of his work. "I know what we're getting are voices that we can't explain. I don't know whose voices they are, but they aren't of the living. We need to listen to them."
Bagans is offering an unusual way to do that. He collaborated with electronic dance music pioneer Praga Khan (from the Lords of Acid) to create a music album incorporating electronic voice phenomena (EVP) called "NecroFusion." Each of its 11 tracks tells the story of a specific spirit. Khan crafted the music to reflect the mood of each paranormal encounter.
"Poor Pearl," for example, is about 22-year-old Pearl Bryan from Indiana, who was murdered and decapitated in 1896. Her headless body was allegedly found near a slaughterhouse where devil worship was practiced. Today it's the site of Bobby Mackey's Music World near Cincinnati, considered one of the most haunted nightclubs in America.