By Jessica Fargen
Ghosts and haunted houses aren't just for Halloween whimsy for some New Englanders, who have turned to Ghost Hunters to find out if something from the other side is living beside them...Click to read more...
“We want to help people,” said MacNeil, whose interest in the paranormal started at age 17, when she began experiencing peculiar occurrences around her home following the passing of her brother during the Vietnam War. “We want people to trust us and know that we will do anything we can to help.”...
Founder, Lead Investigator, Case Manager. Ellen grew up being hopelessly addicted to horror movies, Dark Shadows, Hammer films from England with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, scary books and questioning "what's out there"? Now as an adult she is an avid fan of Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, Paranormal State and any other shows, documentaries and any books on the Paranormal she can find! She knew her brother had been killed in Vietnam the day it happened as the Army did not come to their door until the next day, "he sent very powerful messages to prepare us for this news", that opened up a whole new world to Ellen of the "unexplained". Ellen is very proud of our wonderful team of Paranormal lovers including her partner Beckett and their daughter Sarah and looks forward to all our upcoming investigations and also her second investigation at the Mt. Washington Hotel with the Cast of Ghost Hunters!
In 2017 Ellen retired from Brigham and Women's Hospital, but as one door closes another opens, and in April of 2018 Ellen filmed for 5 episodes of season 2 of the TV series "Haunted Case Files". She will also be appearing on the TV series "A Haunting" Season 10 Episode 98 in 2019.
Investigator in Training. Joe was born and raised in Southern New York State, just north of NYC. He has a degree in Engineering, is a dedicated and loving husband and father. He also is a man of faith and strong belief in God. He also has a passion for the unknown and the paranormal. Joe works with Jack Kenna in engineering for the Department of the Army, and this is how Joe came to be first involved with the team. Joe has had paranormal experiences of his own and first spent time discussing them with Jack during lunch at work. After a time Jack asked Joe if he would be interested in reviewing some audio from a case SPIRITS was working on, and Joe jumped at the chance, he came back within a couple days to Jack with some possible evps. What Joe was not aware of is that Jack had already reviewed the audio himself before giving it to him. This was Joe's first test by the team. Jack was amazed to find Joe had hit on all of the same significant evps that he himself had found, as well as some of the other questionable ones that Jack himself had tossed out due to their lack of clarity. Joe also mentioned this in his report to Jack. Jack then gave him more to review and again Joe came back in a timely fashion with his findings, and a few quality evps. After that Jack and the team invited Joe to investigate the old Salem, NY jail with them, where Joe and the team had numerous experiences and captured some high quality evidence. It was after this investigation in September 2017 that Joe was offered a spot on the team as an "Investigator in Training", which he gladly accepted. Joe's first residential investigation with SPIRITS took place on 21 July 2018 in Brooklyn, NY.
Investigator in Training. Carly grew up in the small town of Cambridge in Upstate New York. Carly has always been curious about the paranormal ever since she was a child. She had spent her time watching more paranormal shows than she can count, excited to see captured evidence of the unknown. After a personal event regarding her family, Carly dove headfirst into learning even more about the paranormal which had pushed her down a path that she had never expected. This led to wonderful new connections and experiences that she treasures every day. She is always looking to help others and jumps at any opportunity to do so, no matter the situation. In her free time, Carly loves to read and work on art projects. She currently works as a Surgical Technologist throughout the week at the Bone and Joint Center Center in Albany.
Investigator, Tech Assistant. Sarah is the daughter of SPIRITS Founders Ellen and Beck. Her interest in the paranormal began at a very young age when she had her own experience. Sarah, like her mom and Beck, is very dedicated to her family, included her extended family in the SPIRITS team. She studied graphic design in college, she also helps to create various designs for her mother's business Madcatter Design. Sarah also has a passion for fictional writing, sailing and website design. She also brings to the team a background in Psychology. In 2019 Sarah will appear on Season 10 Episode 98 of the TV series "A Haunting". Sarah currently works at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA.
