VAPARAQUEST

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                Amanda Mattox

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 Bellamy

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.


 
         Pat Bussard                   Stephanie Bussard
Pat Bussard is a gifted psychic medium, as well as an author, columnist, photographer and paranormal investigator. Pat has the gift of mediumship. She is also clairvoyant, clairaudient, claircognizant and clairsentient. She will put her gifts to work during a séance/gallery reading at the end of October at the Star Museum in Abingdon, Virginia.
She was recently the special guest of Southeast Virg...inia Paranormal Investigations (SVPI), (http://www.virginia-paranormal.com/events.html) where she read for guests who had traveled to St. Albans Sanatorium for a night of haunted investigations.
Pat and her daughters, Stephanie and Megan, speak at numerous paranormal conferences around the country. She recently presented with Stephanie at ScareFest in Lexington, KY, http://scarefestcon.com/paranormal/. In addition, Pat has published her new book (Foreword written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley), Thirty True Tales of the Weird, Unusual and Macabre, which is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com, as well as other outlets. She is currently working on her second book, Southern Spirits: The Ghosts of St. Albans Sanatorium, which is slated for publication at the end of 2014.
Pat recently completed an audiobook for those who want to improve or discover their psychic talent. She is currently working on her second audiobook, a compilation of guided meditations designed to help place the mind into an alpha state. It is in alpha that we can often maximize our psychic abilities. She continues to contribute articles about all things preternatural for Paranormal Magazine and Phenomena, and she has had stories published in a number of other non-fiction paranormal magazines. "Investigating Rhodes Hall," was one of the cover stories for the July 2013 edition of Phenomena Magazine, http://www.phenomenamagazine.co.uk/.
Pat is also an avid photographer. Her photographs have appeared in and on the covers of such diverse magazines as Ghost Voices Magazine, Midnight Screaming, Twisted Dreams and the prestigious literary magazine, The Pedestal. She currently has two gallery exhibits of her work on display. Her gothic inspired photography can be viewed at the 606 State Street Gallery in Bristol, TN and at the Art Gallery at The Booth Center, Grundy, Virginia. You can find out more about her and view her photography at: www.patbussard.com. Her paranormal team, The Ghost Writers, can be found online at: www.hauntedwriters.com.
Stephanie Bussard is a radically talented artist who has had an interest in the paranormal since she was a small child. A licensed tattoo artist by trade, she is also an illustrator. Stephanie is currently illustrating a children's book. In addition, she has been on the docket to speak at several conventions including The Great Appalachian Spook Show and ScareFest in Lexington, KY. Stephanie is a fourth generation psychic medium. Her mother, grandmother and great grandmother were known to have the gift of second sight and the ability to communicate with those across the veil. Stephanie continues to carry on that family tradition.



Deborah Carvelli
Deborah Carvelli is a respected and well known expert in the field of parapsychology. She has taught parapsychology classes at Virginia Western Community College for over 20 years. Ms. Carvelli has also taught courses in parapsychology at Salem College, Parkersburg Community College and Camden-Clarke Hospital in West Virginia.
Deborah appeared on the popular television se...ries, “Sightings,” when Sightings Company visited Avenel Plantation.
She has been featured in The Roanoker Magazine (www.theroanoker.com) for her 30 year forecast and appeared and WDBJ 7′s Annual New Year’s Show.
Deborah is available for private sessions by phone or in person. 
Watch for Deborah’s book coming out soon!



 

John Sabol 

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 cuicospirit@hotmail.com. His website is: www.ghostexcavation.com. and he can be found on Facebook (“Ghost Excavations with John Sabol” and “Beyond the Paranormal”).


