Amanda Mattox became a paranormal investigator in 2009. She has always been interested in unknown phenomenon. As she grew in her knowledge of the preternatural, she looked for a group of people to help her in her journey. She then formed VIPER WV, a team based in Gilbert, WV, in 2010. This was a sister team to VIPER Paranormal in Roanoke, Va. The two teams worked closely together until 2012 when Amanda moved to the Roanoke area where she became a founding investigator for VIPER Paranormal. The group's mission is to help clients as well as the paranormal community answer questions and find the truth. The team strives to always push the boundaries in the paranormal field and give back to the community. Amanda helps arrange private house investigations, as well as investigations at larger more known locations. She has traveled to the WV State Penitentiary, Trans-Allegany Lunatic Asylum, Ohio State Reformatory, Prospect Place, St. Albans Sanatorium, Old South Pittsburg Hospital, Hillview Manor, Major Grahams Mansion, and was married this past July at the Historical Avenel House .
Robin was born in Point Pleasant, West Virginia in the early 1960's and lived for manyyears in nearby Ravenswood. The child of a Republican Dad and a Democrat Mom, Robin learned early that there are many sides to every issue. She approaches her research the same way.
As a child, Robin's mother brought her along on extensive research trips to dig up the family history. Practically raised in dusty libraries and creepy graveyards, she now maintains extensive genealogical projects. Her one name study, found at www.piattresearchers.net, lists tens of thousands of related individuals and much documentation. A member of the US National Genealogical Society for many years, Robin has attended several international conferences and her opinion is featured on the widely popular “Cyndi's List”--a wealth of information for genealogists of all levels of accomplishment. Because of her early start, Robin has been a genealogical researcher for over thirty years.
Married with three children, Robin found herself living in Toronto, Canada in 2000. Through a series of unusual events, she became a member of Toronto Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society and added paranormal research to her resume. Robin has served that organization as a Director and its parent organization PSICAN (Paranormal Studies and Investigations Canada) as a board member, Director of Cryptozoology, and Chief Financial Officer. Since leaving those posts in 2012 she continues to consult with film, television, and other media writers. In addition to professional pursuits, Robin is the primary blogger for CFZ-Canada.
Robin has published “Haunt Cuisine”; an eclectic collection of recipes and attendant ghost stories from North America. Each recipe is simple and each story researched and presented from witness reports. Her sophomore book entitled “Haunted Hospitality” is the historical account of the ghosts of the Lowe Hotel in Point Pleasant. “Haunt Cuisine” and Robin's publications can be found at www.amazon.com.
Robin was featured in the Canadian press junket for the film “White Noise”, on camera work for SyFy Investigates and Freak Encounters, does script and technical consulting, and speaks often at seminars and festivals as well as college campuses. She recently appeared in the documentary “30 Ghosts”, due to be released April 25, 2012. Her experience as a radio personality in West Virginia, Ohio, and North Carolina provide her with a good working knowledge of the press and an easy rapport with all audiences.
Robin is currently working on Xenoforensics, a guidebook for using forensic science in paranormal research.
John Sabol is an archaeologist, cultural anthropologist, actor, and author. As an archaeologist, he has documented and recorded the manifestations of past soundscapes at haunted ruins. As an actor, he has appeared in many movies, TV series, and educational TV programming, including the Sci-Fi classic, Dune (1984), and the A&E TV series, Paranormal State. He has written 16 books on his fieldwork, methodology, and his personal experiences on location filming, and his work at haunted ruins around the world. He has been a frequent guest on numerous radio and internet talk shows, among them, Beyond the Edge Radio, The Paranormal View, Para X Radio, Blog Talk Radio, The Grand Dark Conspiracy, and Rusty O’Nhiall’s “Mysterious and Unexplained” on PsiFM (Australia).He has also worked on international educational documentaries (in Spain).
He is the director of several documentaries that are accounts of immersions into past ethnographic soundscapes at historic sites now in ruin. In these ruins, he has recorded manifestations of past cultural behavioral fields, including the “culture of war” on several Civil War battlefields and, most recently, coal-mining cultural vestiges and traces of past presence at Centralia, Pennsylvania. He has organized (and played a role in) theatrical “stagings” and “ghostings” at haunted locations which recorded “spiritscape” sites at these haunted locations.
He has developed numerous scripts and storyboards for these documentaries, as part of a “ghost excavation” series of mediated venues. He has presented video clips and audio tracks of these documentaries at various scientific conferences and popular culture expositions in Europe, Canada, and the USA. Upcoming projects include writing, directing, and acting in a documentary about Civil War hauntings along the Mississippi River, and documenting a series of Sasquatch habitation sites in the Southeast U.S.
Future speaking appearances include T.A.G.(Theoretical Archaeology Group) Conference at the University of Chicago, Oriental Institute, The Hindsdale Project in Hindsdale, New York, Popular Cultural Conferences in Washington, D.C. and in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, the G.H.O.S.T.S. Conference in Ontario, Canada, several conferences in England, and a major symposium and conference in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2014. At the Edinburgh Conference, he will also direct a “ghost excavation” at the legendary and very haunted Greyfriar’s Cemetery. He can be reached via email at email@example.com. His website is: www.ghostexcavation.com. and he can be found on Facebook (“Ghost Excavations with John Sabol” and “Beyond the Paranormal”).
Ronnie Anderson has been an active member and investigator of of Bedford Paranormal since 2010. He has always been interested in the unkown apects of life. This interest was sparked by some childhood experiences that he couldn't explain. In 2007 he moved into a home in the Lynchburg area where he witnessed paranormal activity first hand. As he researched the history of the home he began to gain an understanding of what might be going on. A few years later he learned of a local group that made some honest attempts to understand and record different aspects of the paranormal. This gave him the opportunity to continue his tour into an unkown realm. Beyond the paranormal aspects of belonging to the group he enjoys the travel, history insights, and comradery. Some of the places he has traveled to are: The USS Battleship North Carolina, Exchange Hotel, Avenel Plantation House, The Myrtles Plantation, West Virginia Penetertery, Cold Harbor, and St. Albans. His journey continues.
As a free-lance writer, Susan has written for magazines, newspapers, chambers of commerce and professional journals. She also writes for several organizations at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, where she and her husband live. She is a member of Authors Guild, Virginia Writers and Smith Mountain Lake Writers.
A career educator, Susan has taught students from 7th grade through college-level. She has a BA degree from Carson-Newman College and a Masters from George Mason University. She is listed in several volumes of Who’s Who in Education and Who’s Who in Teaching. One of her favorite activities is to talk with budding writers at schools, writers’ conferences and workshops.
Susan has long been interested in Southern concerns about culture and society, as hard-felt, long-held feelings battle with modern ideas. The ghosts slipped in, to her surprise. Susan is the author of the award-winning young adult novel, Eaglebait.When she is not writing, Susan enjoys boating, kayaking, golf and yoga. She and her husband love to travel, especially when grandchildren are involved.