Interview with Paranormal Investigator, Shari Marie DeBenedetti

Today I’m welcoming paranormal investigator, Shari Marie DeBenedetti from Syfy’s television series, Ghost Hunters. Thank you, Shari for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in Upstate New York and moved to Boston with my family when I was 11 years old. I graduated from Lynnfield High School and attended Bentley University while working full-time at an engineering firm. I am now a real estate agent. I do many private investigations with local teams in the area and I also appear at events. I have two children, Angelina and Nico.

 

 

Why the paranormal?

I became interested in the paranormal because I experienced many strange and unexplained things growing up. I finally began to research the paranormal in my mid 20’s when my family and I had many scary experiences in the house we were living in at the time. It got to be so bad I was afraid to go into the house alone not knowing what was going to happen next. I decided to start investigating with my friends and eventually formed a team. I wanted to help others who were experiencing paranormal activity so that they would be comfortable living in their homes.

 

 

You’re a paranormal investigator on SyFy’s television series, Ghost Hunters. How did this get started for you?

I met Jason Hawes, and other T.A.P.S. members, many years ago at paranormal events and we have remained friends ever since. I was recommended, then interviewed, then I started.

 

 

In your opinion, what’s the most frightening case you and the team have investigated on the show?

There was no case that I investigated on the show that made me ‘frightened’. I, however, had many crazy experiences but I personally never felt threatened by any of them.

 

 

Has anything ghostly ever followed you home after an investigation? And if so, how did you deal with it?

I’m not positive if the spirits that I had at home are the same ones that came home with me from an investigation. I don’t investigate my own home to see who they are. If there is anything going on then I usually just ask them to move along, respectfully of course. There was one time where I did need help to get rid of someone who didn’t want to go. But otherwise, I always tell them that they are not allowed to follow me home right after the investigation.

 

 

What’s your favorite piece of paranormal equipment to use and why?

My favorite piece(s) of equipment is the Thermal Camera and the Night Vision Full Spectrum Video Camera/GoPro and a voice recorder. I have had great True results with these pieces.

 

 

How do you prepare yourself for a case? Do you practice a particular method or routine?

I always say my prayers and ask for all of my Angels to help me and guard me from any harm.

 

 

Any upcoming events you’d like to tell us?

The event that is open to the public and still has tickets available:

– June 24 in Coventry Rhode Island, I will be at the Paine House.

 

 

Any positive words of advice?

I always say ‘it is what it is’ if you can’t change it then learn from it and move on. I also believe in Karma, be nice and have a positive attitude and you will receive this in return.
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Interview with Paranormal Genealogist, Shannon Bradley Byers

Today I’m welcoming Paranormal Genealogist, Shannon Bradley Byers. Thank you, Shannon for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

This is always difficult for me because I never know what people would really like to know! I was born in South Carolina, but my daddy worked for the pipeline, so we moved around a lot the first eight years of my life. In 1976, we finally settled right outside of Atlanta and I have been here ever since. In 1993, I had daughter, who is my only child, and in 2003 I met my 2nd husband, David. We married in 2005 and we spend our time on some amazing adventures. I have a passion for good old-fashioned bodice ripping romance books, especially ones by Victoria Holt. In 2006 I was introduced to the time travel romance worlds penned by author Lynn Kurland and each year I look forward to her newest book. A big guilty pleasure of mine is the supernatural romance books by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Team Ash!).

I was given a project in school in 1981, when I was 13 that introduced me to the addicting world of genealogy. I was supposed to write about a “family story” that had been handed down, and interview family member to see what kind of facts I could find about it (remember, this was before the internet!). On my daddy’s side, there was a bare bones story about a civil war soldier that had had enough of the war and decided to quit and walk home, from Virginia to mountains of North Carolina. When he was just a mile or so from home, he was shot and killed by the home guard. That was the beginning of my passion for genealogy. I love it so much, I have spent the last 36 years working on family research for just about anyone that asks me for help. As a side note, if that story sounds familiar to anyone, it would be because my cousin wrote a book in the 90s called Cold Mountain, which was later turned into an award-winning movie where Jude Law played my 3rd great uncle. The book and movie are complete fiction, with almost no resemblance to what really happened. Anyone interested in knowing the real story can visit my website and read all about.

Genealogy aside, I am also on the preservation board and historian for the Wynne-Russell house, a local historic home in our city. I work very closely with our local police as a board member for the citizens police academy and I am a member of our county’s archaeological society.

In what little spare time I have between all of the above and my paranormal pursuits, I work with other people like me who need help understanding their gifts and haunt antique markets looking for old medical equipment.

 

 

How did you become a paranormal investigator? 

When I was 8 years old, we had a book fair at school and it was then that I first laid eyes on the book Haunted Houses by Larry Kettelkamp. I decided right then and there I wanted to find a ghost on my own. Now keep in mind this was 1976 and my exposure to looking for ghosts was limited to the television show In Search of.., things written by Hans Holzer and books like the Time Life series.

My parents were big on our summer vacation spots being “historical” in some way. I spent a lot of time on St. Simons Island taking pictures at Christ Church Cemetery and the Bloody Marsh battlefield. All in the pursuit of that holy grail of paranormal evidence… a picture of an apparition, only to be disappointed weeks later when the film was developed to find out I had not. In a way, I miss film cameras, but I definitely do not miss the “wait” time of film developing.

When David and I met, we found out quickly that we both had a huge interest in the paranormal, so it was only natural that we start looking for ghosts together. This was 2003 and there was a lot more out there in the way of paranormal research, but it was still before the multitude of television shows. We went to as many historical places, cemeteries and spooky places as we could and conducted our own experiments.

