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The Arkansas Paranormal Expo is proud to have Heather Ann Amaro as our host for the 10th year!

Heather Burton Amaro

Ken Gerhard

Cryptozoologist, Author, Researcher

CONGRATULATIONS to Ken Gerhard for winning

The Cryptozoologists of the Year 2019 along with Lyle Blackburn and Craig Woolheater, The Trinity from Texas

Presentation: Saturday - The Mothman - 1:15

Presentation: Sunday - Bigfoot - 2:15

Ken Gerhard

Ken Gerhard
is a widely recognized cryptozoologist and field researcher for the The Centre for Fortean Zoology, as well as a fellow of the Pangea Institute and consultant for several research organizations. He has traveled the world searching for evidence of mysterious animals and legendary beasts including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabra, enigmatic winged creatures and werewolves. In addition to co-hosting the History Channel TV series Missing In Alaska, Ken has appeared in three episodes of the television series Monster Quest and is featured in the History Channel special The Real Wolfman, as well other series including Ancient Aliens (History Channel), True Monsters (History Channel), Unexplained Files (Science Channel), Legend Hunters
(Travel Channel), Paranatural (National Geographic), Weird or What? with William Shatner (Syfy), Monsters and Mysteries in America,
(Animal Planet), True Supernatural (Destination America), Ultimate Encounters (TruTV), Monster Project (Nat. Geographic Wild) and Shipping Wars (A&E). 

He currently lectures and exhibits at various conferences and events across the United States. Born of Friday the 13th of October, 1967  (exactly one week before the famous Patterson Bigfoot footage was shot), Ken has traveled to twenty-six different countries on six continents and has visited virtually all of the United States. An avid adventurer, he has camped along the Amazon, explored the Galapagos, hiked the Australian Outback and has visited many ancient and mysterious sites, from Machu Pichu to Stonehenge.

Debbie Ziegelmeyer

Missouri MUFON State Director, MUFON Business Board of Directors, MUFON Director of Underwater Research and Recovery, MUFON Star Team Investigator & Inner Circle

Presentation:  Saturday - Roswell: A 20 Year Investigation - 2:15

Presentation:  Sunday - UFO's & USO's In The Caribbean - 11:15

Debbie Ziegelmeyer    Mufon

Debbie Ziegelmeyer
has been an amateur astronomer since childhood and has a 10" Schmidt Cassegrain telescope housed in an astronomical dome in her back yard.  Her other interests have been as a volunteer archeologist on two of NBC's projects, "Roswell Crash Starling New Evidence", who published her personal "dig diaries" experiences in a book entitled "Roswell Dig Diaries", and on the episode of UFO Hunters entitled "Rowell Revisited".  She has been an independent investigator for over 25 years, spent over 18 years partnered with her brother Chuck Zukowski reinvestigating the Roswell New Mexico incident of 1947, worked with Ted Phillip's CSI group for 2 years investigating and researching Marley woods, and has been a MUFON Field Investigator for almost 20 years investigating over 1000 UFO sightings reports.  Debbie has made several personal appearances over the past 15 years as a public speaker at the Roswell, NM July Festival and was a guest speaker at the Devils Tower UFO Rendezvous 2017.  Most recently, Debbie was a guest speaker in Toronto, Canada at the "Alien Cosmic Expo" June, 2018.

In 2017 she was awarded the "Roswell Incident Excellence Award" by the Roswell Daily Record and was also given MUFON's "2017 Field Investigator of the Year" award.  Currently Debbie is featured in Ben Mezrich's best selling book, "The 37th Parallel" which outlines the "UFO Highway across the United States and her brother Chuck Zukowski's Investigations.

Debbie's employment interests are as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, PADI First Responder, Underwater UFO/USO Search and Recovery Instructor.  She and her St. Louis firefighter son-in-law Roger Meyer, own Missouri Scuba, LLC.  In the summer months they conduct scuba diving and water safety seminars for children's groups, teach children scuba camps, and conduct scuba diving classes for St. Louis City and surrounding county firefighters.  Debbie and her husband, Wayne are co-owners of Arco Fire and Water Restoration, Inc., Largo Properties, LLC which is commercial rental and Custom RV & Boat Storage, LLC.


