Nashville News Channel 2 ABC-Mike interviewed- Ghost of the Halbrook.

Channel 2 News-Bret Remenda interviewing Mike Sears

Channel 2 News-Bret Remenda interviewing Mike Sears


Mike was interviewed  back in 2016 for the first airing of this story. Channel 2 reaired it this year (2018) for Halloween. The story is part of several locations of  haunted locations of Middle Tennessee. Mike was interviewed to share his experiences that happened at the Clement Railroad museum; when he was a docent and curator at the museum.

The Halbrook Hotel is located down town Dickson,Tennessee.

The hotel was built in 1912 and opened in 1913. Mainly the hotel  was used by traveling salesmen(  that were called Drummers)  and railroad workers.  The hotel over the years  later became a restaurant, barber shop, telegraph office, legal offices, Farm Bureau, a private residence and a museum.

Click on the hyper link to see the article and video of the news story done by Bret Remanda for Channel 2 News ABC.

Click here —>Channel 2 News Story

Photos of the Clement Railroad Museum/Halbrook Hotel.

click on photos to enlarge and read the write ups about each photo.

Click on the link below for information about the museum.

Link for Clement Railroad Museum



A Haunting in Tennessee

A Haunting in Tennessee
by Elizabeth Lunceford
(Co-Director of VSPR)
Beth Lunceford
      In 2006, my sister Bonnie passed away suddenly and I began researching the paranormal to help find answers to my questions about the afterlife. It’s been a journey that has raised even more questions than I’ve found answers for. Leading me to believe that the afterlife is a lot more complicated than we’ve ever suspected it was. In 2009, my mother passed away after a short battle with pneumonia and dementia. Leaving my father alone in the house where she died as his mental faculties also began failing him. I spent 4 years making the hour long commute to his home in Madison to visit and care for him, but eventually had to hire a live-in service to assist him as the strain of driving so far so often became too much. In March of 2013, he died in my arms on the back stairs of his home as I tried to get him to a doctor.
As the executrix of his estate, I began making weekly visits to the home after his death to check on it and help clear some of the belongings out of it so that the house could be eventually sold as his will required. It was during these visits there that I began to experience various paranormal events that seemed to be growing with strength and frequency, even following me home to my house an hour away.
The day my father passed, the live-in caregiver informed me that she believed there was something going on in the home but had been afraid of saying anything about it for fear of losing her job. She told me that at night, she had heard the sound of a woman weeping and screaming out from the living room area on several occasions. The living room had been converted into a bedroom for my mother in the last weeks of her life. The live-in caregiver did not know this. There was a video night-vision baby monitor in my father’s bedroom so that she could keep an eye on him at night. She told me she had seen my father reach out with his arm like he was hugging an invisible person in bed with him on more than one occasion just prior to his death. Was my mother still there in the house? Or was she hearing a residual haunting? Did my father see her before he died? Or was it just a hallucination from his dementia?
It was a week after my father’s death, the first time I tried to contact my parents in the house, I used a REM-Pod. I explained how to use it and asked them to make it go off for me. I filmed the session and ran a digital voice recorder at the same time to see if there were any EVPs. For 15 minutes there was no response. Just as I was about to give up, the REM pod blipped.
At first I thought maybe something like the heat turning on might have made it do so. I went back to talking to them and after a few more minutes I sneezed, the REM-Pod blipped again at the same time. I then thought, maybe my sneezing could have caused it, so I tried faking a sneeze or coughing on it, nothing happened. I went back to asking them more questions and encouraging them to talk to me. Then the REM-POD began to go off again, once, twice, three times and then to slowly build up to a continuous frantic beeping. I asked them repeatedly to stop so that I knew when they are trying to answer. It stopped. I asked if I was speaking to my dad. No reply. I asked if it was my mom, the REM-Pod beeped. I asked if dad was there with her, the REM-Pod beeped again. I carried on this conversation with my mother for over 5 minutes with the REM-Pod acting as a conduit for her. It was an amazing experience which I will NEVER forget.


