Real Ghostbusters: The Most Influential Female Paranormal Investigators

The Real Lady Ghostbusters: Meet the Most Influential Female Paranormal Investigators in the Field Today

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The all-female Ghostbusters movie is already set to become part of the collective pop-culture psyche, but here in the real world, there are many women who have been busy inspiring, pushing, and changing the way we see real-life paranormal investigators. These ladies put the fictional phantom hunters to shame by asking the right questions, kicking ass, and always seeking the truth, no matter where it might hide.

Meet the real-life female ghostbusters that are changing the way we approach the paranormal.

Amy Bruni

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I decided to start my list off with Amy Bruni for many reasons, but most importantly, because Amy has been busy literally doing it all. Not only is she a mom, a business owner, a television star, and an executive producer, but she also makes it all look absolutely effortless in the process.

From 2008 to 2014 Amy co-hosted Ghost Hunters, the longest-running and highest-rated paranormal series on television, before going on to create Strange Escapes, one of the most successful boutique travel companies in the world, which, of course, takes guests on luxurious adventures to the world’s most haunted places.

During her brief hiatus from television, Amy has managed to dominate the paranormal travel industry, but now she’s heading back to the airwaves by starring in and executive producing her own series alongside Adam Berry. Juggling all of these roles is no small feat, so its not surprising that Amy has been inspiring women to carve a place for themselves into every aspect of the paranormal, from investigation, to business, to adventure.

Amy Allan

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The Dead Files resident physical medium Amy Allan is, in my opinion, one of the most compelling psychics of our generation. In a virtual sea of “love and lighters”, Amy isn’t afraid to lead us into her often dark world to show us that not all of our nightmares are make-believe.

After years of scrutinization from parapsychologists like Dr. William Roll, Dr. Gary Schwartz, and William Everett, Amy has proven herself time and time again to be the real deal. For five years she’s lent her unique talents to people in the grips of paranormal trauma, and though her advice isn’t always what the client wants to hear, it’s real and to the point.

Not only has Allan has changed the way that psychics are included in paranormal research, but she’s made an effort to correct the rose-colored conclusions that “experts” often offer to clients with regards to the complexities of their cases.

Ranae Holland

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Ok, so she’s not technically a ghostbuster, but Ranae Holland has been playing the Dana Scully to Finding Bigfoot’s many Mulders for nearly a hundred episodes, and though she’s traveled the world in search of the Big Hairy Guy for years, she’s still no closer to believing he’s real… and that’s what I love about her.

A skeptic at heart, Ranae is a field biologist by trade and has never been afraid to use that training to debunk potential Bigfoot evidence, which isn’t exactly an easy job when your co-hosts are Cliff, Matt, and Bobo. Since the beginning, Ranea has held the trio to a scientific standard, and because of that, she’s helped raise the quality of the evidence they discover.

Ranae has inspired skeptics and believers alike to get off their butts and get out into the woods, and to always be prepared to challenge the evidence.

Katrina Weidman

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There’s a lot to be said about the way one approaches an investigation, and ever since she first appeared on Paranormal State, Katrina Weidman has been bringing with her a depth and scope to ghost hunting that is often overlooked on reality television shows.

Host of not one, but three successful paranormal series, Katrina is the real deal, and her style of investigating the unexplained reminds us to consider that the very core of what we’re doing is dealing with people, both living and dead. When the common attitude in the paranormal community is to be tough and aggressive, Katrina reminds us not to forget that being thoughtful and compassionate is often the only real way to discover the truth.

Currently co-hosting Destination America’s Paranormal Lockdown with seasoned investigator Nick Groff, Katrina has spent the past year in the country’s most haunted locations, capturing some of the most compelling evidence ever seen on television, and if you haven’t been watching, you’re seriously missing out.

Erin Ryder

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There isn’t a subterranean cave, dangerous desert, or cryptid-infested mountain in the world that scares Erin Ryder, and that’s because she’s a bonafide badass monster hunter with the guns to back it up. Seriously, look at those arms.

Erin made her mark by investigating some of the world’s most terrifying legends along side her co-adventurer Josh Gates on SyFy’s Destination Truth. Her specific style of investigation usually involves bombing around remote parts of the world like the real life Lara Croft, often digging up the truth behind timeless mysteries of the unexplained. She’s proven time and time again that there’s literally nowhere she won’t go to find the answers.

Since her TV debut in 2011, Erin has been inspiring us all to go on an adventure, get dirty, and to never let fear get the better of us. Erin is currently being a total badass on Myth Explorer, an online series promoting the new King Kong attraction at Universal Studios.  

Lorraine Warren

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No list of female investigators would be complete without the inclusion of Lorraine Warren. Not only is Lorraine arguably the most prolific female paranormal investigator of all time, she’s connected to some some of the most iconic cases of paranormal activity in the world. From Amityville to Enfield, Lorraine paved the way for all believers, and even at the age of 89, she continues to inspire many to investigate the paranormal to this very day.

Today she’s been fictionalized by Vera Farmiga in The Conjuring franchise, which has been busy adapting all of Ed and Lorraine’s most famous cases. Regardless of whether or not you’re a fan (or believer) of Lorraine’s, it’s impossible to deny that she’s directly effected everyone who seeks the strange in some way, shape, or form.


Ghostbusters might be a fictional franchise, but in real life there’s a much more compelling group of female supernatural sleuths who have not only been paving the way for those passionate about the paranormal, but inspiring women all over the world to get out there to search for the answers to the world’s most enduring mysteries.

Did we miss a kick ass female paranormal investigator? Let us know! Tweet us @WeirdHQ, message us on Facebook, or start a conversation in the comments below!


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67 Comments

  1. Jennie Lallier-Rickard

    06/18/2016 at 1:42 PM

    Missing Dana in that list! 🙂

  2. Geoffrey Johanntges

    06/18/2016 at 1:52 PM

    Cool!!

  3. Jeanette Thanupakorn

    06/18/2016 at 1:57 PM

    Love this!!! Shout out to Amy Bruni!!!

  4. Shannon Sweeter

    06/18/2016 at 1:58 PM

    Great Read! Loved It!

  5. Val Valdovinos

    06/18/2016 at 7:28 AM

    Lorraine should have been in the #1 spot truly she is the real deal and has been doing this way longer. To top it off Lorraine has several movies.

  6. Andrea Horton

    06/18/2016 at 2:38 PM

    Girls can do anything boys can do… Only we do it better!!!!

  7. Kathy Kirkeby

    06/18/2016 at 3:00 PM

    Love this!

  8. Ramona Carlson

    06/18/2016 at 3:55 PM

    Awesome ladies

  9. Gabrein M. Juarez

    06/18/2016 at 3:58 PM

    Lorraine Warren and Amy Allan ❤️

  10. Debbie Baker Garcia

    06/18/2016 at 4:06 PM

    Awesome as always!!

  11. Aldona

    06/18/2016 at 9:15 AM

    Fantastic article, Dana!

  12. Mark Frazer

    06/18/2016 at 4:19 PM

    amy allan all the way!

  13. Teresa Garrett

    06/18/2016 at 4:45 PM

    Love it! Some of my favorite female ghost hunters!! ❤️

  14. Cindi Lindstrom

    06/18/2016 at 5:22 PM

    Amy and Katrina Weidman yay!!!! This will be awesome!!!!❤️❤️

  15. Stephanie Leeann

    06/18/2016 at 6:22 PM

    Her and Adam are filming their new show. They also run Strange Escapes.

  16. Cait Steger

    06/18/2016 at 9:37 PM

    Love Amy ❤️

  17. Nancy-Ann Vardiman Hall

    06/18/2016 at 10:25 PM

    Love all these ladies and the great grandmother badass of all ghost hunters Lorraine Warren!

