Paranormal Rescue.com team members are elite science-based professionals.
They have science, academic, professional, and law enforcement backgrounds and work closely with an extended core network of specialists when their expertise is needed including a BAFTA (Academy Award) winning sound recordist and engineer, a geologist, a chemist, a physicist, and the military.
Quite unintentionally the current core human team members fall into a 50/50 split between male and female and British and Americans, plus one Irish Greyhound.
Paranormal Rescue founder, Brian Sterling-Vete PhD is a British author, Guinness World Record Holder, and martial arts instructor. He is a former broadcaster with a no-nonsense, blunt yet entertaining approach, spending over a decade with BBC TV news and current affairs.
His interest in the paranormal began many years ago when he was accidentally involved in a UFO incident witnessed by serval police officers on the scene at the time, and several quirks of fate over the years have continually drawn him back into exploring the mysterious and unknown. Since this typically produces many more questions than answers, and since he has an insatiable drive to find answers, it became a lifelong passion. When researching, filming, and living at a huge historical location for a major TV documentary, Brian and the entire crew were thrust into the midst of baffling and dramatic paranormal activity lasting several months.
Brian’s background in exercise science helps him to maintain a healthy scepticism and approach the subject with open-minded neutrality. On-screen, he is respectfully sarcastic with a humorous slant bringing an interesting twist to the paranormal genre.
Helen Renée Wuorio
Paranormal Rescue co-founder, Helen Renée Wuorio was born in Minnesota, USA, but spent most of her teenage years living in Alaska where her father worked in an incredibly dangerous job as an Ice Road Trucker.
Since meeting and marrying her British husband, they have enjoyed a joyous journey together discovering the many differences between two countries that share a common language and culture. They soon had enough stories and anecdotes to produce a fun-filled and light-hearted book called, Being American Married to a Brit.
Helen has had a life-long interest in the paranormal and grew up in a house in Alaska that was highly active. Throughout her life, she often had 'visions' that typically come true.
She now tries to focus and develop her visions to assist during paranormal investigations and to help others when working with Paranormal Rescue.
It is fascinating to note that Helen and her identical twin sister have the uncanny ability to see, feel, think, and even do exactly the same things at the same time. This phenomenon has been demonstrated on countless occasions even though they live thousands of miles apart.
Kelly Curtis is a parapsychological researcher at Manchester Metropolitan University with a passion for paranormal investigation.
Her interest in hauntings started as a young girl, seeking out ghosts in her small, US town and spending extensive time at the library and in cemeteries in an attempt to link which individuals were lingering around in spirit form. While living in Texas Kelly was part of a paranormal team, investigating famous locations and private residences, however, she also has numerous solo investigations under her belt as well.
Kelly’s background in mental health brings a support system to those experiencing hauntings and other paranormal phenomena.
Paul Flanagan has enjoyed a long and varied career working as an international security consultantand TV & Film Special FX Supervisor. He has been keenly interested in all things paranormal from an early age fuelled by inexplicable experiences with anomalous phenomena. Paul also possesses certain psychic gifts that enable him to envision things clearly before they happen, and at times he has been disturbingly accurate. Paul approaches the subject of paranormal investigation from a grounded and logical science-based perspective, which helped tremendously as part of the investigative team at Lilford Hall where they performed dozens of investigations each week. Also, his background as TV & Film Special FX Supervisor enables him to more easily detect hoaxes
Thanks to growing up in a haunted house, as well as watching Arthur C. Clarke's "Mysterious World" TV show and the Usborne "World of the Unknown" series of books, Phil has had a passionate interest in the paranormal from an early age.
When he was just 10 years old, Phil even wrote to Peter Underwood, a famous author on the subject of ghosts and then president of The Ghost Club, to ask if he could join!
Through the years Phil’s interest never vanished and he has continued to study and research paranormal phenomena and Fortean subjects.
He is always open-minded, scientific, and with a keen eye for detail which is extremely useful.
Minnesota-based Marilyn Robinson is a widely acclaimed expert photo analyst. Her keen eyes and intense attention to detail earned her the well-deserved title “Marilyn the Magnifier” because time and again she has discovered important details others have missed.
Marilyn’s life-long interest in the paranormal began at an early age after several brushes with perplexing and sometimes frightening phenomena. During her career as a paranormal investigator, she has explored many historical homes, businesses, hotels, and outdoor locations including the Dead Children’s Playground in Alabama.
Marylin’s expertise is invaluable to the Paranormal Rescue teams.
Canine Paranormal Rescue co-founder, Bond is a retired 5-year-old rescued Greyhound who possesses extraordinary abilities that aid us enormously during research and investigations. James Bond was one of his former racing names – no kidding! He is extremely calm, relaxed, placid, and hardly makes a sound except to typically warn us when he detects something unusual/anomalous.
Scientifically, compared to humans, dogs have 5 x better night vision, and since Bond is a Sighthound, his overall vision is even better. They possess a higher number of light-sensitive rods in the retina and something that humans don’t, a tapetum lucidum, or a thin eye film that amplifies and reflects light enabling them to see more clearly in dim lighting.
Dogs possess heightened versions of all of the general senses which enables them to detect minute changes in the environment, barometric pressure, and even electromagnetics. This includes a wider and much more sensitive audible range than humans enabling them to detect the faintest of sounds from great distances. Some scientists believe that dogs can detect oncoming seismic events long before they happen, possibly because they can hear the grinding, and breaking of underground faults. After Japan’s magnitude 9 earthquake in 2011, a study found that just before the quake 60% of dog owners reported warning behaviours in the minutes leading up to the quake happening. In addition, dogs possess a complex olfactory system that is between 10,000 and 100,000 times more acute than humans enabling them to detect otherwise indiscernible scents and scent changes.
More importantly, humans can generate irrational fears of the unknown/paranormal and also judge and/or deny our feelings/senses. Dogs do not. Instead, on an investigation, Bond responds more rationally and dog-logically in many ways than humans. He only usually responds to sensory input when alerted to something thanks to his heightened multiple senses. This means that he is incapable of automatically believing something is paranormal simply because it is hoped or even expected that it might be. In short, Bond has proven to be an incredible asset to our investigations and more accurate at the detection of anomalies than most of our equipment.
"Step aside The X-Files because The Truth is 'SNOUT' There!"
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Recruiting New Team Members to Paranormal Rescue.com
Paranormal Rescue team members are typically recruited from the private research group, Prime Paranormal.com because we need to know the people we will work with well, and especially how they perform under pressure. This is important since the team can often be faced some highly stressful and sometimes dangerous situations in remote, desolate, and unforgiving locations. Under the most extreme circumstances, all team members are expected to perform normally, calmly, and follow scientific investigation methodology no matter what they encounter in any location.
The only exception to this recruitment process is when someone has demonstrated extraordinary ability, holds relevant scientific qualifications, or is recognised as a leading expert in a subject.
Our extended network of specialists is growing, however, we are always seeking to make new connections with specialists from all over the world. We also have a growing number of national and international affiliate teams such as TIPS, or The International Paranormal Society. This system means that Paranormal Rescue.com can effectively work worldwide, if necessary, without always having to deploy the entire core team.