Steve Edwards knew what he wanted in September of 2009 when he formed NCP (North Central Paranormal) with his wife Sheree and Lisa Hudson. In a time when the paranormal was the “in” thing, and “ghost” TV was the current hot rage, groups were being formed almost daily across the state of Indiana; and, almost daily being disbanded. NCP’s goal had the honest intention shared by many ghost entrepreneurs of the day—to find good evidence that supports a case for or against actual paranormal activity. It still does!
For NCP it was all about empowerment for the client with suspected paranormal activity. It was the drive to provide a service; to relieve common factors that engulfed those involved in dealings with the unknown—fear, doubt, and uncertainty. It still is!
It was an opportunity to serve, yet be served. To possibly answer for yourself those nagging questions that has circled in the back of your mind since childhood. Those do not easily go away!
The era was ripe for exploration, and Indiana had its fair share of “haunted” locations. And there appeared enough to go around, satisfying the hunger of the numerously developing paranormal teams. NCP came into its own and has steadily throughout the intervening years built a reputation for their expertise in documenting anything paranormal.
And they don’t hesitate to let you know when it isn’t.
Steve Edwards, general manager and lead investigator for NCP, has wrestled with the paranormal since childhood when he recognized he had the ability to sense spiritual activity. A science major, with a B.S. in education, has the tendency to direct one into an analytical approach to problem solving, which Steve embraces. Coupled with former employment as a network engineer and a project manager, with continuing stints as author and guest speaker, Steve brings a wealth of experience to the table. Steve is also an accomplished water-color artist to satisfy his creative outlet. And, as many on his team will attest, paranormal “entities” seem to be drawn to him. Steve is never one to mince words and wears that fact proudly!
Sheree Edwards, wife and paranormal partner of Steve, is the group’s empathic, who for years blocked her abilities, even while experiencing paranormal activity in the early years of their marriage. A past encounter with Steve where they went to “war” in their own home to rid it of poltergeist activity seems to have flipped a switch. When questioned she admitted her abilities were still under development, but she was now more comfortable and accepting of her “impressions” whenever the NCP team enters a reputed haunted location. As with many sensitive’s she has physical reactions (nausea, headaches) in situations dealing with past traumatic occurrences: one such was a private residence in Fishers, Indiana where she had to physically leave. NCP has come to rely and trust her instincts while conducting investigations.
Matt Campbell is 2nd lead investigator and tech manager, and interested since a young age of ghost stories and things that go bump in the night. He experienced his first bout of the paranormal while attending Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and later in an internship program in a cadaver lab. Graduating with a B.S. in biology he brings a formative approach to conducting investigations with NCP. He joined the team in March of 2010, and is the chief responder in collecting, analyzing, and validating EVPs. He is also quite diligent in debunking claims and making a stand for his beliefs.
Jim Goodpastor, the team’s video guru and veteran of several teams, had his first real paranormal encounter at the age of twenty when he witnessed a full body apparition (rare even for seasoned paranormal investigators) coupled with conversation. This resulted in continuing experiences while residing in California. Jim holds a degree in aeronautics, mechanical, and electrical engineering. He was introduced to Steve at the Roads Hotel in Atlanta, Indiana, and quickly discovered they had similar approaches to dealing with things of a paranormal nature. Jim, due to his background, has a trouble-shooting mindset, which he readily applies to NCP investigations.
Julie Myers lends her photography talents to her role as investigator. Her Native American bloodline only seemed to add to paranormal childhood encounters. An entrenched resident of northern Indiana, she actually at one point resided at the Roads Hotel. A 2010 meeting with Steve led to her finally joining NCP in 2011, where she has increased her skills as an investigator.
Ashley Toledo has always been interested in the paranormal since a young age. That seems to be a common theme with investigators. Once again, the Roads Hotel played a role in her hooking up with Steve during a public investigation in 2010. She was also the recipient of her first paranormal experience that very night. Consequently, she was invited to return several times as a guest investigator with NCP, finally culminating in her induction into the group as an “investigator in training.” Ashley has fleshed out her “sensitive” nature and talents as an investigator, building upon her experiences to be become a valuable member of the team.
Eventually Lisa Hudson left the team to pursue other interests, yet NCP didn’t miss a beat, plowing onward to satisfy their personal interests in exploring the paying venues (affectionately referred to as “Paranormal Disneyworld’s”) and at the same time compiling an impressive list of home and business investigations. The group drew tighter and more cohesive as they developed a format that worked. Everything fell into place, resulting today in a tight knit group of individuals that are not afraid to have a good time with one another, but at the same time recognize when it is time to put on their game face and go to work! Their resume speaks for itself.
On Saturday, September 29, 2012, NCP made tracks south to Spencer, Indiana for an investigation of the vacant Owen County Home and Asylum. The home is well known in the paranormal circles of Indiana, and the window for investigations of the historic facility was rapidly drawing to a close. NCP was aware of this fact. Little did they know that on that cool fall night they would be the last investigative group allowed within the walls of a facility with a checkered past!
Next: Strange rumblings at the Owen County Home.