In 2010, I started trying to join other groups of likeminded people, thinking that a historical researcher would be an asset, but no one would ever get back with me. In 2013 we spent a couple of months with a friend that was forming a group, but para-drama got in the way and David and I decided that we would just keep doing our own thing like we always had. The problem was, because groups of “ghost hunters” were misbehaving, historical places did not want to let us in without a resume. That was when we decided to “organize.” We came up with a name, joined the wonderful world of social media and I spent all my time sending out letters practically begging places to let us investigate and filling in the gaps with private residential and business clients around the southeast. Now, with the references we have, it is much easier to get into places that most cannot, so we just keep doing what we love as a husband and wife team.

 

 

You’re the “Paranormal Genealogist”. Tell us about that?

Many years ago, I saw an episode of one of the paranormal shows that highlighted a true crime that I had studied since I was a child, the Pearl Bryan murder (I have always had a morbid fascination with Victorian murders). Well imagine my shock and surprise when they started presenting “facts” that I knew to be untrue. Before that time, I had not realized that we were being fed a line of untruths on these shows in the way of the history they presented. That was when I really started looking into the real stories of places like Bobby Mackey’s Music World, the Old Charleston Jail, the Exorcist House, Waverly Hills Sanitarium, Sloss Furnace, etc. I used all my genealogy research skills to tract down information on the people, town, and structures that could be backed up with documented facts. I had been doing that kind of research on my own cases anyway because I am a FIRM believer that you cannot conduct an effective investigation without knowing the history. I quickly found out that most of the information we were being fed on television shows and movies was misappropriated or just plain made up so, in the interest of getting the real information out there, the Paranormal Genealogist was born. Now, I spend my time giving lectures and seminars on the real histories of these places and how you go about tracking down the information. It is my opinion that giving false history on the people that died (or did not die) at these places shows a level of disrespect that is unconscionable.

 

 

Being an empath, have you always known that you had this ability? And would you consider it a gift or a curse, or maybe even a little bit of both?

No, I have not always known, but looking back, I should have. Metaphysical things were not taught in my household when I was growing up so I had absolutely no understanding of what an empath was. As a young child and into my teen years I was described as “tender hearted” or having the ability to relate to others in a weird way, but that did not really do a whole lot in teaching me that being an empath was a “thing.” I am a southern girl, and during the time I was growing up, we still brought the dead home and laid them out in the living room so being around death never bothered or affected me other than being sad that person was no longer physically in my life. Several years ago, I lost a close friend and it was the first time I had felt complete and utter devastation by a loss. It was at that time I sought out help to understand things I had always “known” but did not understand. This was when I learned about being both an empath and a deadseer. My mentor made me realize that many things I had never understood as a child made perfect sense. For some unknown reason, I had a very hard time with my 47th birthday. As a birthday gift, my mother wrote me a long letter that detailed our lives together. That letter meant a lot to me on different levels, but there is a portion where she talks about when I was around 18 months old and she would get up every night and find me sitting up in bed talking to the “angels in the corner of my room.” It was like a flood light had been turned on for me and where maybe before that I had looked on my abilities as both a gift AND a curse, I realized what a precious gift it is IF I work with it as it was intended to be. Since that time, I have never referred to it as a “curse.”

 

 

What was the inspiration behind writing your book, “How Not To Be A Ghost Hunter”?

In 2016, a colleague and I were lamenting for the hundredth time about all the groups out there posting on Facebook and the web about their “ghost hunts” and “evidence” they had captured. A few things have bothered me for years about groups that have popped up since the television shows became so prominent. First is the fact that they think they can watch these shows and know exactly how a paranormal investigation should be conducted. Another problem is getting them to realize that their “evidence” is nothing but normal occurrences (again, thanks to television). They simply do not realize the damage they can cause and the dangers for themselves, their clients, and the spirits they may encounter. One of my biggest gripes are the people that go to a location to experiment and then just leave with no follow through for either the client or the spirit(s) who many times, are just wanting help.

My husband and I are on the preservation board for a historic home in our city, and we have been investigating there for years. To raise money for the never-ending things that have to be repaired, we hold history/paranormal tours and in the fall people can donate to investigate with us, (100% of their donation goes to the preservation fund). During the summer of 2016, we decided to hold a workshop fundraiser for the house, similar to the talks we give at DragonCon, a kind of “normal paranormal” class. Because I loathe being called a “ghost hunter,” I came up with the class name of “How NOT to be a Ghost Hunter” and wrote a 60-page book to give to the participants. I shared the book with some other colleagues and the feedback was incredible. The consensus was that I should write it as an actual book and publish it. I spent the fall rewriting, tweaking, and having it edited so I could release it in January of 2017. It does not included anything “metaphysical” because the focus was for people to understand just what it is to be a paranormal researcher and how different it is from television.

 

 

Where can readers get their very own copy of your book?

It can be purchased as a paperback or kindle version on Amazon or in e-format on iTunes.

 

 

What’s next for Shannon Bradley Byers?

I am constantly working on research to debunk the haunted fakelore of locations featured on TV, but along with that, I have two more nonfiction books in the works as well as a fiction one that I have been working on for years. Unfortunately, with a full time job and my non-work related schedule, finding time to write is extremely difficult… OR when I do have time to work on them, I get hit with a case of writers block! The next few months are going to be busy between private investigations, an archaeology dig, and teaching another paranormal class as a fundraiser. As of right now, my next big “event” is The ScareFest in Lexington, KY this fall since I have decided to forego speaking at the 2017 Dragon Con. If all goes according to plan, my next book will be out in September 2017.

 

 

Any advice for future paranormal investigators?

Before you get your first piece of equipment, come up with a catchy name, or buy your t-shirts, the first thing you need to ask yourself is “why do I want to do this?” The answer to this question will determine many things. If it is just for thrill seeking, you might want to rethink your decision. As in all things, thrill seeking can have detrimental effects on yourself and others. People have been trying to use science to prove the existence of the afterlife for centuries and you are going to have to be comfortable with the fact that it will never be a recognized “science.” There is just no way to come up with a hypothesis and test your theories because you cannot get the same results every single time you do an investigation, and consistent verifiable results is the basis of science. There will always be roadblocks along the way. People will tell you that you are wasting your time, or that you are nuts or that you are going to hell for talking to dead people. Just remember why you decided on doing it in the first place. I hope that your reason is to help.

