Chernobyl and Pripyat to be Featured on SyFy's Destination Truth

Destination Truth is a weekly television series on cable's SyFy channel that follows paranormal researcher Josh Gates around the world as he investigates claims of the supernatural. The next episode, scheduled to air on Wednesday, September 30, includes a ghost hunting investigation into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. The Ghosts of Chernobyl segment will include a quick review of the evidence with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson from the popular SyFy series Ghost Hunters.

When viewing the episode's promo video (see below), it looks like they received permission to spend the night in Pripyat. This is confirmed when watching the minute and a half sneak peak clip (see below) on the Destination Truth website. I don't know how they managed to get that permission - it must be the power of television ... and the power of money. I'm sure they paid a hefty fee for the privilege.

So, what can we expect to see? In the sneak peak video, Gates says they are investigating claims of Pripyat being haunted. I've heard some people report feelings of being watched when walking past the city's hospital complex, but that's about it. If there really are ghosts or anything paranormal in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, I think they would most likely be around the Chernobyl Plant instead of in Pripyat.

Having watched some previous Destination Truth episodes, I think it's a safe bet that we'll see Gates and his crew overreact to something they find or encounter during their investigation. In the sneak peak video, you can see Gates getting into a panic about their geiger counter reading being too high within a room and having to immediately leave. I'm sure it's nothing more than an attempt to make viewers think they are in a truly dangerous situation. In reality, I doubt they encountered extremely high radiation levels. There's no way the Zone Administration would allow them to spend any length of time in a truly dangerous area.

After watching the sneak peak video, I'm wondering how much misinformation is going to be included in the Ghosts of Chernobyl episode. In the sneak peak, Gates refers to Pripyat as the home of the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor, specifically saying the Chernobyl Reactor is inside Pripyat. As most of us know, Pripyat used to be home to the Chernobyl Plant workers, not the plant itself, which is located approximately 3 km south of the city limits. I'll admit it's a small detail, but still a basic fact.

As worrisome as it sounds, this episode may be worth watching for no other reason than to see video footage of Pripyat at night (they use infrared cameras). This is the first time anyone has been allowed to film in Pripyat at night, so it could be interesting. When watching the episode, don't believe for a minute they were left alone in Pripyat without having a guide with them. The guide may not be seen on camera, but there's no way they were allowed to spend a full night in Pripyat completely unsupervised.

I'll write more next week after watching the complete episode.

My commentary on the Ghosts of Chernobyl episode is now online

Promo Video

Here is the episode sneak peak:


I am a fan of Destination Truth and Ghost Hunters. I try to keep an open mind about the information on these shows. It is clear that they overreact and heighten the drama to keep the viewers engaged and to make their shows more successful. Sometimes they come up with evidence that is truly amazing and unexplainable. I agree with you that if they were to find paranormal activity related to the people who died as a result of the accident then these findings would most likely be found at the plant itself where some of the people actually disappeared or died. If Destination Truth finds supernatural evidence in the town of Pripyat it is probably due to the increased radiation and energy near the Chernobyl site. Many people report paranormal happenings during lightning storms or near water because supernatural activity feeds off energy sources. Their findings may not necessarily be related to the people who died at the plant, just heightened activity due to increased energy in the area. Either way, I am excited to see what they discover.

I think this episode ws awesome! When that chick got her hand tugged wow! I bet it was a ghost child by the way she ws tugged! I think the paranormal is interesting! I would love 2 travel and investigate!

Interesting to see the city at night, annoying host though. Although it begs the question, why would Pripyat be haunted? Hostpital No. 6 in Moscow perhaps...

Jeni, Thanks for posting. I have to disagree with you. To me, the episode was a disappointment. You can read my full commentary at

Edo, Thanks for your comment. The Pripyat hospital could be haunted because one of the firefighters who initially responded to the accident died there (on the fourth floor, if I'm not mistaken). I would also assume there were other deaths at the hospital prior to the accident. My full commentary on the episode is now online at

Ah, so that explains why all these people were googling "Chernobyl ghosts" and ending up on my site. LOL.

that episode was amazing and of all the places to suspect of paranormal that they go to i believe that was the best. i mean if they(ghost,spirits,etc) can drain energy from your equipment and just maybe talk or do something. what would they do in a place that has been saturated with radiation for 25 years? they would ave free right over the entire city most likely. that is why i think that their should more investigations if it is possible.

Hi Thomas,

Thanks for your message. I still maintain that if there is something paranormal in the Chernobyl Zone, it is more likely to be at the Chernobyl Plant instead of in Pripyat, though I suppose some of the city's former residents may want to return.

The Destination Truth investigation was so full of holes, it's hard for me to believe anything they show anymore. See my commentary about the episode (and the comment discussion) at

I love destination truth but that is beside my point. YOU NEED to reserve your judgement and comments until you actually see the episode instead of passing judgement over a 30 sec promo clip that is ridiculous !! As you can see after the episode aired they never spent the night and YES the radiation levels were too high at times they were in the most radioactive location on the planet and you think they were overreacting ??? That the radiation levels were not that high ?? Anyway people loose credibility when they judge too quickly again ANY promo clip shows NOTHING but 5 sec clips put together to promote the show watch the episdoes of ANY show then comment.


Thanks for your comments.

I have the right to give my opinion on any topic at any time, just as you have the right to disagree with me at any time. Actually, the opinions stated in this blog post are mild compared to my commentary after having seen the Destination Truth "Ghosts of Chernobyl" episode (if you are interested, that post is at ).

Just so you know, I have personally been to Chernobyl and Pripyat. I know several people who used to live in Pripyat. I also know several liquidators, who helped clean up after the Chernobyl accident, and some of the guides who work for the Ukrainian agency Chernobyl InterInform. I have studied the situation in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for many years and have an excellent understanding about the radiation levels that exist there.

I have been through the same buildings in Pripyat as the Destination Truth crew. I even toured the inside of the Chernobyl Plant and spent time in the Reactor 4 control room (Reactor 4 is the one that exploded), a place they did not visit. That means I was actually inside the building, within the cement Sarcophagus that you saw on the show. I spent my entire 2 days in the Chernobyl Zone without wearing any radiation protection suit, though I did have to wear a cloth respirator in the Reactor 4 control room.

The fact is that the amount of radiation a person is exposed to during a one-day visit to Chernobyl/Pripyat is basically equivalent to the amount of radiation exposure one gets during a trans-Atlantic flight. Therefore, in one day the Destination Truth crew were exposed to the same amount of radiation in Chernobyl that they received during their flight to Ukraine.

You seem to believe that the radiation levels in Pripyat were too high at times. I provided my opinion based on both known facts and personal experience in the same location. Can you back up your opinion with personal experiences in the Chernobyl Zone?

I am sorry if you were offended by my opinion, but it is my opinion. I am entitled to it just like you are entitled to yours and to disagree with me. I have no problem with that and welcome your opinions. However, instead of beating me down and instantly questioning my credibility, you should have spent some time looking at the rest of my website. If you did, you would have discovered that I have personally been to Chernobyl and actually do have quite a bit of credibility regarding the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

i've watched some previous Destination Truth episodes also, i liked it.. yeah your right the crew overreact on what they find during their case.

I believe that paranormal activities does exist in most countries, there is a villa that i recently been to, and we kept hearing noises at night and even we heard someone taking shower in the middle of the night when everybody was together, it was scary. can u shed some light on this event please.

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