Destination Truth

The WORST episodes of Destination Truth

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Destination Truth is hosted by Josh Gates, the show takes viewers across the globe in search of answers. Every week Josh and his crew visit a different locale where he interviews witnesses in an attempt to get to the truth regarding some of the world's most notorious supernatural mysteries, like the Chupacabra of Chile and the Mongolian Fire Worm.

Last Updated: 5/3/2022Network: Syfy
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Vampire Monsters & Island of the Damned
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5.89
135 votes

#1 - Vampire Monsters & Island of the Damned

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/7/2012

A vampire is sought in Transylvania. Also: A paranormal probe is conducted on a Swedish island.

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Haunted Island Ruins & Moroccan Succubus
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6.92
117 votes

#2 - Haunted Island Ruins & Moroccan Succubus

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/21/2010

On the Micronesian island of Pohnpei, there are 1,000 year-old ruins that locals claim are haunted. This area, called Nan Madol, was actually brought to the attention of Destination Truth by an avid viewer who was visiting an area near Nan Madol when the tour guide suddenly refused to go any closer. A little research by the team revealed that there are centuries-old stories about floating lights and moving shadows at the site. If you're visiting northern Morocco, you just might hear someone talking about Aisha Kandisha, "the devil temptress." Although her name doesn't sound particularly threatening, this beautiful, nocturnal succubus is said to have been luring local men to their death for years. That is, of course, after she drives them mad with lust.

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Hanging Coffins & Kazakh Monster
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6.95
134 votes

#3 - Hanging Coffins & Kazakh Monster

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/14/2012

Probes in the Philippines and Kazakhstan unfold in the Season 5 finale.

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Live from Ireland - The Search for the Banshee Ghost
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7.01
118 votes

#4 - Live from Ireland - The Search for the Banshee Ghost

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/17/2011

In the very first live broadcast of Destination Truth, Josh Gates and his Truth Team set out to find the “Irish angel of death,” better known as the banshee. Ireland was a fitting location for this Saint Patrick’s Day broadcast—especially since the banshee is so widely feared there—and Duckett’s Grove Castle is said to the largest hotbed of banshee activity in the area. Leave it to Josh to jump right into the heart of it.

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Poltergeists of Pompeii & Nandi Beast
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7.07
156 votes

#5 - Poltergeists of Pompeii & Nandi Beast

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/9/2010

The ancient Roman city of Pompeii in Naples, Italy was a beautiful, thriving place with just one problem: it was built at the base of Mount Vesuvius, an active volcano. Eventually, Vesuvius erupted, killing many of the Pompeii residents instantly and covering the entire town with a massive layer of ash. It was a full 1,000 years before Pompeii was finally unearthed, revealing a city frozen during its most catastrophic moment. Since then, tourists, night watchmen, and local residents have all reported significant paranormal activity at the site. Could the souls of all those Pompeii residents still be haunting the ground they perished on? Legend has it that in the forests of western Kenya there lives a ferocious animal that feeds on human brains. Named for the nearby Nandi tribe, which claims to have hunted the animal, the story of the vicious Nandi Bear has existed in African folklore for more than one hundred years. Recently, there seems to been a new rash of Nandi Bear sightings in Kenya's Rift Valley. The question is: are the villagers seeing the mysterious Nandi Bear, or something else?

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Haunted Forest & Alux
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7.08
106 votes

#6 - Haunted Forest & Alux

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/9/2009

Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson from Ghost Hunters examine the evidence which Josh Gates found at Romania's Hoia-Baciu Forest. Also, a the guys head to Mexico's Yucatan state for evidence for the myth of the Alux.

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Siberian Snowman
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7.10
136 votes

#7 - Siberian Snowman

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/7/2010

Up in the icy mountains of Siberia in southern Russia, there have been a rash of recent sightings of a beast known as the Siberian Snowman. Similar in description to Bigfoot, this nine foot tall creature may, in fact, be related to a nearby archeological find that recently uncovered a new human ancestor. Could there be a few of these pre-humans lurking in the mountains?

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Ghosts of Truk Lagoon & Japanese Kappa Monster
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7.12
120 votes

#8 - Ghosts of Truk Lagoon & Japanese Kappa Monster

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/30/2010

If you're a scuba diver, you've probably heard of the Truk Lagoon. Located halfway between the Philippines and Hawaii near the Chuuk Islands, this lagoon offers some of the best wreck diving in the world. Once the site of a decisive battle between Japan and United States during World War II, there are numerous ships, planes, tanks, and submarines that have been resting here since they were shot down nearly 70 years ago. Now, divers and locals claim that the ghosts of these soldiers haunt the waters around the wreckage. In northern Japan, you'll find many children's lunchboxes decorated with a cute, green reptile on the side. That animal, called a Kappa, was once feared as an evil cross between a demon and a turtle before it became something of a national mascot. Recently, however, a new spate of ominous sightings has given rise to rumors that the Kappa has returned and is responsible for missing livestock and even children.

