NAME: Shannon Dykes
AGE: 40 Something
HOMETOWN: Lake Charles
HOBBIES: Costumes, Renfest, crafting & ghost hunting
LIKES: James Franco, horror movies, cheese
DISLIKES: Butterscotch, rootbeer, running out of cheese
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS: Crafty, Pirate Wench
Shannon has always been interested in all facets of the paranormal. While growing up paranormal was basically normal (to her) it was just ghosts. Even as a child, she was comfortable with the "ghosts" and her mother tells stories of her talking to and playing with her Aunt Elaine (who had passed away when Shannon was 1yr. old) frequently.
As a teenager, she would convince her friends to go Legend Tripping almost every weekend, seeking out the urban legends around the small town in which she grew up. As an adult, that continued until October 2011 when a co-worker (Chris Davila) mentioned a newly forming group that he was planning to check out. She attended the first meeting, and has been a member of WHPS since.
WHPS has always been accepting of all types of religion within the team. We believe that having such a diverse group helps us to better address the needs of our clients.
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NAME: Billy Allen
LIKES: The arts
DISLIKES: Stupid people
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS: Protective, cerebral, observant
I have always had a fascination with the unexplained, alien encounters, and various types of history.
I'm a believer and a skeptic at the same time. In my opinion, it didn't happen unless I personally saw it, felt it or heard it.
I've enjoyed visiting new places I thought I never would and learning the history behind these so called haunts. My reason for hunting is to try and learn not if there is a presence, but why it's there.
I have had numerous visions that end up coming to bear in the future without warning or explanation.
Eight of the nine members of the WHPS team admit to having some kind of "feeling" or sensitivity while investigating. Although this wasn't always the case, over time and spending more time in these locations has helped the members read their bodies when energy is around.
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NAME: Annalyse Horst
HOBBIES: Cooking, traveling
LIKES: Horror movies, pizza, the Little Mermaid
DISLIKES: Spiders & explosives
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS: Observant, optimistic and sometimes a little naive
Annalyse became interested in the paranormal at a young age. As a child her mother told her stories that sparked her interest.
Later on, television shows and movies fueled the ambition to hunt ghosts. She believes in most things paranormal and has had a few experiences of her own.
Her family claims to be sensitive in more ways than one, and she believes to have some sensitivity to spirits, but curiosity of the unknown is what captivates her.
Our youngest teammate, Annalyse actually won an investigation from a contest we were holding. She did such a great job investigating, and fit in so well, we invited her to join the team but she had to wait until she turned 21 to become an actual member.
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NAME: Jade Browning
HOBBIES: Crossfit, Sailing, Reading
LIKES: Cookies, Texans, Scary Movies
DISLIKES: Stupid drivers, Political Corectness
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS: Empathetic, Inquisitive, Weird
Jade has always been curious about the unknown, from aliens, to ghosts, to demons.
She believes that as a society we don't know everything there is in this world and possibly this dimension. She started reading and hearing stories about the paranormal at a young age, but never had the opportunity to truly investigate until she met Chris "Ducky" Davila in 2011. Chris introduced her to multiple podcasts, books and his paranormal investigation group WHPS.
She's hoping that through more organized investigations, she can experience the paranormal on a more personal level.
Most of the members of the WHPS team believe in some sort of unexplained phenomena. Everything from ghosts to man-like beasts, aliens and everything in between.
One of the most common experiences we hear about from people include "shadow" figures.
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NAME: Rebecca Goodwin
HOBBIES: Reading, Backgammon, 3D Modeling
LIKES: Dragons, Sci-Fi, Chile con Queso
DISLIKES: Hypocrites, Impossibly large insects, raw onions
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS: Goofy, Family Oriented, Curious
I have been interested in all things paranormal since a very young age. I believe the interest originally grew from a strong sense of deja-vu that occurred many times as a child. I seemed to be able to sense things that would later prove to be accurate. Over time, I realized that I could also sense energy around me at times, which was not part of my physical surroundings. This sensitivity has been passed down to my son as well.
My fascination with the paranormal has continued to grow throughout my life. I have a desire to find concrete evidence that we can communicate with "the other side". I was raised in a Christian home and I am still active in my faith. I believe this yields a somewhat unique perspective to the goal of finding proof.
Some of the members of the WHPS team believe they have passed on their "sensitivity to energy" to their children or grandchildren.