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Travel Channel and discovery+ Announce Two New Specials as Part of ‘Shock Doc Sundays’

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Travel Channel has announced two new installments in its popular “Shock Docs” franchise as part of its new programming event called “Shock Doc Sundays,” which launched on January 1. The two latest installments, “Michigan Hell House” and “The Devil’s Academy,” will premiere this February and tell real and chilling stories of the paranormal and possession.

In “Michigan Hell House,” premiering on Sunday, February 19 at 9 PM ET/PT, paranormal investigator Steve Shippy explores a case that rivals horror films like “Amityville Horror” and “Poltergeist,” but this house of hell is 100% real. The story takes place in a farmhouse in the tiny village of Merrill, Michigan. From the summer of 1974 to the spring of 1975, the Pomeraning family endured relentless, bizarre, and violent paranormal phenomena. Knocking, explosions, disembodied voices, and even spontaneous combustion ripped apart the home and the family living inside of it. With dozens of hours of real-time audio recordings, hundreds of police reports, and dozens of eyewitnesses, this case is arguably the most well-documented paranormal case in history. Yet to this day, no one knows why an unseen, evil force ravaged this family. Was it a poltergeist? Demonic possession? Witchcraft? Now Shippy and world-renowned psychic medium Cindy Kaza, armed with new evidence, will finally uncover the source of the evil that terrorized the Michigan Hell House.

“The Devil’s Academy,” premiering on Sunday, February 26 at 9 PM ET/PT, reveals the shocking haunting that took over Miami Aerospace Academy and its students. On October 25, 1979, all hell broke loose at the Miami Aerospace Academy (MAA) when the school’s student body seemed to fall victim to a mass demonic possession. Terrifying reports of what occurred at the high school spread like wildfire: one girl claimed the devil was inside her and was seen levitating, a boy seemed to display superhuman strength, and a full-on riot broke out as students ripped doors off of hinges and smashed windows. Forty years later, former MAA students, as well as law enforcement, psychologists, paranormal investigators, and demonologists, come together to explain what happened that fateful day the devil took over the school.

“Shock Docs Sundays” showcases Travel Channel’s “Shock Docs” series, which kicked off in 2020 with a documentary on famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Each installment of Travel Channel’s “Shock Docs” goes to the heart of a true American horror story – and a peek into history. Other installments have included the inspiration behind “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” and the inspiration behind the “Scream” film franchise. “Shock Docs Sundays” is available on Travel Channel and streaming on discovery+.

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