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Thai Tree People & Aiya Napa Monster
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7.21
112 votes

#9 - Thai Tree People & Aiya Napa Monster

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 4/12/2011

In Bangkok, Thailand, the legend of the Naree Pon—a being that is half plant and half animal—has been gaining credibility because of a Thai temple that claims to have two of these creatures on display. These forest dwellers are said to have a small, feminine form, which enables them to blend seamlessly into the surrounding vegetation. The island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea is the location of Josh's next adventure. He plans to investigate the thousand-year-old legend of a sea monster, which lurks beneath the clear, blue waters near the city of Ayia Napa.

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Ghosts of Masada & The Leprechaun
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7.26
90 votes

#10 - Ghosts of Masada & The Leprechaun

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/17/2010

Josh and team go ghost hunting in the ruins of Masada, Israel; a place where nearly 1,000 Jews committed mass-suicide to prevent capture by the Romans. The evidence is later analyzed by Jason and Grant from Ghost Hunters. Next Josh journeys to Doolin, Ireland on the hunt for Leprechauns.

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Spirits of Tikal & Creature From the Black Lagoon
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7.26
132 votes

#11 - Spirits of Tikal & Creature From the Black Lagoon

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/31/2012

The Mayan city of Tikal is visited for a paranormal probe. Also: A sea creature is sought in Fiji.

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The Jersey Devil & The Yeren
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7.27
118 votes

#12 - The Jersey Devil & The Yeren

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/31/2010

Josh heads into New Jersey's Wharton State Forest and teams up with Kris Williams from Ghost Hunters to search for the legendary Jersey Devil. In the next segment, he and his team go to China's Hubei provence in search of a Bigfoot-like creature called the Yeren.

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Giant Anaconda
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7.31
71 votes

#13 - Giant Anaconda

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/9/2008

Josh and his crew investigate reports of giant anacondas in the Brazilian jungles.

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Bigfoot & Nahuelito
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7.32
111 votes

#14 - Bigfoot & Nahuelito

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/27/2007

Josh goes to Malaysia's Endau Rompin National Park to look into reports of Bigfoot sightings, then later, he goes to Argentina to find a lake monster called Nahuelito, reminiscent of Nessie that is supposedly lurking in Nahuel Huapi Lake.

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Ghosts of Chernobyl & Sal'awa
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7.33
118 votes

#15 - Ghosts of Chernobyl & Sal'awa

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/30/2009

Josh and the crew head to the Ukraine and the site of the Chernobyl disaster where ghosts are said to be seen wandering around there. Also, a dog like creature is searched for in Cairo.

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Sandstorm Spirits & Cerro Azul Monster
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7.34
116 votes

#16 - Sandstorm Spirits & Cerro Azul Monster

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/29/2011

In Kolmanskop, a remote southern province of Namibia, Germans once erected a small diamond-mining town. The town has been uninhabited for more than half a century but recent reports say that the area is haunted. Could these be the ghosts of the many miners who lost their lives in the unforgiving heat of the dessert? In 2009, there was a report of a strange, hairless animal attacking a group of boys in a Panamanian town called Cerro Azul. The boys reportedly killed the animal by throwing rocks at it but when they returned, the animal was gone. Could there be a strange new form of life in Panama?

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Jungle Temple Ghosts & Namibian Night Stalker
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7.35
118 votes

#17 - Jungle Temple Ghosts & Namibian Night Stalker

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/5/2011

In Bangkok, Thailand, reports of a giant ghost called the Phret are not unusual but recently, an amateur recording of this phantom climbing Victory Monument in the middle of town has locals in an uproar. If anyone can find these spirits of the dammed, which only manifest at high altitudes, it’s Josh Gates and Team Truth. A recent uptick in animal killings in Namibia has captured the attention of Josh and the crew. Not only have farmers been losing livestock, but the carcasses have also been completely drained of blood. Could the blood sucking be the vicious handiwork of the Namibian Night Stalker, a.k.a. the African Chupacabra? That’s what Josh wants to find out.

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Sea Monster & Bat Demon
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7.35
37 votes

#18 - Sea Monster & Bat Demon

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/26/2008

A sea monster in Halong Bay, Vietnam and bat-like creature in East Africa are investigated.

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Alien Invaders & Swedish Lake Monster
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7.36
125 votes

#19 - Alien Invaders & Swedish Lake Monster

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/24/2012

A trip to the forests of Kazakhstan to search for UFOs; a visit to Sweden to locate a lake creature.

