Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files

Episode 2.19 : Glowing Gargoyle/phantom Feline

  • Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files
    • Episode Premiere : May 29, 2012
    • Distributor : Syfy
    • Genre : Reality, Documentary, Mystery
    • Seasons : 2
    • Show Period : 2010 - 2012
    • Production Company: Base Productions, Universal Networks Int.
    • Official Site : http://www.syfy.com/factorfaked/

Cast and Crew

  • Main Cast
    • Ben Hansen,
    • Jael de Pardo,
    • Bill Murphy,
    • Larry Caughlan Jr.,
    • Austin Porter,
    • Chi-Lan Lieu,
    • Devin Marble

The Story

Ben, Jael, and Devin are heading to England, and since the case they're investigating involves a cryptid, they decide to bring in the expertise of Josh Gates from Destination Truth. After speaking to the videographer of a video of a small creature perched atop, then jumping off of, a playground structure, the team decides to capitalize on the fact that a Renaissance fair was taking place nearby on the night in question.


While Devin dresses in an ensemble of chain mail and helmet, Josh sets up a crash pad behind the playground structure to cushion Devin's upcoming fall from it. Jael and Ben set up the camera to capture the mimicry of the creature in the original: A look to the camera, then a bounce and leap off the structure. Devin strikes a good likeness, but the posture and the reflectivity of the eyes don't match.


The creature in the original video seems to be on all fours, so the team suspects that an escapee from a nearby zoo could've fooled the videographer. An animal handler brings in a lemur, who's almost the right size, and they lure the critter to jump off of the top of the structure. The speed of the drop from the original is off, however, so they know they have to try something else.


Using a puppet that's roughly as large as the creature in the original, along with two pulley systems- one to pull the puppet up, one to yank it down quickly, Ben and his associates make a step-by-step recreation of what they saw in the original. The image isn't as defined, however, and the eyes, which are clear and distinct in the original, look like one eye in the recreation.


Since elements of all of the tests were spot-on, but the total was off, the foursome decide to do a night investigation. Although some strange moments pass, there's no real evidence to suggest anything out of the ordinary. The team concludes that the video is most likely computer generated. Case closed.


Lanisha, Austin, and Bill head to Lexington, Kentucky to investigate a video shot by a paranormal investigator in one of the most haunted locations in the state. Just after he and his team set up their investigation, an image of what looks like a ghost cat was caught by a camcorder.


The most obvious explanation - that the image on camera was just a cat - must be tested, so the team brings in a local feline to race across the room in question. The shape is definitely there, but the figure in the original was transparent, and no legs were visible. Noticing the shining lights of passing cars, the team wonders if headlights hit the windowpane at the right angle, and looked like a cat scurrying across the floor.


Bill and Lanisha set up the cameras and work the walkie talkies while Austin drives a car at the right speed and location to possibly mimic the original. But as the relevant floor is two stories up, it's too high to really be hit by Austin's headlights. The idea of light gives Bill an idea, however, and he notes to his teammates that the same effect could be caused by a flashlight.


The videographer told them that, after setting up their cameras, his team went to powwow on the balcony. It is likely that they all had flashlights and that the beam of one swept through the room. Bill and his team mark the path that they think such a beam would have traveled, and find the exact explanation they were looking for. Case closed.






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