Growing up in Montana, I had my share of ghost stories, ghost towns, and the occasional paranormal experience;
 but even as a kid, I always wondered what the facts were behind the tales.    
Researching in the hallowed halls of documents (libraries, historical associations, and other record-keeping
 institutions) is an important part of paranormal research.  
It can explain phenomena, confirm stories (written and verbal) 
and even open previously unknown theories.
15 years in technical support  
25 years as a freelance writer