Meet The Team


Dave Harkins - Founder - Director


  Originally from Fresno California Dave now resides in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. In 1980, Dave and some friends opened an Occult Bookstore in Fresno which is still in operation today. During the early years at the bookstore folks would come in and share stories of their homes being haunted by things they believed to be of a paranormal nature. With a fascination with all things Occult and Paranormal Dave began investigating these claims of supposed paranormal activity and got hooked on the fact some of these claims may really be happening. In 1985 Dave moved to the Ozark Mountains of Missouri which is a region steeped with many legends and tales of the paranormal. Dave began investigating there and sought out others with the same interest in the paranormal.

“In 1997 we started a group called Ozark Mountains Ghost Hunters which was around for several years, but with many of the group moving away I was back to the solo thing.”

In 2006 after meeting more folks in the area with a strong lure to the paranormal Dave founded The Ozarks Paranormal Society (T.O.P.S).

Since forming T.O.P.S Dave has been featured on Radio, Print and most notably he and his team were featured on the Travel channel Show “Legends of the Ozarks” investigating the activity at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Missouri. The show is still aired on a regular basis on The Travel Channel.

Dave is a TAPS Family Team Manger and has investigated many places around the world including Stonehenge and various places in Europe and India but mostly focuses on the Midwest and the Southern US.

Bud Steed - Director - Investigation Manager


My name is Bud Steed and I am a photographer and writer from the Springfield Missouri area. My interest in the paranormal developed at an early age; most significantly and most powerfully when my maternal grandmother, who raised me, passed away while I was 10 years old. I remember I was sitting in class and I just had an overwhelming feeling of sadness come over me and I knew right then that she had passed. I was, of course visibly upset and told my teacher that I had to go home, that grandma had just died. She gave me the strangest look and tried to get me to calm down. A few moments later the principal showed up at class with my grandpa who took one look at me and knew that I already knew. Needless to say, when I returned to school after the funeral the teacher took a bit to warm back up to me and the rest of the kids were a bit standoffish, but eventually things returned to normal. Things of that nature continued my entire life; me knowing things that I shouldn’t and having no way to explain it. Am I psychic? No, not at all; I simply seem to be “sensitive” for lack of a better word, to things that I can’t see. When my oldest daughter passed away in a car accident 9 days before her 17th birthday, things started to get more pronounced. That’s when I decided to really start researching the paranormal, concentrating exclusively on spirits, both good and bad, and life after death. I have had some interesting experiences since my decision and my involvement with TOPS has expanded my investigative and research capabilities and exposed me to a wide variety of learning situations that I might not have been able to experience otherwise. With so many paranormal groups “springing up” due to the proliferation of reality shows and everyone looking for the next thrill ride or TV deal, I was extremely blessed to have made contact with TOPS. Dave Harkins and the entire TOPS team are dedicated to helping people understand, deal with and get relief from paranormal occurrences and to help people once again feel safe in their own homes.


Don Fohn - Investigator


My heroes are Jesus the Christ, The Indian SadGuru, Avatar Meher Baba, and the Great Hispanic Leader, Caesar Chavez and of course Harry Truman.

I Believe in public service!



Debbie Crider  - Investigator

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RoseAnna O"Dell  - Investigator

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Jimmy Robison  - Investigator

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Debbie Blades - Investigator

Debbie Blades lives in Lebanon, MO, and spends her days working in the office of an automotive garage. She is also a writer and freelance proofreader. Her interest in the paranormal began as a young girl and she has had a lifelong fascination with it. She is thrilled to be a member of TOPS and is looking forward to being part of the team.


DON ANDREWS - equipment tech

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