Team Profiles
 

 

Investigator: Alice Bernhard

Even as a young girl, Alice always had an interest in the Paranormal. The name of my very first cat was Casper, she says.  Alice & her husband, John, participated in a public investigation with another group & they were hooked from there.  Alice says that even though their house is brand new (no previous owners) they still have activity in their house. They have, what they think are a couple of ghost cats (previous pets). One day, right before a lightning storm, Alice saw an Indian walk from the hallway to the front door. That was cool, she says, because John has seen him a few times outside the house. They also think they have an old coal miner in their home. Her favorite place to investigate is Spangler’s Spring in Gettysburg. Alice says that she goes there every year with her dousing rods & talks to the same Farmer, Francis, who was murdered before the battle & is stuck there. He answers the same questions, the same way, every time. It’s awesome! 

 
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Investigator: John Bernhard

I have been investigating paranormal activity since 2009 with my wife Alice. We got involved in this after a public investigation with another group. I have a B.S. degree in telecommunications and formerly worked in television for 10years. I enjoy using this experience and knowledge to experiment with new and existing technology to help prove the existence of the paranormal. As a field of study I’m amazed at how far it’s been advanced and how close we are to physically proving the existence of spiritual entities. Through years of investigating I have had many incredible experiences. I have seen apparitions, had shadow figures that have interacted with us and have even found an EVP that mentioned me by name. One of my most memorable experiences was when a bench moved on its own in an old hotel that we often investigated in. I look forward to all the future investigations to come with my wife and this group of great, experienced investigators in Paranormal Sightings.

 

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Investigator: Don Duffield

Don’s interest in the paranormal began as a child growing up in New Jersey. Living in the Pine Barrens, he frequently searched for the New Jersey Devil. He had several interactions with spirits in the home he grew up in. He knew there were spirits in the house but he was never able to prove their existence. Now, he investigates so that he can document and provide proof of the paranormal. Don especially enjoys experimenting with new equipment and researching the homes we visit. Maybe someday he will document proof of the NJ Devil.

 

 

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Investigator: Mary Duffield

Mary’s belief in the paranormal was cemented after living in a haunted apartment in Easton. There she saw the apparition of a little girl from the 1800’s on several occasions. She has heard her name called and been touched by spirits in Gettysburg, giving her further evidence of the paranormal. She now investigates in order to document what she sees and hears.

 

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Investigator: Allison Gaul

Allison’s interest in the paranormal began when she would come home and tell her parents who she saw or talked to during the day and her parents would tell her that that was impossible, because that person died several days earlier! Allison enjoys helping families solve their paranormal problems.

 

 
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Investigator: Michelle Gallagher

Loves being in conversation with Spirit. She has been in the Paranormal field for almost a decade assisting with cases and providing resolution for
families who call upon Paranormal Sightings.  She has authored Paranormal Side Effects pointing out some gray areas that the media phenomenon has left on our local communities.

 
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Web Design/Investigator: Daniel Howard

Starting at an early age, I was found often times watching old scary movies, passing time with some books, and other interest in the occult. When I was young, I would see shadows in the night, when nothing was there but me, lanterns passing through my home, or the mysterious clicks.  As I find myself older, I continue to enjoy the same/similar topics, films, biographies of ghostly encounters, UFOs and Bigfoot.  I find Halloween one of my favorite holidays. 

 

 
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Investigator: Jim Huston

Jim’s two favorite things to do are listen to live music and talk to dead people. Almost every weekend Jim can be found traveling the east coast to do an investigation. He has visited and investigated many famous haunted locations.  Jim has a lot of equipment, but his favorite piece of equipment to use is his camera.  

 

 
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Investigator: Carleen Ladden

Carleen says she grew up in a house that her family shared with spirits. As a child, she says she always knew there were ghosts there. Carleen’s mother told her that her first experience was when she was only a few weeks old. Carleen states her best experience was seeing Mary Packer “In the flesh.”  Carleen says, “I didn’t realize I was watching a ghost. I kept looking at her wondering who is this old lady and why is she here? She’s not supposed to be in here. I didn’t know she was a ghost until she faded right before my eyes!  A few weeks later I saw a photo of Mary Packer and immdeiatly recognized her as the ghost I had seen.”  Carleen says her favorite experiences are when she is able to make contact with a spirit, obtain information from them and later validate what she found.

 

 

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Investigator: Diane Pryor

Having experienced myriad paranormal phenomena since the age of two, Diane has had a lifelong interest in the supernatural. At the age of 23, after an exhaustive study of past-life regression through hypnosis, Diane hypnotically regressed as many subjects as she could find in an attempt to secure evidence of reincarnation. Some of those attempts, when the information from the hypnotized subject was recent enough to research, bore fruit - including her own regression to a lifetime during the French Revolution.  Diane became a high school English teacher in 1988 and, after teaching English for 16 years, decided to resign and pursue a full-time career as a healthcare provider. Diane graduated with honors from the National Academy of Massage Therapy and Healing Sciences in Kulpsville, PA, in 2004, has served as the academy's instructor for: Intuitive Integration Techniques, Reiki I, II, and III, Massage Therapy: Theory and Technique, Corrective Muscle Therapy Techniques, and Sports Massage Basics, and is Nationally Certificated in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Diane was employed at a local Physical Therapy/Wellness Center, where she offered medical massage to patients as part of their rehabilitation program. Diane is pleased to announce her inclusion in the advisory committee for the massage therapy program at Center Valley's Lehigh Valley College. Also a Nationally Certified Hypnotherapist and Third Degree Reiki Master. Diane is currently teaching Middle & High School English and History.