[ Here is a video clip of one of the sessions of the Rem-pod in use communicating with Beth's dad.]
After my father’s ashes were laid to rest it got quiet in the house. Subsequent visits where I’d do a short 15 or 20 min session to communicate with them yielded no interaction. I thought after a while that maybe they had crossed over. For several months, I didn’t try again to speak to them there at the house. Then one night I had to be there after dark to coordinate the sale of my father’s car and it’s transport. The house took on a whole different feeling at night and though it was 85 degrees in the house (I was not running the AC) it suddenly felt extremely cold around me and all the hair on my body stood on end, like a huge static field just engulfed me. It was more than a little unnerving. I didn’t feel like this was either of my parents. It was someone or something else. Nervous, I got out my phone (I didn’t have any of my equipment with me then) and turned on a “ghost radar” app which I’d had interesting results with on previous occasions over the years at various locations. I asked “Who is here?”, it replied “SAM”. I asked “Sam, why are you here?” He replied “DANGER”. I asked “Sam, What am I in danger from?” He replied “Themselves”. At this point, I’m thinking, OMG, what’s here and what can it or they do? The house was vacant now, had a bunch of ghost-squatters moved in? I was glad to get out of there as soon as I’d concluded my business and definitely didn’t want to be there after dark by myself again.
About a month after this, I was in the garage working to discard 40 years worth of junk and sift through things looking for stuff that might sell or be worth keeping for nostalgia. After I finished filling the trash can, I took it up the driveway to the street. All the way there, this butterfly followed me, swooping around me and tracking me all the way to the street. Once there, it continued to circle me until I wondered if it wasn’t being controlled by my dad. I greeted him and told him I was sorry I had to throw out his things and that I understood it bothered him. I went back to the garage and as I was finishing up, the garage light turned on by it self. That following weekend, I was caught out one night in a terrible thunderstorm on a local highway late at night. I took shelter under an overpass while the rain and lightning crashed all around me. Cars pulled in behind me and out of nowhere, this butterfly just lands on my driver-side window right next to my face and I looked at it. It was identical to the one that had followed me before.
I just stared at it trying to understand why it was there at night in a torrential downpour on my car window. Was my dad there trying to protect me? It crawled up over the top of the car until I couldn’t see it anymore and I suspected it was sitting directly above me. At the time, a car in the right lane of the highway pulls to a stop IN THE TRAFFIC LANE about even with my rear tire. I am watching in my side view mirror in disbelief as they just remain there in the traffic lane. There are crazy people still trying to drive in this rain at full speed and I’m thinking, “OMG, I’m going to die!” It would be a miracle if someone didn’t slam into the back of that car and they both come careening into me. I’m terrified for about 5 minutes as cars fly by at 60 miles an hour in the left lane and others slow down and wait to go around the idiot in the right lane who is stopped dead.  After a while, the person in the right lane pulls away and the danger is past. I wonder how much of my safety was due to my father watching over me and how much was just dumb luck?
The next weekend, I take my husband and kids up to the house for him to go through my father’s tools to see if he wants any of them before the estate sale. The kids go into the house and sit down in the living room to play on their tablets. My husband and I began to sort through the tools. I pull over the trashcan and as I do so, I pass my father’s old wooden toolbox and wonder if I should keep it or try to sell it. I’d emptied it out already except for one drawer. It was closed up and it’s top was down. After we’d been going through things for about 30 mins, I needed to make a run over to the trashcan to dump the trash we’d accumulated in the sorting. I walked by the wood toolbox on my way to the can and all the time I could hear my husband tinkering in the toolbin nearby as he sorted things. When I finished dumping the trash, I turned back around to bring the empty box back to him and as I approached I stopped dead in my tracks and just went slack jawed.
There in front of me was the wooden toolbox with the top lifted up and the ONE drawer with items in it pulled so far out that it was ready to fall on the floor. I looked over to the other side of the garage at my husband who was apparently oblivious to everything and asked “um, hon did you do this?” he looks over at me and then to where I’m pointing at the toolbox and says “what?” I said “Did you open this and pull out this drawer”? He shakes his head and says “You must have done it”. I am like “NO WAY!” OMG!! I KNOW that I didn’t do that. I can’t believe my eyes really, I’m just stunned. At this same time, there is a huge thunderstorm building up and the sky is nearly ready to fall out on us. It’s getting really dark in the garage now so I say to my husband, I am going to turn on the light for us and go over to the steps to look for a switch. I see one on the garage door controller that is labeled “light” and raise my hand to press it. Before I can touch it though, the light turns on all by itself. I just freeze and look over to my husband who is not paying any attention at all and say “um, hon – I didn’t turn that light on, it came on by itself.” He looks at me and says, “right. it must be a short in the wiring or something”.
I’m thinking back now to the week before when it had happened? Was it a short in the wiring or was it my dad? I look back over to the old toolbox and I’m thinking it’s a little more than a coincidence.