 

 

 

 

“Interview with Adrian Lee”

Today I’m welcoming psychic, paranormal investigator and author, Adrian Lee! Thank you, Adrian for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am the founder of The International Paranormal Society and a member of the Luton Paranormal Society in England. I have comprehensively investigated ghosts and paranormal activity all over the globe. I first became interested in the paranormal after experiencing several events in my childhood home. In adult life the idea progressively intrigued me that I could interface with the dead from a historical perspective. I first came to Minnesota early in 2008 to work on several paranormal video productions, and I spent two years working in Minneapolis as the national and international news correspondent for a live paranormal talk radio show on 100.3 KTLK. I currently host the only weekly paranormal news quiz show, More Questions than Answers.
My paranormal investigations are informed by my clairvoyance. I see detailed pictures in my third eye presented to me by the deceased. This allows me to have a very precise communication with the spirits. I also have the skill of remote viewing and clairsentience. In my youth my psychic sensitivities were dormant for some time. It was only through my work with other sensitives and through being exposed to various kinds of paranormal contact–coupled with my own personal psychic development, that I developed to where I can now utilize those skills freely. Like any other ability my clairvoyance continues to evolve and is becoming stronger through the implementing of structures surrounding my design for life, critical introspection, and practice.
I have also written the books Mysterious Minnesota: Digging up the Ghostly Past at 13 Haunted Sites and How to be Christian Psychic, What the Bible says about Mediums, Healers and Paranormal Investigators. I currently lecture on all aspects of the paranormal including ghosts, UFOs, psychic development, and angels.

 

 

At what age did you discover that you were psychic? And how have you lived with this ability, do you consider it a gift or a curse?

It is definitely a gift. I have trouble understanding those that complain about it being a curse when we have been given the unique ability to help, heal, and save others—whoever saves one life saves the world entire.
I saw entities in my bedroom when I was a small child growing up in east London—I believed one of them to be my great-grandmother. I described these phenomena to my parents and my father replied by saying, if it was my great-grandmother, then she would not want to hurt me, as she loved me. This is true and I have taken this concept through into my life of investigating the paranormal. Ghosts just reflect the society in which they were born and lived, and people (despite what the media would have us believe) are generally friendly and loving. If you fell over on the sidewalk, or broke down in your car, most people would stop and help.
The only issues I’ve had with ghosts and spirits is when they did not want me on their property, or I was considered the enemy (especially when investigating places like Fort Snelling in Minnesota, which was constructed to stop the British from coming back down from Canada). If individuals were mean and miserable when they were alive, then they are mean and miserable when they are dead—and who doesn’t know people like that now in their own lives. You keep the same humanity and personality when you die, you just lose your physical self.
I have gained the ability through meditation and a design for life to be able to turn my psychic skills on and off when I choose. So I am not bothered by spirits when I am walking through the grocery store or when I am in the shower.

 

 

You’re also a healer, tell us about that.

Many years ago I was the guest at a paranormal investigation being held in a disused Victorian School House in Derbyshire, England. The event was run by the respected British psychic and healer, Annette Moss. She told me during the event that I was a natural healer and that she would teach me to be a Reiki healer. I embraced the chance and studied Reiki and healing energy.
Over the course of my healing practice I have witnessed the most incredible transformations and healing taking place in the individuals I have worked with—in many cases baffling the medical profession by removing or curing disease and illness. Science is always playing catch-up to man’s wisdom. During the modernity of the scientific age of discovery we threw out much of our wisdom and knowledge in favor of what science could prove was right or wrong. Only recently has science discovered and recorded energy and auras being emitted from living creatures and plant-life. It has now recognized that energy can be transmitted from one person to another—so science is slowly catching up. Up until 1992 science said there were only nine planets, today we have found thousands. That is not to say they did not exist before 1992, just that science could not prove they existed.
Last year I had the privilege of healing a horse back from near death with pneumonia, so I am looking forward to working more with more animals in the future—that was a very touching and profound experience for me.

 

 

Being a paranormal investigator and founder of The International Paranormal Society, how do you incorporate your abilities into an investigation? And what has been your most challenging case thus far?

My psychic abilities are used on investigations just like any other piece of equipment. In an ideal world I would want to spend the beginning of an investigation annotating the psychic information I am receiving from the ghosts and spirits in the property. We investigate historically important sites and I am looking to bring history back from the lips of the dead—adding to the canon of American history by unwrapping information that has long since been lost to the knowledge of man.
Having created a large document of names, dates, and events psychically, we would then use the equipment to cross collaborate my findings—so we have empirical evidence backing up my psychic skills. After the investigation I would then find the individuals and the events the spirits spoke of within secondary source materials, like: newspaper archives, books, obituaries, banking details and censors records. I then find historically the individuals that I had not previously been aware of. This is a very powerful tool in proving that an afterlife exists and it is difficult to argue with from a skeptic’s perspective.
The most challenging aspect of investigating comes from the weather conditions or the state of the property I am investigating in. Ghosts and spirits in general don’t give me any issues and they want to be recognized and written about—these individuals are other people’s great-grandparents and great great-grandparents.
I investigated in the town of Long Prairie in Todd County, Minnesota, and it was so cold in the disused opera house that the ink froze in my pen. I have been in the bottom of several historic cargo freighters on a frozen Lake Superior up to my knees in lake water, oil, peeling paint, and other detritus. I guess I am learning that in the Midwest there is no such thing as the wrong weather, just the wrong clothing.
I am asked to remove darkness and Biblically evil entities from locations and properties but I have progressively found that they have removed themselves before I arrive—who is going to stick around to be banished if they know we are coming. The key is to stop them coming back into the property once we have departed, by anointing doorframes and windows, by blessings and using prayers, positive intensions, and clearing ceremonies. The use of salt is very effective and is found in Holy water, as well as many other religious beliefs.

 

 

You’re the author of several books such as How To Be A Christian Psychic: what the Bible says about Mediums, Healers, and Paranormal Investigators…. Mysterious Minnesota: Digging up the Ghostly Past at 13 Haunted Sites….. Tales From A Pioneer Town: the Earliest Stories of Sauk Centre, Minnesota….. and The Haunting & History Of The Christie House.
What was your inspiration to write them and where can readers go to purchase their very own copies?

I am a historian by trade and I lectured history all over Europe. As a historian you are solely dealing with secondary source materials as described above. We do not have a time machine and we were not there. So we collate all the information and present it how we think it may been have been back in that time period. As a psychic and paranormal investigator I can interview someone that was living in 1863 and actually ask them what it was like—just like asking your living granddad what he did during the war. This is now primary source material and I am uncovering history that has been lost and never seen before, this is very exciting and I feel like a cross between Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes. It is also unique and no one else is writing books in this manner.
My books can be found in every online bookstore and can be ordered by the well-known multinational book stores found around the US and the rest of the world (if they do not have a copy on their shelves). Please remember when you have read any book that you have enjoyed to leave a positive comment on Amazon. Ninety percent of all book sales are now sold through Amazon and any comments you leave allow the publisher, the author, and the distributor to keep promoting that author’s work—and will allow the writer to publish more in the future.

 

 

More Questions than Answers is your paranormal news radio show. Mind telling everyone about your broadcast and where can listeners tune in?

More Questions than Answers is the only paranormal news quiz show on the planet. We search the world for stories of the paranormal, strange and bizarre, and we test each other’s knowledge. It is a witty and comedic show with a guest panel. It is listened to by over 100,000 people a week in over 190 countries.
The fan mail I receive from all over the world is truly remarkable and humbling—it makes you realize that whether you live in Brazil, Serbia, Vietnam, the Philippines or Egypt, we can all laugh and get on together in the common love of the oddly intriguing and morbidly fascinating.
We broadcast every Friday central time at 8pm of the Dark Matter Digital Network http://www.darkmatterdigitalnetwork.com or you can listened to all of our archives from the last four years anytime visiting http://www.soundcloud.com/mqtaradio. You can also find us on Stitcher, I-Tunes and Tunein Radio.

 

 

What’s next for Adrian Lee, any upcoming projects?

As always I have about five books on the go all at once. I am working on several titles that I hope to have published this year including: Ghosts and UFOs, are they the same? and More Mysterious Midwest. I have expos and events solidly booked for every weekend throughout spring, where I will be a keynote speaker and psychic reader. I am also touring and signing my latest book: Mysterious Midwest, Unwrapping Urban Legends and Ghostly Tales from the Dead. Recent Grammy winner David Ellefson of Megadeth has written the forward to this book. I am filming a paranormal show with him in April with several other celebrities.
Due to its success I am also publishing a second edition of my first book Mysterious Minnesota with a forward written by the author Antonia Felix. I am always busy but I love being active and squeezing every minute out of every day.

 

 

Where can fans follow you and your work?

I have several websites where people can access my events or book a reading or healing:
http://www.IntParanormal.net
www.AdrianLeePsychic.com
You can find my books at: https://www.amazon.com/Adrian-Lee/e/B0089NMD4Q/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
On Twitter I am: @Adrian_Lee_TIPS
Or search for More Questions than Answers with Adrian Lee on Facebook. You can write to me at AdrianLee.Author@yahoo.com

 

 

Any advice you’d care to share?

Two things that I consider to be very important. Firstly, learn to meditate, this is the quickest way to improve any psychic abilities and to develop your own sensitivities. There are some great guided meditations you can find on YouTube, search for the ones that suit you best and get started.

Secondly, show no fear. If you write a book or place yourself in the public eye then people will try and shoot you down and write negative things about you—it is an unfortunate part of the human condition. But for every negative comment that is written, another twenty people will say that you have given them life changing healing, valuable advice, or connected them to a loved one that has turned their life around.
Do not let fear stop you from being successful, or let people judging you stop you from achieving your potential, your dreams, your hopes. Go onto Amazon now and look at the negative reviews written for some of my books, when those individuals have never even read them—the lies, the vitriol, the hatred. Then look at the many positive, remarkable, and amazing reviews. I am not concerned in the slightest by those negative comments, if I am not upsetting someone then I am doing something wrong—it is a sign of gaining success and a reflection of where those people are in their own journeys. Not a single negative comment will ever stop me from fulfilling my dreams, writing my books, broadcasting my shows, healing, or investigating. Working with the dead all day has made me realize what it is to be alive…so show no fear!

 

 

Interview with paranormal investigator, Elizabeth Saint

Today I’m welcoming paranormal investigator, Elizabeth Saint from Destination America’s television series, Ghosts of Shepherdstown. Thank you, Elizabeth for stopping by!

 

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a big daydreamer with a lot of imagination. As a child, I’d say the one way people would use to describe me was weird. And I was, but weird in a way I just want to make you smile kind of way. However, the response was often “Ewww!” or, again, “You’re weird.” I really thought I’d be an astronaut one day or astronomer, but I had my magician, geologist, and government spy period in there as well. Whenever we took trips to the library I was always reading about ghosts, dinosaurs or outer space. I’m a tomboy and played a lot of sports and video games growing up. However, as much as I was active and social, I was always a bit of a loner. The paranormal experiences I had as a child I think contributed to that even more so as I didn’t feel as if I had anyone to talk to about them. My very first computer was a Macintosh 512Ke. It had the black and white graphics with a floppy disk drive. I would definitely contribute that and those Coleco games from back in the 80s (like Pac Man and Football) to my beginning fascination of technology. To this day, I’m a lover of science, the unexplained and the arts. I can’t imagine my life without one of them.

 

 

You’re a model, a paranormal investigator, an electrical engineer and also an actress. How do you find time to balance everything? And how did all this get started for you?

