Ghost Hunters International is a spin-off series of Ghost Hunters that premiered in 2008. The show follows the same format as Ghost Hunters, as the international team attempts to disprove and collect evidence of hauntings from all over the globe. Since the show's start, the team has featured an unstable group of investigators (some of which only appeared on the show for a part of a season), so the information on this page reflects the team featured in the January 2011 episodes. The team is headed by Barry FiztGerald and former TAPS member Kris Williams.
Barry FitzGerald, a veteran ghost-hunter with 17 years of experience in paranormal investigating, is memorable to Ghost Hunters fans for his work on TAPS' investigations in Europe, during the show's third season. Now, as a member of the new GHI team, Barry supplies his expertise in both ghost-hunting as well as his knowledge of the historical locations of each new investigation.
Haunted by supernatural events he experienced as a child growing up in Ireland, Barry developed an interest in paranormal research and went on to work for two different paranormal groups based in Northern Ireland. He now dedicates much of his time to the development of new investigative techniques and research methods.
A lifetime resident of Ireland, Barry previously worked as the warden for the Southern Education and Library Board, where he arranged weekends away for youths and worked on conflict issues and cross-border projects, allowing communities from either side of the cultural divide in Northern Ireland to work together and develop friendships. He is also an avid writer and cook.
Kris Williams was born in Massachusetts and raised in New Hampshire as the oldest of three children. Her close-knit family was always open to the possibility of the paranormal - specifically ghost hauntings.
"My mom grew up in a house that was very active [with paranormals] and my father's side has had several experiences over the years," said Kris.
And although Kris was raised as a believer she still considers herself to be a big skeptic. She is known to not believe things unless she sees, hears or feels them for herself and is given the opportunity to personally debunk them.
These same strong opinions, keen analytical skills and her friendships with Jason and Grant are what brought her to TAPS. TAPS offered the opportunity to: have explanations for the things she'd experienced, indulge in her love of history and utilize her background in genealogy, which started off as a fourth grade school project and then turned into a life long obsession.
"Jason and Grant felt my experience with researching the dead through genealogy would carry over well in the field of the paranormal. They also felt they needed a no nonsense, rational female, who didn't scare easily and could also stand her ground in a group made up of mainly males," said Kris.
Before joining TAPS, as their historical researcher and investigator, Kris worked as a flooring installer and carpenter for three years. She's also worked in electronics.
Paul Bradford, born and raised in Britain, Paul’s interests in the Paranormal unlike many didn’t come from any personal experiences but in fact from his love of Science Fiction, such shows as Dr Who, Stargate and the X Files have lead to some of Paul’s own Ghostly Inventions, inventions that he has spent the past 3 years bringing to the paranormal community. Paul passion for the paranormal has lead him to develop and create a number of different tools used now by paranormal groups all over the world. Paul says “my aim is to bring affordable equipment to the paranormal community”.
Paul also runs his own team out of Arizona, Sonoran Paranormal Investigations, Inc. as well as runs his own research and development site dedicated to the tech side of the Ghost Hunting. When not hunting ghosts, Paul spends as much time as possible with his family and has a keen interest in Art, Photography and Engineering.
Scott Tepperman, a native of Queens NY, first became involved with the paranormal after visiting the original Amityville Horror house in Long Island. Intrigued with the case at a very young age, he immersed himself in all aspects of the events that supposedly transpired.
After nearly 4 years of being lead investigator for a local “ghost group”, he formed ALPHA (the Association for Locating Paranormal & Haunted Activity) with another member of his previous team. Shortly after, he started touring local bookstores, college campuses, and conventions, creating the popular "Paranormal 411 Lecture Series" - a three-part interactive seminar geared towards all ages interested in the basics of paranormal studies and investigations. He is constantly developing more advanced programs as the demand of the field requires.
In 2010, his dream was fully realized when he was cast as the newest investigator of SyFy’s powerhouse, “Ghost Hunters International”. He has since been traveling abroad investigating with the rest of the GHI team and will have his first episodes with the show premiere in the summer of 2010.
A certified professional chef by trade, his professionalism and dedication to the preservation of legitimate paranormal research contributes heavily to tightly controlled and executed investigations.
Aside from ghost hunting, Scott is an avid fan of karaoke, bowling, and the underground rap group Insane Clown Posse.
Susan Slaughter was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She went to school for Fashion and Costume design and made fashion my creative outlet in life. But, ever since she can remember, she has had her own supernatural experiences. Growing up with a very spiritually inclined family, she has always had an open vision to spirits and energies. Being a paranormal investigator has become her spiritual quest to search for the truth behind why spirits are trapped between walls and realms that coincide with everyday life.
Learning how people are affected by these spirits and how we affect them has always been at the forefront of Susan's curiosity. Aside from having profound love and curiosity for all things paranormal, her favorite pastimes consist of keeping up on good horror films and going to concerts and shows. She spends most of her free time enjoying nature; hiking, camping, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, boating, and traveling to new exotic places are among her favorite things to do.
Joe Chin, a self-described "happy go lucky guy," grew up in a close-knit family of 11 and worked primarily with the family's businesses. His interests in paranormals date back to his teenage years. Growing up, Joe remembers that the third floor of his tenement house was always lively with instances of unexplained paranormal activity.
And although he experienced the supernatural as a youngster, he had no idea that people looked for the paranormal until he met Jason Hawes. Months after meeting Jason, he was asked to join TAPS and several cases later he is still a part of the thriving team.
"Joining Ghost Hunters International has given me the opportunity to travel the world and push my passion for the paranormal to new levels," said Joe.
Since joining TAPS, Joe has cultivated what he refers to as a "skeptical curious side," that spurs him to want to get to the bottom of things. He also relates this innate curiosity to being a computer technician, a trade he delves into in his spare time. When working with computers he always has to figure out what the problem is and how to resolve it as quickly as possible - similar to the work that he and the TAPS team do.
When he isn't investigating cases, Joe enjoys computer gaming, movies, outdoor activities, learning about crypto zoology and spending time with his family.