The Chicago Paranormal Detectives, (C.P.D.) is a Private Chicago-land based group of professionals who are off duty, certified Police Officers and Evidence Technicians. C.P.D. additionally specializes in Paranormal Investigations. We are the only known organization of this kind. Unlike "ghost hunting" organizations, C.P.D. does not post pictures, host tours or release any information which our complainants wish to be held in confidence. C.P.D. will provide our complainants with a copy of any evidence captured from their own personal investigations upon their request. Your concerns, privacy and dignity are our top priorities. C.P.D. as well as our support staff will listen to your claims and obtain the information needed for Investigations. C.P.D. services are provided without cost.
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Tom Froelich - Investigator
Tom has been in Law Enforcement since in Chicago-land since 1990. Throughout his police career, Tom has been assigned within his agency as a patrol and tactical officer. He has also taught children DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and GREAT (Gang Resistance Education). In addition, Tom has worked as a Crime Prevention Officer helping residents reduce the opportunity for crime to occur. Tom is currently assigned as a Criminal Investigator.
Tom’s interest in the paranormal started over 10 years ago. After attending numerous organized ghost tours throughout the country, and several personal paranormal experiences, Tom decided to pursue this interest and has had the opportunity to conduct paranormal investigations both overseas and in the US. Tom thoroughly enjoys paranormal investigating and hopes to add more credibility to the field.
Outside of law enforcement and paranormal investigating, Tom enjoys spending time with his family, attending baseball games, running, traveling and cooking. Since he was 15 years old, Tom has worked all over the country as an air personality for at least a dozen different radio stations. Tom remains involved in radio and television through his voiceover business at www.usavoiceover.com . Tom also owned his own DJ business for over 20 years providing musical entertainment for parties and corporate events.
Ron Fabiani - Investigator
Ron is known as ‘Fabs’, the powerhouse of the team. He is often seen with a cigar dangling from his lips. He is fluent in Chicago lingo. Fab’s believes that if something happens to defy logic, something else may be taking place.
Ron has been a Police Officer in the Chicago-land area since 1987 and has had training in many areas which include Field Training Officer, Evidence Technician, Gang Specialist, Homicide Investigations. Ron has also enjoyed many different assignments as well. They include, patrol, Investigations, Tactical Unit, Auto Theft and Homicide Task Forces, as well as numerous supervisory and command positions as well.
Ron has been intrigued by the Paranormal for many years. Since 1987, Ron has enjoyed tours of many notoriously haunted areas around Chicago-land. Since then, Ron had experienced some significant paranormal activity which he had captured on video. This prompted Ron to pursue an explanation. Ron discovered there were other Police Officers who wanted answers for apparent paranormal occurrences. Ron subsequently formed, the Chicago Paranormal Detectives. Ron’s goal is to find "evidence" of paranormal activity and, to help people who request assistance from this group.
Aside from enjoying the work he does in these two fields, Ron enjoys family time with his children.
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Austin Weinstock - Investigator
Austin can put anyone at ease with his country boy bigger than life attitude. Through the observation of evidence, his skepticism is beginning to disappear somewhat and he is getting closer to believing.
Austin has been in Law Enforcement since 2005. To date, Austin’s duties have included uniformed patrol, tactical patrol assignments, continuing education for children and other special assignments relative to resistance of gang crimes and narcotics. Austin’s interest in Law Enforcement began as he watched his Father and Brother (also experienced Police Officers) as they worked Criminal and Civil cases with “Weinstock Investigations”. (a family owned and operated business) This is where Austin learned the reliable, professional, objective and “call it like you see it” approach to Investigations. Austin feels every claim and statement demands evidence.
Austin's interest in the paranormal started in 2000, when he observed what seemed to be a paranormal experience. In the beginning it was questions such as, "Where do we go when we leave this earth?" "How does it work?" "What remains and what leaves?" After a while of not being able to answer these questions, he decided to move forward and seek his own explanations. Austin believes there are people who experience more than they are willing to share and would like the opportunity to investigate those experiences. Austin simply desires to share the truth of what has been seen, heard, felt, etc. With an evidentiary value, Austin believes CPD will bring professionalism and credibility to the field.
Outside his official duties and paranormal intrigue, Austin cherishes time with his family and friends as well as composing and playing music on the guitar and piano. Whether it’s a day on the lake or a day in the woods, Austin seems to be drawn towards nature.
Pete Schleich - Investigator
Pete is the skeptic of the group. He is a blunt, and “prove it to me" kind of guy. You always know exactly where you stand with Pete. It’s difficult to get him
Pete has been in Law Enforcement since 2003. Pete works within the patrol division and has also been trained as an Evidence Technician with experience in forensics for the most accurate processing of crime scenes.
Prior to becoming a Police Officer, Pete worked as a computer consultant for a wide variety of companies. He was also assigned the position of manager and had several teams of engineers reporting to him. This experience afforded Pete the opportunity to learn his technical expertise.
Pete has been interested in the paranormal for some time. He is truly a skeptic and is looking to capture some type of concrete evidence to prove or disprove the presence of the paranormal. He joined the Chicago Paranormal Detectives in order to explore the possibilities of the paranormal.
