It's fair to say that the 'Ghost Adventures' frontman has had a pretty eventful year. He's made some purchases to make any fan of the paranormal jealous, he's embarked on some of his most interesting investigations to date, and even published his third book.
Zak Bagans is the host, lead investigator and an executive producer of the Travel Channel's long-running ghost hunting series, which airs on the Really channel here in the UK. For more than a decade, Zak and his team have travelled across the United States and around the world to locations rumoured to be haunted in search of evidence proving the existence of the supernatural.
In 2004 he founded the world's largest paranormal organisation, the Ghost Adventures Crew, which consists of over 10,000 members. In 2017 Zak opened The Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, an attraction that houses over 30 themed rooms and exhibits inside a historic mansion. The award-winning museum has been called "a truly amazing attraction" by Las Vegas Weekly.
Last year he directed, produced and starred in his first documentary, 'Demon House', in which he investigated one of the most well-documented cases of demonic possession in American history. The film top the documentary and horror charts on iTunes.
Despite notching up so many achievements in the paranormal world, Zak hasn't sat back in 2019, the paranormal investigator has created more headlines in the last twelve months than any other in his field. So, let's take a look back at Zak's incredible year.
Ted Bundy's Glasses
Zak's first big purchase of the year was a pair of glasses. Zak reportedly paid $50,000 to add Ted Bundy's glasses to his collection of haunted artefacts.
The grim purchase came after the bifocals were put up for sale on a crime collectibles website. The glasses are said to have been worn by the infamous killer when he abducted his youngest victim in 1978.
Zak told TMZ, "it's incredible to know that the eyes of pure evil looked out of these glasses at his victims and the pure hell of what these glasses saw." Bundy was sentenced to death by electric chair for his crimes in 1989.
The Devil's Rocking Chair
The second of Zak's exciting purchases of the year was a dark piece of furniture known as the "Devil's Rocking Chair", which the paranormal enthusiast snapped up in May.
The haunted artefact is connected to famed paranormal investigators Ed & Lorraine Warren's "Devil in Connecticut" case. The chair was used as part of an exorcism ritual in the early 80s, and is still stained by the holy oil used by Ed. The husband-and-wife team were attempting to free a young boy named David Glatzel from a case of demonic possession.
During the exorcism, the rocking chair is said to have moved on its own, levitated and even vanished before reappearing. Lorraine even claimed to have seen a beast sitting in the chair.
The chair was given pride of place in Zak's Haunted Museum, near Charleston Boulevard and 6th Street. Although the exhibit didn't stay open long as visitors were seemingly effected by its dark energy. The chair was blamed after one visitor collapsed near the exhibit and reportedly began bawling and asked, "why is this happening to me?" Later the same woman passed out upstairs, directly above the rocking chair exhibit. Zak also says that five of his tour guide started crying uncontrollably after the chair exhibit opened.
The infamous piece of furniture went on to appear in this year's 'Ghost Adventures' Halloween special. During the two-hour special, Zak's co-investigator Jay Wasley braved sitting in the chair, despite claims that many who have sat in the haunted chair experience severe back pain. It's said that one victim of the chair even required surgery after sitting in it.
Manson Murder House
In July Zak finalised another extravagant supernatural sale, this time a picture-perfect house in a coveted area of Los Angeles, but a house with a very dark past. The property at 3301 Waverly Drive in Los Feliz is the site of a notorious murder that happened almost 50 years ago at the hands of infamous mass murderer, Charles Manson.
Zak bought the property for close to the asking price of $1.9 million. It was once the home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca who were murdered by Charles Manson and his followers in 1969. Both were stabbed multiple times during the gruesome attack. The property has remained mostly unchanged ever since.
Zak already owns Charles Manson's personal effects, including the former cult leader's dentures, a handmade pentagram and various other pieces of art the infamous killer crafted before his death in Corcoran State Prison.
Reader's Choice Best Attraction
Zak's Haunted Museum was honoured in July when readers of Las Vegas Weekly voted the museum 'Reader's Choice Best Attraction' in the magazine's 'Best Of Vegas 2019' poll.
