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Mark Nesbitt was born in Lorain, Ohio, and graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College with a BA in English Literature. He worked for the National Park Service as a Ranger/Historian for five years and then became a Licensed Battlefield Guide. His job with the National Park Service provided him not only the opportunity to spend time in all of the historic buildings located in the Gettysburg National Park, but actually to live in four of the historic houses. Living in Gettysburg since 1971 has provided him with a unique “insider” perspective.

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Mark Nesbitt was born in Lorain, Ohio, and graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College with a BA in English Literature. He worked for the National Park Service as a Ranger/Historian for five years and then became a Licensed Battlefield Guide. His job with the National Park Service provided him not only the opportunity to spend time in all of the historic buildings located in the Gettysburg National Park, but actually to live in four of the historic houses. Living in Gettysburg since 1971 has provided him with a unique “insider” perspective.
Mr. Nesbitt started his own research and writing company in 1977. His published works include:

Drummer Boy at Gettysburg (1977)
If the South Won Gettysburg (1980)
35 Days to Gettysburg (1992)
Rebel Rivers (1993)
Saber and Scapegoat: J.E.B. Stuart and the Gettysburg Controversy (1994)
Through Blood and Fire (1996)
The popular Ghosts of Gettysburg Series (1991- present)
The Ghost Hunter’s Field Guide: Gettysburg & Beyond (2005)
Haunted Pennsylvania (2006)
Sixty Things To Do When You Turn Sixty (Contributing Author, 2006).
The Ghosts of Gettysburg stories have been seen, and/or heard, on The History Channel, A&E, The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, Unsolved Mysteries, Coast to Coast AM, regional television and radio programs, and in local newspapers and publications.
Mr. Nesbitt has been a keynote speaker in the Virginia House of Delegates, The Lotos Literary Club of New York, the Capital Area Intermediate Unit of the Senator Robert C. Byrd sponsored Teaching American History Project, and The Mid-Atlantic Travel and Public Relations Association (MATPRA). He has been a guest lecturer at Gettysburg College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Nesbitt has also been a regular speaker at local area Civil War Roundtables and numerous Paranormal Conferences.
Mark was awarded the 1977-78 Eastern National Park and Monument Association’s National Award for Excellence in a Children’s Publication. In July of 2004, his Ghosts of Gettysburg Series received the National Paranormal Award for “Best True Hauntings Collection” and “Best ‘Local Haunt’ Guidebook”.
In 2007, the readers of HauntedAmericaTours.com voted Mr. Nesbitt:
#2 in the “Top 10 Ghost Hunters Paranormal Investigators”
#5 in the “Top 10 Favorite Haunted Authors”
Stories from the Ghosts of Gettysburg Series spawned the commercially successful Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours®; the most popular ghost tours in Gettysburg since 1994. The Ghosts of Gettysburg Tours was also awarded the “2007 #1 Ghost Tour in America” by the readers of HauntedAmericaTours.com.
In 2006, Mr. Nesbitt opened the Ghosts of Fredericksburg Tours in Fredericksburg, VA.
In 2007, Mr. Nesbitt, along with Investigative Medium Laine Crosby, founded Dead On Productions (www.deadonproductions.net); a company dedicated to the creation of unique programming combining historical documentary with paranormal reality and adventure. Dead On Productions also syndicates original shows by independent producers. Shows are sold online as podcasts.

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Books due out 2007-2008:

Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania, The Wilderness: A Ghost Hunter’s Field Guide

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Ghost TV Dead On Productions is a partnership between historian Mark Nesbitt, author of the highly acclaimed Ghosts of Gettysburg series, and Investigative Medium Laine Crosby, marketing strategist and former director of marketing for high-tech ventures, including the launch of The Weather Channel New Media and weather.com.

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The duo also co-host the talk show Ghost Talkers. The show includes interviews with psychics, authors, historians, and paranormal investigators. The first season’s topics include: unpublished Gettysburg ghost stories, capturing electronic voice phenomenon, psychic encounters, demonology, possessed possessions, and all things paranormal. “We noticed a void in the market- audiences’ desires were not being met,” said executive producer Laine Crosby, an ex-marketing executive who now works as an Investigative Medium. “Although national cable networks have begun to offer quality programming about the paranormal, with the exception of the random podcast, the Internet seems to be dead silent. We are the first non-television network to launch this unique programming in the high-tech world.” www.ghostchannel.tv

 

 

Mark Nesbitt 20 Questions

1. Where do you see ghost hunting and Paranormal groups like your own in 10 years?

In the next ten years, I think ghost tours will continue to entertain people. Some of the smaller companies may go out of business, but the larger ones, like Ghosts of Gettysburg, should carry on. People always love a well told ghost story. As far as ghost hunting and paranormal groups are concerned, I think some of the people (non-professionals) involved will get bored and fall by the wayside. Technological break-throughs will periodically give the discipline a boost.