I return to helping my husband and the storm breaks outside pretty badly. After 20 minutes or so it’s moved on and gotten quiet again. My kids come running out of the house into the garage shouting “Mom, Mom.. We heard someone scream! And then we heard what sounded like a cat meowing”. I look at them and remembered what the caregiver had told me about hearing a woman crying and screaming in the living room. I wonder if the thunderstorm had charged the air enough that a spirit could have been trying to interact? Had the storm released residual energy from that room somehow? Had the kids being there for the first time since my father passed away triggered something? Or was it just the removal of the tools he was so attached to? Whatever was it was, something paranormal seemed to be happening.  After I calmed the kids and tried to explain things away for them, we finished up our sorting and packed up the truck. In addition to the tools we also took some of my father’s square dancing equipment and records. I left two crates of tools and the old wooden toolbox (the haunted one) there for the night.
The following week, I returned to the house to load up the things we hadn’t gotten the last trip due to lack of room. As I got out of the car, a butterfly remarkably like the previous two, greeted me and began to fly around the car and myself. I laughed and told my father “hi dad, good to see you too”. I opened the garage up and popped the back of my trunk open and began to load the crates and the old tool box inside. When I looked up to close the trunk lid I stopped in surprise to find the SAME butterfly sitting on the lip of the trunk lid watching me. I smile at it and say “I love you too dad” and it flies off. I close the lid of the trunk and the garage light goes off. I smiled and thanked him for the help before closing the door to the garage.
The following week, my kids were out of camp and school hadn’t started again for the fall so I had to bring them along with me for my weekly trip to my dad’s house. It had been about 10 days since they had been there and heard the cat sound. This time, I figured I’d be prepared to catch it on audio if it happened a second time. The kids took their tablets into the living room as before and I set up two audio recorders on the table near them and turned them on. Being July, it was still very hot and I did not have the air conditioning running. Since I was also taking photos, I did not want to stir up a lot of dust by turning on ceiling fans. I was on my way into my father’s bedroom to pack up some things when I remember looking up at the ceiling fan in the dining room thinking “I wish I could turn that on, but I don’t want to disturb the dust”. I was in my father’s room for about 10 minutes and when I came back into the living room, the ceiling fan was going full blast. There is no wall switch for this fan and the pull string is only inches from the blades. Not even I could reach this. I asked my kids if they’d drug over a chair or something and turned it on, but they said no. I’d have heard them doing this if so.
Then I went out into the garage and began cleaning things out as usual for me.  After about an hour, they both come running out of the house yelling “Mom, Mom… something breathed in my ear and the rocking chair in grandma’s room was moving.. then we heard the cat thing meow again, three times!” I’m thinking, Oooookay. I tell them, not to be afraid. We’ll check the recorders later to see if they caught the sounds..
Later at home I reviewed the digital audio recording of the time the kids were in the living room. During the recording I discovered not only the cat-like phenomena but an additional 31 EVPS through-out the recording. Some of them were extremely clear, others were Class B and difficult to discern without sound manipulation to amplify, slow or otherwise clean the anomaly. At no time have I seen any cats at or around my father’s house. The anomalies recorded did have a cat-like sound to them, but sounded more like someone pretending to be a cat than an actual real cat. The phenomena also sounded like they emanated from within the room or adjoining rooms, not muffled like an outside sound would be. There were also no open windows. Since bringing the tools back to my house from my father’s place, I have also experienced the sound of a wrench hitting a concrete floor, disembodied footsteps, brushing against my legs from no discernable source, shadows in my periphery,  and many other inexplicable things. There may indeed be some form of object attachment going on here. 
After the estate sale had emptied out the house and it was completely devoid of all furniture and items, I cut my trips up there back to once every other week. I would make a trip up there for about an hour to check on the place, make sure it hadn’t been vandalized, that the yard had been mowed etc.. While there I would attempt communication with the spirits by running a digital voice recorder, a REM Pod, a SpiritBox and video. I did four small investigations with a group of friends and researchers over the next year while trying to find a buyer for the house. I documented over 200 class A EVPs, over 50 videos of visual anomalies, REM-Pod interaction and over a dozen spirit orbs. I eventually found a buyer for the house, did a house cleansing and blessing the day before the house closing. 
[Photo of Orb taken by Beth]
Father and His Spirit Orb (2)
[Orb photo captured when VSPR team investigated the home.  The VSPR team witnessed the Orb flying out of the closet; then leave the room. Mike took a digital photo with his SONY DSC-H50 digital camera. set in night vision as it was exiting towards the door.]
On the day of the house blessing I prayed for all the spirits there and said my goodbyes. I got an amazing photo of a spirit orb with the full image of my father’s face in it. Best spirit orb I have ever seen. He spoke into my recorder telling me he wanted to be allowed to remain in the house. Many other spirits were recorded that day saying either they were going home with me or weren’t able to leave. I don’t know if the new owners are still having any activity there, but hopefully everyone is happy there, both the living and the dead.