The Haunted Museum houses Zak's collection of supposedly haunted and demonically possessed items, including Peggy the Doll who is known to cause heart attacks. There's also the original wooden staircase from the Indiana home that featured in Zak's 2018 documentary, 'Demon House'.
One item which is easily the museum's most famous, and said to be the most haunted item in the world, is the infamous dybbuk box, which is believed to host a malicious demonic attachment. The ancient wine cabinet inspired the movie 'The Possession' and has been blamed for a black cloaked figure seen moving through closed doors in the room it's displayed in.
Other dark exhibits include a chair from the room where Michael Jackson died, and the infamous van that was fitted out as a mobile assisted suicide wagon by the controversial Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
Later in the year news that Zak paid $310K for props from one of the most iconic paranormal movies of all time emerged. Zak splashed the cash on a haul of genuine memorabilia from the 1984 movie, 'Ghostbusters'. The haul included the boys in grey's ghost trap, as well as a collection of props and costumes made for Harold Ramis, including Egon's famous jumpsuit, utility belt and boots, and even a proton pack. The items are now on display in Zak's museum.
Zak Wants To Buy Dead Serial Killer's Brain
In October it emerged that Zak was interested in buying the brain of a dead serial killer. It came after Zak held the brain of killer John Wayne Gacy during a trip to the Chicago where the late-killer's psychiatrist keeps the organ preserved in her basement. She's owned the brain ever since she examined it during Gacy’s autopsy.
Obviously Zak would love to put this grim anatomical artefact in his museum, but there's been no news since on whether its current owner would be willing to part with this grim piece of criminal history.
'Serial Killer Spirits'
Fans of 'Ghost Adverntures' were treated to an extra slice of Zak and the gang in the build up to Halloween this year. The gang's new new four-part miniseries based around America's most notorious serial killers aired on the Travel Channel in the US in the run-up to Halloween.
As always, Zak was joined by Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley as they tackled the question, does evil linger? The team attempted to document this lingering energy within some infamous locations across America that are connected with the country's most notorious serial killers of all time. Their aim was to retrace the killers' steps, visit known hangouts and speak with leading experts to gain insight on why these psychopaths committed their horrendous crimes.
During the series the team investigated the killer clown John Wayne Gacy's prison cell, HH Holmes' murder house and the Squirrel Cage Jail, which housed the vicious Jake Bird. The crew also studied the Anson Call House, an abandoned building that many believe has ties to Ted Bundy's terror spree during the 1970s.
Curse Of The Harrisville Farmhouse
This year Zak and the gang brought fans a Halloween Special from the house in Rhode Island where the real life ghost story that inspired the first movie in James Wan's Conjuring series took place.
Earlier in the year it emerged that a couple had bought the Harrisville farmhouse that inspired the 2013 movie and had plans to open the house up for tours. Zak and his crew were among the first to brave the house for a special two-hour investigation that aired on the Travel Channel on Halloween night.
'The Conjuring' is based on the real life case files of two of the most famous demonologists of all time, husband and wife, Ed and Lorraine Warren. The couple investigated the case of the Perron family, who experienced increasingly disturbing events in their farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island in 1971.
'Ghost-Hunting For Dummies'
This month Zak released his third book, 'Ghost-Hunting For Dummies'. It is aimed at helping paranormal investigators who are new to the field. The latest book in the learning for "dummies" series promises to take readers on an exciting journey into the supernatural world, outlining the history of ghost hunting, including true accounts and stories from Zak and his team's adventures.
The book tells beginners in the field how they can go from a hobbyist to a serious investigator of the supernatural, with first-hand accounts of the phenomenon you might encounter, based on Zak's own research into the spirit world - plus the potential dangers of investigating the unknown and how to deal with unwieldy ghosts.
'Ghost-Hunting For Dummies' also explores America’s ten most haunted cities and towns, details the top ten most haunted places in the country and outlines ways to know if a house is haunted and what to do.
Unfortunately for Zak, the book later received negative press when several skeptics in the paranormal field uncovered what appeared to be multiple examples of plagiarism in Zak Bagans' book