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Q and A with Ben Hansen and Jael de Pardo of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files


Get ready for the return of the Syfy series “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files,” that answers all the strange questions you may have regarding otherworldly activity. Ben Hansen, a former FBI agent with a lifelong love of the paranormal, leads a team of investigators around to discover whether the photos or online videos people post are fake or real and worth further looking into.

The team conducts elaborate experiments and attempts to recreate the phenomena. Ben makes the final choice which cases require a trip into the field. Once he decides it’s a go, the team will speak to witnesses, collect physical evidence, and determine whether the case should be followed, debunked or even dangerous.

Ben Hansen and Jael de Pardo took part in a conference call to discuss the series. The team has come across everything from ghosts to UFO’s, so they have had their fair share of interesting investigations. The paranormal world has a fairly good following now, and Ben is covering as much as he possibly can. He believes that people love to see a little bit of everything. They do not stick to one main topic. It is not strictly Ghost Hunters or The Twilight Zone, but they combine everything to make the show more exciting.

Jael was a journalist before working with Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, and he was hired as a researcher for Destination Truth, a fellow Syfy show. He started to document his experiences with the paranormal, and has been able to document some of the strangest phenomena in the world. Ben’s natural curiosity and love of the film ET sparked his interest.

Ben’s FBI experience comes in handy for the show. He is meticulous and logs every bit of evidence. Similar to his FBI filing, he writes reports, logs EVP sessions and is hands-on with his work. They choose various locations for the shows, ones that are never the same, but do have to get approval for some of the bigger, complicated experiments.

One of the challenges the team faced involved Area 51 and trying to get an approval to maneuver around the base freely for an investigation. The legendary base is protected and security was watching them at all times. This is just one of the challenges they have faced. When they take the show overseas, they face different laws including no FLIR cameras because of the thermal imaging.

Ben’s dream case is to see a Loch Ness Monster or new monsters. England has its own version, they call it Brownie. There have been sightings and a few photos worth looking into of several different Loch Ness Monsters, but Jael and Ben are certified divers and would have no problem jumping in the water.

The cases take a lot of time, and Ben and Jael work hard at finding the locations, making sure the witnesses are credible, and digging for evidence that can be presented on the show. They are constantly traveling and searching for what is unusual in the world. So while some people may seek the normal, the crew of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files are traveling around the world looking for UFO’s. The world is their playground.

Maybe Ben will find ET one day, but for now you can watch “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files” on the Syfy channel Wednesdays at 10/9c, to share their other finds.

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