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This is a disembodied voice I captured on the recorder I left running in the kitchen while I was outside sweeping the back patio. It captured my mother’s voice calling for me “Beth”. 

[Loud Thump in Kitchen only ]
Here is an audio clip of my visit on Easter 2014 when I went in and wished them a Happy Easter and they responded with a HUGE knock. The house was completely empty as you can hear by how it echoes.
[My father’s saying “Glad you’re back” to me upon arrival one visit as I unlocked the door]

If interested in more about Beth; she also shares her paranormal experiences and research on her personal website Music City Ghost.  MUSICCITYGHOSTS.COM

Paranormal Sideshow- John & Stacey Edwards

March 8th 2017

Mike the director of VSPR was asked to be a guest on the Paranormal Sideshow,hosted by John and Stacey Edwards.

John and Stacey had seen some of VSPR’s videos that were shared on Facebook of the ITC and EVP data from Mike’s house.  Mike’s home was extremely active during the year of 2016 and 2017.  Specially when Mike had bought a Halloween decoration and brought it into his house.  The spirits in the home were not pleased what was brought in.  Mike talked about the research and data that the VSPR team collected during this time period.

Mike -Always a pleasure talking with John and Stacey. They have a fun show that covers all kinds of topics on the supernatural and mysteries.

You can access the show by watching it on the Youtube video.

John and Stacey’s Paranormal Sideshow (Your bizarre destination of macabre oddities and curious mysteries) Visit their website for the latest episodes, paranormal news, and more!

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Follow them on Twitter @sideshow97 You can also find them on iTunes and Google Play!

Midnight in the Desert -Radio Show

November 23rd 2016 the director of VSPR-Mike Sears was a guest speaker on the Art Bell production radio show “Midnight in the Desert” Hosted by Heather Wade.

Mike shared his personal  experiences of the paranormal and the Afterlife with Heather and the listeners.  The show was so  well liked, the show was replayed on Dec 15th.

I wish we could post the recording of the show here, but it is the property of the show. You can access the recording of the show in their archives if you like to listen to the show.

Click here to access –> ” Midnight in the Desert ” Website

Mike Sears- Thank you again Heather Wade and the staff  of Midnight in the Desert for having me as a guest. Heather was an amazing host. It was a honor and pleasure to be on the show sharing my personal experiences and being able to talk to the listeners who called in.



2015 VSPR Year Review


2015 Year Review


As you can tell from our last update on the website it has been awhile since VSPR has done a posting. The Fall of 2014 Mike the director of VSPR had to take a break due to health and to focus on his college class work.  We do have a team page on Facebook that is updated often each month. You can click here VSPR FACEBOOK to LIKE the page so you can follow and see any new updates on our research.  

The past year the VSPR team has had changes with loosing and adding new members. You will see on our team page  the new members who have joined.

Beth Lunceford who has been the  lead investigator with VSPR for several years; is now the Co-director of the VSPR team. This decision was made in the month of May 2015.  Beth has proven to be a great researcher,leader and  has been doing some great ITC research  with the use of the Echovox App.  Beth has been sharing her research on her personal website and Facebook page Music City Ghost.   During 2015  Beth and the VSPR team has  been doing  extensive amount of  research using the various ITC apps created by Daniel Roberge .



Columbia Center of the Arts- Public Investigation

Since the last website posting in 2014. VSPR did a public event at the  Columbia Center of the Arts in Sept 2014. A nice turn out from the public.  Many thanks to Susan Manning for having Mike guest speak and the  VSPR team helping with the event. We also like to thank all those who were able to  attend the event.


October 2014 Mike was suppose to guest speak at the Rippavilla  Whispers From the Past Paranormal event and the VSPR team was to have a booth there.  Due to Mike’s  health at the time we had to cancel attending the event.  Hopefully in the future Rippavilla will have another event that VSPR can be there.10647167_793063894049524_8060292383446331490_n


During the month of November 2014, Brent Raynes from Alternate Perceptions Magazine, did an interview with VSPR Director Mike Sears. You can read the interview by clicking on the link- below

Click- here- > Alternate Perceptions Magazine, November 2014


December 2014 a paranormal magazine from the United Kingdom called ” Chat is Fate” did a story about the extreme haunting Mike and his mother lived with in Florida. They were featured in the January 2015 issue that came out in Dec 2014.

Photo from the magazine article. chat

You can also read the experience here: Mike’s Haunting Experience


Galactic Expo

During the month of May, VSPR returned at the Galactic Expo for the 5th year. VSPR was set up at the Luminearth booth.  This year was the first time that Mike guest spoke at the Galactic expo.. Many thanks to Luminearth for having us back and the Galactic Expo for having Mike guest speak at the event.  Looking forward to be back for the 2016 expo.

Mike guest speaking and Beth meet and greeting with the public at the LuminEarth booth.

Mike guest speaking and Beth meet and greeting with the public at the LuminEarth booth.


During the month of June the VSPR team returned to Octagon Hall in Franklin, Kentucky. The VSPR team did a joint investigation with Spectral Forces. Was a great learning experience for the VSPR team working with another team. Spectral forces did a great experiment with the use of balloons.  We also had Mary Jennings sing some period songs in the house to hopefully create some activity with the spirits if the house.  Below are some photos from the investigation  at Octagon Hall.

Octagon Hall June 2015

  Columbia High School

During the year 2015 VSPR returned to Columbia High School for further research several times during the year.  We had some great interaction with the equipment and some great personal experiences during the investigation. You can see some of the data on our Facebook page and the Music City Ghost Facebook page.   We are planning to return in the New Year of 2016 for further research and data collecting. Many thanks to Garland Brown and the Columbia School for allowing us to find answers and to research at the school.