It all started after High School. I never imagined my life would have simultaneously gone so many different ways. It was a classic case of not really knowing what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be. I started the college journey like most do. I was actually an Art major as I always had a strong background in graphic design, and it seemed like at least a good thing to start out with. About a month in, I received an opportunity to sign with a modeling agency in New York after taking a day trip with my roommate to Manhattan. With my parents blessing, I made the decision to withdrawal from classes that semester and take a chance on something I, quite frankly, wasn’t even sure I would be interested in. I remember going to my professors to have them sign off on my release, and what caught me by surprise was how emotional I was through the process. I knew I was about to start my adult life in a very unconventional way, and there was something scary yet refreshing about that. After a few years, I felt as though something was still missing in my life so I thought well maybe I should at least go back to school and see if that path is any better. I chose to enroll as a Computer Science major knowing it would be something I was good at. It was required as part of the curriculum to take an Introductory Electronic Circuits course, and after the first class I just fell in love with it! So, I immediately switched my major to pursue degrees in both Engineering and Electronic Engineering Technology. In that, I received a lot of wonderful professional opportunities in the field; even living out a lifelong dream I had working on a project at NASA via their reduced-gravity aircraft. Ultimately, I ended up taking a DoD Engineering job down in the DC area, and I’d say that is when a lot really changed for me. I began having a lot more paranormal experiences in the apartment I had just moved into to the point where I couldn’t ignore it anymore. I joined a paranormal team, Maryland Paranormal Research, which was definitely one of the best decisions I had made in my life as it helped opened up a part of me I had kept private for so many years. Short after, I started getting involved in local film projects, as a creative outlet, that quickly evolved to a part of my life I am very passionate about. Honestly, it’s always been a difficult thing to balance life between family and my passions. I’ve been guilty many times in the past of spreading myself too thin.

 

 

What’s it like being a paranormal investigator on Destination America’s television series, Ghosts of Shepherdstown?

Being an investigator for so many years prior to Ghosts of Shepherdstown, my favorite parts of being on the show would definitely be the history and collaboration. It’s rare on residential investigations to get the full picture of a haunting. You can do some research on the land and typically only get a night to investigate the location. Those nights are usually a hit or miss. On the show, we really immersed ourselves in the town for an extended period of time giving us lots of opportunities to collect really good evidence. With the help of Dana Mitchell, Chief Mike King, and Lorie Johnson, we were really able to paint a story of these spirits that we contacted during our investigations that helped create these beautiful period reenactments. Putting the show aside, it was a truly amazing experience to not only work with both Bill and Nick, but share the history of the people that once lived in Shepherdstown.

 

 

Tell us about Ghostly Gadgets and your engineered designs.

When we were filming Ghosts of Shepherdstown, Nick was talking to me about this show he would be filming that fall called Paranormal Lockdown. With my Engineering background, he asked if I’d be interested in making him something for the show. That something ended up being the E-Box they used on the Franklin Castle episode in Season 1. From there, I started making more designs, and that’s when Ghostly Gadgets was born. It’s been an incredible way to combine two of my passions in life, and hopefully contribute to moving the field forward in terms of utilizing technology to capture our subjective experiences.

 

 

Prior to conducting a paranormal investigation, how do you prepare yourself mentally for what you may encounter? Do you practice a certain routine?

It’s important throughout the process to remember why you are there. I find the desire to help someone, including spirits, with whatever is going on in their life or in their home trumps whatever feelings I might personally have on an investigation. So for me it was never really a mental thing. However, I have learned I do have to physically protect myself in preparing for an investigation. My best friend, who is a really talented artist, started making me protection bracelets years ago made of different stones that really help. When I didn’t do this, I found investigations left me very drained and, in extreme cases, would make me quite sick.

 

 

You’re also a sensitive. How would you describe that and when did you first realize that you had this ability?

My earliest memories of being visited by spirits go back to when I was about 4 years old. I think all kids experience these things to an extent. However, over time we are constantly told it doesn’t exist or just our imagination, and I think we just lose that part of ourselves. I wouldn’t say really it was any kind of an ability, but by not talking about it I believe, inevitably, those experiences just continued as I got older. I can’t tell you how many people, both friends and family, when the show came out said to me “I didn’t even know you were into the paranormal!” For me, I feel like a mutt in describing my experiences – a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Depending on the location, sometimes I can hear or see spirits, and other times I am just picking up on their mannerisms and emotions. Because of that, I think saying I’m sensitive to the paranormal makes more sense. A common misconception I think is that I’m some sort of psychic or medium. I know a lot of people would argue by saying, “Well, we can all say we are sensitive and have had sensitive experiences.” I absolutely agree! That’s why the majority of us have developed some interest in the field. After all the inexplainable phenomena I’ve experienced in my life, the true battle for myself is remaining open to receiving these experiences while combating the Engineer inside me constantly demanding scientific explanation or evidence. So much of science, however, is based off of observations rather than what we can physically see. I think if we keep that in mind, we can all get to a place where we are mentally willing enough to be “sensitive” on a more consistent basis.

 

 

As an actress, what kind of roles do you play and is there a favorite one so far?

They always tend to be rather dramatic roles. Not to sound extreme, but for some reason my characters are always either killing people or dying. My favorite role so far has been a recent one shot in England this past year for a horror film called “Howling” by Steven M. Smith to be released on Netflix in the spring. It was the first time I’ve had prosthetic work done to my face, and the transformation my character underwent both physically and emotionally was just an amazing experience.

 

 

Any upcoming projects?

Nothing I can announce yet, but it seems like 2017 is gearing up to be a busy year!

 

 

Where can fans follow you?

If you have Facebook you can go to Facebook.com/OfficialElizabethSaint. Twitter and Instagram are both @ElizabethSaint_. And my websites are ElizabethSaint.com and GhostlyGadgets.com.

 

 

Any words of advice?

Love what you do. My father always stressed that to me over the years, and I’ve found that simple mantra has allowed me to not only discover but fully explore my true passions in life.

