Patrick Burns

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Patrick Burns (born 1968) is an American paranormal investigator, best known as star of the TruTV (formerly Court TV) series Haunting Evidence. He is the founder of the popular website Ghost Hounds, which in 2001 was featured in an Emmy award-winning Turner documentary “Interact Atlanta – ‘Ghost Hounds’ “. Burns is also the organizer and director of Ghostock, paranormal enthusiast events held at various locations across the USA, and is a professional photographer through Patrick Burns Photography.


Burns was born September 29, 1968, the youngest of four boys in Highland Park, Illinois, and grew up in Trout Valley, Illinois, where he graduated Cary-Grove High School in 1987.

After graduating high school, Burns enrolled in Columbia School of Broadcasting radio announcing curriculum. After completing the course of study, he worked in radio for a number of years.

Burns says that he had an uneventful childhood, with no exposure to paranormal activities, aside from what he read in books, until he was 18, at which time he began observing unusual phenomena. Several years later, while living in northern Wisconsin, he heard from some friends speak about the Paulding Spook Light that appears nightly on a desolate road near the town of Watersmeet, Michigan, in the upper peninsula region. Burns states that he briefly investigated, and quickly determined that it was being caused by distant car headlights and tail lights – the highway wrapped around and was exposed through the trees where it crossed a hill about 5 miles away, however the encounter was inspiration to pursue a career as a paranormal investigator.

Burns is a frequent speaker at Dragon*Con, and goes by the handle Ghostgeek in the paranormal community. He lectures extensively across the United States at various paranormal conferences throughout the year, and at universities and colleges during the month of October.

In 2008, he appeared in a bonus material excerpt on the 25th anniversary DVD of Poltergeist (film)

In October 2010, his first book was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt entitled, The Other Side: A Teen’s Guide To Ghost Hunting And The Paranormal, co-authored with his wife – young adult author, Marley Gibson, and Dave Schrader from Darkness Radio and the Travel Channel’s Paranormal Challenge.

In 2011, he appeared as a recurring guest judge on two episodes of the Travel Channels Paranormal Challenge’.

He is a professional photographer and shoots exclusively in infrared light.

Burns is married to author Marley Gibson. The two of them currently travel the USA full-time in their RV motor home as an event speakers. He is the father of two sons.

He has been interested in the paranormal since he was 11yrs old. He has had many experiences with both ghosts and UFO's and it has just solidified his beliefs. He set up this site to catalogue as much information about the paranormal in one location. He is the oldest of three and moved from the UK to the USA in 2001.