VSPR with Spectral Forces and Columbia Faculity/Alumni.

VSPR with Spectral Forces and Columbia Faculity/Alumni.


Month of October Mike did several guest speaking’s for the Halloween season.   A big honor was the Tennessee State Archives who asked Mike to guest speak at the Nashville Metro Library. Many thanks to Ken Fieth from Tennessee State Archives for putting it together. Mike did a lecture on paranormal activities that the VSPR team and he  personally experienced in the middle Tennessee area.  The Nashville Public Television channel 3 recorded the lecture and you can watch it on Youtube.


During the months of November and December 2015 the VSPR team  conducted team meetings and reviewed data from our past investigations.  The month of December we had our team Christmas meeting with an investigation on Dec 4th.  We conducted some great ITC sessions using the Echovox. You can see some of the videos of the data we captured on Beth’s Music City Ghost Facebook page  from the VSPR Christmas meeting.

Many thanks to all of our followers. We are looking forward to  2016 .

Wishing Everyone a Happy and Safe  2016!!

Christmas Spirit


Christmas Spirit

Written by:Mike Sears

Personal experience that happened in 1994.

In 1994 Mike and his mother received one of the greatest Christmas gifts one could receive. Contact from a love one. Mike’s father passed away in June and he had shared that amazing experience on an earlier blog posting.(Crossing Over)


This was to be the first Christmas without my father. My father celebrated Christmas real big. His gift to the family was to make a huge gourmet Christmas dinner. Each year my dad’s dinner had its own theme or specialty dish that he had learned when stationed in various countries while serving in the army.  His favorite dishes were from Asia, especially from Japan. He would buy the highest quality when it came to ingredients for the meal. He would save up all year to make this one day very special for the family. He might not have been a certified gourmet chef, but to us and friends he should been.

I wanted to make this Christmas special for my mom since it was our first Christmas without my dad. I planned to make a nice gourmet dinner like my dad did and to decorate the house big for the holidays inside and out. I got up early in the morning and had my list of items to buy and locations mapped out that I needed to go to. I left not knowing what was going to happen that day.

I was shopping in this department store and I was half way done with my list of items to gather for Christmas. I wanted something that would WOW my mom when she saw the gift. I entered into this store and saw an Angel standing just over four feet tall. The angel I thought was beautifully done visually with an elegant gown, great detail to the face and large wings opened on her back.  I felt drawn towards the figure and said to myself, “This is what I’m looking for. This is the WOW that will make her Christmas.” After my dad’s death my mother started to collect angel figurines and I knew she would love this angel added to her collection.

I walked to my car with the angel and started to put it in the vehicle. Unlocking the car I suddenly smell this strong odor of cigar smoke in the air. My first thought that someone is pretty rude to blow their smoke so close to someone. I look around and see no one around smoking a cigar or any form of tobacco. I shrug it off and continue to put the angel in the car. The cigar smell gets stronger and then I hear my dad’s voice say, “Mike! You need to go to Tokyo Market now!” At first I thought I imagined this and thought I must be thinking its dad because he used to smoke cigars. I get into the car and check my list and plan for the next location to shop at. Then the cigar smell was in my car, very strong. (I never allow anyone to smoke in my car) I started to tingle all over and then heard my dad’s voice again in my head “Mike! You need to go to Tokyo Market now!” For some reason I responded out loud, “Dad, if this is you, I have Tokyo Market on my list to go too.”  I then hear him again in my head, “You need to go NOW! Right now!”  I’m thinking this is can’t be happening, I was caught off guard and not expecting to argue with my dad about a place to shop at. I start to drive to the next location and I hear his voice again. “Mike, you need to go now! It’s a Christmas gift for you and your mother there.” Hearing this I start to fight back the tears.  I reply back out loud in my car. “Dad, I’m going there now.”

The cigar smell disappears and I no longer hear my dad talking to me. I drive to the other side of town to reach the Tokyo Market (Tokyo Market is a store that specializes in imported gourmet food from Japan) I arrive at the store not knowing what I’m supposed to be looking for.  As I walk towards the store door the smell of cigar smoke returns. Entering inside the store I’m drawn to an item on the front store display. As I go to look at the item, I hear my dad’s voice again. “Don’t look at that! Go to the left of the store and go to the last cabinet and look inside! There you will see yours and your mother’s Christmas gift.” I walk to the last cabinet and look inside the cabinet of products. Then my eyes are drawn to this one item. It was an item my dad wanted the store to order for him. An item that he tried for five years to get and the store wasn’t able to find or import from Japan. They had finally got it. I grabbed every package of the item to purchase and head to the register to cash out. The cashier is surprised to see that I have this entire item they have for sale. She then says to me, “You’re not buying all of these are you? We had a customer who has requested this for over five years and we have lost his phone number. We are hoping he come in and get this. Can you leave a couple of these just in case he returns?” I asked, “Can you describe this man for me?”  After the cashier describes my dad perfectly, I reach for my wallet and show her a photo of my dad. “Is this him?” I asked. She replied, “Yes.”  I explained to her that he had passed away during the summer and I was his son. She then said, “I guess it was meant to be for you to come in here and buy this.” I didn’t share with her what brought me there; I thanked her and wished her a Merry Christmas. Leaving the store I smell the cigar and hear my dad’s voice for the last time saying, “Merry Christmas!”