2. What would you consider to be the definitive proof that ghosts are real?

For me, definitive proof of ghosts would be a two-way communication. I know George Meek has apparently invented a device (Spiricom) which may provide two-way communication, but is highly dependent upon the power of the medium operating it. Perhaps technology will someday help.

THE GHOST MAN OF GETTYSBURG MARK NESBITT

3. What is the most real evidence you have uncovered so far?

As evidence, we have collected several videos—one just recently showing a door in the Ghosts of Gettysburg Headquarters closing by itself (or, according to the mediums who were there, by a Mrs Kitzmiller, who lived in the house in the late 19th Century and was angry at something we were doing in her house.) Other evidence is EVP that answers specific questions. In one example a ghostly priest finished the Lord’s Prayer for me; in another, the song “Dixie” is finished by a phantom banjo.

4. Are you skeptical of the claims other make of their findings?

I’m skeptical of everything until I can analyze it myself and ask some questions of the person who collected the evidence.

5. If you could investigate your "Dream Haunted Hot Spot" where would it be?

My “dream haunted spot” would be the Pacific island of Iwo Jima, scene of the Marine battle in 1945. I don’t know that it’s haunted. That’s why I’d like to investigate there.

6. What was your first Paranormal encounter?

My first paranormal encounter at Gettysburg was with an attic door in the Weikert House on the battlefield where I lived as a park ranger. I had heard the door would not stay closed. Indeed, it would be open after I shut it, time and again. I didn’t go as far as one of the rangers, who actually nailed the door shut with a brad, only to find the door open again. Since then, I’ve had numerous encounters—but what do you expect? I lived in Gettysburg for 30 years!

MARK NESBITT AT GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD

7. What scares you about Ghost Hunting or Paranormal Investigations?

I’m fearful of falling into a basement through a rickety floor in the dark. I don’t think it is necessary to always do investigations in the dead of night. Forty-five percent of the 1,000 stories I’ve collected for the Ghosts of Gettysburg series have occurred in the daylight hours. Now, investigator Scott Crownover has developed a method of photographing spirit entities during the day. Fabulous breakthrough! I can get EVP in the daylight. I think more investigations should be done during the day. More places are accessible.

8. If you could work side by side with one of the Paranormal Investigator greats, who would it be?

I would like to meet Raymond Moody or George Meek

9. Read any good Paranormal Books lately?

The Scole Experiment by Grant and Jane Solomon is one of my favorites. Science and the Akashic Field by Ervin Laszlo was thought-provoking. Ghost Hunters by Deborah Blum is a great history of our discipline.

MARK NESBITT THE GHOST MAN OF GETTYSBURG

10. What Question do people ask you most when you tell them your a paranormal investigator?

People ask if I’ve ever seen a ghost. Fortunately, I can say “yes.”

11. In your opinion, Where is the most Haunted city in America?

I always thought Gettysburg was the most haunted city in America. But it took me fifteen years to collect enough stories for my first book. After that, I think people started paying more attention to the weird things happening to them. Now I’m starting to realize that Fredericksburg, Virginia, scene of four major battles of the Civil War, and the city in which my company started The Ghosts of Federicksburg Tours, is every bit as haunted. It took only a year to find enough unpublished stories to create a walking tour. L. B. Taylor already filled a book with stories of ghosts at Fredericksburg. Now that awareness has been raised, I hope more people in Fredericksburg come forward with their stories

12. Do you feel more people should get involved with Ghost hunting or Paranormal Investigation?

I periodically teach one-night investigation seminars at our Ghosts of Gettysburg Headquarters. I call it “Ghost Hunting Lite,” loaning out reasonably-priced EMF meters, quick-read thermometers, and dowsing rods so that people can see that they can get into investigating without spending hundreds of dollars. The emphasis is on record-keeping: weather conditions, solar conditions, moon phase, pollen count, so we can eliminate false positives. Rule out all the normal causes for phenomena and what do you have? Para-normal.

13. What does the future hold for you?

Continue writing about the more and more sophisticated experiments we’re conducting at Gettysburg and Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Ghost TV Dead On Productions

And Dead On Productions is a partnership between historian Mark Nesbitt, author of the highly acclaimed Ghosts of Gettysburg series, and Investigative Medium Laine Crosby, marketing strategist and former director of marketing for high-tech ventures, including the launch of The Weather Channel New Media and weather.com.

Mark Nesbitt and Lane Crosby.

