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BECKY RAY

Year Joined: 2003, Founding Member

​Years Active: Since 1985

Favorite Book on the Paranormal or Case Study: Confessions of a Ghost-Hunter by Harry Price and the 1977 Usborne World of the Unknown Series.

Why do you investigate? or How did you get interested in the paranormal? I don't recall ever not being involved in the paranormal. As a kid, I was always drawn to books and movies about the occult. Whenever I would hear about a haunted location, I couldn't wait to get there. At summer camp, my favorite part was the evening ghost stories. Not much has changed as I've aged. I get just as excited about new tales and locations now as I did then.

CATE JACOBS

Year Joined: 2005

Years Active: On and off since the mid-1990s.

Fave Book/Case Study: I like studies on EVP ( electronic voice phenomena) and ITC (Instrumental-TransCommunication)

Why do you investigate/How did you get involved: I am a naturally curious and skeptical person. I became interested in the paranormal when I was a child and started learning about the phenomena of ITC and EVP. I also was intrigued by the sensationalism behind the “Roland Doe” 1940’s exorcism case.

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 had a family, I have blocked that avenue; but I 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. 

KEVIN SIMPSON

Year Joined: 2007

Years Active: Since 2007

Favorite Book on the Paranormal or Case Study: Case studies on demonic possession are intriguing to me. Those interest me quite a bit.

Why do you investigate? or How did you get interested in the paranormal? I had a few paranormal experiences in my childhood and into adulthood that made me very interested. I met the members of PAI and became part of the group and I became more interested in the paranormal the more investigations I went on and more experiences I had. 

CHRISTINA QUENTIN

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.  

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

Years Active: Since 1987
Favorite Book on the Paranormal or Case Study: Haunted St Louis By Troy Taylor

Why do you investigate? or How did you get interested in the paranormal? I grew up in a haunted house and I've always had an interest in the supernatural due to very early experiences. Whenever anything strange would happen my friends would invite me over to investigate. My years in Colorado allowed me to really explore: The Stanley, Gun Club Road, The Molly Brown House, the ruins at the Japanese prison camps were just a few to start. Missouri has not been a disappointment, this state and its history in paranormal activity are well worth the inquiry.

JULIE KLOS BURCH

Year Joined: 2018 

Years Active: Since 2018

Favorite Book on the Paranormal or Case Study: I'm interested in paranormal books about locations I've investigated or want to investigate and also historical locations since another passion of mine is history/living history. 

Why do you investigate? or How did you get interested in the paranormal? I've been a student of the paranormal since I was about 8. I practically lived in what was called the Occult section of the library. I always had paranormal type books around the house. I remember giving ESP tests to my babysitter. I actually wanted to be a Parapsychologist from an early age. I'm not sure what the catalyst was, I think it's just an inherited family trait. My grandmother, dad, sister, and aunts are all interested in the Paranormal. One aunt was deeply involved, conducting seances and unofficially investigating places such as The Myrtles before investigating became mainstream with Ghost Hunters. She has even come forward to me through a Medium since her passing. I investigate because I am endlessly curious about the spirit world and I'm also working to develop my intuitive ability. 

JANI DOYLE

Year Joined: 2020

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LINDSEY KADRI

Year Joined: 2020

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NESHELA DUKE

Year Joined: 2020

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MADZ MOORE-PORTER

Year Joined: 2020

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