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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Jack Osbourne (yes, Ozzy's son) and Katrina Weidman star in the Travel Channel reality series, "Portals to Hell." As paranormal investigators, the pair search for haunted locations in search of evidence that a spirit world actually exists. Yes, it's entertainment for viewers. But Osbourne and Weidman say the series has helped them answer questions they've had since they were children. Follow Osbourne on Facebook ( and Instagram ( Weidman may be reached via Twitter ( and her website (

Q. Where is the scariest place you have visited?

Osbourne: I think on this season, the scariest place I went to was the Haunted Hill House in Mineral Wells, Texas. That place really freaked me out. Allegedly, a demonic entity haunts it and there is a long history of odd events connected to the location.

Weidman: I do think Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (in Weston, West Virginia) is one of the scarier places I've been.

Q. When you think of hell, what pops into your mind?

Osbourne: Tough call. I kind of think hell is when all three of your kids have the stomach flu and you're home alone with no help and have to deal with it all by yourself. (Laughs) But in all seriousness, I don't think hell is anything close to what religions believe. In fact, I think that we as humans can't really comprehend what a different spiritual realm is.


Q. How did you get interested in paranormal activities?

Weidman: I have the typical ghost hunter story. I grew up in haunted houses that left me with a lot of unanswered questions. It really fueled this desire to find those answers and very weird twists of fate led me here.

Osbourne: I was a massive Sci-Fi nerd as a kid and used to love "The X-Files." It was that show that got me into it. I wanted to investigate like Fox Mulder. I had all sorts of books when I was growing up about ghosts, aliens, UFOs and cryptids. When I was a teenager, I used to do little dorky ghost hunts with my friends -- nothing serious, just messing around. So, it's been a passion for a while.

Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?


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