I stopped any further shopping and decided to drive straight home. I needed to share what just happened with my mom. When I got home I decided to give my mom her Christmas gifts. I told her she needed to sit down and prepare to hear how these gifts had come to be.  I had her close her eyes and then proceeded in the room with the four foot tall angel. She opened her eyes to see this elegant angel and became overwhelmed with happiness. I then told her, “I have one more gift for you and it’s in this bag. First though I need to tell you how I got this item in this bag.” I shared my experience and then handed her the bag to open. Saying to her, “Merry Christmas, from dad.”  She gave me a big hug and we both cried with tears of happiness.

Christmas of 1994 is a Christmas my Mom and I will never forget.


Mike’s Father cutting down a fresh
Christmas Tree

Center of the Arts Presents: Paranormal After Hours Event – Sept 20th


Center of the Arts Presents:

Paranormal After Hours Event


“Spirit Communications”



Mike Sears


Mike is the Director of Volunteer State Paranormal Research and has been investigating the paranormal for just over 8 years. Having investigated over 200 investigations to his credit, Mike has investigated some well-known haunted locations like Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky, Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, Alabama, Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill, Tennessee, Octagon Hall, Franklin, KY, and many other locations in Tennessee.

In 2009, Mike was nominated by the International Paranormal
Acknowledgement Awards for National Male Paranormal Investigator and Best in Spirit Photography. Mike was awarded for Best in Spirit Photography by the International Paranormal Acknowledgement Awards.

Mike has been a guest on various paranormal internet radio shows, made appearances on Television shows “America’s Most Terrifying Places” on the TRAVEL CHANNEL, CAFEMOM.COM “I’ll take that Dare!”  featuring Octagon Hall. He was also featured on “Tennessee Crossroads,” a PBS show featuring Tennesseans and Tennessee places. For the “Tennessee Crossroads” segment, Mike and the VSPR team were the first to investigate the Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill and aired Oct 2011.

Mike has also been a featured speaker at numerous events in Middle Tennessee. and his paranormal experiences  were published in several magazines : VISIONS Magazine  Issue #3 ,#5 ,#8 and also Un-X NEWS Magazine.




Lecture “Spirit Communications” is $15.00 each

 Investigation is $50.00 each (includes Lecture) {Limited to 20 tickets for Investigation} { Must be 18 years of age or older to attend the investigation}.

{There are no refunds for this event unless it is cancelled. Event will happen Rain or Shine.}


Tickets can be purchased at:

Or at 

Center of the Arts, (google map also)

705 Lion Parkway

Columbia, TN 38402

Hotline for info at 931-548-6560

Also can RSVP on the Facebook Event Page – Facebook Event

Event is brought to you by Center of the Arts

Many thanks to Susan Manning for putting this event together.

Para 101: FREE Paranormal Research Workshop- August 2nd

Para 101: FREE Paranormal Research Workshop




Saturday, August 2nd, 2014


Cosmic Connections

1701 Portland Ave, Nashville, TN

This Para 101 Paranormal Research Workshop is brought to you by Mike Sears and Volunteer State Paranormal Research.

Para 101: FREE Paranormal Research Workshop - April 13 Nashville TN

VSPR is a professional, non-profit team of paranormal investigators whose primary goal is to document our research to find out if there is life after death by using their data research and linking it to any past life and history of the location.

VSPR was the first team to investigate the famous Rippavilla Plantation, being featured on Tennessee Crossroads for this investigation. They have been called upon to investigate other locations such as Columbia High School, Clement Railroad Museum in Dickson,TN, and an array of private homes and locations.

This workshop will show you:

• How VSPR investigates

• The different types of haunting’s investigated

• The different types of techniques used in research

• How VSPR works with psychics

• Afterlife communication techniques

• The different tools used in paranormal research

• Different types of paranormal research cases

• What type of questions are asked to clients prior to an investigation


Location: Cosmic Connections 1701 Portland Avenue Nashville, TN 37212 (615) 463-7677

Date/Time: Saturday – August 2nd – 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Cost: FREE

This event is brought to you by Volunteer State Paranormal Research and
Watch as VSPR investigates Rippavilla Plantation for Tennessee Crossroads


FREE EVENT: A Journey into the Paranormal- July 19th 2014

A Journey into the Paranormal…



Mike Sears, the director of Volunteer State Paranormal Research, will be sharing his personal experiences of the Afterlife and the paranormal.  He will be sharing his early experiences up to current events that he is working on now.