Brian Parsons
Brian D. Parsons has been a paranormal investigator and researcher since 1996. He founded the Ohio Paranormal Investigation Network (GhostHelp.Net) that fall and has rebuilt the group numerous times. He has studied under the Mutual UFO Network's Field Investigator's Manual in 2000 and worked briefly with the organization and still conducts his own investigations into related phenomena. Brian has also investigated numerous cryptid sightings including many Bigfoot/grassman sightings in Ohio.
Brian has authored 3 books on the subject of how to become a successful paranormal group and currently has new book projects in the works. He has worked with the ParaNexus Anomalous Research Association (ParaNexus.org) for several years and serves as the Research Director, Anomalous News Coordinator, and sat on the Board of Directors until the organization dissolved in early 2012. Brian also hosts the Paranormal News Insider (Paranewsinsider.com) segment of the Grand Dark Conspiracy podcast which airs Monday nights at 10 P.M. eastern on the Shark Radio Network (Sharkradionetwork.com).

Brian has appeared on numerous internet radio shows over the years including multiple appearances on ParaNexus Universe (guest and host) as well as the Grand Dark Conspiracy. He also has appeared at many paranormal conferences and conventions as well as his own events where he speaks on a variety of paranormal subjects.





           

April 1998, asleep in my bed, the phone rings. Groggy….I answer.
Thus begins my contribution to the world as an animal communicator.
An unfamiliar voice on that early morning call asked to set an appointment for an animal communication. I ...had intuited two messages from animals to their people over the past 12 months. My response was, “You have the wrong number.“ The reply was, “Are you Karen Wrigley?” An article in USA Today, ”Psychics Help Pet Owners To Get a New Leash On Life”, included information I had passed to a lady from her deceased dog. I did not know she had a friend that wrote for USA Today.
Scary, yet exciting, I stepped onto an unknown path. The media jumped on this interesting subject and came from all directions. National Geographic, The Washington Post, Washingtonian magazine, The Humane Society of the United States, radio talk shows and local television appearances became part of my life.
It was Loreli and Tiggy, two miniature dachshunds, who clearly pointed out animals have amazing insights. Their messages brought me to another level participating with the animal kingdom. I discovered Karen and critters working together inspired, empowered and educated lives. I launched into not only answering questions from people for their animals, I pursued giving messages from the animals to their people. The subtitle to my book Beyond Woofs and Whinnies says it all―animals understand us better than we understand ourselves.
People call from around the world, yet predominately within the U.S. While giving communications on the phone or at appearances I telepathically converse with the animals spirit while in body and those not in their bodies. It is not uncommon for deceased people to make themselves known.
Animals are very sensitive to the paranormal. They see, hear and feel on levels most humans do not. When embracing the animal kingdom, learning, observing, exploring, embracing their lives, our lives are enriched.
I am hired by organizations, barns and businesses, plus design Karen Wrigley events providing hours to days of animal insights. I have taken the interest of several film and production people. Audience appearances, testimonials and more has been filmed. Once again I stand on a new path uncertain if and how my life will change. And so my personal and professional life continues to grow―as long as my heart keeps beating.
Author of Beyond Woofs and Whinnies Website: www.KarenWrigley.com Facebook: Karen Wrigley Fan Page: Karen Wrigley - Animal Communicator
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Greg “Copperhead” Graham

Copperhead made his television debut on Discovery 3 D’s Forgotten Planet. He was also a winning contestant on Travel Channel’s Paranormal Challenge with Zak Bagans. He has been featured on numerous radio shows such as Dead Air Radio with George Lopez, Dead Time Radio with Chris Dedman, Vera Normal with Vera Martinez, Door to Darkness with GINY and several others. Copp...erhead’s journey has taken him to countless locations in search of answers. His methods are not psychic in nature but rather a cross between intuition and empathy. His Native American based beliefs give him the ability to harmonize with his surroundings while communicating with the unseen.
Copperhead, originally from Ozark, Missouri, became interested in the paranormal after seeing an apparition in his neighbor’s home. Although they had become accustomed to their ghostly resident, this encounter left Copperhead exceedingly interested in paranormal research.
It wasn’t until he moved to West Virginia, 5 years later, that he was afforded the opportunity to explore the field more thoroughly. Shortly after relocating, he began working as a paranormal guide at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. It was here that he realized how “in tune” he was with the paranormal realm. His unconventional methods and ability to make guest feel at ease quickly made him a popular guide at TALA.
The friendships that he has formed with likeminded investigators is what fuels his desire to explore the unknown.