Mike Ricksecker

Author and Ghostorian

Presentation:   Shadow People

Saturday - 12:30  & Sunday - 12:45

Mike RickseckerMike Ricksecker

Mike Ricksecker
is the author of the historic paranormal books Ghosts of Maryland, Ghosts and Legends of Oklahoma, Campfire Tales: Midwest, Ghostorian Case Files: Volume 1, and the Encounters with the Paranormal series.  He has appeared on multiple television shows and programs as a paranormal historian, including Animal Planet's The Haunted, Bio Channel's My Ghost Story, and RenTV's (Russia) Mysteries of Mankind, Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory, and he produces his own internet shows Ghosts and Legends, Paranormal Roads, and Friday Night Ghost Frights. On Tuesday nights, he hosts The Edge of the Rabbit Hole Livestream Show and Inside the Upside Down on the Haunted Road Media YouTube channel.  Haunted Road Media is also his own paranormal and supernatural publishing company representing a number of paranormal authors.

Additionally, Mike is an Amazon best-selling mystery author with two entries to his Chase Michael DeBarlo private detective series, Deadly Heirs and System of the Dead. With over 25 years of involvement in the paranormal, Mike serves as a paranormal investigator and "Ghostorian" with Society of the Haunted and regularly travels to speak about the paranormal and writing.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mike is a father of four and is a avid baseball fan.



Carol Pate


Presentation: My life as a Psychic & Open Gallery Discussion

Saturday - 4:30 & Sunday - 4:00

Carol Pate   Carol Pate


Carol Pate was born with psychic abilities. By the age of 12, she was working with law enforcement agencies in helping them solve cases of embezzlement, homicide and missing persons. She is now a licensed minister, a teacher and a practicing psychic counselor. Ms. Pate was chosen in 1991 as the top female psychic in the U.S. by Unicorn World Coordination and Tokyo Broadcast System in Japan. She has been featured in three international television documentaries and has worked with all facets of the media at local, state and national levels, as well as internationally. She has appeared as a guest expert on "The Geraldo Rivera Show" and has also appeared on "The Other Side", "Sightings", "Unsolved Mysteries" and "Beyond Chance". Most recent on MSNBC Abrahams Report", "Psychic Detectives" and "Larry King Live."  Through the University of Arkansas continuing education program, Ms. Pate taught her "ESP and the Paranormal" course for 5 years.  She continues to conduct private workshops and seminars on a regularly scheduled basis.  As time permits, she is available for speaking engagements at schools, colleges, churches and civic organizations.  Her private practice includes working with the public on multiple levels.  She has given thousands of personal readings utilizing her psychometric talent and other psychic abilities to offer counsel and advice in all areas of personal concern.  She has also worked with thousands of missing persons and murder cases with great success.

Carol Pate Psychic Center



Robert Swain

Bigfoot Field Researcher

Co-Founder of Arkansas Primates Evidence Society and Laughsquatch Cartoons

Director of Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers

Presentation: Saturday Only - 3:00

Bigfoot In Arkansas & Open Gallery Discussion

     Robert Swain

Robert Swain has had a life -long interest in the Sasquatch mystery.  He has been a field researcher since 2006, looking for Bigfoot primarily in the hills of Arkansas.  Robert is the artist of the Laughsquatch cartoons and is the author of, "Laughsquatch: Is In The Bag!" He is a regular speaker at Bigfoot conferences across the country and serves on the board of AIBR - Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers and is co-founder of APES - Arkansas Primate Evidence Society. 

