Meet the Staff
Tony founded The Illinois Paranormal Society in the Fall of 1999. With over 15 years of experience, Tony brings a lot of knowledge and techniques to the group. Tony has been investigating the Paranormal since the age of 15. He had his first experience one late Summer night while in his parent’s kitchen. The ghostly figure of a woman in white appeared in the upstairs window, of the abandoned house next door. Since then, Tony has been fascinated with the Paranormal. In 1999, Tony decided it was time to take this to the next level and purchase some equipment. Not long after, a few friends wanted to join, and The Illinois Paranormal Society was formed.
Tonya P. - Investigator
Tonya has always been intrigued with death and what comes after. Growing up, she could be found dragging her Aunt and Uncle through cemeteries for hours on end to look at the tombstones. Further intrigued by the fact that she lived near the defunct Manteno State Hospital, she dabbled in the science of ghost hunting. Her first date with her husband was to Smith Cemetery in the Kankakee State Park. Now into any ghost hunting activity she can find, Tonya can be found dabbling in her photography, and stopping at just about every cemetery she can find, hoping that one day the dead will talk back. Her most recent addiction is old county poor farms, and mental institutions, and of course, the cemeteries that go along with them!
Emery P. - Investigator