The Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society was founded in February, 2016.
After meeting at a previous investigation and finding similar ideals, David and Chris decided to form a team that was organized, professional, and efficient. Together, they set out to change the paranormal field one case at a time, and to set an example for how paranormal investigations should be performed.
E.C.P.S. was formed due to the increasing need for a scientific and professional approach to the paranormal. Although many teams in the field claim to be scientific, they often exhibit confirmation bias and look for answers or conclusions that already support their pre-existing beliefs. E.C.P.S., however, deals in objectivity and lets the evidence lead them toward a conclusion; not the other way around.
They are now a group of six from different walks in life. Each member provides specific contributions to the team and helps to form a cohesive and professional approach to the paranormal and the unknown.
David Bray, B.S., L.M.T., EP-C
David has multiple job titles and currently works as a licensed orthopedic massage therapist, exercise physiologist, cadaver lab assistant, and martial arts instructor.
David is a strong clairsentient medium and empath and is able to sense energies from people, places, and objects. His diverse empathic gift allows him to communicate with spirits and to observe past and present energies.
Despite his spiritual gift, David's strong background in the sciences causes him to be extremely skeptical to paranormal claims. He feels that hard evidence is necessary before referring to anything as paranormal. Therefore, it's his job as lead investigator to exhaust all possible options before making an official judgment call.
David is continuing his pursuit of knowledge and education to better understand the paranormal. He is currently a doctor of chiropractic candidate and master's student in clinical nutrition at the University of Bridgeport.
Chris O'Connor, M.A.
Co-Founder/Gifted Psychic Medium
Chris has been a gifted medium as long as he can remember. As a child, he was understandably confused on what was happening to him. Over time, he was able to overcome his fears and gained confidence in his abilities with his mother's knowledge and guidance of being a "medium." His gift became stronger throughout his adult years.
He has utilized his gift as a paranormal investigator for over 15 years now, assisting multiple paranormal groups with their investigations. Chris' ability to connect with earth bound spirits helps guide groups in the direction of paranormal activity.
In early 2017, Chris was able to assist a Florida family in the case of their missing son. He does not like to refer to himself as a medium or a psychic, but rather as someone who is spiritually gifted. However, Chris does not just rely on his spiritual gifts, but uses the help of technology to investigate and validate paranormal activity.
Chris also has the gift of automatic writing and drawing which happens when he enters a meditative state. During his meditation, he receives messages or visions from earth bound spirits and writes or draws them. Chris' recent growth with his psychic abilities is to identify both spirit guides and spirit animals. All of Chris' psychic abilities assist E.C.P.S. in finding the truth.
Eli Freund, M.A.
Eli joined E.C.P.S. in late 2019, having had many experiences in paranormal investigating. His first taste of the paranormal came 15 years ago during a trip with his family to Scotland. During his visit, he went on a public ghost tour, experienced some unexplained activity, and has been hooked ever since.
Using his background and training as a former journalist, Eli helps the team discover pertinent information that brings context to possible hauntings and helps move the team toward logical conclusions.
Eli holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Communications and enjoys using his skills to communicate with spirits during investigations.
Melissa Whited, A.S.
Investigator/Karuna Reiki® II Practitioner
Melissa started her journey with Reiki in September 2014 and worked her way up to Karuna Reiki® II in April 2017.
Karuna Reiki® is the highest rank that can be achieved without formally teaching the practice. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation and promotes healing. The word, “Karuna” is translated to mean "any action that is taken to diminish the suffering of others" and could also be translated as “compassionate action.”
Melissa has worked with E.C.P.S. in the past. She has been called by the team for her Reiki services to help with their clients, as well as to be a guest investigator on cases. She is known to assist the team in removing negative attachments from clients. What Melissa brings to E.C.P.S. is the consistent flow of Reiki for when it is needed. She can clear a room of negative energy by using Reiki symbols and can provide positive energy to team members that may need it. Most of all, Melissa brings her faith and her love for our Lord to the team.
Melissa is also on a personal health journey which includes utilizing CrossFit, a nutritionist, and physical therapy, which helps her in balancing the mind, body and soul.
Sara Bolton, M.A.
Sara is one of our newest investigators as of early 2022.
She comes to the group with several years of experience in paranormal investigating and research, previously investigating with a well established group in Upstate New York. Sara became interested in paranormal research after living in the Lake George area, when her love and passion for history began merging with some interesting personal paranormal experiences.
Sara holds a bachelor's degree in Education and American Studies as well as a master's degree in Information Studies and Library Science. Sara enjoys research, genealogy and discovering how the past and history can be influencing paranormal activity in the present.
Ursula Wiebusch, B.S., RRT (Ret. Detective)
Ursula joined E.C.P.S. as a photographer in April 2022.
Photography is a hobby she picked up in retirement. Having attended seances and experienced paranormal activity in the past, Ursula likes to keeps an open mind about the paranormal.
She believes any moment, any opportunity, can lead to a completely new way of thinking about the paranormal. Through photography, Ursula hopes to capture evidence to help the E.C.P.S. provide logical conclusions for clients. Research and education is what makes Ursula excited about joining E.C.P.S.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of New England and an associate’s degree in Respiratory Care from Goodwin University.