They collect fantastically creepy, haunted items when most other’s are clamoring to get rid of them, keep them in their house (sometimes having to lock them up) and then include these haunted items in the only ‘Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult‘ in the United States. They are husband and wife paranormal team, Greg and Dana Newkirk.
Ryan and I speak with them about their daily life with the haunted items, their paranormal travels, thoughts on various cases, Greg’s very close encounter with an entity in the Ohio State Reformatory, and much more.
Greg Newkirk is a paranormal investigator, travel writer, and real-life monster hunter. In other words, he’s a professional weirdo.
For the last two decades, Newkirk has been tracking down and investigating cases of the anomalous, the occult, and the just plain weird. In that time he’s tackled cases of encounters with mine-dwelling extraterrestrial “goblins”, witnessed the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights, drank questionable liquids with real vampires, and had books thrown at him by a poltergeist trapped in a church.
When he’s not criss-crossing the country in search of monsters, mysteries, and magick, Greg can be found performing strange, often dangerous experiments in search of the truth. Whether he’s orchestrating successful alien abduction attempts, rappelling into sacred caves on spirit-quests, or summoning the spirits of the dead for a chat about the afterlife, Newkirk is regularly pushing the boundaries of paranormal investigation well beyond “ghost hunting”.
The lovely Dana is a journalist, ghost story enthusiast, and paranormal TV junkie, Dana Matthews has been actively investigating the strange and the anomalous for well over 15 years. And yes, after all this time, she’s still scared of ghosts.
Founder of the Kitchener Waterloo Paranormal Research Society, Dana formally began her adventures into the world of the unexplained in the late 90’s, though she chalks her interest in the subject of the strange to way too many episodes of The X-Files as a kid. With nearly two decades of research into everything from residual hauntings, to Bigfoot hotspots, to bizarre Fortean events, Dana is one of the paranormal field’s most seasoned veterans when it comes to investigating and documenting strange claims.
Eager to share her adventures with the world, in 2006, Matthews co-founded Week in Weird, which has grown to become one of the internet’s most popular destinations for true tales of the unexplained. Currently acting as Week In Weird‘s Senior Staff Writer, Dana regularly reports on the most incredible accounts of paranormal phenomena, the latest in psychical research, and her own investigations into the fringe.
When she’s not in the field chasing leads in the latest monster sighting, Dana acts as a caretaker of the world’s only Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and Occult— a carefully curated exhibit featuring some of the most haunted, cursed, and infamously anomalous objects that visitors can actually handle themselves.
Learn all about the museum of haunted items HERE
Watch the video of The Crone of the Catskills and see the pictures of what it did in Greg and Dana’s home.
Greg’s being scratched at the Ohio State Reformatory
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