Moriah Rhame - Medium
Moriah is the Medium of the group and only female team member who happens to be a kidder and knows how to hang with the boys. She is a dedicated member of the team and is able to give insight into paranormal activity that might not otherwise be known. Moriah is not your average Medium and is a Desert Shield/Operation Desert Storm combat veteran who served with the 13th Evacuation Hospital, 32nd Medical Brigade, under 7th Corps that was located 40 kilometers from the border of Kuwait in Saudi Arabia.
Moriah grew up Wisconsin where she learned the values of cherishing family and friendships. After college, Moriah worked in the television industry throughout the United States. She is the author of "How to Be a Happy Medium," and explains based on her personal experience how you too, can tap into the universal system of mediumship with simplicity. Moriah teaches workshops throughout the country and is a professional speaker. She has also written an upcoming childrens book. Moriah lives in Northwestern Illinois with her three beloved children
Brian Jones - Investigative Assistant
If there was an award in high school for “Least Likely to Investigate Paranormal Activity”, Brian Jones would have won the title running away. Frankly, running away is what he does best. Ironically, Brian is fearless when it comes to revealing the things in life he fears the most: Scary movies, loud noises, and barrel-chested, cigar-chompin’, police officers. So how, precisely, did a man with the fortitude of a small child end up working nights in some of America’s most terrifying places alongside a bunch of cops? It’s a question Brian, and his therapist, grapple with weekly…at $125 an hour.
This less-than-intrepid Investigative Assistant serves as a sort of “canary in the haunted coalmine”: Brian’s uncanny self-preservation instinct is so finely tuned, when he turns tail and runs for the hills, it’s clear spirits are afoot.
Brian has authored two books, is a graduate of Chicago’s famed Second City Conservatory, and was a notary public for a brief time in 1998.
Scot Ziarko - Investigative Assistant
Scot is the teams' video technical member. He is laid back and can be a bit of a devil's advocate but wants to have a life changing paranormal experience. Scot has been a professional videographer and editor for 14 years.
Throughout his career, Scot has worked in the exciting world of non-profit, event, corporate, and legal video production as well as editing in the same.
Scot has filmed events for some of Chicago's biggest sports stars and some of his video footage has been seen on a popular wedding TV program. More recently, Scot has produced music videos and training video DVD's as well as numerous legal videos.
Scot's personal experience as a child got him interested in the paranormal but, his collaboration on a project with fellow CPD Investigator Tom Froelich brought him into the real world of paranormal investigations, which has quickly become a favorite activity.
When he is not working with CPD, Scot enjoys spending time with his family and supporting them in their personal activities.
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A&E GOES ON GHOST PATROL WITH NEW REAL-LIFE SERIES "PARANORMAL COPS" FOLLOWING POLICE OFFICERS WHO ALSO WORK AS PARANORMAL INVESTIGATORS
HIT SERIES "PARANORMAL STATE" RETURNS ON MONDAY, JANUARY 19 AT 10PM ET/PT FOR THIRD SEASON
NEW YORK, NY - January 6, 2009 - A&E sets out on a ghost patrol with the greenlight of the new original real-life series "Paranormal Cops," following a team of Chicago-area police officers who also work as paranormal investigators. The network also announced the third season of hit original real-life series "Paranormal State." The third season of "Paranormal State" premieres Monday, January 19 at 10PM ET/PT and "Paranormal Cops" is currently and tentatively slated to premiere later in 2009.
"'Paranormal Cops'" is the perfect marriage of A&E's successful crime and justice genre with our blossoming paranormal programming that documents real-life accounts of bona fide paranormal investigators," said Robert Sharenow, Senior Vice President, Nonfiction and Alternative Programming, A&E. "And Ryan and his Paranormal State' team continue to bring intense, authentic and emotionally riveting cases to our viewers."
"Paranormal Cops" follows a group of larger-than-life cops who walk one beat during the day as real-life Chicago-area police officers and another at night when they apply their forensic and investigative expertise to paranormal casework. Responding to the pleas of ordinary people who are victimized by distressing and inexplicable activities in their homes and workplaces, as well as taking cases from their day jobs when called upon, these cops bring their no-nonsense approach to hunting ghosts and real-life police skills to separate the fact from fiction and often happen upon results much scarier than the paranormal.
"Paranormal Cops" is produced by North South Productions for A&E. Charlie Debevoise and Mark Hickman serve as Executive Producers for North South Productions. A&E Executive Producers are Robert Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant.
A&E continues to chronicle the case files of the Paranormal Research Society (PRS), a renowned group comprised of Penn State University College Students in season three of the dramatic Real-Life series "Paranormal State." Ryan Buell, the director/founder of PRS, and his college age team of paranormal investigators delve into other worlds to solve a variety of cases. The team uses a cache of resources including Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) recordings, client interviews, video documentation, cutting-edge technologies, old-fashioned research and the help from outside experts such as renowned psychics and demonologists.
In 2008 to date, premiere episodes of "Paranormal State" averaged 1.4 million total viewers, 27% above the 2007 time period average.
"Paranormal State" is produced by Four Seasons Productions Intl and Go Go Luckey Productions for A&E Networks. Gary Auerbach, Julie Auerbach and Betsy Schechter are the executive producers. A&E executive producers are Robert Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant.
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