  18. Cheryl Norman

    06/19/2016 at 12:02 AM

    come on girls, show them how it’s done.

  19. John Dockum

    06/18/2016 at 10:33 PM

    Honorable mention to Donna the TAPS case manager for the first few seasons. She was sort of first to not only be in a hit paranormal show, but also to endure what seems to be an extraordinary amount of objectifying sexist comments aimed at every woman in this field. Cheers to those who endure and prove them wrong.

  20. Tammy Ineich founder of SCPI

    06/19/2016 at 5:41 AM

    There are many women in the paranormal that do a lot in research and investigations just not the ones on TV.

  21. Brenda Kelsch

    06/19/2016 at 6:15 PM

    Awesome ladies .. All of them !!

  22. Sara

    06/19/2016 at 3:13 PM

    I think Jael De Pardo should have on the list as well

    • BillAng

      06/21/2016 at 9:54 AM

      Funniest comment here

  23. WMcCreery

    06/20/2016 at 8:11 AM

    Lorraine Warren and late husband were con artists and nothing more

    • Mandy Smith

      06/24/2016 at 10:33 AM

      well said WM…as far as the movies Val above mentioned, movies based on Bull, and at least two of them(the ones that incurred in the UK) the Warrens had virtually NOTHING to do with, and their whole involvement was based on lies and exaggeration.

  24. Juan Martinez

    06/21/2016 at 7:16 AM

    all these females are good paranormal investigators, but i feel Rosemary Ellen Guiley should’ve made the list. She is the real deal with over 60 books published and is a regular on the coast to coast am radio show, natural born psychic.

    • BillAng

      06/21/2016 at 9:53 AM

      Totally disagree with this assessment. Writing a whole bunch of copy/paste books full of other people’s discoveries and doing virtually no field work doesn’t make you influential it just makes you a curator. While there’s one or two on this list that I could do without I think its hard to argue that these women have been an actual influence on other investigators more than others.

  25. Jim

    06/21/2016 at 5:16 PM

    Amy Bruni pushed the famous “Flashlight Test” which has been thoroughly debunked and explained in paranormal investigation yet she still refuses to admit it.

    Lorraine Warren simply walks into a room and if she gets a certain feeling that a place is haunted, it is! Anyone can do that!

    I agree with you about Ranae and Ryder though. They try and bring a little science to the table when they investigate

  26. Dawn Stancer

    06/22/2016 at 8:25 AM

    We have heaps in perth western australia

  27. Masaya Quinones

    06/24/2016 at 4:33 PM

    Congrats

  28. Beverly McIlvane

    06/24/2016 at 4:36 PM

    <3!

  29. Tony Smallwood

    06/24/2016 at 4:37 PM

    And you should be,congrats.And a very hot group you are.

  30. Jason Lowery

    06/24/2016 at 4:42 PM

    Congratulations!

  31. Mike Mata

    06/24/2016 at 4:55 PM

    CONGRADULATIONS on a Season 2 of “Paranormal Lockdown”!!! Yea!!

  32. Joe O'Connell

    06/24/2016 at 5:23 PM

    Katrina Amy and and erin are my faves. Lorraine started it all haha

  33. Christopher Harrison

    06/24/2016 at 6:26 PM

    That’s a pretty amazing list of people. The paranormal world is lucky to have all of you.

  34. Jim Riner

    06/24/2016 at 6:27 PM

    cool beans! 🙂

  35. Anthony Tolman

    06/24/2016 at 6:59 PM

    We need Elizabeth Saint on that list!

  36. Travis Humphries

    06/24/2016 at 7:04 PM

    You deserve the Recognition and the MOST BEAUTIFUL in the LOT

  37. Dave Fromong

    06/24/2016 at 7:12 PM

    I agree with this list but there is a few you miss out on!

