I started the SPIRITS of St. Petersburg in 1997, when I first started my academic research into the role of the liminal. I took this research to conferences, eventually expanding into studying the lore and legends of Tampa Bay. I did talks in the local community and met other individuals curious about the supernatural. I officially founded the SPIRITS of St. Petersburg paranormal investigation team in 2000, and it remains an active group today. In addition to investigations, I lead ghost tours for Shadows in the Sunshine and Paradise Tours. I wrote the book, Supernatural St. Petersburg and Paranormal Pinellas, revising it for its latest release in 2021. I also host Paranormal Pets on petliferadio.com.
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I’ve been interested in the paranormal since I was a child due to experiences I had. I’ve been actively investigating since 2008 and have traveled to several haunted sites in Florida as well as other states. Friends joke that I’m a “ghost magnet” because there seems to be activity wherever I go, including theme parks! I rely mostly on my senses when investigating, but also use voice recorders, EMF detectors, and dousing rods.
I was born and raised in Ohio. I became interested in the paranormal when I heard an unexplained crying while at her job. I started investigating for the adrenaline rush, but now I’m interested in trying to find out more: why do they stay, what are they. I’ve spent the past 10 years investigating on and off and have recently begun to explore my sensitivity.
Call me “V”
Paranormal investigator/Review Tech
As a kid, I experienced odd things, but discarded them as normal only to realize much later these were possible paranormal events. I didn’t start investigating until about 1998. I joined up with Brandy and the SPIRITS of St. Petersburg after the World’s Largest Ghost Hunt in 2019. My favorite part of investigating is the review portion. I have always had sensitive hearing so when I review audio I can hear things that some might not. Now that I have great software I am able to share these EVP’s with others. I do believe in spirits, however, I approach all evidence as a skeptic. My rule of thumb is to make sure that the anomaly we find isn’t caused by something we take for granted (people, animals, bugs, electrical..) or current atmospheric conditions.