Is This Freaky Video Of A Haunted Hotel Room Proof That Ghosts Exist, Or Just A Well-Made Hoax?

On July 28, 2017, Frank Ramirez posted a video to his Facebook page that showed him dealing with a real-life poltergeist in his Texas motel room. The ghost video quickly went viral, not just because it offered proof of the existence of ghosts, but also because no one was able to debunk his claims. However, upon careful study of this video of a ghost in a hotel room, it becomes obvious that Ramirez more than likely faked this haunting. 

However, just because this ghost viral video was probably fabricated doesn’t mean that ghosts don’t exist. There are plenty of real paranormal activity cases that will make your skin crawl. For a complete breakdown of Ramirez's creepy ghost video from Texas and how it was probably faked, read on below. You can decide for yourself whether the hotel room poltergeist is real or a figment of Ramirez's imagination. 

  • The Encounter

    The Encounter
    Video: YouTube

    Frank Ramirez was staying the night in a Harlingen, Texas motel in 2017. All the guy wanted was to get some shut eye, but his evening turned into a real-life version of Ghost Hunters. According to Ramirez, he was watching CNN when the motel's phone fell off its receiver, a towel flew off the sink, and a set of plastic cups flew from their position onto the floor. Ramirez walks his audience through the haunting, just as a new haunting starts. The phone flies off the rocker, a hand towel seems to lunge at Ramirez, and a coat hanger throws itself to the floor, and it's all captured on video. Or is it?

  • Who's On The Other Line?

    The first sign of a haunting that viewers see is the phone flopping off its receiver, and while that's kind of spooky, it's also a really easy trick to pull off. You just need to attach a thin string (like you would use to sew up some jeans) and pull when the time is right. If the lighting is low enough and you've done enough practice runs, no one should be able to see what you're trying to do. 

  • All Of The Objects Fly Towards Ramirez

    Throughout the video, whenever an object moves of its own volition (or under the care of a ghost), the items move directly towards Ramirez, as if they're being pulled by something. Let's break it down:

    • The phone pops off its receiver toward the left half of the room, where Ramirez is standing. If it had jumped to the other half of the room, this would be more interesting. 
    • A hand towel flies directly towards Ramirez after he asks the ghost to move something for him. 
    • The phone moves again. This time, it falls off the dresser, once again moving in Ramirez's direction. 
    • A plastic coat hangar flies towards Ramirez, as if pulled directly towards him. 

    This hoax would have been so much better if he had been able to make one of the objects move in a direction that wasn't toward him. That way, it wouldn't seem as obvious that he was yanking a string. 

  • Why Film Your Ghost Video At 240p?

    You never know when a haunting is going to break out, but that doesn't mean that you should carry around a 4k camera, lights, and decent sound equipment just in case a ghost haunts your cinder block motel room. However, most cell phones can film in 1080p, which provides the quality you need to accurately display your haunting. Tangerine, a feature film that was released in 2010, was shot on an iPhone 5s.

    If the filmmakers behind Tangerine can shoot something that looks good enough to be shown back-to-back with Ant-Man, then you can film a haunting in at least 720p. This may seem like nitpicking, but if you're really trying to prove the existence of a ghost in your motel room, wouldn't you want that footage to be as crisp as possible? 

  • Did Ramirez Put The Cups Back, Or Was It The Ghost?

    During Ramirez's initial recap of what happened in his motel room before he started filming, he notes that the ghost knocked off a collection of cups from his bathroom sink. It makes sense that he would put the cups back, but who would put the cups into the same position that they would be in after a visit by room service? Ramirez allegedly just saw a ghost trash his motel room, and the first thing he thinks to do is put his cups, not to mention towels and phone, back where they were? That seems dubious at best. 

  • The Towel Moves Before It's Supposed To

    The most telling sequence of this video begins at 1:55, when Ramirez tosses a hand towel that he's been keeping on his shoulder onto the bathroom sink. If nothing had happened with the towel, then this wouldn't be so weird. However, less than a minute later, the same hand towel flies off the sink and onto the floor after Ramirez asks the "ghost" to "move something else" for him.

    After tossing the towel onto the sink, Ramirez makes sure to turn and show the audience the rest of the room in the same way that a magician shows you that there's nothing up his sleeves. But Ramirez is no magician, and at 2:27 in the video, before Ramirez sees the towel fly off the sink, you can see the corner of the towel moving, telegraphing that something is about to pull it off. Not to be a Negative Nancy, but that something probably isn't a ghost.