This blog isnt about Paranologies but does involve it and someone that was in the spotlight a long time ago. Most of you may not know that I also own a hotel in Jefferson Texas with my wife. We do Paranologies as a hobby that we love as well still but the hotel kind of got dropped in our hands a year ago and we took it over pretty quickly and successfully I might add. Well with that being said we, being lovers of the paranormal, do Paranormal events out of the hotel about 4 to 5 times a year. All of those events have been a success with the exception of the one I am telling you about here. Now don't get me wrong, the event itself was a success, but the inside and after details were a disaster. And I am not proud of how this whole thing unfolded but it needed to be said.
About 6 months prior to this Chad Calek event.... oh wait, do you know who Chad Calek is? Because honestly when I was first approached I had to google him and I remembered some documentary he did a long time ago and thats about it. It wasn't until he came to the hotel that he reminded me he was on the Paranormal State show. So he's that guy. Well he apparently has a small following that go to a lot of his events and we were told that if we hosted this event it would be sold out within the first hour or something along those lines, maybe it was past events were sold out in the first hour, but anyway, however it was presented it sounded like it would be no problem for us to sell out our rooms.
For the hotel events we make our money like this. Basically the group or personality that comes out sells there own tickets and they get all the ticket sales. Then the guests that buy the tickets call and book a room with us. So we make the money by them renting the rooms. Now this event was on October 1st, which in October we sell out fast. Well the event came closer and closer and there was about half the rooms left so we were going to lose a lot of money. We told Chad to step it up on the advertising or we would have to open to the public. He apparently did, but we still did not sell out our rooms. And even though we needed the money we opted to not ruin the investigation by opening up to the public and the investigation went on. There were about 8 rooms left sitting empty when they showed up for the event. An event at which Chad stated he sold about 30 tickets. Even with 30 tickets on the low side, he easily made about $6000.00 according to my math. Heres how this whole thing unfolded-
It was a two day event and there was quite a bit of activity, especially the second night, with some crazy events that happened that ultimately ended up the reason for this blog. I wont bore you with the facts, because I presented Chad with facts and apparently they dont matter. So here is what happened the second night that started all of this. I wasn't feeling too good so I went to lay down for a while and woke up about 1:15 am to go down stairs and get a drink. Well I come back upstairs and go out to our balcony and I see this lady fall face first on the ground at another hotel right as I walk out the door. Someone else then comes out to the balcony and I said, did you see that lady just face plant. The person didn't see it but I said, man maybe someone should go check on her. Well this whole thing got relayed downstairs and someone went out to check on a girl on our front porch, which she was on the other side of the street. Anyways she got back up and everything went on, except for the inside talk that was happening I wasn't aware of. Some how that little event turned into me saying there was a huge medical emergency and it got blown out of proportion. Heres how it unfolded.
You see, there was apparently some crazy activity going on in one of our deemed haunted rooms. Room 19. Some extraordinary knocking responses were happening that I didnt know about. So extraordinary in fact that people though it was me since they didnt see me anywhere as I was napping. Well someone comes outside to the balcony (right after that lady face planted) and said... welp it wasnt him... meaning me. I said, what do you mean? This guest told me about the knocking responses and someone actually played me a video, and I even thought to myself, ok this is definitely faked, but unaware that they thought it was me. Well they eventually said they thought it was me because of the circumstances and I said, hey I dont blame you, but it wasn't me. I said, lets go check it out. We all go down to room 19 as a group and nothing was happening, which didnt look good for my case, but I knew I wasn't the one doing it so I didnt care. Well, finally we start hearing these knocking responses but they aren't the same as the video, a little more faint in fact. But it didn't matter they were happening and I witnessed them as well. It thought man, thats cool, what good evidence and that was that, I went back to bed. The next morning they left, I didnt get to say goodbye because I took Benadryl the past night, but I texted Chad and said thanks for the event it was awesome etc... He says on his podcast he thought it was weird I didnt come down to say goodbye but also knew I wasnt feeling well. I thought it was weird he didnt text me to say he was leaving or I would have come down and said bye actually. Well I text him when I woke up like I said above basically leading the way to next years event, which is NOT happening BTW due to the way Chad handles the events on his podcast the following day. Im going to post the whole thing here, its a long read, but you can see how rude he actually ended up being. Especially since we lost money on this event and catered to him, his friends, and all his guests.
