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October 28th & 29th, 2023

The Arkansas Paranormal Expo is proud to have Heather Burton Amaro as our host for the 12th year!

 Heather Burton Amaro

Ken Gerhard

Crytozoologist, Researcher, Author


Presentation:  Cryptozoology 101


Presentation:  Cryptids of Arkansas

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Ken Gerhard is a widely-recognized cryptozoologist, author and lecturer who frequently appears on television. Ken has traveled the world searching for evidence of mysterious creatures including Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabra, Mothman and The Beast of Gevaudan. In addition, he's written six books on the subject of unknown animals. His research has been featured on numerous TV shows including - Missing in Alaska, Monster Quest, Ancient Aliens, America Unearthed, The UnXplained and Legend Hunters.  Ken has appeared on major networks including History Channel, Travel Channel, Discovery, Animal Planet, SyFy and National Geographic.

Bishop James Long

Bishop of the United States Old Catholic Church
Host of the Sacred Division Radio Show



Saturday & Sunday

Bishop James Long 

Bishop James Long, has been in the Paranormal field for over 30 years.  He serves as the Exorcist for the United States Old Catholic Church and has performed 30 documented Exorcisms on individuals who were validly possessed.
Bishop Long hosts the Sacred Division Radio Show, which he started in 2005 and discusses everything that is related to the Paranormal field.  He discusses Demonology and Possession on his show as well as other topics and teaches about the dangers that come with investigating Demonic cases.  He is currently being featured on Travel Channels, "The Legion of Exorcists

Debbie Ziegelmeyer

MUFON Business Board of Directors, Functional Director of Underwater Research and Recovery, MUFON Missouri State Director, MUFON Star Team Investigator, Benefactor and Inner Circle Member, MUFON Archivist & Author


50th Anniversary of the Piedmont Missouri UFO Flap

Visitors or Colonist in our Waterways, Updated Information

Saturday & Sunday

Debbie ZiegelmeyerMUFON


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 archaeologist on two of NBC's projects, "Roswell Crash Starling New Evidence", who published her personal "Dig Dairies" experiences in a book entitled "Roswell Dig Diaries", and on the episode of UFO Hunters entitled "Roswell Revisited".  She has been an independent Investigator form 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 20 years investigating over 1000 UFO sighting reports.  Debbie has made several personal appearances over the past 15 years as a public speaker on the UFO topic.  She was MUFON Symposium speaker in 2013 and 2017, is a yearly guest 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 at the "Alien Cosmic Expo" in Toronto, Canada.

In 2017 she was awarded the "Roswell Incident Excellence Award" by the Roswell Daily Record and was 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 new book "The Alien Colonization of Earths Waterways; A Reference Guide to UFO/USO Water Related Activity was released in the fall of 2021 and available on Amazon.



Carol Pate


 Presentation: My life as a Psychic & Open Gallery Discussion

Saturday & Sunday

   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

Presentations: Bigfoot In Arkansas & Open Gallery Discussion

Saturday & Sunday


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.

A paranormal survivor shining a light on the darker aspect of ghost hunting. Monsters can walk among you...


Presentation:  Update coming soon!

Adrian and Tina Scalf

In 2006 Adrian and his wife, Tina, 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 400 investigations in which they have helped hundreds of 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 and one of their encounters has been features in "Seekers," directed by Alan Lowe.  They have also been featured in several books.

Martha Hazzard Decker

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

Presentation:  Saturday

Haunted Hill House, Where Spirits Speak

Presentation:  Sunday

 Paranormal Profiling 2

Paranormal ProfilingMartha DeckerHaunted Hill House

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.

Maureen Richmond, Ph.D

Astrologer, Author, MUFON Field Investigator
Un-X Network Show - Starspeak

Presentations: The Astrology of Ufology and Paranormality

Saturday & Sunday

Maureen Richmond

Maureen Richmond is a MUFON Field Investigator as well as a professional astrologer and lifelong student of parapsychology.  She has combined her interests in UFOs, the paranormal, and astrological influence to produce a new look at the hidden factors at play during UFO encounters and other paranormal experiences.

With astrological charts cast for UFO sightings, moments of contact, near death expereinces, spirit journeys, out-of-body experiences, poltergeist phenomena, hauntings, and cryptid sightings, Richmond brings to consideration the workings of the astrological archetypes as formative forces operating in the background of human experience. Her research results suggest that moments in time defined by astrological arrangements often function as portals in consciousness leading to dimensions other than the conventional.

Maureen has been active in metaphysics and spirituality since the 1970s.  She has studied research design in both academic and applied contexts, with particular interest in the work of parapsychological pioneer, J.B. Rhine and his legacy. 

Maureen holds a Ph.D. from Arkansas State University on Heritage Studies, a multidisciplinary field covering history, historic preservation, museum studies, and folklore.  She is the author of two astrologically-themed novels, "Cathedral of Capricorn" and "The Scholars of Sagittarius," as well as a nonfiction study of Paganism.  Reports on her work correlating UFO encounters with astrological factors can be found at her website, The Astrology of World Events at,

Pat Fitzhugh

 Author, Researcher & Paranormal Adventurer

Presentations: The Bell Witch Haunting
Saturday  &  Sunday

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

Bell WitchPat FitzhughBell 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.

Erik Rintamakii

Founder of Yooperlites, Michigan

Presentations: Discovering Yooperlites & 2019 UFO Experience

Saturday & Sunday - MacArthur Tower Theater

11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Erik RintamakiYooperlites

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 fluorescent Sodalite, which he branded
Yooperlites. Testing was the first verified occurrence of fluorescent Sodalite in Michigan.  In May of 2018 Erik was credited with the discovery in The Mineral News of fluorescent 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.*

In 2020 Erik was featured on Travel Channels, Paranormal Caught on Camera. His UFO video was #16 of the top 100 and made it to the shows finale.

In 2021 Erik was featured on History Channels, The Proof Is Out There

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