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The Converted Church
Season 1, Episode 6
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Air Date November 10, 2004
Location Upstate New York
Episode Guide
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The Armory

The Converted Church is the sixth episode of the first season of Ghost Hunters.


Jason and Grant investigate claims by a Rhode Island couple involving ghosts in their house, a renovated church.[1]


Melissa Klebes and Justin Talarksi, a goth couple and friends of Steve's, bought and converted an old Unitarian church built in 1867 but abandoned in 1982. There was a previous pair of homeowners before them. Justin mentions a fireplace located inside the house was from an old rectory that was next door.

The house is decorated with horror-movie posters and a variety of rubber heads and limbs, making for an eerie atmosphere to investigate.


During the briefing, Justin says they keep hearing loud banging sounds at around 4 A.M., that shake the entire house and Melissa adds they sound metallic-like. In one instance, he was vacuuming around and happened to look up at a zombie sculpture that was lifted up in the air, did a twirl and landed on a table. Their cats also sense presences, judged by their defensive postures and behavior. When Justin was on the phone, he saw out of the corner of his eye, the specter of an elderly man in a tweed grey suit. Also, an entryway door seems to open by itself.

Jason and Grant have the team do EMF and EVP sweeps and set up cameras, which in the process Brian gets irritated by Andy's chatter but his orders cause him to get on Andy's nerves. Early in the investigation, Andy finds that if the bell is tolled, orb activity increases but Grant disproves it as dust being shaken off the ceiling by the vibrations. Donna and find a source for possible cold spots as being the skylight. Andy later disproves the door opening by itself, showing Jason that when the outside door is shut, this causes the entryway door to click and swing open. Jason explains the noises as wood expanding and contracting in the 19th-century building in response to the vibrations of the church bell ringing.


Back at TAPS headquarters, Steve, Andy and Brian Harnois look over the video footage and discover a bright orb that is perfectly round and moves with seeming intelligence. Grant agrees, but Jason shoots it down as either a bug or just a common electrical orb. They concluded that while the house is spooky, it isn't haunted.



  • The church still has its original bell, which Grant excitedly tolled.