 

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Investigator: Kieran Pryor

At one time, Kieran was skeptical about the existence of paranormal phenomena; however, after seeing tangible evidence that there is more to life than what meets the eye, he dove into paranormal research head on. Kieran handles the painstaking task of combing through the majority of the recorded materials gleaned from an investigation to determine if there is concrete proof to support reported paranormal occurrences at a particular site. Once the tedious task is completed, Kieran carefully documents and files the findings before reporting the results to those who availed themselves of the researchers' services. The former NASCAR Driver/Owner that raced at Freeport and White Lake Speedways has worked in a supervisory capacity in public schools in New York City and Pennsylvania for 30 plus years. Kieran is also a Second Degree Reiki practitioner. Kieran has also been called upon to be a guest investigator for numerous other paranormal research societies.

 

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Investigator: Brandon Ruch

When Brandon is not volunteering with his local fire company or sitting on or fixing a piece of farm equipment, he can be found investigating. Brandon says the most amazing thing to him, when he is investigating, is when he is able to hear things with his own ears, without the aid of amplified equipment. To be investigating and actually hear the battle and the cannons fire is amazing.

 

 

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Investigator: Lori Ruch

Lori has always believed in the paranormal. She knew ghosts were real from a very young age. Nobody had to convince her of that. She said her favorite part of investigating is visiting historic locations. She really enjoys her visits to Gettysburg and communicating with the spirits there.

In memory of Frank Ruch

 

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Investigator: Brian Strohl

When he’s not watching his 49’s play, Brian can be found sitting in a haunted house. He’s spent a lot of time in haunted houses. Most of his family members have lived in haunted houses. Brian has a large collections of EVP’s and photographs from those houses. Brian likes helping other people and he says communicating with the dead, is a way to help them.

 

 

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Investigator: Danny Strohl

Danny had his first ghost encounter when he was 6 years old. The ghost was his neighbor who had recently past. Danny says that was what got him curious about ghosts and he’s been curious ever since.  When asked about his best experience, Danny says, “There are too many to choose. Probably the best, was seeing the aperition of a little girl in a hotel in Ocean City, Maryland and having another investigator see her at the same time, validating what I saw.” Danny’s favorite places to hunt ghosts are Gettysburg, PA and Broney’s Hotel in Lehighton, PA.

 
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Investigator: Wanda Strohl

Wanda said her fascination with ghosts stems from being married to a ghost hunter (Danny).  Seeing and hearing  the evidence he captures is really interesting to Wanda. Her favorite experience is hearing her mother-in-law carry laundry upstairs from the basement.  Her mother-in-law has been passed for over a year. But, Wanda still hears the undeniable sound of step, step and the wash basket hit the steps. Repeated by step, step, basket.  Her favorite location to investigate is Gettysburg.

 

 

Investigator: Jeff Thomas

Jeff has always believed in the paranormal. He said, “Growing up in Jim Thorpe, it’s hard not to believe.” He said he enjoys investigating and helping famalies figure out if they are actually living in a haunted location or if something else might be causing their experiences. Jeff uses his electrical and technical education to debunk some of the things people experience as not paranormal and he also uses that knowledge when helping the team set up equipment and troubleshoot problems with equipment.

 

 

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Investigator: Jeffrey Thomas

Jeffery graduated from Jim Thorpe High School then spent the next 21 years in the Army. He and his wife have 3 children and he has worked for the Borough of Jim Thorpe for the past 19 years. Jeffery says he has always believed in the paranormal and has always been curious about Extraterrestrials.

 

 

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Investigator: David Wargo

David has had a lifelong interest in ghosts and folklore since his great aunt told a story about the ghost of a cousin appearing at his mother’s bedside during WWII. David started his first ghost hunting group at age 10, which was short-lived due to becoming a teen. Interest was rekindled in 1996 after his brother moved into a haunted house and then by investigating ghost stories for a ghost tour. Shortly afterward he formed the PV Paranormal Society with a partner and has been investigating with this PV Paranormal and other groups since 1995.

 
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Investigator: Katie Wargo

Katie’s interest in the paranormal grew after meeting her husband, David. Together they have investigated many homes in Carbon County and beyond. Katie’s forte is researching the history of the homes we investigate. The information she finds helps us to validate the evidence we collect.

 

 
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Investigator: Todd Weaver

Todd has had many spiritual and paranormal experiences over the past 35 years. From growing up and presently living in a haunted home to being a member of several paranormal groups. Through it all he has learned that to find the truth, sometimes you need to travel many roads. And although he uses his ongoing experiences with Paranormal Sightings and Paranormal Investigators of the Poconos to learn, his biggest classroom is Gettysburg.

 

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