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Becky Ray

Year Joined: 2003

Years Active: Since 1985

Favorite Book on the Paranormal or Case Study: Confessions of a Ghost-Hunter by Harry Price

Why do you investigate? or How did you get interested in the paranormal? I don't recall ever not being interested in the paranormal. Growing up I was drawn to books and movies about the occult and whenever I would hear about a haunted location I couldn't wait to get there. 

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Jenny Kerr

Year Joined: 2003

Years Active: Since 2003

Favorite Book on the Paranormal or Case Study: Any paranormal phenomenon which occurs with religious a person(s) or locations interest me.

Why do you investigate? or How did you get interested in the paranormal? The traditional ghosts movies from when I was young got me hooked. My favorite time was watching Friday Fright Night with my parents even though I was always covering my eyes at the scary parts!  Coming from a very conservative Baptist background it also scared the crap out of me which kept me from pursuing it when I was younger. It wasn't until I grew older and had my first son that I noticed things would happen at the house we lived with my ex-husband. "Paranormal" incidents took place around my son which caught my attention. As my son grew we even witnessed unexplained things together. My dog at the time would alert to unseen things. I witnessed a shadow person and a child sized shadow person. Many other things occurred at the house and this began my journey into the spirit realm.

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Cate Jacobs

Year Joined: 2005

Miranda Stark

Year Joined: 2005

Years Active: Since 2005

Favorite Book on the Paranormal or Case Study: My favorite author is Colin Wilson, my favorite book on the paranormal is "A History of Ghosts" by Peter Aykroyd.

Why do you investigate? or How did you get interested in the paranormal? I have had a lifelong curiosity about the paranormal, specifically ghosts and hauntings. My childhood home seemed to have some paranormal activity, which sometimes frightened me as a child (and into my teen years) but also fascinated me as well. To this very day my family discusses the odd things we all experienced living in that house. Throughout my life I have spent a great deal of time reading every thing I possibly could, and researching the topic in depth. My personal goal as an investigator of the paranormal, is to attempt to gather evidence of the existence of ghosts, or to simply have experiences in allegedly haunted locations that may not only satisfy my curiosity, but possibly one day validate my beliefs in the existence of spiritual entities. Paranormal research is not only my passion, but a very personal quest for answers to a lifetime of questions.

Jennifer Sprague

Year Joined: 2006

Years Active: Since 2005

Favorite Book on the Paranormal or Case Study: The Poltergeist by William Roll

Why do you investigate? or How did you get interested in the paranormal? I have an insatiable curiosity about understanding the world within me and the external world outside of me, and the idea of a world in between. I've had a few experiences that have catapulted me on this search and journey. I question everything. Everybody is on a path to find their own truth. We all are seeking it in some way. Maybe we all will find it. Caught between "I want to believe" and "I want to know," I'll keep searching. In the meantime, perhaps the nature of the unknown is to remain unknown. Who knows? I'll continue to search, question, and be fascinated. It's all part of the journey, right? Might as well go along for the ride.

Angela Hodge

Year Joined: 2006

Years Active: Since 2003

Favorite Book on the Paranormal or Case Study: I enjoy the history of places and any folklore tales that can possibly be debunked or even proven correct.

Why do you investigate? or How did you get interested in the paranormal? I started to get interested in paranormal from an early age as a child. I can remember riding my bike through a cemetery and we stopped for something and when I turned my head I noticed a hand sticking out of a grave waving at me. I mentioned it to my friend and we freaked out and rode out of the cemetery all scared. I was curious enough to go back again the next day and got closer to the grave and the person had been dead for a long time. I still to this day drive by occasionally to see if it would reappear or if I could see another sighting. Since that moment I have had times where I can see a spirit and at times hear a spirit talk to me. As I have gotten older and have a family I have blocked that avenue, but still believe I can feel their presence at times and if a spirit really wants to get my attention they will. 

I enjoy a wide range of paranormal topics from your typical ghost story to bigfoot to even aliens. 

Christina Anderson

Year Joined: 2010

Years Active: Since 2008

Favorite Book on the Paranormal or Case Study: Confessions of a Ghost-Hunter by Harry Price. An oldie, and perhaps a bit well worn, but worth the read and the healthy dose of skepticism.

Why do you investigate? or How did you get interested in the paranormal? Like others, I have had run ins with things I can't quite explain, and feelings I can't ignore. There have been incidents that stretched back into childhood that made me question what happens after we die. Do we stay here? Is there a soul? Are we energy, sent elsewhere in the universe? Or is it something else entirely? For me, it is about the pursuit of knowledge and to find out whatever truth I can about what a haunting really is.

Edward Quentin

Year Joined: 2014

Years Active: Since 2014

Favorite Book on the Paranormal or Case Study: "Ghosts" by Hans Holzer (the massive 900-pp doorstop)

Why do you investigate? or How did you get interested in the paranormal? As long as I can remember, I have always believed in ghosts and was completely terrified at the prospect of running into them.  I started reading ghost comic books when I was 5 or 6 years old and was appropriately frightened, yet morbidly curious.  In my teenage years, I would see the shadows from my bedroom curtains morph into silhouettes -- some of who I recognized, some I didn't.  Shortly after graduating from college, I dated a woman who was a sensitive and we went on a few informal "investigations."  She also gave me my first copy of Hans Holzer's "Ghosts."  After several years, I finally ran across a friend who was also part of a local paranormal team, and she pointed me to a public investigation of the 1859 Jail in Independence, MO.  I joined PAI in December 2014.

Tania Rounds

Year Joined: 2015

Years Active: Since 2006

Favorite Book on the Paranormal or Case Study: Haunted Heartland by Beth Scott and Michael Norman got me interested in all things paranormal.  

Why do you investigate? or How did you get interested in the paranormal? The paranormal has always interested me because I've always been one of those people who asks "why?" about almost everything.  Of course this is one of the big questions: Is there really life after death and does our consciousness continue?  I have always wanted to find out as much about it as I can and it's one of my obsessions. 

I used to visit a place in California, MO which is called Burger's Smokehouse.  There were a few areas where I would pick up on feeling watched or followed by the dioramas that they have around the entrance.  It was also a place we'd often go on field trips as a kid and I was well-acquainted with it.  (As far as I know, there haven been no investigations there and it's not known as haunted, but..)  As I got older, the feelings got more intense and I really had to wonder what was going on.  After this I had several experiences that I couldn't explain and it just increased my interest in the paranormal even more.  

Lisa Sperry

Year Joined: 2015

Julie Klos Burch

Year Joined: 2018

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