Written by: Frank Iacono
Kitsie Duncan was born in the Chicagoland area, and lived in several cities growing up. Kitsie now calls Bloomington, Indiana home where she lives with her husband Chris Jay. From a young age Kitsie always loved the spotlight and was always involved in choir and drama. She took a hiatus to raise her children, but now that they are grown she is perusing her lifelong dream of researching the unknown.
Surprisingly, Ms. Duncan lived most of her life terrified of the existence of the paranormal. After losing her father she wanted to know more about life after death. This hunger for knowledge led her to the world of ghost hunting and paranormal research. Quickly she found herself obsessed with proving that the spirit world isn’t as scary as many think it is.
For over twelve years, she and her crew at the Oddity Files have investigated some of the most infamous haunted locations in the world. From those investigations, the team came away with evidence that not only proves those locations are haunted but that the spirits occupying those places have a unique story to tell.
In this edition of The Creative Spotlight, we caught up with Kitsie Duncan where we talked about her paranormal influences, her research as a member of the Oddity Files investigative team and companion podcast, her first published book as well as her short and long-term future plans.
The Creative Spotlight: At what age did you first realize that you wanted to be a paranormal researcher and whom or what would you say inspired you?
Kitsie Duncan: Thanks to the movie Poltergeist, I honestly grew up terrified of the paranormal. However, it wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that I finally wanted to learn more about it. At the time, my dad passed away suddenly. There were no official goodbyes, not even a “see ya later!” So, I wanted to know if there was a possibility that he could still be watching out for me and my family. With that, I started watching some of the paranormal reality TV shows, and I quickly became obsessed with wanting to explore further.
In my new book entitled I’d Rather Talk to Dead People: My Journey as a Paranormal Researcher I delve deeper on this topic. If you would like to order a copy of the book it is now available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
TCS: For the benefit of those who are not familiar with Kistie Duncan or the show Oddity Files on Amazon Prime Video, please share with us how you first started out and created the show?
KD: After becoming obsessed with the paranormal, I quickly found myself participating in investigations with an Indiana Paranormal Team. Sadly, my time with that team didn’t last very long. However, it was a valuable time as it afforded me the opportunity to get my hands on all the exciting paranormal equipment. The whole experience highly intrigued me, so I invited some friends to join me on an investigation where I brought along one of those fancy infrared cameras (e.g., a camera that films in the dark). At that time, I started putting some of our adventures on YouTube. The response was great.
Eventually, we narrowed the team down to Clayton Abbott, my son Carter Jostes and myself. This newly aligned team captured some of the best evidence we had ever gotten before. With that, I submitted the Oddity Files show to Prime Video and here we are 3 seasons later.
TCS: Can you introduce us to the Oddity Files investigative team and describe for us each member’s responsibilities?
KD: The Oddity Files crew investigates notoriously haunted locations all over the world. The team is known for its unique investigative style. We retrieve evidence and tell the stories that the entities want us to tell.
Our team consists of the following:
- Clayton Abbott: Investigator and King of Drone Footage
- Kitsie Duncan: Lead Investigator, Editor, Booking Agent and Director
- Carter Jostes: Camera Man, Tech Guy and Investigator
TCS: In Season 1, Episode 1 of the show entitled “Culbertson Mansion,” you and the team investigated the Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site, once the home of William Culbertson, who was once the richest man in Indiana. Can you please share some insight about the investigation as well as how you and your team utilized a device called the Odd Box during your research?
KD: Our investigation of the historic Culbertson Mansion, marked the first time that it was just the three of us conducting research. Equally, we were one of the first teams to actually do an overnight investigation which afforded us the opportunity to try out a bunch of new things including the use of the Odd Box. The Odd Box is an amplifier hooked up to a spirit box, with some reverb and other ways to adjust the sound to provide better overall quality. The Box also contains a copper wire with some crystals attached to it and a big ole rechargeable battery. To this day, it has become the best piece of equipment I own. Since that first investigation, these devices have made it possible for us to have a real-time conversation with many of the spirits that we encounter.
TCS: In Season 2, Episode 2 entitled “Outlaws and Lawmen Jail Museum” you and the team traveled to in Cripple Creek, Colorado to experience a taste of the shadier side of life in the World’s Greatest Gold Camp. Can you please share some insight about your investigation in the original Teller County Jail and the lives of the lawmen who were charged with keeping the peace?
KD: This Colorado-based location was odd. Not only were most of the crew suffering with altitude sickness, after landing and traveling straight up to Pikes Peak, but we think we may have also seen a phantom hitchhiker on our drive too.
The evidence from this investigation was truly all over the board, it really left us scratching our heads. In one part of the building, we spoke to a little girl via a flashlight session, and in the room next to it there was an entity that was breathing down one of our guest investigator’s neck.
In the basement, there’s a strong possibility that two of our investigators were attacked by an entity that refused to interact. Additionally, I personally felt like I was being choked in a jail cell. Needless to say, I’m not in any rush to get back there.
