There are those that believe that there is something more than the physical world; the paranormal one. But not everyone believes this, and a lot of skeptics exist regarding this. However, skeptics, from time to time get converted to believers, and this is what happened to Zak Bagans, the host of the Travel Channel series Deadly Possessions which also featured him finding items for a prospective haunted museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. A paranormal investigator born on the 5th of April 1977 in Washington, D.C., Zak attended Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and graduated in 1995.
Afterward, he attended and graduated from the Motion Picture Institute in Michigan. Post-graduation saw him move to Las Vegas with the ambition to film documentaries, but before that happened, he was a wedding disc jockey. Bagans became a believer in the paranormal when he had an encounter with a suicidal woman’s spirit in his former Trenton, Michigan apartment. From there, he shifted his focus to paranormal investigation.
Ghost Adventures Is His Breakthrough and Most Popular Project
2004 became the year Zak started his paranormal investigations. He teamed up with Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin to produce a documentary-style film titled Ghost Adventures. The movie aired on the SciFi Channel in 2007 and birthed a series that has been airing since 2008.
The Ghost Adventures series premiered on the Travel Channel. The paranormal documentary and reality television show followed Zak and his team as they investigated places that were reportedly haunted. In the first episode, the team spent the night in the allegedly haunted nightclub, Bobby Mackey’s Music World. Bagans claimed that he received mysterious scratch marks on his back while he spent the night there.
Now in its 19th season, Zak Bagans who created the show has come under fire from paranormal enthusiasts for his aggression and confrontational ways when handling spirits. Zak has defended his methods, saying he only used aggression against spirits that were harming the living.
Paranormal Challenge and Other Spin-offs
2011 had him create and host the spin-off Paranormal Challenge, a series with a competitive edge. Paranormal Challenge had ghost hunters from around the US compete against each other as they gathered evidence by spending nights in allegedly haunted places in the US. The evidence gathered by the teams was judged by a panel of paranormal experts to determine the winner. The series ran for a season of 12 episodes.
2011 also had Zak Bagans narrate and host the Travel Channel special Ultimate Travel: Legends of the Park. The show was about America’s National Parks and how they were haunted.
In the years that followed, Zak Bagans would be at the forefront of a handful of shows that revolves around Ghost Adventurers. 2012 had him serve as one of the executive producers of Paranormal Paparazzi, an entertainment and lifestyle paranormal reality television news series. Another major spin-off was Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks which aired on Travel Channel from April 2014 to November 2016. Bagans was the creator and executive producer of the paranormal documentary and reality television series which focused on revisiting cases from the original series.
Apart from these, there are also Ghost Adventures: Screaming Room! and Ghost Adventures: Quarantine which premiered in January and June 2020, respectively. That’s not all, Demon Possessions is part of his works. Zak is again, the creator and executive producer of the paranormal miniseries that also aired on Travel Channel between April and May 2016. In 2018, he wrote, directed, and starred in another documentary horror film titled Demon House.
The Paranormal Enthusiast Also Earns From Book Sales and A Clothing Line
Zak Bagans has had an impressive TV career so far. Since his breakthrough with Ghost Adventures, he has seen to the production of a handful of other shows that revolve around the paranormal. While some of these projects have been well-received, it is hard to tell or estimated how much he made from them, but there are no doubts that the shows made him a multi-millionaire and are the prime source of his massive wealth that has been estimated at $30 million.
While the shows laid the foundation for Bagan to build his wealth, he has diversified and now has multiple sources of income. The man is an author of bestselling books, owns a clothing line called Reaper, and The Haunted Museum in Las Vegas. His assets included his Las Vegas house which was reported to be up for sale for $2.5 million.
His career as a paranormal investigator inspired him to become an author. He co-wrote Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of the Ghost Adventures Crew, Kelly Crigger. It debuted at no. 18 on The New York Times Best Seller list on the 23rd of September 2011. Zak has successfully published at least three more titles after that – Darkness Optional: The Holy Truth (2013), I Am Haunted (2014), and I Am Haunted: Living Life Through the Dead (2015).
What’s To Know About Zaks Bagans’ Love Life In The Past
A lot of TV personalities tend to keep details of their personal affairs as minimal as possible. Zak Bagans is no different. Despite how popular he is, he lives a low key life, leaving fans to wonder if he is in any romantic relationship or not.
Way back in 2014, Zak announced an engagement, tweeting that it’s time to give marriage a try. There were no further details shared after the tweet and many have concluded that the announcement was a joke, seeing as he made it on the 1st of April, April Fool’s day.
Happy to announce that Im engaged to my beautiful fiance. I think its time to give this marriage thing a try! Thank u all for ur well wishes
— Zak Bagans 🧛🏻♂️ (@Zak_Bagans) April 1, 2014
Zak dated Christine Dolce for a while, but the relationship ended before she passed away in 2017. There have been rumors about a relationship with a Marcy Delatorre, but she ended up being a fictional character created by fans.
He’s Now In a Relationship With Holly Madison
A showgirl who has thrived as a model and television personality, Holly Madison has had a very busy love life. She was one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends. He dated the late founder of Playboy magazine from 2001 to 2008. She began dating Pasquale Rotella in 2011, they got married in 2013 and welcomed two kids together. It emerged in September 2018 that Madison and Rotella have parted ways and in February 2019, their divorce was finalized.
By June of the same year, it was reported that Holly Madison has moved on, that she had begun a relationship with the Ghost Adventures star, Zak Bagans. As the story goes, she visited Zak’s Haunted Museum in Las Vegas earlier the previous month and a fondness sparked between them.