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Lee Roberts

Today I’m welcoming Lee Roberts, executive producer and presenter of #haun7edLIVE. Thank you, Lee for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Lee Roberts, I’ve been a Paranormal investigator for over 20 years now. I’ve ran private teams investigating private homes and local properties. Worked on a few TV shows including Mindscape, Ghost Attacks in the USA and worked with the Most Haunted team. I now run Haunted Events UK, write for Haunted Magazine and present #haun7edLIVE via my Facebook page.

I used to be a police officer but left that role under a black cloud leading me to spend time in jail. That was the lowest part of my life but made me who I am today, I never regret anything in life.

 

 

You’re the owner of the paranormal events company, Haunted Events UK. Share with everyone what your company’s about.

I love meeting new people and sharing my experiences with others. I was asked around 8 years ago to run events exclusively for a location called Wollaton Hall, which was used to film Batman – Dark Knight Rises in 2011, the events were so popular Newstead abbey, Nottingham Castle and Sherwood Forest all asked me to do the same on an exclusive basis.. Haunted Events UK was born. I now also manage the bookings at a location called The Village in Mansfield, AMAZING location full of activity.

 

 

Why the paranormal? Was it a personal experience that started it all for you?

I was 6 years old, I was on a school trip at Newstead Abbey, a location I now work with. They were telling us the Ghost story of the white lady when my best friend collapsed. He said he felt like someone was pulling him into the ground. From that point I was hooked on the paranormal and began looking into all kinds of Ghost stories. It also coincided with the release of the original Ghostbusters film which was another reason.

 

 

What’s your most frightening encounter with the ghostly realm?

I was the main investigator at The Clifton Hall Hauntings back in 2008. The place was like the twilight zone, crazy activity, a room full of bees! Team mates collapsing and crying uncontrollably, dark figures showing themselves and more.

 

 

You’re also the executive producer and presenter of #haun7edLIVE. Tell us about that.

#haun7edLIVE came from a TV idea we had, the LIVE was supposed to be a spin off on Facebook but became bigger than we imagined. It’s basically 7 friends, all different backgrounds, abilities and experiences, what we all have in common is the love for the paranormal and enjoy having a laughs with it.

The team consists of Paul Stevenson editor of Haunted Magazine, Jason Wall, Pete Cox, Simon Powell, James Pykett & Andy Soar who is the designer for Haunted Magazine.
We do LIVE Facebook broadcasts via my page www.facebook.com/officialleeroberts
We average around 1.5 million viewers at the moment and growing.

 

 

Being a paranormal investigator, do you follow a certain routine while investigating and how do you protect yourself from anything negative?

I like to go in blind, not know too much and start with a sweep of the full property. I never put any protection up. I’m very scientific minded and don’t believe in protection. If there are Spirits around us then they are there all the time, just because we are Ghost Hunting doesn’t make them any better or worse to require protection.

 

 

Do you feel that all spirits are bad?

Not at all, spirits were once living people, so you treat them as that. Some are good, some bad, some just grumpy old sods. Demonic entities are a different thing altogether. They were never living and are all bad. I still wouldn’t protect myself from them, but treat differently in my approach.

 

 

Do you have any upcoming projects that you’d like to share with everyone?

We have a Spirits of Winter special coming up, more on that will be announced soon.
Also 2017 events are now on sale and selling very fast.

 

 

Where can fans find updates about your shows and events?

For the LIVE shows go to www.facebook.com/officailleeroberts for all updates and to watch live.
For the events go to www.hauntedeventsuk.com

 

 

Any words of wisdom?

Never live your life for others, don’t worry what others think. Believe in yourself and tell yourself you will be successful, believe that with all your heart and it will happen, you have to believe it for others, too.
Paranormal wise, have fun, don’t take it too seriously and enjoy.
Most of all don’t be normal – BE PARANORMAL

 

 

 

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Interview with Eilfie Music

Today I’m welcoming occultist and paranormal investigator, Eilfie Music from the television series, Paranormal State. Thank you, Eilfie for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a Pagan (nonspecific pantheon) and witch that comes from a family of occultist, magick practioners, and agnostic people. I am married to my wonderful husband, Chris and we will be celebrating our second year of marriage which is still hard to believe. I am an artist that works with primarily acrylic and watercolor mediums. Much of my art ties into my magickal practice and occult symbolism.

 

 

You investigate the paranormal. How long have you been an investigator and what got you into seeking out the unknown?

I have always had a interest in the paranormal but I have only been doing actual investigations in the field for the past 15 years or so. My Father had an interest in the topic and had many strange books on the topic that I got a hold of at a young age. I have an interest in many things paranormal but I do focus more on haunted locations, spirits or ghosts, spiritualism, and psychic phenomenon.

 

 

You were part of the crew on the t.v. series, Paranormal State. What was that like and what was the most unforgettable case you worked on?

It always amazed me how three days not counting prep could be cut down to twenty minutes. Which is not bad, if people saw the full extent of an investigation they might be bored. A lot of it was waiting and listing to then reviewing until your eyes and ears bleed. It was not easy and sometimes it seemed I was living out of my luggage and hotel rooms, but it was an experience that I am grateful to have had. The Thomas House was a favorite of mind. It was this huge mansion that was a museum and had such a spooky feeling but not a bad spooky, just the sense of being watched all the time.

 

 

How do you prepare yourself prior to conducting an investigation? Is there a routine that you follow? A certain method you practice to help ward off negative energy?

This is more something I learned after the show, but taking care of your body seems to be often the factor between a good investigation and a long tiring night. Get lots of sleep before hand, if you need to do research try to do it the day before so you’re not up all morning and then needing to do an all nighter. Eat properly, my big weakness was too much caffeine and not the right food. Fast food is convenient but does not help in the long run. Make sure you are in a good state of mind to investigate. This can affect how it goes and even what you will perceive. After an investigation a good hot shower helps to wash away the physical and psychic yuck. I always visualized pushing off tar like muck to send down the drain.

