If nothing else, Haunted Towns certainly is entertaining. The hit Travel Channel show follows a group of paranormal investigators called the Tennessee Wraith Chasers all across the United States to investigate some of the country’s most haunted towns.
They call themselves “good ol’ boys chasing ghosts” — but fans want to know more. Who are these supposed spirit hunters, and is Haunted Towns fake or the real deal? Here’s everything you need to know about this spooky show and its stars.
So, is Haunted Towns fake?
The places the Tennessee Wraith Chasers go have real history, and these ghost hunters do incorporate actual past events into every episode. They also use technology to detect paranormal activity, but since we’ve never really proven the existence of ghosts, this is tricky.
As TV Over Mind blogger Jennifer Boroma put it, “Whether that part of the show is fake or not is really difficult to state. It’s going to depend on your existing beliefs on the paranormal.”
Who are the Tennessee Wraith Chasers?
It goes on to say that this talented team “combines historical research and modern science with some good old Southern know-how to find the truth at the heart of the legends.”
Per the TWC’s website, the group members are lead investigator Christopher Smith, case manager Steven McDougal (aka “Doogie”), historian and head of research Scott Porter, investigator and aspiring physicist Brannon Smith, and audio and paranormal surveillance expert Mike Goncalves.
How did the Tennessee Wraith Chasers get their name?
Ghost Hunters and Ghostbusters were already taken, obviously, but these Tennessee natives weren’t deterred. Wraith is a word for ghost, but as Christopher said in an interview with the website Horror Fuel, “It’s a word that not a lot of people are familiar with.”
“I was researching paranormal names at the time and they all sounded the same,” he recalled.
“But I thought that I had to find something different… I wanted something that would make people see the name and wonder, ‘What’s this about?’ Online I was looking around for different words and things. I thought it was cool and connected to what we were doing and that came up and I was like ‘I like that word.’ Not everybody knows what it means, but everyone is going to want to know.”
These Haunted Towns stars don’t just do wraith chasing, though.
The Tennessee Wraith Chasers wrote “Run Tell the Devil,” the theme song for their show. According to a 2017 Facebook post, the paranormal investigators teamed up with singer Christian Tucker to create the track.
They also have a branded line of Tennessee Wraith Chasers merchandise which includes T-shirts, jewelry, and car decals.