When my daughter and I opened After Dark Investigations, my guests always asked me what got me into this type of work. I'm not the typical "ghost hunter", mid 20's to 40, male. So, I told them why a middle aged woman would be so interested in what goes bump in the night.
I grew up an "Army brat" and lived many different places with my family. My father was a company commander and part of his job was to entertain all the other officers and their wives frequently. I was the youngest of four and I found these parties very intimidating and scary. The old officer quarters were large with very large bedrooms and we all had our own. Being three years old, my room felt like it had a life of its own and I hated being in it. My grandmother "nanny" helped me get through the parties and would stay with me while the grown ups would have fun in the house.
The procedure was when the guests would arrive we were told to be polite and to say hello and then disappear to our rooms. It was a time where children were seen and not heard which was really hard on all of us. I was lucky because my nanny would take me to my room and hold me until I fell asleep.
One day nanny became ill and died soon after which was devastating for me in many ways. I also knew it was only a matter of time before I would have to face being alone at night during the upcoming events. As per protocol, the parties continued a few weeks after she passed. We again were sent to our rooms and it was that night that I saw my first spirit that I still see so vividly.
I was crying on my bed and feeling very much alone in the world and I suddenly felt a familiar presence and immediately felt safe. I saw my Nanny from the corner of my eye. Quickly turning, I found no one to be there but I felt her warmth and I fell asleep. I never saw her again but I know she has been with me my entire life.
This is why I started After Dark Investigations. I don't believe this small company would have been a success unless I had that firm belief in the afterlife. I cannot believe it's been 12 years since opening and doing my first investigation, which was a disaster by the way. With the help of my daughters, Sarah and Jess we finally created what our customers wanted to experience. I have a great staff now which took a long time to find and so many repeat customers. I am so grateful and blessed for it all. Thank you Nanny for loving me and guiding me through this experience and ultimately my entire life. I will see you soon - but not too soon.
I have always been a bit different. I watched scary movies when I was six, not the hard core ones but still, it was definitely not a normal thing for a kid to do. My teachers would get mad at my mom for letting me see these types of movies but we watched them together and we laughed at how silly they were to us. When my mom asked me at 19 if I wanted to move to Gettysburg and open a "ghost tour", I was all for it. After all, we both loved horror and watched ghost TV shows all the time. We also lived in Northern Virginia so we would go to Gettysburg often and go on ghost tours. We soon realized we could do better than the normal walk and talk ghost tour and so we moved and began doing investigations. We knew we were going to have to work hard to be noticed. We didn't have money to open a store front, little advertising money and we were competing with at least ten other groups. The one thing we had was we were different. We used equipment and we were always reliable and honest with our customers. We were talking about what we should call our new business and mom said we should have something that started with an A so to be at the top of an alphabetical list which still existed then so I thought about it for a while and came up with the name After Dark Investigations. It got us and we loved it. It took a couple years of being broke and struggling but it caught on. Now we have repeat customers and a good reputation in Gettysburg. I think even our competitors think we are okay. We never stepped on anyone's toes or bad-mouthed anyone. We kept focused and we are now in our twelfth year. We've experienced unbelievable paranormal events and it changed me into a spiritual person. I now know that ghosts exist and we go on after our bodies die. The whole thing has been pretty amazing.
When I was younger, I experienced paranormal events that could not be explained that were both terrifying and intriguing. Watching TV shows such as Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters only added fuel to my desire to investigate. I joined the team in 2016 where I grew a fond love for the investigation equipment. I love anything ITC related to communicating with the spirits anywhere I travel. I consider my greatest adventure spending time exploring the haunted world of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba while serving in the United States Army. We are a veteran lead team with me taking roles in management, customer support, equipment development, and investigations for St. Augustine. My expansive equipment collection allows me to connect with spirits in a multitude of ways to help validate paranormal occurrences on my investigations. My favorite part of investigating is being able to hear the spirits speak directly to me; with devices like the PSB7-Spirit Box or my trusty Panabox I will never shy away from trying to help. For now, I am comfortable making satirical paranormal videos, but in the future, I plan to document my journey in a book.
Manager/ Equipment Specialist
I have always had an "in" with the paranormal and spirit world my whole life, but it didn't present itself until I was a mother. I am a very creative and well organized investigator and I am an Empath/ Sensitive, so I connect with spirits. I have built a very respectful relationship with these soldiers and spirits. I came to Gettysburg in 1999 from Baltimore, Maryland’s city life, to a quiet place so my parents could raise my older sister and I. When I am not working, I am spending time with my two daughters, watching all of their favorite shows like Ghost Hunters, Ghost Brothers, Destination Fear, and Ghost Adventures. I have been a part of After Dark Investigations since 2018 and feel to be a very valued employee and have many repeat customers. I have a vast knowledge of paranormal equipment and built my SLS Camera. I love having the newest gear to use on investigations and consider some of my favorites to be the touch based toys like the light up ball, Shadow Tracker, and Music Box. Other favorites include the SLS, Nechrophonics, Rem-Pod and Psb7-Spiritbox. I am a year round investigator so if you come to Gettysburg’s in the winter, I may end up being your guide and promise an amazing night where we investigate Gettysburg’s famous haunted town and Sachs's covered bridge.