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Video: Could This Be Real Paranormal Activity?

Submitted by on September 13, 2013 – 6:09 AM60 Comments | 67,287 views

photo link sized for Dung's benefit.

photo link sized for Dung’s benefit.


By now GT regulars know about Mulder’s World and all the great stuff over there. I have been tracking one video in particular and discovered that it was actually posted last year for a short time. Now, on it’s repost the jackpot has been hit as it’s going viral crazy.

Now, I have no idea if this is a set up, or CGI, or actually legitimate, but I can tell you that it’s super creepy. Watch and listen closely as “staff security” in a Wingate Hotel checks on a room where reported screams are coming from.

Here’s the info as allegedly gleaned from the hotel manager:

This video was submitted to us by the hotel security manager who was standing watch on September 14, 2003 at a WINGATE HOTEL in Illinois. His voice can be heard in the background of the recording.

According to him, people staying at the hotel began calling in noise complaints to the front desk with reports of loud screaming coming from the 2nd floor–particularly room #209. There is no known history to the room according to our investigation. However, upon further review, we found that over the years, multiple complaints of “strange noises” were reported to be coming from the room. This is the only known recording of it.

Note: Pay close attention as John walks into the room.

No matter what you believe, that was fareeky! Of course there are plenty of reasons to be skeptical and it seems the submitter takes offense to those who doubt the veracity of the incident.

Note to comments:
It’s funny how people think this video is edited/fake. The audio is a mix down between the security camera audio and a separate recording from inside the office (which is specifically there to record in case of robbery to the hotel). People will always come to there own conclusions why a video is fake (like cameras pointed at the door). What they don’t realized is that there are about 80 cameras in the hallways around the hotel, all pointing at doors and hallways.

Not to go along with the skeptics on this, but Xavier and I have discussed this tactic in the past. Specifically over the past 3 years there has been a spike in the number of reports involving haunted hotels, ghosts in bars and spectre’s in restaurants. Quite often, after a quick search or two, we could find that many of these suddenly haunted service outlets had fallen on hard times and of course having financial trouble.

On this video, my first tip off was obvious with the blatant use of all caps when naming the establishment. Notice there is nothing else in caps accept that name. Then I thought, hey, I’ll do a search for Wingate Hotels and see what I can come up with.

Results of my very first search had the following as number 2 on the search engine list:

complete FAIL for a business traveler – Review of Wingate by …

www.tripadvisor.com/…Wingate_by_Wyndham_Tupelo-Tupelo… Cached
(180 Reviews) – 186 Stone Creek Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38804
Wingate by Wyndham Tupelo: complete FAIL for a business traveler – See 180 traveler reviews, 30 candid photos, and great deals for Tupelo, MS, at TripAdvisor.

As I ventured further into the reviews, I found this on Wingate Hotels in Illinois from tripadvisor:

“Paper thin walls!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 17 August 2013

This hotel sucks, it has paper thin walls and I got 2 noise complaints AND the neighbor banging on the wall, and all I was doing was talking softly with my girlfriend. The actual hotel is fine, good area too, but the paper thin walls are a deal breaker. Do NOT stay here! Id never stay here again!

“The hotels staff was not friendly. Upon entering the…”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 23 July 2013

The hotels staff was not friendly. Upon entering the receptionist was answering phone calls while I was in the middle of asking questions about checking in. The floor we stayed on smelled so musty and of cigarette smoke. Our room was not very clean with water marks on tables and dirty walls. The shower was also broken and had a rod sticking out of the drain. When we woke up for breakfast all of the food was gone on the line. The lady working was very busy but managed to get us what we wanted from thre back. At checkout we had to wait for awhile for someone to actually come to the front desk. Overall not a good experience and will not be staying again.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends

To be fair, there was an overall positive rating on every link I opened. However, in my opinion, there were entirely too many complaints for a mid to upper range hotel such as Wingate. As they don’t name which Illinois Wingate it is, I couldn’t find specific references to any of the locations having financial trouble, although a dip in business is enough to prompt a stunt like this to take advantage of the recent resurgence in the paranormal. Of course I am by no means saying Wingate would resort to such shady dealings.

Now, I could stop there, but, I won’t. Why, because there are too many red flags. For one, why does John need a flashlight? Not to mention ignoring orders to wait for police. What if some whackjob murdered John? Then he’d not only be dead, but he’d lose his security gig. Getting back to the light situation, not once does he turn on the room lights even upon allegedly hearing or seeing the shower running. Then, upon exiting the room, he leaves the door wide open! Hello! John, what kind of security is that?

I could go on, but the biggest flag of all came to light after doing a little extra detective work. Apparently youtuber Jimmynut22 used to tag many of his uploads as “film and animation”, but has since altered that habit. Hmm, is Jimmy fibbing to us? Maybe John is actually Jimmy or one of his pals utilizing a night job in hotel security to make a ghost video.