TCS: In Season 3, Episode 1 entitled “Octagon Hall,” you and the team investigated Octagon Hall, widely regarded as one of most haunted places in the South with ties to the Civil War and Slavery. Can you please share some insight about the investigation as well as how you and your team utilized specific technologies and/or devices to unearth evidence about the historic location?
KD: This was my second trip to Octagon Hall and the evidence never seems to disappoint. However, the energy had changed for sure in one of the rooms on the third floor since my last visit. When I was there the first time, I was very uneasy in the hallway between the two bedrooms that went out to the terrace. Nonetheless, I never got any evidence that told me why. But this time, it was answered for me, and the whole third floor just felt lighter and less heavy.
Apparently in the years since I had been there the resident team of Octagon Hall had unearthed a wedding ring of one of the slaves that had been there. The team has now dedicated and placed that ring in the same hallway that used to scare me, and in my heart of hearts, I think it’s the reason for the change in the vibration of that hallway.
Additionally, this was the first of many locations where the team and I got to use my SLS camera (e.g., thanks babe for the birthday present) and with it, we think we captured a little girl playing hide and go seek with us.
TCS: Can you share some highlights and memorable guests that you’ve featured on your Paranormal Podcast also called the Oddity Files?
KD: Through my day job, I have so many amazing friends and some of them have some pretty recognizable names. I’m so grateful to have had my friends like, Bruce Campbell, Norman Reedus, Robert Englund and WWE Superstar Paige on some of our earlier podcasts. NOT bragging at all, but it was super cool to hear their personal paranormal stories and to be able to share them with all of our great listeners.
TCS: Who or what inspired you to write your first book entitled I’d Rather Talk to Dead People: My Journey as a Paranormal Researcher?
KD: My dear friend Dave Schrader asked me if I’d ever thought about writing a book, and I was like, well there’s a pandemic going on and I’m out of work, so why not. In all seriousness, I thank my lucky stars for Dave introducing me to the amazing people at Beyond The Fray Publishing. I feel like this was something I needed to do to get me to the next step in life.
TCS: Describe for us the strangest case you and/or your team have worked on to date? And, have you ever experienced anything truly terrifying? If, yes, please explain.
KD: Here’s the thing, my lot in life right now is to prove that ghosts aren’t scary. I’m of the firm belief that they are just trying to communicate with the living. And, sadly the living is afraid of what they don’t understand.
The Oddity Files Crew and I have now gone our separate ways. Don’t worry, there are no bad break up stories, it was just time. And, in writing my book I’d Rather Talk to Dead People: My Journey as a Paranormal Researcher, I realized that I CAN communicate with the dead, and that investigating had gotten me over my own fears of the unknown.
Now it’s time for me to give back, the most prominent things I learned about paranormal investigating I learned from the spirits themselves. SO, I now want to be the bridge between the living and the dead and help them to communicate. And show the living that the things that may be scaring them are just the spirits trying to get their attention.
Now, with my friends KJ and Tiffany Rice, we’ve started Paranormal X Road and we’re hoping to change the public’s view on the paranormal. We are a team of 3 fearless women, who will bring light and positivity into the hearts of those living fearful of the paranormal.Empathy for the living and the dead is what helps acquire the real evidence and solve the mysteries of the paranormal.
TCS: Do you use psychic mediums during a paranormal investigation?
KD: Yes, I absolutely do. I highly recommend renowned Spirit Medium Tiffany Rice. She is the best spirit medium in the business.
TCS: In your profession, I’m sure you are constantly approached by unbelievers so how do you handle the naysayers?
KD: Actually, I am not really approached by unbelievers or naysayers. If I am, I just agree to disagree. More often than not, when I bring up the paranormal to someone outside the field, they generally have their own story of an experience they can’t wait to tell me.
TCS: What does the short and long-term future look like for Kistie Duncan?
KD: In both the short and long-term, I plan to continue being an active paranormal researcher. My mission is to help people who are living with a haunting or are in pain from the loss of a loved. I want to be able to give the living answers and the give the spirits a voice.
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About Frank Iacono
Since 2012, Frank Iacono has served as the President and CEO of The Creative Spotlight, the ultimate destination for unearthing a wealth of undiscovered musical talent, reading exciting interviews, releasing new music and sharing exclusive videos.
Every good story needs a good storyteller. And, The Creative Spotlight has truly provided a quality forum for revealing those great stories. Through the years, the online publication has featured national and local musicians such as Ash Costello from New Years Day, Williams Honor, Stacey David Blades, Screaming For Silence, Ages Apart, Roxy Petrucci, Peter Beckett, We The Kings, Everything Falls, Rod Black, Derek Crider, Daniel Mason Band, The Rockin’ Krolik, Michelle Leigh, Jessie G., Karen Mansfield and Hillbilly Vegas.
Additionally, The Creative Spotlight has also focused on historic Pennsylvania-based paranormal venues such as the Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennhurst State School and Hospital, Paranormal investigator Kitsie Duncan, Spirit Medium Tiffany Rice, the Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride, well-known actors and actresses, published authors, professional artists, local businesses, consultants, trainers, speakers and more…
Frank earned a BA degree in English/Communications and Marketing from Cabrini College, and he also received a Webmaster Certification from Penn State Great Valley.