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Dave Harkins - Founder - Co-Director

 

 

A published author, accomplished researcher and investigator of the paranormal Realm for over 40 years, Dave Harkins brings his love of lost legends, history and the supernatural to almost every aspect of his life. David's fascination with the paranormal started with childhood as his family has always embraced the supernatural as his lineage stems from American Indian Ancestry including several American Indian Chiefs.David is a voting member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and holds true to the customs and beliefs of his ancestors.

Originally from Fresno, California, with a fascination with all things Occult and Paranormal David and some friends started up an occult bookstore back in 1980 that is still in operation today.

David states that "During the early years with the shop, folks would stop by and share stories of strange happenings that they believed to be of a paranormal nature. At first, I was genuinely perplexed as to why they would contact us? After getting to know many of these people, I realized that they were genuinely freaked out by the things that they were experiencing and they had nowhere else to turn at the time. You have to take into account that in 1980 there was no internet or paranormal television programming or much to do with the supernatural in the mainstream excepting for the occasional horror movie being broadcast on TV, or in the movie theater. Folks then didn’t feel that they could turn to family or friends, or the clergy, as nobody would believe them and just think that they were crazy, or blame it on Satan. I began investigating these claims of supposed paranormal activity with very tried and tested techniques for the time, and got hooked on the fact some of these claims may really be happening."

With a fascination of all things Occult and Paranormal, Dave decided to take it a step further. After moving from Fresno California back in early 1985 to the Ozark Mountains of south-central Missouri Dave immediately fell in love with not only the mountains themselves but the strange tales that shrouded them in mystery and legend. Tales of lost mines, buried treasure, ghosts, and cryptids were shared with him over the years by Ozarks natives and helped to form his ever-growing interest in researching the truth behind those stories.

Forming several small informal paranormal groups in the 80's and 90's, Dave founded The Ozarks Paranormal Society in 2007 and later on co-founding the group, Infinity Paranormal Research. Dave devotes most of his free time into searching for answers as to whether life really continues after death and to find the truth behind the stories of various Ozarks legends.

According to Dave, “There is always a little bit of truth behind every ghost story or legend. The key is researching the story, finding the historical connections to it and proving that there really was a basis for the origin of the tale. That’s what makes it so interesting and drives me forward.”

His research has led to the authorship of “Haunted Graveyards of the Ozarks” published by the History Press as part of its Haunted America series; that book was later reviewed and accepted for inclusion into the Library of Congress based on its collected folklore and historical content.

In addition to researching and investigating both legends and the unexplained across the United States, Dave has been featured on radio, print and most notably he and the Ozarks Paranormal Society 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. David is also featured on a current Travel Channel show, "Mysteries of the Outdoors," centered around the mysterious happenings surrounding the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri.

Dave is also a Team Manager for the world-renowned TAPS Family. TAPS stands for "The Atlantic Paranormal Society". The TAPS group is based out of Rhode Island and has been investigating the paranormal for many years before starting the popular "Ghost Hunters" television show on the SyFy network. Dave has always extended his quest for answers of the existence of the paranormal to many parts of Europe as well as the Indian subcontinent; the quest never stops for Dave Harkins, at least as long as there are answers to be had.

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Bud Steed - Co-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.

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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!

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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. I'm thrilled to be a member of the team.

 

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Don Andrews - Home Base Tech

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