Ronnie Anderson

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.



Susan Swiatek
Susan was born in Washington, DC, yet spent her childhood near Denver, Colorado. Since 1970 she is again living near the nation's capital, in Fairfax, Virginia. She is Virginia State Director for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) and is active with the Fund for UFO Research, Inc. (FUFOR). Susan's early years were spent in the Rockies gazing up at the star-filled sky and contemplating the Milky Way. A...s a child, she read such phenomena based books as Charles Fort's "Book of the Damned" and "Mysterious Fires and Lights" by Vincent Gaddis. In 1966, when Betty and Barney Hill's Interrupted Journey exploded onto the pages of LOOK Magazine, she was hooked on the UFO and abduction mysteries. Susan was greatly influenced by the writings of researchers Budd Hopkins and Dr. David Jacobs, both of whom became her friends. Susan holds a BFA degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, and works in the publishing field. Susan hosted the 1999 MUFON Int'l Symposium just outside Washington, DC which attracted 600+ attendees. Susan has lectured widely and her artwork appears in many books such as Ron Story's "Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia" and Richard H. Hall's "The UFO Evidence-Part II." She has created many publication covers for FUFOR and the UFO Research Coalition.



James Castle
James Castle was born and raised in the Brunswick/Knoxville area of Frederick County, Maryland. Instead of television or radio, James entertained and educated himself by listening to the stories of his family members and the elder members of his community. Weekends would find James looking for arrow points along the Potomac River or digging for bottles from old abandoned dump sites. James currently resides in Brunswick, MD with his wife Monica. In his limited free time, James pursues a political science degree from the University of Maryland, metal detects, researches, writes and excavates for ghosts. Known as a primary source on Brunswick area history, James conducts much research on area families and area properties. He assists the local government with historical research and often contributes to a local weekly newspaper column titled, "Living in the Past".
James was introduced to the ghost excavation methodology in the summer of 2012. Since then, he has participated in ghost excavations at the Brunswick Railroad Museum, Antietam Battlefield, Knickerbocker Hotel, and Centraiia, PA. 



Susan Coryell

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.


Jeff Ritzmann
Jeff Ritzmann has been actively involved in UFO research for over 20 years. He refers to his involvement as a personal one, after several odd events in his life from age 5 on prompted him to explore the field of UFO research. In an effort to learn more, he’s applied his work as a digital imaging professional to the ever growing pile of UFO photos and video and has become a recognized image analyst in the UFO field working on visual data. He was the primary image analyst in the O’Hare UFO case, and is cited in the NARCAP report of the event for his work. He has also worked on landing trace cases and “experiencer” support investigations.
Jeff was the official chat host on AOL for "Sightings" in the early days of the web, and founded the first experiencer support group (AES) on the internet through AOL’s "Parascope," Working with abovetopsecret.com, the largest alternative topic message board community, Jeff has done examinations on multiple UFO cases as their image analyst.
For four years Jeff co-hosted over 170 episodes of the weekly paranormal talk podcast "Paratopia" and today hosts "Paranormal Waypoint" weekly on the KGRA Digital Broadcast Network.
Jeff's research has been fueled by a need to search out different directions - apart from the commonly held extraterrestrial hypothesis. He has been an outspoken opponent against the utilization of regression hypnotherapy in studying alien encounter experiences, and has brought significant accredited professionals to point out it's potential dangers and it's ineffectiveness as a tool in recovering memory. Recognizing that the phenomenon known as "UFOs" and "alien contact" was far more complex than UFOlogy portrays, Jeff has studied the notions of liminal states, anti-structural components and binary opposition in application to finding commonalities across all forms of paranormal events. His experiences with the UFO phenomena continue to present day.

 

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