 

 

You’re also an occultist. Share with us what that means.

The word occult means hidden knowledge. It is often the fringe or taboo of spiritual or magickal practice. This topic covers such a wide variety of topics that would take a lifetime to research it all. I know I will be spending the rest of my life reading the occult. For me, it is not a physically hidden knowledge since so many of the older books are at our reach, but the hidden comes in understanding what it means. Having “aha” moment when you make a connection is unlocking the occult.

 

 

What kind of advice would you give to someone who questioned the ghostly realm?

For as many years I have been studying and investigating the paranormal I am skeptical and this is ok. Always take everything with a grain of salt. I have seen weird stuff but question it since I know the mind and environment can play tricks. This doesn’t I mean I don’t believe in ghosts or the other world but I think it is very difficult to prove and gather Unquestionable evidence. Our experience with ghosts is ultimately a personal experience with the spirit realm.

 

 

Aside from the paranormal, what are some of your other interests?

Many of my interests deal with the past and cooking. I love cooking old and new dishes of all kinds. Chris loves it, but sometimes he worries when I experiment when I cook. My love of the past runs the gamut from historical research, vintage clothes, historical cooking, old houses the whole nine yards.

 

 

What’s next for Eilfie Music, any upcoming projects?

No big projects at the moment. At this time I write articles for the web zine ‘The Spellery’ monthly, and write reviews for ‘Witches & Pagans’ now and then. I also submitted a story to the up coming book “Tails from the other side” anthology to benefit the Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue. Paranormal wise, Chris and I got a chance to investigate with Adam Kimmel and his crew for “Resident Undead”. The episode aired recently, s 6 ep. 1 “Hill View Manor” which was fun but very cold.

 

 

Any words of wisdom you’d care to share?

Take everything in the Paranormal with a grain of salt, but also remember to have fun.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eilfie.music
Twitter: @eilfiemusic
Instagram: eilfiemusic
Etsy shop: Hecate’s Crossroads https://www.etsy.com/shop/HecatesCrossroads (hopefully will have new things in soon)

 

 

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Interview with Aaron Hunter

Today I’m welcoming Aaron Hunter, producer of the hit show, Real Paranormal Activity – The Podcast. Thank you, Aaron for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

“Sure, my profession is in the IT Industry and I support Financial Solution Software that have been developed “in house” at these tech companies in Chicago. I live in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. I have been here for 12 years. It’s funny about life and it’s true how the saying goes, what you do in college may not end up what you’ll be doing. I wanted to be an artist and a writer of fine novels! So, my first two years I took a lot of artsy courses. Including writing and ancient history. Then I started taking more history courses. I was fascinated about our human history! Now at this point I started to doubt my interest in writing fine novels and painting exotic beautiful women! At this point though I was playing a lot of video games. You see, my father was a Systems Engineer with IBM and he bought me my first computer back in the mid 80’s around 13 (dating myself). And that is when I started programming in Basic. I was enjoying this machine. So, back to college and my gaming habits. I soon realized that I could combine my love for being an artist and technology! Become a 3D Computer Animator! And also at the same time I didn’t think a scholar with a background in history would allow me to go where I wanted to go in the world. Third year I made my major to be 3D Animation and Graphics. This was hot stuff back then like it is now! Everyone wanted to make the next hot game or make movies. I didn’t care. I would do either, because this stuff was fun. One thing….. colleges never tell you HOW to get the job. So, after graduation I found out us computer graphic guys needed Agents. And at that time there were very little animation houses. Most were out in California. Like Electronic Arts. AND seeing as you didn’t have a good professional portfolio you normally were paid much lower wages, shorter contract time and did simple modeling, texturing or made a ball bounce. Just really amateur. And of course the pros that has been in it for years that had the six figure salary and longer contracts were not just going to move out of your way. So, I think it was three years that went by and I was working temp jobs. And then I saw this entry level tech position at this large corporation. I applied and the interview went well. They liked my background in computers and early programming. I got it! Not a bad starting salary either for Chicago area. And I was to learn their new piece of software that they were developing. I was housed at their corporate office and rubbing shoulders with the VPs and President. They had classrooms that I went to learn the software. And that’s how my dream died and started my new career! Funny how things work out. I liked the money and benefits though. Oh, I’m a Foody. I like trying new foods. I really like food from India and Poland. I also love to travel and just get lost. Movies are one of my vices as well.”

 

 

Why the paranormal and what was the driving force behind creating your own show, Real Paranormal Activity – The Podcast?