He starts his Podcast out by saying how extraordinary the hotel is with all the cool stuff etc, but couldn't get out of his head where is the money coming from...And he kept thinking that the whole time. Rude comment number one. First off, its none of your business how we became successful and secondly your'e judging us based of what you see. You don't know anything about how we got the hotel or the things in the hotel etc, so I thought oh man this is going to be bad. It continues on about Paranologies... He knew I built equipment but apparently never heard of Paranologies or any of the equipment. I didn't care but was a little surprised since I told him Ive sold thousands of pieces of equipment throughout the 10 years of having Paranologies. Again, didn't care he didn't know, but was surprised. Well in his podcast he mentioned this conversation and apparently thought because he didnt know my equipment I was butt hurt... Nope sorry because I didn't know who you were until I googled you, and even then I had to do some digging. I mentioned this in a response to his podcast and he responded that it was a passive aggressive comment. Well, he obviously doesn't know me very well, because Im definitely not passive aggressive, If theres a problem or you upset me, you will know that right away. Rude comment number two comes with a stab at my body stature. He was referring to the knocking in the attic when this comment was stated. Basically he said Jeromy is a very very small guy and insinuated that I could easily navigate my way through the attic easily because of this. Well first off im short, not small, secondly I told him in his youtube comments, should we talk about your stature, being so Large that theres no way you could even make it up the stairs of the attic. No because that would be extremely rude. You see your height you can cant control but most of the time, your weight you can, but I didnt automatically assume when I saw him, oh no hes not going to be able to participate because of this. Who thinks like this.. Apparently Chad after the fact when hes not in front of the person he likes to talk about. Now that response was rude of me, but I didnt care after so many of these comments. I also told him about a story with Steven Spielberg I had heard and read many times, that he quickly dismissed and said oh no thats not what I heard happened, and he proceeded to tell me a story that ive never heard and never seen online. Chad also said something like he worked with Spielberg and he told me the real story, or what he thought was the real story. Well I decided to do some fact checking and the story I told is all over the internet. I couldnt find any information about Chads story anywhere. He said he was surprised I live in the town and didnt know the story.. Well Im going off the facts that are listed on many online sites. Heres one of them to back up my story Chad, although if Spielburg told you, it must be true.. oops was that passive agressive? You will understand that reference later. Here's The Real Steven Spielberg story. If you're interested.
I did some response videos on youtube showing video clips of me waking up, going outside looking at the lady that face planted etc.. which he insinuated I was lying about that as well. You will see our Youtube conversations turn aggressive quickly when he just keeps poking me with these crazy comments which will be below. Warning they are long and drawn out, but its crazy how it unfolds. Honestly all of this should have been made private via messaging or a phone call but Paradrama sells unfortunately.
The purpose of this blog is to let other event venues and attendees know the outcome of these events after the fact, especially if god forbid something Paranormal happens.
Heres the link to the Podcast coming straight from his mouth, and I will cut and paste the responses on Youtube after I listened to it.. Which I actually didn't have the patience to read most of the responses. Ill put Chad in Red and my responses in blue. I urge you to listen to the Podcast first if you have nothing better to do, as most of my responses on Youtube were of his podcast and didnt show up in the comments. Click on the image for the Podcast.
Our Online Youtube Conversation-
This was the first initial response to his podcast, being really upset about it inside, but again didn't want to get into some online battle over it. I even put a laughing emoji to show I wasnt upset and to move on. It took me a couple days of people messaging me saying how rude it was and for me to really think about it to respond. I also posted a video after this of a tour of the attic and some other footage showing how the night unfolded on camera which is the only factual data we all actually had. Well he then starts in on his Passive aggressive comments and this is where it starts to heat up a bit.
Ah ok, no honestly I wasn't trying to be passive aggressive. When I was trying to fill up our rooms for that weekend I was advertising all over, not just Jefferson. In fact I was targeting a paranormal audience throughout the U.S. to bring in more people because as you know we didn't make much on the event with the circumstances and having 8 or so rooms not sold. But we ultimately decided not to open to the public so we wouldn't ruin the investigation. Those that responded to the add (maybe 15-30) didn't know who you were, I wasn't making that a passive aggressive response for you not knowing my devices, but now reading back it sounds like that due to the order it was brought up sorry. As far as the paranormal community, yes I'm referring to those that watch tv, which are in the millions. I'd side on the fact that almost all your paranormal teams that exist, all exist because of Tv, specifically when Ghost Hunters started. They watch tv, see how easy it is to form a team and bam they are paranormal investigators. On top of that since they had childhood experiences, like almost all of us, they've been doing it for over 20-30 years. I'm not saying this is a bad thing at all, just saying it is a large community. As far as the Parascope I was just surprised you haven't heard of it as it literally has been on every show out there. So when you didn't know what it was I thought I'd put it into numbers for you. No big deal. I've actually sold more of my Poltercom Pico device than the Parascope. But this is over a ten year period also. Wish I knew who the guy was you were talking about, what did he look like and about what time, maybe we caught him on camera? Weird for sure but we get a lot of weirdos sometimes. Anyways no hard feelings here and like I said in the video I would think the same thing as you based off what I heard for sure. Have a good one. Podcast sounds good. Contact me and we'll set it up. Thanks
I then Post a video of the attic tour after the event to show viewers the dynamics of the attic to see what we are talking about.