The entity in the hallway was a nice touch though and based on the response, Jimmy got plenty of exposure and I’m sure he’s counting his youtube revenue right now. Hey, more power to him!

Sometimes it turns out that you don’t really care if a video is real or not as long as you’re entertained. This one seems to fit that category.

Thanks to Mulder’s World, Tripadvisor and Jimmynut22 for providing content for this article.

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  • Holly Redmond

    I thought it kinda looked like Peoria. But yeah…bummer deal. >_<

  • Jm

    This has got so many red flags!!!!!…….if the hotel turns off electric to unused rooms then they can turn it back on when a complaint is registered. Also, the fact that john enters when he is told to wait for the police is a huge red flag. Where are the other guests on the floor who reported the screaming???? And low and behold….a security camera is located perfectly outside the room in question…………

  • Sara

    I disagree, actually.

    I recently stayed at a Hilton and a friend of mine, down the hall, was drunk and causing a ruckus. There were several noise complaints of screaming and things being thrown/broken. Only one “security guard” (I think it was a hotel manager, actually) came to the door to investigate, saying that the police would have to be called.

    There was a man and a woman registered to that room, so yeah, it could have been domestic violence there too. Not all hotels send up a freaking SWAT team for that kind of thing. Even a Hilton.

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  • Silent Knight

    Being in the security industry myself I would have to say using a flashlight instead of the normal lights is common trick of the trade. Electrical lights helps you see better, but it also aids the perp. Using a flashlight you can still see everything you need to and it has the added advantage of being shone in the perp’s eyes temporarily blinding and dazing him. Newer tactical flashlights comes out with settings where it can be set to rapidly flash, further enhancing the effect. I want this video to be true as I have had encounters proving ghosts to be real, but will not let it cloud my better judgement so will not comment on how real or not the video is, with given evidence. Big up to John, if it is real. Would take some balls to go into that room without backup but under the circumstances I don’t know many people in the trade that wouldn’t do the same.

  • Matt Thompson

    This may sound like a silly comparison, however, have you ever heard of Two and a Half Men? Shot since 2003 in 1080i with a 16:9 aspect ratio. I’m not saying you were stupidly wrong to assume, but the reasoning behind your argument’s wrong. These are facts.

  • Julia Wilson

    I personally don’t agree with a lot of these “red flags” it is a general security tactic to use a flashlight to give them the upper hand. You can use the light to stun them, as well as you can see and they can’t. Second, a lot of people are questioning why John went in the room. There is logic as to why he would, if it were some kind of emergency that required aid then he could have helped the victim or whatever. The camera is outside the hotel room, yes, but cameras are generally placed in those areas for security purpose. People also mention the fact that there is no follow up reports from the police or whatever. It says the video was put up briefly then taken down. My guess is, if this is real, they wanted to keep it on the DL so the establishment didn’t give permission for photos to be released to the public and maybe even destryed or filed them away. The video may have “leaked” or was put up for more publicity. I personally believe in ghosts, I also am not sure that thise video is real, either way, it’s a creepy/cool video

  • BD

    Thanks for your comments, they are the best argument for a fake that I’ve seen here.

  • Becky Johnson

    iwish i could go in that motel i belive in ghost or sprits nice viedo beckyjohnson

  • Jacob Rubnitz

    It’s not necessarily a red flag if john thought someone was dying and wanted to save them before it was too late…any who, I think the video is a fake.

  • M.N.T

    I believe it is real!i am not easily taken in by supposed “ghost” videos,but this seemed all to real,besides that everything the security guy did wasn’t suspicious at all,going Into a dark room with a flashlight,if someone was in there attacking/ killing a woman this security guy has got the jump because all he has to do is shine it in the attackers eyes and blind him temporally even if it a stupid thing to do.as for why the screaming can e Howard by others but not the security guys voice?. I used to work somewhere where we had to use walkie talkies and they sounded just like that all the time, especially on video, but really loud noise came over very clear,I worked at a museum were every doorway was watched by camera and security carried walkie talkies and their voices was always static like but kids running by screaming came thru loud and clear!. No this was real…and as for why didn’t anyone come out of their rooms for? Would you if you heard blood curdling screams like that plus the sound of a room being torn up? Hell no! And no one would know when security would have arrived…ghosts are real believe me I’ve seen a lot of them! And I am no crack pot.but some believ in ghosts,others do not and that’s that .

  • Jess L Smith

    Show me the police report and i’ll believe it

  • Felicia Cochran

    Because the guy talking to John was on the phone with the Front Desk lady while he was only on the walkie with John. The camera wasn’t hearing anything. The sounds of the conversation were primarily centered from the guy sitting in the security vid room.

  • Felicia Cochran

    Can’t be Tinley park. The pool is wrong. The pool in the vid is curved and rounded. The picture of the pool at Tinley Park is a straight rectangle.