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2020 Speakers

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

Heather Burton Amaro

Keith Age

Founder & President of Louisville Ghost Hunters Society &
Mid-South Paranormal Convention
"The Legendary Rock-n-Roll Ghost Hunter"
Producer, Musician,

Presentation: TBA

Saturday & Sunday

Keith Age

Keith Age
has been called "The Legendary Rock-n-Roll Ghost Hunter," mostly because he has over 30 years of experience in paranormal  research and because he has been a professional musician even longer. He is also the Founder and President of the Louisville Ghost Hunters Society, which was formed in 1996 and has over 4,000 members worldwide.

Beyond hearing Keith Age on hundreds of radio stations internationally, he  can also be seen on SyFy Channel.  He is the host and Associate Producer of the Booth Brothers, Spooked TV, highly acclaimed documentary Spooked series which includes Spooked: Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Children of the Grave, The Possessed, The Haunted Boy, The Secret Dairy of the Exorcist Case and Soul Catcher, Trail of Fears. 

He can be found at numerous speaking engagements nationally that include but not limited to the American Ghost Society's Conference, UNIV-CON, Haunted Hickory, and his own annual Mid-South Paranormal Convention.

His approach to investigating the paranormal in a non-metaphysical manner has Keith Age known world-wide.  His experience not only investigating the paranormal but playing bass guitar have earned him the title,"The Rock-n-Roll Ghost Hunter."

Mike Ricksecker

Author and Ghostorian
Currently Featured on Travel Channel's, "The Alaska Triangle"

Presentation:   Shadow People

Saturday  & Sunday

Mike 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.  His new book, A Walk In The Shadows, A Complete Guide to Shadow People was released in December of 2019 and now available!
 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

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

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  &  Sunday

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

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

Presentation:  Sunday

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

Paranormal Profiling        Martha Decker

Martha Hazzard Decker spent most of her adult life exploring a variety of locations, including historical locations.  A couple favorites are Ft. Sumter, N.C. and Myrtles Plantation in LA.  Decker tends to look at locations with a different eye that than most because of her photography, law enforcement and journalist background. She lectures around the country, has been on numerous radio shows, is a published author and received a first place award from Associated Press in specialty reporting for an investigative article while working at the Cedar Creek Pilot. She has written two books, Paranormal Profiling and Healing Waters, Brothels and Murders - The History and Legends of Haunted Hill House which will be released in 2020. Decker has been involved in investigating the paranormal since 1999 and founded East Texas Paranormal in 2007. She was  with the law enforcement in Texas for over 20 years as detective, negotiator, instructor and assistant chief of police when she retired.

Martha will be on an episode of the 2020 season, Portals of Hell.

Pat Fitzhugh

 Author, Researcher & Paranormal Adventurer

Presentations:  The Bell Witch

Saturday  &  Sunday

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 & Sunday

 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

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.

 Orville & 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  &  Sunday

Orville and Cheryl Murphy

Board Camp Crystal Mine

Orville & Cheryl Murphy opened Board Camp Crystal Mine in 2012 after discovering quartz crystals on their property. The mine is located 10 miles east of Mena, Arkansas and is open to the public for old fashioned rock-hounding.  The night of February 18th of 2017, the Murphy's witnessed a mystifying light event in the mine that changed their lives forever. They began to see other phenomena, both celestial and terrestrial, including orbs and rock levitation caught on game cameras! This news attracted the attention of a MUFON investigation and Josh Gates' Exhibition Unknown" to film at the mine.  Gates caught an actual UFO on camera during filming which viewers see in the show! To this day, the phenomena continues!  What is the cause? Crystal energy? Fringe science? Spirits? Aliens? And recently, there is physical evidence of Sasquatch!  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, visit their website at link below.


Erik Rintamaki

Founder of Yooperlites, Michigan

Presentations: Discovering Yooperlites & 2019 UFO Experience

Saturday & Sunday - MacArthur Tower Theater


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.

Erik will be featured on the Travel Channels, Paranormal Caught on Camera on February 5th, 2020.

For more information go to link below.

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