Yonkers Ghost Investigators Team Roster
The Yonkers Ghost Investigators consists of 15 team members. Most team members are placed on active duty and are used for investigations whenever available or appropriate. Those on reserve status can still be used for investigations, as their status does not go against them. Members on reserve status are on reserve for specific reasons. As far as increasing the amount of members on the team, it is not a thing we generally care to do. We usually do not recruit new members just because they looked at our website, live in Yonkers, and want to go searching for ghosts. We prefer it if new recruits are already known to at least one team member prior to admitting them to the team. It greatly has to do with trust. We apologize, but if we do not know you, then your request to join will probably be denied. We already have enough team members. We are not looking to grow in numbers, as we feel it is best to focus with a small group. Of course, we appreciate the interest in our team and hope you will continue to show your support. Thank you. We greatly encourage you to start your own paranormal teams. We'd be more than happy to assist you with your journey in doing so. It's not a competition for us. That being said, our current entire team is listed below, along with their duties.
YGI Team Investigators
Team Photo Gallery
During most investigations it is customary to take photos of team members to show them at work. Sometimes we will also pose at a location before, after, or during an investigation. Below are team photos taken either during investigations or while team members were gathered together for other occasions. Both active and reserve members are present in the photo galleries. Photos with former team members are eventually removed to keep the galleries fresh and up to date. The photos have been separated by category in order to make it easier for posting new photos or finding specific photos at specific locations. The following categories Abandoned Psychiatric Hospitals & Prisons, Cemeteries & Parks, Haunted Hotels & Restaurants, Haunted Museums & Landmarks, Haunted Roads & Streets, Other Abandoned Locations, Residential Hauntings & Hanging Out At Home, and Team Research are listed alphabetically.
Abandoned Hospitals, Prisons, & Other Institutions
Probably one of the most exciting types of places to explore is an abandoned psychiatric hospital, especially when it has underground tunnels. However, not all team members are suitable for this kind of location as there are many hazards involved. Safety is always paramount at these locations. New York has many abandoned hospitals to choose from, although we do have a fondness for Kings Park. In these photos we are mostly at the Kings Park Psychiatric Center or at Letchworth Village. We still haven't investigated any prisons as a team, yet.
Cemeteries & Parks
Cemeteries are very much like parks in that they are fields of grass with trees and rocks. They smell great when the grass is cut and both are peaceful and usually empty at night because they close at dusk. We've investigated numerous cemeteries and allegedly haunted parks during our time as a team. We've collected some pretty good EVPs and spirit photography in the process. It has also become customary to search for the oldest grave we can find. Sometimes a walk through the cemetery can be like a lesson in history. The same can be said for some parks. Our favorite park is Untermyer Park because it has such a fascinating past and it is filled with so much beauty. We like all cemeteries. The older the better.
Haunted Hotels & Restaurants
One hotel we seem to keep going back to is the Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, NY, mainly because we never leave there without some type of evidence. The owner, Sal, has also become like family, so it always seems like we are visiting our kind uncle. We've also investigated Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Massachusetts more than once and a couple of hotels in New Orleans and Gettysburg. We've even been to a few restaurants and bars that claim to be haunted. Only one was abandoned, but it was torn down in 2014.
Haunted Museums & Landmarks
Some of our investigations are done at museums, which are open to the public making it hard to get a moment of peace long enough to do a proper EVP session. So far we've done investigations at several museums, regardless of the other visitors. It hasn't been easy because there is usually too much interference. Still, we got lucky being virtually alone at Philipse Manor Hall and at the Sherwood House Museum, both in Yonkers. We've also been to a few National Landmarks that are said to be haunted, such as the old Spanish forts in Puerto Rico.
Haunted Roads & Streets
There are several roads, streets, and highways that are rumored to be haunted. Two that essentially run parallel to each other are Sweet Hollow Road and Mt. Misery Road on Long Island, which are pictured below. Many stories and urban legends about these roads have spread throughout the years. Here we are trying to find proof of anything paranormal with little luck. We won't give up hope, though. Other roads we've checked out were Buckingham Road, Lee Avenue, Buckout Road, an old railroad tunnel in Puerto Rico, and the entire French Quarter in New Orleans just to name a few.
Other Abandoned Locations
Here we are investigating other locations that are abandoned, such as a plant research lab in Yonkers and an abandoned house in Puerto Rico.
Occasional we have the privilege of doing an investigation at a residence. Unfortunately, It doesn't happen as often as we would like. We mostly investigate our own residences! So, come on, folks... if your house is haunted, then invite us over. We'd greatly appreciate the opportunity to not have to sneak around where we don't belong. It's nice to have permission once in a while.
Below are photos from when we were doing research on the Kings Park Psychiatric Center or any other location. Although, the research was mainly for an upcoming book on the center it was also essential for our understanding of the location's history. It allowed us to determine what locations could possibly be haunted based on what each building was used for during the time the hospital was in operation. After that are photos of the demolitions, followed by a night on Sweet Hollow Road with the Suffolk County Police. The Gettysburg investigations follow, which were spent with my brother, Chino. Last are photos from New Orleans with my friend, Ray.
NOTE: A special thanks to Kings Park historian, King Pedlar, for taking some of the photos above of Jason & Jo-Ann doing research for the KPPC books. I'd also like to thank the police officers of Suffolk County PD for their input & cooperation during an investigation along Sweet Hollow Road.