  38. Shawn Tanae Davisson

    06/24/2016 at 7:13 PM

    Ok, I’m in love with this list <3

  39. Randy Platt

    06/24/2016 at 7:16 PM

    Congratulations Katrina! You rock!!

  40. Renée Verspohl

    06/24/2016 at 7:19 PM

    Well this doesn’t surprise me one bit 😉 :-*

  41. Lisa A Hillbilly

    06/24/2016 at 7:26 PM

    You are fearless and brave. You put science to faith which I love. Remind me of the great Lorraine Lorraine Warren xoxoxo

  42. Ron Kreckman

    06/24/2016 at 7:31 PM

    CONGRATS … Katrina Weidman been a fan since Paranormal State. Can’t wait for season 2 of Paranormal Lockdown.

  43. Weece Takacs

    06/24/2016 at 7:46 PM

    Oh COOL, Katrina!!! Way to go babe! You definitely have earned your right to be at the top of this list!

  44. Jack Parker

    06/24/2016 at 7:57 PM

    Congrats Katrina, I think it’s cool your in The same group as my friend Ranae Holland.

  45. JP Godwin

    06/24/2016 at 8:27 PM

    I love you all

  46. Christopher Joseph Armata

    06/24/2016 at 8:30 PM

    Congrats

  47. Scott Dean

    06/24/2016 at 8:33 PM

    Katrina Weidman you are by far the best! Keep up the good work!!

  48. Suzan Adair-Rosas

    06/24/2016 at 8:36 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  49. Jessica Mae Munson

    06/24/2016 at 8:45 PM

    Congrats!
    Who the hell reacted with anger to this post? Ignore that jackass, you deserve this…

  50. Mary-Beth Bouchard

    06/24/2016 at 8:51 PM

    Love this congratulations

  51. Cindy Larsen

    06/24/2016 at 11:28 PM

    Cool!

  52. Christina Anthes-Sawin

    06/25/2016 at 12:11 AM

    Your awesome Katrina can’t wait for your show to come back on. Have Blessed Evening

  53. Jeffrey Rixon

    06/25/2016 at 1:33 AM

    Looking good ladies

  54. Ricardo Flores Königsmann

    06/25/2016 at 2:13 AM

    Katrina pretty girl 😉

  55. Nathan Rodriguez

    06/25/2016 at 2:33 AM

    Whatever happened to Kris Williams?

  56. TD Welch

    06/25/2016 at 11:11 AM

    I’d say it’s a pretty good list , don’t agree with all of them. Katrina’s the best. And Erin Ryder I miss seeing her, that girl is crazy brave. I use to think Amy Bruni was good when she was teamed with Kris Williams, but then they paired her with that other girl “Adam” and basically they turned into the gossip girls. Spend more time talking nonsense than they did ghost hunting. They are many other female ghost hunters out there as well. Cause the one thing I’ve found out on all the paranormal investigations I’ve been on is the spirits don’t care about your gender or your skin color.

  57. Martha Varela Rosen

    06/25/2016 at 12:16 PM

    Love you Katrina Weidman!!!

  58. Randy Damren

    06/26/2016 at 12:55 AM

    I am so much in love with you Katrina ♡♡♡

  59. Lorraine Fiocco

    06/26/2016 at 4:46 PM

    I think you and Amy Alan are the two bravest woman I know I would love to hang out with you guys most woman don’t have a clue

  60. Jeff Miller

    06/26/2016 at 5:29 PM

    You are the best Katrina !!

  61. Cristian Zuluaga

    07/15/2016 at 10:23 PM

    woow ranae holland? nice

  62. Nancy LeGrand Battiste

    07/16/2016 at 1:10 AM

    well, bigfoot does act like a ghost LOL

  63. Kathleen Cote-Ethier

    07/16/2016 at 1:22 AM

    I Love it!!!!

  64. Timothy Allen

    07/19/2016 at 12:42 AM

    Wait, somebody went and saw the new ghostbusters movie? No way.

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