Interview with V. Duwane Ledbetter

Today I’m welcoming paranormal investigator and author, V. Duwane Ledbetter. Thank you, Duwane for stopping by!


V. Duwane Ledbetter holds a PhD. in Philosophy Specializing in the Paranormal Sciences, C.P.I. (Certified Paranormal Investigator). He is the founder of the Russellville Paranormal Investigation, LLC organization. Duwane is a freelance investigative writer who is mostly interested in paranormal activity stories. He enjoys helping and working with those who have experienced an incident of the otherworldly nature. His writings are based on actual paranormal phenomenon experiences. He writes in the fictional genre for readers who love to be taken on adventures like the paranormal investigator himself. He is married to wife Linda and they both live in Russellville, Arkansas with their two dogs, Candy and Marceline. He is a retired veteran of the United States Army. He has four sons Duwane III a former Marine, Ryan U.S. Navy, Christopher U.S. Army, Matthew his youngest son who is a member of the RPI – Russellville Paranormal Investigation team, and two step-children Corey Light a Computer Graphics & Design Tech, and Amber Light currently attending Arkansas Tech University.


Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I like to write about actual paranormal experiences, but I am working on factitious short stories. LOL! I think that I have always been curious about the paranormal from an early age. However, like most families we were never to talk about anything supernatural by nature. I served in the U.S. Army until being medically retired in 2004, as with anyone at the ripe old age of 34 I became depressed and very closed off to people. One day in 2009, I believe it was, I decided to forgive everyone and everything so maybe I could become a better person. I did! In short, some memories started reappearing and made me very curious of what I was meant to do. Founded the Russellville Paranormal Investigation, LLC organization in 2012 and decided to get state approval so I then legalized with the state of Arkansas in 2013. The emphasis with the RPI is to help individuals and business in need.



You have a PhD that specializes in paranormal sciences. What exactly is Paranormal Science?

Love the question Sheila. Every group has a way of doing investigations. Paranormal Science is the study of theories relating to ghosts, spirits, Malevolent Inhuman Spirits or (MIS). PS studies included the types of hauntings, true nature of orbs, types of equipment and how to use them, how to conduct an investigation, and the roles of team members. What trigger objects are and how to use them. The role of belief dealing with the paranormal phenomena, parapsychology, remote viewing, para-anthropology, psychokinesis (PK) and Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis (RSPK), working with psychics and mediums, how to do cleansings, Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP), and so much more. The PS course study even included the Parapsychology and Ufology side so that we are able to investigate all things paranormal.



You’re the founding member of the paranormal investigative team, Russellville Paranormal Investigation, LLC. Share with us a little about your team?

My team is a great one. We work great together. I could not ask for a better investigative team. It was just me for the first couple of years, well my sons and I anyways. The team actually started I believe in 2014 after some of my members now, had joined me on my first ever-paranormal activity tour in Booneville, Arkansas as spectators. I guess they liked what the RPI offered in terms of what the organization stood for. What a night that one was.



What are some of the most frightening experiences felt or witnessed by you and your fellow investigators?

The Booneville paranormal tour was my first tour and it had some scary moments for sure. However, one of my most freighting experiences was back when I was a child about 10 years old when I found cattle in the field mutilated. I remember lights the night before in the sky. I even remember the feeling of weightlessness not being able to get back to the ground, as I would just float up into the night sky. Abduction, I do not know, but I do know that I remember being scared of sleeping at night in my room. However, the demon cases have had some heightened fear to the ticker meter.



Do you follow the same routine with each investigation or do you vary with your techniques depending on the situation?

It really depends on the situation. For instance, not all cases are the same. No matter how similar they seem at the time, they are very much different in every way. The questionnaires that a client fills out are a baseline for the paranormal. With this form, styles questioning you only need one form for Hauntings, UFO’s, and Cryptozoology. What the RPI deals with is all things Paranormal! Hauntings, UFO’s, Cryptids, and Demons. Though all cases involve some of the same characteristics, not all cases are handled in the same manner. The RPI is prepared for any type of paranormal infestation.



What’s your favorite pieces of equipment to use during an investigation?

The equipment we most frequently use is the Fuji digital camera, the Olympus digital voice recorder, and a full spectrum video recorder; however my favorite piece is hands down the K-II EMF Meter. I like it for the simple fact I can turn it on place on a mantel, bed, or just about any place I’d like, walk away to a spot still in the room start recording for EVP’s and still be able to monitor the readout for changes



What kind of places do you and your team investigate and if someone wanted to contact you in regards to a possible investigation, how would they be able to do so?

As I stated earlier in the first question, we offer help to individuals and businesses in need of answers. If someone needs our help they can contact us by phone (479) 567-5651 or email . If someone is in need of help we offer our services in Arkansas and the surrounding bordering states. There are no charges for our services or help and if we take you on as a client, we are with you until the end never leaving anyone to deal with the problem alone. We do however; ask for monetary donations to help with costs and expenses. Donations are always a blessed welcome.



You’re the author of the book titled, Paranormal Stories. Can you tell us what your book is about?

Paranormal Stories is about my first ever-paranormal tour. Taking 40 plus individuals through the halls of an old Southern Hospital in Booneville, Arkansas to a haunted Inn in Pottsville, Arkansas back in 2014. The stories between the pages are the actual accounts of the individuals with nothing changed. Even a couple personal stories of a friend I went to high school with and myself.



Where can readers purchase their very own copy of Paranormal Stories?

You can purchase a copy with an autograph from me along with a matching t-shirt at:
Amazon paperback or Kindle devices:
Barnes and Noble paperback:



What’s next for V. Duwane Ledbetter?

I am currently working on my first fiction styled book about The Paranormal Investigator, right alongside the second installment of the Paranormal Stories series. Of course, I am still conducting investigations, tours, and always looking for ways to help my local town.



Any words of advice you’d like to share?

Being a Paranormal Investigator is a rough thankless job at times and comes with no compensation. However, my compensation is knowing that I have helped someone in need. Especially when it deals with a malevolent inhuman spirit, like as a demon. You must always protect yourself against the darkest and most fowl of evil for you never know what you are dealing with until you start your interrogations. Never treat spirits unkind or harass them in any way. Treat the spirits, as you would want the person next to you to treat you. Always with respect! Never go into a place without permission, never go in alone, and never think you are alone – for you are not! If you would like to join up with a group, research how they conduct their investigations or ghost hunt, making sure that they are true to the cause. Always learn something new; never think you know everything there is to know about the paranormal. I am always going to classes, expos, conventions, joining other tours, other groups on investigations, and reading every book I can on everything paranormal.The Spirit Within is a shining example of what I am referring to on research. No matter what the subject or story is, there is always something to help you somewhere down the line.






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