So I finally got around to watching the SyFy show Paranormal Witness. Let me tell you, I’ve seen worse.
The first and only episode that I’ve seen is titled “Man in the attic”. It’s on the infamous Jackie Hernandez case, a case that I’ve been familiar with for years now.
What I didn’t appreciate was the simplicity of how everything was made out to be. SyFy presented this as a typical ghost story, the kind you see in any other program show whether it be by VH1 or Animal Planet. What SyFy missed was the meat and potatoes of the entire Hernandez case. The juicy stuff, stuff that would satisfy GhostTheory readers.
The Hernandez case in a lot of aspects resembles the Doris Bither case (The Entity), yet the producers and writers chose to ignore this and decided to write it as your average ghost story. A story in which a mother is attacked in her own home, by something unseen that lurks in its dark recesses. The attic.
There was no mention of the second attack on Jeff Wheatcraft when Jackie Hernandez fled her home and moved somewhere out in the middle of California’s high desert. There also was no mention that the strange liquid ooze that came from the cupboards was collected and sent to the lab for an analyzes. Or that some of that phenomena that was tormenting Jackie followed the investigators home. –by the way, the lab results concluded that the mysterious ooze was human blood plasma with high levels of Iron–
The Hernandez case had credible witnesses and incredible claims. All together they suggested that the phenomena wasn’t concentrated inside the house, rather it was concentrated on Jackie herself. In what could be an extraordinary case of Recurrent Spontaneous Psycho Kinesis, Paranormal Witness chose to paint it as an uncomplicated ghost story (If there could be such a thing).
That in a sense is the breakdown of all paranormal television shows in the U.S. The blatant disinformation and hype that is created when these television shows choose to forfeit the truth for ratings.
For what it’s worth, Paranormal Witness is a fun show to watch if you take it at face value. And with spoonfuls of salt.