The duo also co-host the talk show Ghost Talkers. The show includes interviews with psychics, authors, historians, and paranormal investigators. The first season’s topics include: unpublished Gettysburg ghost stories, capturing electronic voice phenomenon, psychic encounters, demonology, possessed possessions, and all things paranormal. “We noticed a void in the market- audiences’ desires were not being met,” said executive producer Laine Crosby, an ex-marketing executive who now works as an Investigative Medium. “Although national cable networks have begun to offer quality programming about the paranormal, with the exception of the random podcast, the Internet seems to be dead silent. We are the first non-television network to launch this unique programming in the high-tech world.”

“I think we’re ahead of the curve”, said executive producer Mark Nesbitt, who is also an author, paranormal investigator, and Civil War historian. “We see what people want since we are a part of this industry. We frequently hear the same questions on our walking tours, and we see the demand for a variety of historical and paranormal nonfiction texts in our own stores as well as major bookstore chains carrying our publications. The demand for more and more paranormal non-fiction is overwhelming, and we want to give it to our audience anytime, anywhere.”

With trafficking schedules tight at television networks, along with homogenous programming, producers find it increasingly difficult to gain placement for their original shows, and audiences are left unfulfilled. The Ghost Channel.tv (ghostchannel.tv) partners with production companies to syndicate their programming and offer viewers a greater assortment of creative entertainment, combining historical documentary with paranormal reality and adventure. And with programming offered via the Internet, the potential reach is comparable to all the networks combined.

The Ghost Channel is offering a full season of episodes of Ghost Talkers, with several original series in development and post-production. The Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours will soon be available for download to provide distant audiences with the opportunity to experience Gettysburg and many of the stories in the popular Ghosts of Gettysburg series by Mark Nesbitt. Nesbitt’s audio books will also be available soon as downloads.


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14. Paranormal Conventions do you see them growing? And which ones are the Must go to ones?

Conferences are great. The only way to gain respectability in any field of endeavor is to air your theories out in public and let people pick them apart if they can. The sophistication of the audiences has grown in just the last few years and they ask some very intelligent questions. Rick Fisher had some fine speakers at his latest conference. I’m looking forward to being emcee at the Ghost World Conference in Gettysburg this summer.

15. What is your most favored tool of the trade?

I have an old Panasonic IC recorder, Model RR-DR60. I have great success at getting EVP with that. I played some for Sarah Estep once and she proclaimed it authentic EVP. It doesn’t get any better than that!

MARK NESBITT GATHERING EVP'S AT GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD

16. Tell us about your best moment in investigating or giving a tour?

My favorite times are right after our investigation seminars. We gather the group together in the lobby and go around one by one and ask what experiences everyone had. To hear people say they were touched by an unseen hand, or saw the dowsing rods move by themselves, or smelled something weird is rewarding. I often get letters afterwards confirming that the investigation was worthwhile, and that we have some new “converts” to the field.

17. What is the hardest part about running a paranormal Ghost Tour?

In Gettysburg, it’s watching all the other tours pop up on card tables. I have nothing against competition—it always makes us better. But Gettysburg now has something like 15 “ghost tours” on the streets all started in the last few years. I collected stories for 15 years and wrote three books before I started the Ghosts of Gettysburg Tours. I’m afraid people will think they are getting ripped off (which, in some cases, they are) and never take another ghost tour again.

18. How do you document your investigations?

Documentation of investigations is very important. First, we do a preliminary investigation. I interview the people who have had the experiences and record their words on tape. Meanwhile, Carol, my wife, is usually taking one of our investigative mediums around the site to get her impressions and snap photos. We’ll usually come back later with a large group of investigators: at least three or more night-shot videos, still cameras, and recorders to capture everything we can. Later we’ll review the tapes and write up a report if necessary. Everything is stored on my computer and in backup files.

19. Have you ever taken a ghost Tour? And, What about it did you not like?

Carol and I have taken numerous ghost tours from Williamsburg to Key West to Savannah and I enjoyed them all. Although I like the history, ghost tours have to be careful not to emphasize too much history at the expense of the ghost story. On the other hand, telling a ghost story without historical background of the site, to me, is like somebody jumping out of the bushes and yelling “Boo!” Yeah, you’re scared, but the mystery is soon over.

20. What in the field of ghost hunting and Paranormal Investigating needs the most attention.

I think we need to be much more scientific in our approach to the subject if we’re ever going to get respect. Even if the evidence for ghosts is very rare, that evidence must have been collected under strict protocols so that it can be analyzed objectively.

Investigations need to be repeated at the same site, like we’re doing at the Ghosts of Gettysburg Headquarters, to see the similarities and differences in the data collected. Then we need to present it to the public in a professional manner and avoid media hype—if we can!


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