Robert Swain

Adrian & Tina Scalf

Founders of River Valley Paranormal Research & Investigations (RVPRI)

Presentation - Hidden - Dangers of Paranormal Investigating From A Personal Perspective

Saturday - 3:45  &  Sunday - 10:45

Adrian Scalf  Adrian and Tina Scalf

Adrian Scalf, along with his wife, Tina, in 2006 formed River Valley Paranormal Research & Investigations (RVPRI) in Ft. Smith, Arkansas after experiencing paranormal activity in two of their homes.  As a lifelong non-believer in anything described as "paranormal', Adrian was convinced that he was wrong when he experienced an undeniable paranormal encounter in 1999.  With a firm Biblical perspective on the world, and a foundation rooted in common sense, Adrian has made it his mission to help those who have no one else to turn to.  As someone who did not receive any support from his own church when he was in crisis, he knows the importance of offering a spiritual perspective on paranormal experiences for those who place their faith in God.  Adrian and Tina specialize in home investigations, and since they've started done over 200 investigations in which they have helped over 100 families through dark times, even when faced with personal risk.  They and their RVPRI team have been featured on Ghost Adventures when the show investigated Fort Chaffee Arkansas.  Adrian and Tina were also seen in the movies Soul Catcher and The Unseen, produced and directed for SyFy by the Booth Brothers.

Martha Hazzard Decker

East Texas Paranormal, Author, Retired Police Detective &
Assistant Chief of Police

Presentation:  Saturday - 11:00

Healing Waters, Brothels & Murders, the History and Legends of the Real Haunted Hill House

Presentation:  Sunday - 3:00

 How To Interview Like A Detective, Taking the Forensic Interview Into The Paranormal

Paranormal Profiling  Martha Hazzard Decker  Hill House   

Martha Decker's been involved in investigating paranormal actively since 1999.  As a child, Decker experienced a number of unexplained occurrences which triggered her long time interest in the unknown.  She retired in 2007 from law enforcement as assistant chief of police, negotiator, detective and instructor.  She founded East Texas Paranormal in 2007.  Decker has 20+ years of professional experience as an investigator; criminally and civilly, also a writer and photographer.  Her first book, Paranormal Profiling, was released in April 2014.  She is working on her second nonfiction book, Historical & Haunted Highway 80.  She received a first place Associated Press award for specialty reporting when she was a journalist.  Decker spent nearly seven years working with the State of Texas as a child death investigator until retiring in 2014. During that time she assisted with serious cases of abuse and fatalities of children along with speaking and training engagements, mentoring or attending
autopsies.  She is a process server and private investigator in Texas and specializes in case involving children and missing persons.  Decker is producing a web series - GI'S, I.N.C. or Granny Investigations that will debut summer of 2016.  Decker produced and directed several TV shows in the eighties before moving to east Texas.

Pat Fitzhugh

 Author, Researcher & Paranormal Adventurer

Presentations:  The Bell Witch

Saturday - 10:15  &  Sunday - 10:00

Author of, "The Bell Witch Haunting" the most terrifying legend in American history that happened 200 years ago.

  Bell Witch  Pat Fitzhugh  Bell Witch Full Account

Pat Fitzhugh became interested in the paranormal as a child.  He was seriously researching the paranormal by the age of 13, and went on his first ghost hunt 2 years later.  Along the way, he developed a keen interest in Tennessee's local legends, including the Bell Witch. As an adult, he has investigated some of America's most haunted locations.  A self-described "skeptical believer," Fitzhugh bases his investigations on scientific methods and harsh scrutiny of evidence.  In addition to conducting more than thirty investigations each year, he writes books, lectures at paranormal events and occasionally appears on paranormal-themed TV shows.

Alan Lowe

Author, Director & Co-Founder of The Spirit Seekers
Paranormal Group

Presentations: Spirit Facts

Saturday - 9:30 & Sunday - 12:00

 Alan Lowe

At an early age, Alan had experiences that defied explanation and compelled him to discover what lurked in the dark recesses of his home.  As a result, he has devoted himself to the pursuit of ghosts and a understanding of the paranormal.  He and His wife, Angela, are founders of The Spirit Seekers Paranormal Investigation, Research and Intervention Team.

