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Amy Bruni first encountered paranormal activity as a six-year-old when her family moved to Alameda, California. Her family had no idea their home was haunted until Amy witnessed a full-body apparition of a man dressed in green. Years later, Amy discovered the ghost was the landlord's son who died in World War II. Amy's family encouraged her to not let the paranormal world spook her, but instead to embrace it. Amy's been chasing ghosts ever since. In fact, her father started taking her on paranormal investigations when she was only nine!
As Amy got older, her fascination kept growing. In her twenties, Amy spent her weekends flying to haunted locations and conducting her own investigations. Her passion for the paranormal became a full-time job when she joined SyFy's Ghost Hunters in 2007.
Recently, Amy founded Strange Escapes, a paranormal travel agency that pairs people with the largest and most haunted locations in the United States. In between speaking at paranormal events and investigating ghosts, Amy stays at home in Massachusetts raising her three-year-old daughter Charlotte.
Adam Berry grew up in the small town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama and had more paranormal experiences in his childhood than most people do in a lifetime. But unlike Amy, the spirits Adam faced terrorized him. When he was just nine years old, Adam saw a paranormal creature haunting his home. It looked like a menacing ghost dog, and Adam couldn't escape the harrowing sound of the dog scratching against the wall. His TV mysteriously glowed even though it was turned off. In 2006, Adam had his most intense experience in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He saw massive white figures in a field, and heard loud gunshots and people yelling. He rushed to the paranormal sights and sounds, and found no explanation for what he witnessed. This event sparked his interest in the paranormal.
In just a few years, Adam quickly progressed from unknown paranormal novice to well-respected researcher. His newfound passion led him to compete on Ghost Hunters Academy, which landed him a spot on Ghost Hunters in 2010.
In addition to hosting paranormal conferences, Adam runs a musical theater in Massachusetts, and works as a real estate agent selling haunted properties to only the bravest of thrill seekers.
Dalen is addicted to history both in and outside of the paranormal. The entrepreneur and fashion designer is the ringleader of the team, with his finger on the pulse of the who, what, where, when and why of each case. He first encountered the paranormal when he was young child. After attending the funeral of a man lost to gun violence, he awoke to find the man standing over him…clear as day. It’s the experience he never forgot, and one that bonded him to fraternity brother, business partner and BFF Juwan Mass.
Juwan has a huge heart that can get him into the craziest of situations. He has a passion for helping people and is willing to jump into the fire to get answers. The Eagle Scout is a natural born explorer. With that said, he knows when to run when the stuff hits the fan. When he was 12, he turned his attention to the paranormal and ghost hunting. Mass and Spratt bonded over their shared experience and desire to explore the unknown.
Marcus is the most spiritual member of the group, and the only father among the Brothers. His ability to sympathize and relate to families sets him apart, whether it’s bonding with an upset spouse or winning over a scared child. He has an uncanny ability to provide peace and hope to frightened families; and his natural humor can always make clients crack a smile. When Marcus isn’t lending comfort to a beleaguered family, he’s lending an empathetic ear, mad clipper skills, and old school barbershop wisdom to his famous clients at his Atlanta barbershop.
Dave is an experienced paranormal investigator and radio host. He became fascinated with the unexplained at an early age, reading books by parapsychology pioneers like Hans Holzer. He has traveled the world in search of the truth behind some of the most terrifying claims of the supernatural. Dedicated listeners from across the globe have been tuning into Schrader nightly via his popular radio programs like “Darkness Radio” and “Midnight in the Desert,” where he deep dives into the strange, fringe and bizarre realms of the paranormal. He is also the co-author of the book “The Other Side” and has been featured on several hit paranormal television series, including “Ghost Adventures,” “Paranormal Challenge” and “Paranormal State.” Schrader prides himself on being one of the last people to interview Hans Holzer before his death and is determined to honor Holzer’s legendary legacy.
Ben grew up primarily in Utah, the 2nd oldest of six children. Supportive parents encouraged him to fully pursue all of his interests. Because his parents were so supportive, Ben developed an obsession for trying new things, especially if it involved earning certifications and licenses. These endeavors included becoming a licensed airplane pilot, amateur radio operator, licensed falconer, certified SCUBA diver, hang glider, Search and Rescue dog handler, and earning the Eagle Scout award in Boy Scouts (in large part thanks to his mother). He graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a Bachelors degree in Sociology, certification in Criminology and Corrections, a Spanish minor, and a year of study abroad completed in Australia. Ben maintains his Spanish fluency and has used it quite frequently in his work and personal life.
Inspired by TV shows like The X-Files which were popular while he was in high school, Ben cemented an interest in both a desire to work in public service for an investigative agency and an insatiable desire to explore mysteries of the unknown. After graduating college, he worked for several private and public agencies, including investigating child sex crimes and severe physical abuse on the Utah County Sex Crimes Task Force. His training and work later brought him to work in the position of Special Agent for the FBI. His time serving at the state and federal levels gave him over six years of formal experience in investigating a wide range of crimes and national security details. Feeling as though he might someday return to public service, Ben also felt compelled to seize an opportunity presented to him to assist in forming a new investigative reality TV show. Departing from the mainstream paranormal shows prevalent at the time, this new show would not only conduct observation-based field investigations; it would focus primarily on alleged evidence already at hand. The age of the Internet has brought with it the sharing of thousands of allegedly paranormal viral videos and photographs. People with a sincere curiosity for the unknown are often left with the tremendous and exciting task of sifting through the hoaxes and naturally explainable cases. Ben and the show developers felt that after a methodical process of experimentation, whatever evidence remained unexplained… also became more compelling. From this concept was born the Syfy hit television show Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.
Having been with Fact or Faked from the beginning, Ben leads a team of five specialists who travel the world looking for answers to these mysteries. Confronting the relationship of seeing and believing, the team has witnessed and documented dozens of unbelievable events. Many people recite the phrase, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Balancing an innate human longing for rational explanation with the acceptance of witnessing undeniably strange events- Aliquandro videre non est satis- Sometimes seeing is not enough.
You may have also seen Ben on the UFO documentary series UFOs Declassified. Airing on the Canada History channel, the Yesterday channel in the UK, and soon on the Smithsonian channel in the U.S., Ben makes reoccurring appearances as a UFO researcher and commentator, examining government records of UFO events.
Apart from filming TV shows, Ben is often asked to provide analysis for photos and videos for the Huffington Post Weird News column. Breaking-down captured media of alleged Bigfoot, UFO, and ghost events, Ben provides his expert opinion on some of the most viral stories in the current press. He often presents his research and findings at dozens of conferences across the globe.
Between filming the television show and traveling to events across the country, Ben also films aerial video and photography with remote control multi-rotor helicopters and teaches basic and advanced firearms courses as an instructor. In his free time, he attempts to surf, enjoys basketball, rock climbing, SCUBA diving, and flying small planes. He also believes firmly in the importance of volunteerism, especially when it comes to disaster preparedness. He serves on his community’s CERT team and the Disaster Action Team for the American Red Cross. He also works as a Sr. Research Analyst for a non-profit disaster relief organization which is awaiting funding to fully launch.
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