Audio Interviews—Alternate Perceptions Magazine, February 2017
Hosted by Brent Raynes and Chandra Harrison
Mike Sears has had experiences with 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 in 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.
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 locations throughout the state of Tennessee, Kentucky and parts of Alabama, including 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. Mike has been a guest on various radio shows like the Art Bell Show "Midnight in the Desert", and he has been seen on the TV show, “America's Most Terrifying Places,” on the Travel Channel, the TV show “Tennessee Crossroads” on PBS in Tennessee, that featured the VSPR team investigating the Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill. Mike has been a guest speaker at various events in Middle Tennessee, and has been published in multiple magazines about the paranormal experiences he witnessed in 1994, including Alternate Perceptions #200, November 2014.
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. Mike has returned to college and is majoring in History/early education; planning a new career in teaching or Historical Preservation. Mike volunteers as a living historian of the WWII time period,which he has done for almost 30+ years.
Monique Sears became interested in the paranormal as a teenager, and even more so, in her twenties when her mother passed away. Monique started to investigate the paranormal in 2006 to learn about the various ways of investigating and communicating with the spirit world. Working along side her husband Mike, she has worked with other teams in the Middle Tennessee area as well to learn various ways of investigating. She strives to inform, to help people, and to collect true evidence of life after death. She has investigated in KY, TN, and AL, in both private and public locations. Besides the paranormal Monique keeps busy with her family raising her two children and her work. Monique works in the medical field and is a Registered Nurse (RN) in Nashville.