He is the author of, "The Ghosts of Little Rock" and "Supernatural Arkansas: Ghosts, Monsters and the Unexplained." Alan has consulted
on the television series, "A Haunting" for the Discovery Channel; and was a guest on the radio program, "Tales of the South."

Alan has started his own production company and is currently filming a feature horror movie called, "Baby Girl."

Melanie Bell


Presentations:   Channeling Personal Guides & Astral Projections

Saturday & Sunday - MacArthur Tower Theater
- 1:00

Melanie Bell

Melanie Bell
is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy, Hypnosis Instructor and Honors Graduate of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, the country's first Nationally Accredited College of Hypnotherapy, who brings her love of adventure and passion for life to her Hypnotherapy practice.

As a graduate of both UALR and the William H. Bowen School of Law, Melanie is proud to call Arkansas home.  In addition to working with individual clients throughout the country, she offers Group Hypnotherapy Sessions, Seminars, and Continuing Education Programs.

To ensure that she provides the most advanced and effective techniques possible, Melanie has earned more than 20 advanced certifications, including Therapeutic Imagery Master, NLP Practitioner, Advanced Handwriting Analyst, Advanced EFT, ADD-ADHD, Addictions, Caregivers, Childbirth, Immune Disorders, Inner Child, Pain Management, Past Life Regression Therapist, Pre and Post Surgical Hypnosis, PTSD, Seniors, Smoking Cessation, Sports Performance, Tinnitus, Trauma Recovery and Weight Loss.

 Cheryl Murphy

Owner of Board Camp Crystal Mine
Mena, Arkansas

Presentation:  The Continued Strange Experiences at Board Camp Crystal Mine and their story featured on Josh Gates, "Expedition Unknown," along with MUFON. 

Saturday - 11:45  &  Sunday - 1:30

Orville & Cheryl Murphy

Board Camp Crystal Mine

Orville & Cheryl Murphy opened Board Camp Crystal Mine in 2012.  The mine is open to the public for old fashioned rock-hounding of quartz crystals.  Since February of 2017, the couple witnessed a mystifying light event in the mine, followed by other strange phenomena, caught on camera, including orbs and rock levitation!  This attracted the attention of MUFON and Josh Gates' Exhibition Unknown" on the Travel Channel.  To this day, the phenomena continues!  What is the cause? Crystal energy? Fringe science? Spirits? Aliens? And most recently, there is physical evidence of Bigfoot!  The Murphy's went public with their story, hoping to find answers for themselves, as well as for others. In addition to crystal digging, the Murphy's host the "UnXplained Tours" for the public to have an opportunity to experience some of the phenomena for themselves. For more information go to link below.


Erik Rintamaki

Founder of Yooperlites, Michigan

Presentations: Discovering Yooperlites & 2019 UFO Experience

Saturday & Sunday - MacArthur Tower Theater - 11:00 & 2:00


Erik Rintamaki
is a life long rock hound from Brimley, Michigan. In 2017 he was picking the shores of Lake Superior at night using longwave UV Lights and made the discovery of a lifetime. Every rock pickers dream is to find something new and Erik did just that.  What Erik found was later tested and verified to be Syenites rich in flourescent Sodalite, which he branded
Yooperlites.  Testing was the first verified occurence of flourescent Sodalite in Michigan.  In May of 2018 Erik was credited with the discovery in The Mineral News.

Yooperlites have now become a worldwide phenomena with thousands of articles and news stories written about them.  In 2018 Yooperlites were features in articles by CBS, NBC, ABC, Forbes Magazine, The Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News.  In 2019 Erik and Yooperlites were featured in both the April and May issues of Rock & Gem magazine, and PBS did a documentary as well.

While doing a tour one night on Lake Superior, he had his UFO experience that  changed his life and beliefs.

For more information go to link below.

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