I have been innately interested in the paranormal since childhood. I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the house that my parents and I resided in had its share of ghosts. One in particular was the specter of an older man who originated from the 1800s. I can clearly remember him: short, white hair and white beard, wearing blue jeans and a black and red checkered long-sleeve shirt. He was a gentle ghost and enjoyed my company.
While attending the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2001, my beloved grandmother passed away from congestive heart failure. After attending her funeral services in San Diego, California, I headed back to Tucson to pursue my senior year of college. For about two weeks after my grandmother's death, I started to experience odd phenomena in my college apartment. The door knobs on my front and bedroom doors would rattle of their own volition. Mind you that my grandmother was always overly concerned with checking the doors to make sure they were locked when she was of body. Many times at night when I was just about to fall asleep, I would feel the gentle caress of an invisible hand, which felt eerily familiar as if it came from a person I knew and loved. The most profound experience, however, was when I would see my grandmother's apparition standing near my closet door. I noticed her apparition almost every night for several days. Her apparition appeared glowing and translucent with a very familiar flowery house dress that my grandmother wore shortly before her death. Today, I feel that she is of spirit and has moved on. I have surmised that the experiences in my college apartment were her ways of making sure that I was okay.
These above encounters were two of several encounters that really propelled my interest in studying the paranormal. I have been in the lab studying the paranormal since 1996, but in 2006, I stepped out of that lab and directly into the field of paranormal investigation, while continuing my research of course. I have worked with a few Southern California-based paranormal teams since 2006. It has always been a dream of mine to develop and run my own research and investigative team and that dream came to fruition on October 3, 2009 which was the day that the San Diego Paranormal Research Society was born. I founded SDPRS along with Audrey and Charles Small. SDPRS investigates private residences, businesses and historical locales. We are comprised of dedicated, caring and experienced investigators. SDPRS also conducts courses regarding paranormal research and investigation. Please visit the team's website at http://www.sandiegoparanormalresearch.com for more information.
In 2008, I was fortunate to have met Dale Kaczmarek and Jim Graczyk of the Ghost Research Society while attending a conference up in Oak Hurst, California. I ended up buying some of Dale's and Jim's books and that is when I learned about the reknowned Ghost Research Society Press. Dale mentioned that he is always looking for new authors and I expressed my interests in writing books on the paranormal. Another one of my dreams has been to write books on the paranormal and that dream also came to reality with my first book, Field Guide to Southern California Hauntings, the 8th book in the GRS Press field guide series. My second book, The Haunted Queen of the Seas: The Living Legend of the RMS Queen Mary was published in May of 2010. My third book will soon be published in June of 2011. A few weeks after the conference, Dale asked if I would be interested in being the Southern California Area Research Director for the Ghost Research Society and of course, I jumped at the chance to get to know and work with this fantastic team. I ended up joining the GRS in the Summer of 2009 on a trip to Louisville, Kentucky, for an investigation of the famous Waverly Hills Sanatorium. A truly amazing experience. Please visit http://www.ghostresearch.org/ for more information.
Working in the paranormal field is a never-ending learning process. I have met some incredible people along the way. There's something very special about working in this field as I believe it makes you a better person for it; you're able to get in touch with yourself and grow as a person. Working in the paranormal field is a life-long journey and a way of life.