What first got you interested in the paranormal?
I have been noticing and feeling things differently about the world since childhood. I personally don't believe anything is paranormal, I feel all it is all quite normal. I personally believe that souls exist beyond the material plane. I know that humans are transcendent and that we are not able to rationalize all that is around us. My ability to help people heal, live better lives and become better people is what fuels my passion in the paranormal field.
What is the most interesting or disturbing case you've ever encountered?
We investigated a restaurant in Galena, Illinois. The restaurant happens to be located in the building that housed the first mortuary and casket company in the state. The building has a very eerie atmosphere and is downright creepy in the dark. We were on an investigation with the restaurant owner and chef. The team earlier in the night made sure the ceiling lights were turned off. Around three in the morning I was sitting on the floor with the team and chef on the restaurant floor. The guys were actively involved in a provoking session in hopes to create paranormal activity. A canister light suddenly turned on above my head and the chef who was sitting next to me began to shake and speak in a very different voice and said, "I'm not the one you're looking for." The chef went into shock and was escorted downstairs by Austin and myself, it was a very bizarre and creepy moment for sure.
How would you convince a skeptic that what you deal with is the real thing?
We all have people in our lives that will not accept or believe things we feel or know for one reason or another. If our faith is challenged, the underlying reason is usually because we do not believe passionately enough in what we know to be true. If we truly believe in what we feel or hear, then nothing people say should affect us. It does not matter what your religious or personal beliefs are, or if you are an atheist. If you say the sky is blue, some guy will say it's green. Humans will disagree with you, no matter what. What your personal truth is may not my personal truth. We all experience life differently. If you believe in anything pro or con that is your belief and your truth. Whatever you believe with certainty and emotion becomes your reality. What someone else believes is really none of my business.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job with the CPD?
I see each team member as family. They are the most dedicated and compassionate individuals I could hope to work with. I love working with them on the common goal of bringing people peace. We all do our highest good to help others have closure and answers in their lives that they desperately seek. My favorite part of the job is that the team is my extended family.
What is your personal opinion about what it's like on the other side?
I believe that whatever your belief system was here on earth follows you to the other side. I personally believe that the universe is a loving and compassionate place full of miracles, forgiveness, and wisdom. I believe the other side is beyond human comprehension and is without beginning or end.
Why do you think some spirits need to communicate with the living?
A minister once argued with me that, if she died, her family would know that she loved them, and there would be no need to tell them so. That statement is true sometimes for people. I did a reading once for a woman whose husband had been killed on his way to work. He wanted to apologize for an argument they had had a week prior to his death. Evidently they had not spoken to each other for that week and were quite hurt by one another. It was truly important for him to tell his wife that he loved her, and that he was sorry. Life is not always perfect, nor do things work out the way we think they will sometimes. Closure for many people is extremely important.
Communicating with the dead can allow us to let go of our fears, by respecting death and not fearing it can free us from suffering. We can become more compassionate to the needs and hurts of others while we are alive. We can all use spiritual assistance to help ourselves to be happy and at peace with the people we loved. When we are truly happy with our lives we are less likely to harm others and cause suffering for the living.
What do you hope viewers will take away from Paranormal Cops?
It is my humble hope that viewers realize that there is more than meets the eye in the world. We all have experiences that cannot be explained and it does not mean that we are irrational, crazy, or stupid for not being able to explain what we experience. Our show gives normal people who experience paranormal incidents the ability to question what they know to be true without fear of ridicule.