Read Mike’s Story: Crossing Over (A Personal Experience)

Mike will be sharing how his own personal paranormal journey has changed his life and how he has used it to help others. He will be sharing some photos, audio files, video files, and spirit encounters from past investigations.


Location: Cosmic Connections 1701 Portland Avenue Nashville, TN 37212 (615) 463-7677

Date/Time: Saturday – July 19 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Cost: FREE (Donations are welcomed )

This event is brought to you by Volunteer State Paranormal Research

About Mike:

Mike has had experiences of the paranormal most of his life. Starting at a very young age of 5 when he saw his first spirit/ghost of a little girl appearing in his bedroom when he lived in Upstate New York.  Mike had other occurrences through his life that happened but nothing like the two he had in 1994 in Melbourne, Florida.

This event became a life changing experience for Mike and put him in the direction to seek out answers about the Afterlife.  From those experiences they fueled his passion to learn more about the paranormal field.

In 2006 Mike joined a Paranormal Investigating Team in Middle Tennessee with his wife Monique. During that time he learned the various ways of investigating and to be able to help others understand what they might be experiencing. Mike has been investigating the Paranormal since 2006 and has worked with various paranormal teams in the Middle Tennessee area. After working with the teams and learning various techniques investigating the Paranormal, Mike started his own team in the spring of 2009 known as Volunteer State Paranormal Research. During those years of paranormal investigating he has investigated throughout the state of Tennessee, Kentucky and parts of Alabama. Some well-known haunted places like Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky, Sloss Furnace, in Birmingham, Alabama, Octagon Hall, Franklin, KY, Rippavilla Plantation, Spring Hill, TN and Many other areas of Middle Tennessee.

He was nominated in 2009 By the International Paranormal Acknowledgement Awards for National Male Paranormal Investigator and best in Spirit Photography. Mike won for Best in Spirit Photography in 2009 by the International Paranormal Acknowledgement Awards. Mike has been a guest on various Paranormal Internet Radio shows, seen on the TV show ” America’s Most Terrifying Places “, on TRAVEL CHANNEL ,TV show “Tennessee Crossroads” on PBS in Tennessee ,that featured the VSPR team investigating the Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill, TN, was guest for CAFEMOM.COM magazine, has guest spoke at various events in Middle Tennessee, and has been  published in paranormal magazine   VISIONS  and Un-X NEWS about his paranormal experiences.

Besides the Paranormal Mike has served as a Police Officer in the US Air Force Security Police and is a Veteran of Desert Shield and Storm. In 2005 Mike moved to Middle Tennessee with his wife Monique and their 2 children from Florida.

Besides his passion for the paranormal Mike has returned to college and is majoring in History; planning a new career in teaching or Historical Preservation.


Crossing Over- Near death Experience

Near Death Experience Love Conquers Death


By Mike Sears

When Mike, the director of  Volunteer State Paranormal Research,  is called for an investigation or meets people he is often asked,  ” So how did you get into this paranormal investigating and do you believe in life after death? ” He tells them about the two most amazing experiences he had involving the paranormal in 1994.

This is the first experience, which occurred June 20th 1994. 


Dad – Jim Sears


   The near death experience I was able to witness was my Father’s passing in 1994. My Father had been battling cancer and was losing his battle in June of 1994. His last few months of life my Mom had called in Hospice care, so my father could pass away at home with family. He was not a big fan of hospitals and we respected his wishes. Before his first passing he was in a coma for just little over three days. Hospice would come and help every other day, unless we requested to have them to be there. On the 3rd day of his coma the Hospice nurse said his temperature had risen greatly and she felt he was very near to passing away. Hospice wasn’t due to come over the next day to help, but the nurse said if he passed away that night or we needed  any help at all that we should feel free to call them.

   I had been working long hours and plus helping my mom look over my dad. I was exhausted and told my mom I was heading to bed, and if she needed me or if my dad passed away that night, to please come wake me and let me know. Later that night, sometime after three a.m. in the morning, my dad had passed away. My Mom was at his side and heard his last breath. She stayed at his side for some time grieving and then left his side to go wake me to let me know he had passed away. Before she could leave the room, my father sat up in the bed and asked her to come back to the bed to talk to her. She was in shock to hear his voice since he had been in a coma for several days, and for over a week prior he could not speak at all. She turned around to see him sitting straight up in the bed, full of color and looking healthy. She went over and sat next to him. He began to speak and said to her, “I could not leave you and Mike without making sure that you will be OK.”, and then told her .that he had asked them to allow him to come back and tell us this. During this time my mom said she felt a presence in the room with her. My dad started talking to family members and friends he knew who had passed away years ago, then relaying their messages to my mom. One of the most interesting talks he had was with his first wife. She had passed away back in the early 1960’s of cancer and she was from Japan where they had met when he was stationed there serving in the Army. My dad started speaking fluent Japanese and then translated back to my mom what his first wife was telling him. She told my dad to tell my mom this message, she saidI just want to thank you for taking care of him on this side” and that “he will be ok and I will be taking care of him on the other side.” My dad talked to my mom, back and forth to past love ones for several hours.

