FLIR Footage from the Manson Murders Episode is Proven Doctored
This is a basic overview of the FLIR footage from the Manson Murders episode in season 3 of Ghost Hunters.
1) The FLIR video that reads 66 degrees appears to be unaltered. This is timestamped from 2:43:14 to 2:43:20
2) The FLIR video that reads 65 degrees appears to be unaltered. This is timestamped from 2:43:43 to 2:43:47
3) The FLIR video that reads 64-63 degrees appears to be altered insofar as the digit AFTER the decimal and the timestamp has been altered. The timestamp is copied from the first FLIR clip we saw (66 degree clip). The doctored components are obvious, not just because the timestamp has already been used but also because they jiggle (or fail to) out-of-synch with the unaltered content of the video.
However, in a still picture it is also possible to detect the fraud (although much more difficult). These two clips are taken a fraction of a second apart, and there is no change in the colors or patterns behind any of the other characters, but when the 4 changes to a 3 the background behind that number immediately changes pattern. It is difficult to see, but it is telling to an expert. Mostly it is significant because this trend continues throughout the clip (proving it is not just an artifact in the video) but really, it is academic and an unnecessary extra when it comes to proving this clip has been altered.
You can see a telltale rectangle of purple around the 2 which shows that they didn't bother to follow the curves of the 2, but just cut a chunk of the background out with it. Those background colors don't line up with the original background in that section of the video, making it fairly easy to see the edges where it was cut out and pasted in.
The apparently untampered timestamp on this video reads 2:43:38 to 2:43:40, which puts it about 20 seconds after the temperature was 66 degrees and just 3 seconds before the temperature lowered into the 65 degree range (in the untampered videos).
Conclusions: The temperature in that section of the room (the reading is most likely coming from the far wall, due to the nature of the instrument) did appear to drop by about 1 degree within 25 seconds. It then appeared to drop by another 2 degrees, but we cannot tell how long that took because the original timestamp was removed and replaced with a fake. Finally, we have no proof the temperature dropped to 62 degrees because that FLIR footage is totally faked. The footage itself is taken from before the temperature dropped to 65 and the 2 in the temperature is edited in.
Bottom line: Because none of the (altered) footage in question was seen in the hands of TAPS during either the Analysis or the Reveal, the possibility remains that they are innocent of wrongdoing; however, innocent or not, this casts such a dark shadow over their credibility that failure to publicly respond would be tantamount to condoning the doctoring of evidence by the production staff.
To put it another way, even if you completely trust the TAPS guys and think they would never fake anything or try to trick you, if they don't respond to this in a big way that means they aren't going to do anything to stop the production crew from doctoring footage, which means no matter how much you trust them personally, everything you see on the show might be faked. This is what concerns us and why we, as fans, are hoping for a strong response from TAPS.