Founder, Lead Investigator Beck grew up in the southern state of Georgia. It was there that she had her first experience with the paranormal. The experience is something that Beck does not like to talk about as it was a very difficult time for her and her family. The experience did leave Beck a stronger person though and a person that is loving, caring and dedicated to her family and the ones she loves, especially Sarah and Ellen. Beck has a unique talent for being able to connect with clients who believe they are experiencing something paranormal and comforting them with the fact that they are not alone and not crazy, having experienced the paranormal first hand, Beck knows for a fact that the paranormal does exist, and that the fear that some people experience when confronted with it is very real as well.
Co- Founder, Tech Department Manager. Having been raised on horror and sci-fi movies, Sharon has always had an interest in the supernatural/ paranormal. She had some experiences as a child that she could not explain at the time. When she was older she was able to de-bunk some of those, but others.... It was a combination of movies and her own experiences that led her to the path of investigation to try to get some answers. Sharon is very proud of her team, especially the wonderful chemistry between them. She has been on numerous investigations, including Mt. Washington Hotel with members of T.A.P.S. in April '09 and boot camp at the Spalding Inn May 30th '09.
During the day Sharon works for two radiation oncologists at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. At night she works as drum tech to four different drummers, and investigates as often as she can! She currently lives with her French Bulldog, Aspect Jason Voorhees Trebor, and misses Malachi her Siberian Husky (15 years together).
Sharon, along with team member Jack Kenna, filmed for a new television series titled Haunted Case Files which is produced by Our House Media and will air on cable network Destination America in the spring 2016. Several of the episodes will cover unique investigations conducted by the S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of New England team.
NOTE: Sharon recently left the team due to personal reasons. She will be great missed. We want to thank her for all she did to help make this team what it is today, and for all the hours and hours of hard work she dedicated to not only investigations but to evidence review, and helping the individuals and families who were experiencing hauntings. We hope that she may someday return to the team, but if not, be assured that we will miss having her knowledge and expertise, but she will still be a part of our lives and our friend. Thank you for everything Sharon.
- Jack Kenna
Investigator, Tech Specialist, Author, Writer, Public Figure, New York Chapter. Born in Troy, NY in January 1963, Jack grew up in an area rich in history, legends, and documented haunted graveyards, historical buildings and Revolutionary Battlefields. Jack’s interest in the paranormal started at a very young age. This was driven by the fact that his mother had many experiences of her own which she often relayed to him. The home he grew up in and now raises his family in also helped to peak his interest in the paranormal, in addition to his wife and their seven children it is also home to what he refers to as a friendly spirit, which seems to keep an eye out for the family. In more recent years his interest in the paranormal was rekindled by the TV series Ghost Hunters and the scientific investigation methods utilized by TAPS. These methods are very similar to the type of engineering and scientific methods that Jack has been using on a daily basis for the past thirty plus years in his career as a Senior Engineering Technician and project leader for the Department of the Army. Beyond his technical expertise for the Army, Jack brings to the SPIRITS team his video and audio skills from 6 years of running his own part-time videography business, as well as his computer and website design skills from 7 years of running his own part-time computer repair, training and web design business. Since 2011 Jack has also been writing paranormal articles and stories for Paranormal Underground, and as of 2017 he has also been writing for Living Paranormal Magazine published by Boleyn Paranormal in the UK. Jack also published his first book in September of 2017 titled SPIRITS of New England: Hauntings, Ghosts & Demons which is a semi-fictional work based on several of the SPIRITS teams investigations. His next book titled Paranormal Research: Building a Strong Team will be published in June 2018 by Schiffer publishing in Pennsylvania. In 2015 Jack, along with illustrator Alex Cormack, completed work on the first issue of a new comic book series based on the teams investigations, this first book is titled S.P.I.R.I.T.S. - The Forgotten Souls of Bay Path. He has also appeared in numerous episodes of of the television series Paranormal Survivor and Haunted Case Files, as well as on Haunted Hospitals (S1), and A Haunting (S10 E98). These shows are produced by Our House Media (OHM), Bristow Global Media (BGM), and New Dominion Pictures and air in Canada (T&E Network), the U.S.A. on cable networks Destination America and The Travel Channel and also in the UK and Europe.