My Mom came into my bedroom later that morning and woke me up to tell me that my dad wanted to talk to me. Being half asleep I was surprised to hear this and said, “What? “ “He wants to talk to me? “ I had gone to bed and he was in a coma and was very close to death. I got up and walked out my room and started to walk to our living room where Hospice had placed a medical bed, my mom stopped me and told me I need to go to my parents’ bedroom and that I will be very surprised for what I was about to witness.

I started to walk to their bedroom and I heard my dad calling for me. I was in shock hearing his voice so clear. I entered the bedroom to find my dad looking healthy and laying in his bed freshly cleaned from a shower he had took that morning and was dressed in a clean shirt and shorts. I was in shock and wasn’t sure what to say or think of it. He had asked me to sit next to him on the bed and he wanted to talk to me. My dad started to tell me that he was worried about me and wanted me to know that he will be ok and that I need to go on with my life and not dwell on his death. I was speechless at first and then said to my dad. “Dad you have had it rough, it’s not been easy for you” (my dad served 22 years in the Army and had bad health since his return from Vietnam) His reply to my comment was a huge surprise for me to hear.

His replyMike I haven’t had it that rough, you know who has had it rough? Jesus has.I was in shock to hear this from my dad. My dad was not religious at all. He never attended church the whole time I knew him and the only time I heard Jesus come from his mouth it was used in a form of cursing. My dad then asked if there was anything I wanted to know. I was just in shock of the whole moment and I was left pretty much speechless. (Today I have tons of questions and wish I wasn’t so much in shock when this happen) We then talked for about 30 minutes and then he said “I guess if you’re done talking to me and I have nothing else to tell you both, then I’m ready to go back.” My Mom and I were not sure what to do, and My Mom said, “Maybe you have to go to sleep and they can take you back”.

 So my Dad decided to go back to sleep and we gave hugs and farewells just in case he didn’t re-awake. After he went to sleep my Mom and I went to the living room and she told me all that happen that night. We talked for several hours until we heard my dad call out asking if anyone was there. We got up and ran in to the bedroom to check in on him and he was surprised to find us there. He asked “Why are you two here with me? Have I crossed over?” With a hint of disappointment in his voice. We told him he is still here with us and that maybe that they are giving him an extra day with us. He then asked usWhat should we do? “ Then he suggested he was very hungry and wanted me to make a meal for him. My mom mentioned making him soup or a smoothie since he hadn’t had a solid meal in almost a month.  He suggested I go rent some movies and find something special that he could eat, make him a nice meal and we could spend the rest of the day talking and relaxing together.
I went out and rented some comedies and found some fresh crayfish at the market(one of his favorite dishes,.) red potatoes, corn on the cob and a six pack of beer and head back home, not knowing if he will be there waiting for my return.

I got home and he was very pleased to hear what I had got for us to eat. Now this is a person who was eating through a straw for several weeks before he was in a coma. I cooked up the meal and we even shared a beer together. We watched movies in his bedroom and shared family experiences for the rest of the day till it was pass midnight. He started to get very tired and he wanted to go to bed. Before we all went to bed, he gave us a hug and told us he loved us and not to worry about him if he didn’t reawaken in the morning. He also said he would give us signs after his passing to let us know he is ok.

The next morning we got up and found him back into a coma. Hospice came over that morning and was shocked to find him out of his hospice bed and in his own bed. They wouldn’t believe us when we told them that he had gotten out of his hospice bed on his own and that he walked to his own bed. Hospice being upset with my Mom and I  asked us to stay out of their way and allow them to return him to the hospice bed. . My dad was back in a coma for 3 more days and then he passed away in the afternoon on June 23rd 1994; a day after his Birthday.

A week after his death, every day for five days we had a red cardinal show up on the time he had passed away and peck at the window. On the 5th day, we finally realized that this had been happening every day that week and it was the same time frame in which my dad had passed away. Once we said this, the cardinal never returned to the window. Later that year Mike and his mom had two avocados, two pine apples and two big honeydew oranges on plants that Mike’s dad had planted on their property. All three of these plants never produced fruit when Mike’s dad was alive and his dad was disappointed that he never was able to have any fruit from them since he planted them. Mike and his Mom believed these had to be the signs to let them know he was OK, to have three plants to produce only two fruits on each that year only.

This experience was a huge eye opener to Mike and his mom; the experience gave them a whole new outlook on life and has made life less stressful for them.  Since then Mike and his mom have shared this experience with others and the experience has made Mike seek for more answers about the afterlife.

When Mike does his guest speaking at events and group functions he shares this experience and gives more detail what happened that day and  also other amazing experiences his dad had during the month of June.


Art of Charles Santoso
Title: Goodbye & Welcome
Medium: Pencil & Digital