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King Tut's Curse/Swamp Ape
Season Three, Episode Twenty Two
S03xE03 47401
Air date September 23, 2009
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"Rex, what's going to kill me tonight?"
-Josh

King Tut's Curse/Swamp Ape is the third episode of the third season of Destination Truth and the twenty-second episode overall. The episode investigates the tomb of King Tut's reported of curse and the Swamp Ape. This episode aired on September 23, 2009.

Episode SummaryEdit

King Tut's CurseEdit

The team flew to Cairo, Egypt and as soon as they touched down, Josh heads to an Egyptian Museum. He met up with the director of Egyptian Antiqueties, Muztafah Maziri, to get the key to the tomb and learned more about the reportedly curse. The next morning they flew to the city of Luxor and speaked to Ramy Romany, an egyptologist, and warns them that they'll provoke the curse if they disturb the tomb and the mummy at night. At a local bazaar, the team eats in a restaurant with Ramy and had a "mystery dinner" along with some entertainment. Ramy introduce the team to a guard in the Valley of the Kings, who had strange encounters along with his friends while guarding the tomb. They'll have to cross the Nile River using Fellucas and ride camels across the desert sands to reach the Valley of the Kings. Reaching the tomb and with nightfall upon them, they'd set up base camp directly to the entrance of King Tut's tomb.

To begin the investigation, Josh and Jael makes a preliminary sweep using the thermal imager in the reported locaion where most of the sightings occured. While they're at the top of the hill, Jael starts hearing something at a specific tomb. They head to the gate of the tomb and Josh sees a shadow moving across the thermal imager. Josh heads back to camp and planned the investigation of the tomb of King Tut, Sharra and Bicha starts to have "curse" in their stomach. Upon entering the tomb a sandstorm begins to sweep their gear. Their gear was covered before being severely damaged and the sandstorm settles, the team now heads to the tomb of Tutankhamun. Inside the tomb, they used EMF detector to the original burial place of the King Tut and starts to detect huge magnetic spikes in the sarcophagous that vanished immediately. Afterwards they hurried to the staircase and found Bicha, that is overcome by sharp stomach pains and send him back to base camp. Josh begins his isolation sessions and after several minutes he starts hearing footsteps heading towards him. Josh's isolation session ends and now it's Mike's turn for an EVP session. In the middle of his session, after hearing some noises, Mike starts to have an asthma attack that made him quit the isolation session. With his team battling illness, Josh decided to end the investigation and heads back home.

Mike analyze the audio captured during their investigation at the tomb. When they've boosted the audio, there is a voice-like sound similar to the word "out" is heard in the recording and the footsteps that Josh heard in his isolation session. The thermal footage that Josh and Jael saw was too inconclusive but there was photo, captured by one of the trap cameras, that looked like a translucent flame. Josh concludes and believes that King Tut's legacy and his actual spirit seem to be very much alive.

Swamp Ape Edit

The monster is said to live within the Big Cypress National Preserve —nearly 1 million acres of swamps where no roads exist. Yeah, this shouldn't be a tough case at all … As darkness falls they find a dry area to set up base camp. The crew sets up four infrared cameras around the perimeters as well as four digital trap cameras around the swamp's interior. They also place bait of raw meat in front of the digital still cameras to lure the beast. As Josh and Jael are setting up the last camera they hear loud splashing sound in the water in front of them. Nearby Bischa and Mike also hear something moving around in the waters. Since swamp apes are land animals they figure it must be another predator. The crew has to be careful because there are snacks, alligators and panthers lurking. While Jael and Josh survey the swamps Sharra, Rex and Bischa hold down the fort at base camp. Within minutes, they spot a panther on one of the cameras and send warning to Josh and Jael. Later on, Bischa sees a streak go across one of the cameras and then the device is knocked down. When they go to find out what happened to the camera they notice that the bait is gone. Could it be the work of the skunk ape or just some other hungry monster lurking within the swamps? They'll have to do the final analysis to find out. The Findings When Josh and the team return to L.A., Joes goes to see a zoo curator to help process the evidence. The curator believes that the animal that knocks the camera over was a black bear, white tail dear or a panther. Since there's no history of large apes living in North America, scientifically the theory of the "skunk ape" is unlikely and what eyewitnesses could be seeing is probably a bear or other game. Still the countless eyewitness reports suggest the story of the Florida swamp ape may have more chapters to come and be far from over. When Josh and the team return to L.A., Joes goes to see a zoo curator to help process the evidence. The curator believes that the animal that knocks the camera over was a black bear, white tail dear or a panther. Since there's no history of large apes living in North America, scientifically the theory of the "skunk ape" is unlikely and what eyewitnesses could be seeing is probably a bear or other game. Still the countless eyewitness reports suggest the story of the Florida swamp ape may have more chapters to come and be far from over.

GalleryEdit

VehiclesEdit

  • "Camels", according to Josh, his least favorite animal and the transportation they used to hike to the Valley of the Kings. At the beginning, Josh had troubles trying to control his camel but later helped them carry their gear.
  • "Airboat (Cadillac of the Everglades)" is the vehicle they used to search and travel their way to the vast marshlands of the everglades. Josh describes it as the "one of safest machine ever built".

QuotesEdit

Josh: This is incredible, an ancient garbage can, stunning it's preserved as well.
Josh: (seeing the "vehicles" waiting for them) Bicha, I said no camels!

Bicha: You got to ride the camels, buddy.
Jael: They're really cute, actually.
Josh: They're not cute! They bite, and they spit...
Jael: They bite?
Josh: ...and they have a bad attitude. They're just like you, Jael.

Jael: (Jael pretends to spit at him)
Josh: (during the pre-investigation mission briefing) Rex, what's going to kill me tonight?.

TriviaEdit

  • The Destination Truth crew is the first film crew ever to conduct a paranormal investigation and obtain permits and film inside King Tut's tomb.
  • This episode was originally scheduled to be the season three premier, but when Evan had his strange experience in Romania, the producers decided to air that episode, "Haunted Forest/Alux " first.

OtherEdit

  • Mustafah Waziri - Director of Luxor Antiquities.
  • Ramy Romany - Egyptologist.
  • Ali Khalifa - Guard at Valley of the Kings.
  • Dave Shealy - Skunk Ape Witness.
  • Ed Craft - Skunk Ape Witness.
  • Billy Lestes - Skunk Ape Witness.
  • Tom Shirley - State Game Warden



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