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Spirits of Angkor Wat & Canadian Lake Monster
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7.37
100 votes

#20 - Spirits of Angkor Wat & Canadian Lake Monster

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/16/2010

By day, the 800-year-old temple known as Angkor Wat is one of Cambodia's most treasured national landmarks and tourist attractions but, by night, could it be ground zero for the region's angriest spirits? That's certainly the belief of many visitors to Angkor, a sprawling forty square mile complex of stone palaces, shrines, and ruins. In the center of this compound sits Angkor Wat, a 12th century structure originally designed as a Hindu temple, which now holds the distinction of being the largest religious building in the world. Equally impressive is the massive, 600-foot wide moat that separates Angkor from the mainland. Might this moat be an ancient attempt to keep the bad spirits away from the local people? Sounds like a case for Team Truth. A 36-year-old fisherman just vanished in Canada's Okanagan Lake. Even worse, this is but one in a string of disappearances reported to have occurred in the same area of this body of water. The local rumor mill has it that all of these disappearances are the deadly handiwork of the Ogopogo, a huge amphibious beast, which has been documented in the annals of Canadian history for the past 1,000 years. The epicenter of Ogopogo sightings is the ominously named Rattlesnake Island, a small rock outcropping in the lake. Someone has to get to the bottom of this.

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Orang Pendek & Worm Monster
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7.37
59 votes

#21 - Orang Pendek & Worm Monster

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/10/2008

Orang Pendek, which means "short person", is the most common name given to an unconfirmed animal that reportedly inhabits remote, mountainous forests on the island of Sumatra. Then on to the hunt for a huge worm said to reside in the remote Lake Lagarfljot in Iceland. The Worm Monster has been spotted consistently since 1345, and is one of the oldest lake monsters ever (more or less) recorded. It is presumed to be longer than a football field, and has been seen coiled near the shore by countless eyewitnesses.

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Werewolf & Arica Monster
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7.39
126 votes

#22 - Werewolf & Arica Monster

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/28/2009

Romania, home to rolling green hills, unparalleled architecture and the notorious werewolf. The legend of the half man, half beast monster has existed for centuries and while most scoff at the notion that the mythic figure is a reality, others swear it's real. Recently, villagers in the small Romanian town of Brad, unearthed a human corpse, removed its heart and drank the blood as part of an archaic ritual to ward off werewolves. Tasty. Next, Atacama Desert, Chile. The Atacama Desert is 50 times drier than California's Death Valley making it virtually impossible for life forms to survive there. Yet people say they've seen a dinosaur like beast keeping pace with their cars. And if this is true, this pre-historic relic from the past may not be extinct after all.

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Flying Dinosaur & Sloth Monster
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7.40
88 votes

#23 - Flying Dinosaur & Sloth Monster

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/2/2008

Josh investigates a flying dinosaur, which is claimed to have harassed African locals. Elsewhere, Josh visits the rainforests of Brazil to investigate sightings of a sloth monster.

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Ghosts of Menengai Crater & Kalanoro
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7.40
98 votes

#24 - Ghosts of Menengai Crater & Kalanoro

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/14/2010

In the East African country of Kenya, the local Maasai tribe claims a massive volcanic crater is haunted by the 60,000 warriors who where killed there during a bloody civil war in the 1800s. Battle cries, shadows, and strange noises are all reported to emanate from the center of what's called the Menengai Crater. Could Madagascar be the home to a small but dangerous creature called the Kalanoro? That idea might not be too far fetched since this island off the coast of Africa is the home to several animals that are not found anywhere else in the world. Stories of the mischievous Kalanoro date back 2,000 years, but recent sightings imply the dangerous, two-foot tall, humanoid monster may be back.

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Ghosts of the Great Wall & Israeli Mermaid
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7.40
95 votes

#25 - Ghosts of the Great Wall & Israeli Mermaid

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/24/2010

The Great Wall of China. Legend says it's one of the few man-made structures visible from space. Stretching for 4,000 miles across the north of China, it's estimated that more than a million soldiers died building and defending the wall. Fifty miles north of Beijing lies "The Wild Wall," a portion of the Wall that has more than a few dark corners. Locals report strange apparitions as well as the sounds of marching footsteps on the wind. In Kirvat Yam, Israel, there is a very large check for a million dollars waiting for photographic proof, proof of a mermaid. Dozens of locals have reported something that scared them at close range. A creature with a body covered in scales, the lower half ending in a fluked tail that splashed in the waves at sunset. The accounts detail a humanoid torso, with limbs and webbed appendages. The creature has an anthropomorphic face, wide-set eyes, and razor sharp teeth. Even though sightings of a humanoid sea creature date back 3,000 years, Greek Sirens these creatures are most certainly not.

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