Cindy Heinen is a founding member of The Society for Anomalous Studies, a paranormal research cooperative based out of Southern Wisconsin.  Ami Orava joined The Society, along with her husband Mark, after attending one of their Historic Haunting events.   The Society for Anomalous Studies is a cooperative of experienced paranormal investigators based in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. The cooperative was formed to allow these investigators to come together to conduct well-structured and objective investigations and research into paranormal claims of ghosts, haunted locations and anomalous experiences.

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Conference Presentation

Cindy and Ami will be discussing the research done by The Society for Anomalous Study into Sustained Electronic Spirit Communication (SESC) at this year’s Illinois Paranormal Conference.  This type of Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC) goes far beyond EVP or radio sweep ghost boxes revealing actual two way communications between the investigators and the unseen presences.  Through the use of unique software, sound banks, synthetic noise, intention and energy manipulation SAS members have been able to establish an atmosphere conducive to this type of communications and create a soundscape where the disincarnate beings have been able to answer specific and direct questions, many times in full sentences.  The communicating voices appear eager to share information about their lives, deaths and what they are presently experiencing.  SAS members will share actual spirit communications captured during SAS investigations, talk about how the communication has developed, discuss ideas on how this technique might work and share SAS plans are for future research.

Lisa Van Buskirk has been enthralling paranormal lovers with true haunted stories since 2013 as “The Ghost Host with the Most” for American Ghost Walks in Madison. American Ghost Walks has haunted history walking tours in eight different cities across Wisconsin and Minnesota, including Milwaukee, Lake Geneva, Waukesha , and the Twin Cities. 
In real life Lisa has been a professional firefighter for 25 years.


Conference Presentation

Lisa will be sharing some of the most fascinating tales of restless phantoms and lost souls from American Ghost Walks.

American Ghost Walks website is at:

Kathi Kresol – Rockford Historian and Writer

Kathi Kresol, Rockford historian and writer is the operator of Haunted Rockford, and serves on the Board of the Rockford Historical Society.  Kathi shares her love of history, especially the history of Northern Illinois, during the tours she organizes and leads through Haunted Rockford Paranormal Events; and via her column “Voices from the Grave” in the Rock River Times.  You can also read Kathi’s fascinating true stories on this website, and in print.


For more information on Kathi Kresol, visit her personal website here: