Peter Leonard, Co-Founder – Peter is a lifelong resident of Rome and has had an interest in the paranormal since a fairly young age. Growing up in a “haunted” large three family house which was in sight of Fort Stanwix of Revolutionary War fame, Peter experienced many strange happenings on his ancestral property. Peter is also very gifted in the art of historical research and his many connections with local historians allows a level of research not available to most people in this area. This, along with his thoroughness provides the team with an extensive background of the location being investigated. Peter has also published two books on local history – Rome Revisited by Arcadia Publishing 2007 and Griffiss Air Force Base by Arcadia Publishing 2008. Currently he is working on his first attempt at fiction and two other local history books. He has lectured and given presentations at various schools, colleges and historical societies on a wide variety of history related topics; and has also appeared in newspapers, on the radio and also television several times.
Peter is a Roman Catholic and is very knowledgeable in the background history of the early church. He has concentrated his studies to the spiritual (paranormal) aspects surrounding Catholicism especially that of Exorcism and Demonology. However this broad base of knowledge translates over into most other religions as well. As with everyone on R.I.P., Peter stands ready to help any and all who require his assistance in the world of the paranormal
Dr. David Deprospero, Co-Founder – With post-graduate degrees in computer science and the technology field, Dr. Dave DeProspero brings an unsurpassed level of technical and scientific knowledge to the group. Dave is abreast of the latest gear being used in the paranormal research field, as well as how to use other tools from a variety of specific science and engineering fields to accomplish R.I.P.’s goals. With Dave’s peer-reviewed and scholarly research background, all investigations are treated as case studies, with the collection of data being of paramount importance. Our research practices are held to the highest ethical and scientific standards.
David, a lifetime Resident of Rome, NY, has been following the paranormal field for much of his life, largely resulting from experiences in Dave’s childhood home. Due to this interest and exploration, Dave has accumulated a great deal of knowledge regarding local venues of claimed paranormal activity. Dave is employed as an I.T. Professional, and is a college teacher as well as an adult-eduation instructor within the Utica and New Hartford communities. Dave is a published author, and enjoys lecturing on a wide variety of topics. A Roman Catholic, he truly believes that there is a historical link between the beliefs and practices of this specific faith, and the paranormal world. Dave has done an extensive amount of research on medieval Catholicism and medieval rites, as well as other various other aspects of medieval (14th century) life. This time period is one of his great loves. Dave is a recognized figure within the Rome community, and along with the rest of the R.I.P team, seeks to provide aid to those who need it.
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