“Well, here’s long story number two! Let’s make this clear. I never had any belief in the paranormal or supernatural due to my background, obviously. It doesn’t make sense. Things moving around in thin air. Wizardry, Sorcery and magical stuff, man! So, I met this woman and it was a long distance relationship. I would fly out of Chicago to Minneapolis and vise versa. Round trip was only $114 and it was an hour trip one way. Very doable, adventurous and fun! We had a great time! And she rented this two-story Farmhouse out in the country. Very peaceful that sat on a large lot of land. It has this large fast flowing creek or small river going through the front lawn. You could fish in it. And a wooded area behind the home. I saw the stars for the first time in many years. I was always in populated areas if I traveled for business. I was also amazed at how freaking dark it was out there! So, when I visited and if we stayed at her place (sometimes we would travel to a festival nearby) it would be over the weekend or sometimes I would take a couple days off and stay for four days. All wood floors. It had a big unfinished basement and with these dark Cherry Wood paneled walls, beautiful! The thing is when the first few times I started coming over she began to tell me these “stories” about the house. She’s lived there for around a year and half before I came around. Anywhere from a male voice to footsteps upstairs to one of the owners seeing what they thought was their dead brother walking behind the house. At first it concerned me. She’s nuts! Then I just blew it off, because she is more educated than I am with her Masters. She was in the Army and is now a state agent. A Cop. So, there might be some truth to these things or she is doing a psych test on me. Cops are crafty that way! I ended up getting laid-off in 2010 with this whole financial turmoil the country was in and decided to stay out there while looking for a job. Never stayed out there for as long as I was about to. After about three-weeks to a month “things” started happening. Just loud noises in the middle of the day or at night. One night there was a “crash” downstairs so I went to look and door to the home was wide open! I bolt lock that thing every night, because it’s more dangerous out there than in Chicago. In Chicago I’m in a secure building in a good area. People everywhere. Out there, however it’s a different story. So, I’m doing these experiments to try to figure out what’s going on. And it seemed to be escalating! At one point (even though I had no proof) I thought that perhaps this house was unstable. Ha! I think it was the fourth event that really shook me and I left the next day to speak with my father about it and I wasn’t about to stay there. I’ll leave it at that, because there is a lot going on here. I tell the whole story in great detail at the show site. It’s Episode 42 and it’s two and a half hours long. We’ll get to all that information further down. So, I became FASCINATED with the paranormal. In Sept of that year (2010) I went back to Chicago, because I landed a job. And every since 2010 I’ve been reading and researching everything I can get my hands on about the paranormal. I already knew there is a lot of false claims, but I’m pretty good at catching them. I’m an academic. I don’t go looking for these things. I just research. And man there are some nasty stuff you can find, but they are pretty rare. There is a reason people don’t see these things or die without ever experiencing anything. My girlfriend and I split in 2012 and I continued on. I began getting into these files called “Podcasts”. Basically a MP3 file, but Apple started to provide a way for people to submit their own MP3 file and sell them or give them away. What happened is people just bought a mic and started recording what they wanted to talk about and also other things. Homemade Radio Shows! In January of 2015 my tech friend Brit and I sat down and started talking about making a little info type of show on the paranormal. Perhaps, ask people if they had any experiences and if they would send them in for us to read. So, we bought some equipment. Got the website established. Got some stock music. And KA-POW! Real Paranormal Activity – The Podcast (RPA) was born! We are now in Season 2!”

 

 

What are your beliefs regarding the paranormal?

“I answered some of that on the above question, but I firmly believe people won’t talk about it because it’s crazy stuff and they can’t even prove what they experienced or thought they experienced. And that’s one of the main reasons of the creation of the show. To provide an outlet for people. To provide answers. To provide a “family” of sorts. To provide perhaps some sort of therapy? So, we’ve had a GREAT response with the show’s fans. They ask for help. And sometimes thanks us for reading their story, because it helped them. I also believe as I said in the previous question you may not find anything. And most things can be debunked, but then again…. some things DO happen. I know that myself. If I never sat foot into that crazy house I would still be laughing at people instead of trying to provide an outlet. Be the solution not the problem, man! I do laugh at the paranormal shows. It’s entertainment. One thing. I would have the lights on to get clear video and to see where you’re going. Trust me. These things are not scared of lights. Things happened at the house during the day. And if they are afraid of light. We’ll there’s your solution. Always have light inside your home. Ha!”

 

 

What kind of guests do you have on your show? 

“Wow, good question. All kinds from professionals to non-professionals that have experienced something. We have Psychics, Mediums, Empaths, Investigators, Authors and even a guy who produced a paranormal movie. And you have your own episode on the show as well. Episode 18 where we speak about your book. I had fun by the way. You were very easy to speak to!”

 

 

Care to tell us one of the scariest ghost stories shared by a guest?

“In another interview I was asked that and it stumped me, because I’ve been reading stories and books since 2010. So many! Since then I thought about it just in case I was asked that question again. There was this family that moved into a Farmhouse. What’s with these farmhouses? Anyway it was the father, mother and daughter. And that first night the daughter woke up to a scream and talking from her parent’s room. The next day she asked about it and nothing much was said. The daughter always had an odd feeling about her parents room. As time went on the parents divorced and the daughter went with her mother to live. The father stayed in the house. When the daughter would stay at her father’s house. She would stay at her parents old bedroom. She felt scared and moody while in that room. Finally she decided to ask her mother what happened that first night when they stayed there. Her mother told her she woke up and felt being watched. Moonlight streamed in through the windows. She glanced around the room. Something was wrong. Her eyes fell upon the open closet door. Inside the closet…swinging back and forth was a hanging man! Neck broken to the side with these eyes glaring right at her. She then screamed and woke-up her husband. She told her husband what she saw and they soon started arguing, because the father didn’t believe in such junk!

 

 

Where can listeners find your show, Real Paranormal Activity – The Podcast? And what is the show’s schedule?

“Oh man, we’re all over the place now! Two places we would recommend. First, use your mobile device and use a podcast app. Then do a search for us and then you can download the episodes for free. And listen to us anywhere! Second, go to the website at www.RealParanormalActivity.com . We release a new episode every Monday! And also throughout the year we do bonus episodes for Christmas, Halloween or when I may mess up and be late for a Monday release. So, I do my best to make it up to you guys. Because without our audience we wouldn’t have a show. Just talking to air. And we’re flattered that we even have fans, because we’re no one. Thanks for listening guys!”

 

 

What would you say to a non-believer if they were to question you about the paranormal?

“That’s good! You should question me, because what I just told you is crazy. And you questioning me means that you are a logical and critical thinker!”

 

 

What’s next for Aaron Hunter and Real Paranormal Activity – The Podcast?

“Secret plans to take out the competition! No, we are expanding onto other networks and into other market places. So, we will continue to do that and grow the show. Brit and I have talked about adding a new section to the show. Something a little different. Nothing will change with the current show. Just additional content. I also spoke about a idea that I think is really amazing back earlier this year. And I said I thought it would be implemented sometime in March. That time has passed and life keeps us busy. We are still very interested in doing it, but need to speak with another party. I think it’s something no other podcast has done and we like that. Don’t keep doing the same stuff guys! Be creative and take the complaints. People will come around if it’s truly a good idea. And there is a reason I’m being very vague. Don’t want to give away too much.”

 

 

Any words of wisdom you’d care to share?

“Be kind.”