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2012 Archive:
 LIVE from Oddfest 2012
December 18, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Zombie Advocate Greg Lawson
December 11, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

The Real Exorcist Case with Thomas B. Allen
November 27, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Embracing the Joy of Ghost Hunting by Deonna Kelli Sayed
November 28, 2012


LIVE from the Haunted Stanley Hotel
November 20, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Animal Mutilations and ETs with Chuck Zukowski
November 13, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

The Origins of the Devil with Corvis Nocturnum
November 6, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

LIVE From Wareham's Haunted History Night
October 30, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Real Halloween Ghost Stories -- Part One
October 26, 2012


LIVE from the Central Texas Paranormal Conference
October 16, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Chasing Spirits with Nick Groff
October 2, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Real Wolfmen with Linda Godfrey
September 25, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Trekking the Ghost Frontier: Challenges and Opportunities by Deonna Kelli Sayed
September 21, 2012


Your Cryptid Encounters
September 4, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Lost Technology from the Great Pyramids with Steven Myers
August 28, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Harassing Spirits by Sharon Schindlbeck
August 27, 2012


Black Eyed Kids with David Weatherly
August 21, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

LIVE From the 3rd Annual Michigan ParaCon
August 14, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Time Slips
August 7, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

LIVE from Eastern State Penitentiary: Scared Straight
July 31, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Top Five Cornish Haunted Locations by Mark Porter
July 31, 2012


U.S. Civil War Ghosts with Mark Nesbitt
July 24, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Haunted Objects with Christopher Balzano and Tim Weisberg
July 17, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

The Paranormal Vatican with Gary Jansen
July 10, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Fact or Faked's Ben Hansen by Jennifer Hitt
June 27, 2012


Mission #100 Special
June 26, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Phone Calls from the Dead with Cal Cooper
June 19, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

The Real Dracula with Dave Schrader
June 12, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

A Supernatural Life: Richard T. Crowe by Ursula Bielski
June 11, 2012


All I Have is My Word by Angela Ward
June 6, 2012


What If the Government Disclosed E.T.s Are Real?
June 5, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Paranormal and the Law with Psychic Lawyer Mark Anthony
May 22, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Guidelines to Presenting Paranormal Evidence by Nick Ferra
May 18, 2012


Your Paranormal Encounters - 3 Year Anniversary Special
May 15, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Crop Circles with Patty Greer
May 8, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

After Death Communication with Gary Galka
May 1, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Living Legend Series: Troy Taylor
April 25, 2012


LIVE From Ohio State Reformatory
April 24, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Growing Up Psychic with Chip Coffey
April 17, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Residual Haunts or Paranormal Time Reflections?
April 13, 2012


The Union Screaming House with Steven LaChance
April 10, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

LIVE from the Phenomenology Conference in Gettysburg
April 3, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Bide One's Time: Life After Death? By Debra Prosser
March 31, 2012

Column - regular feature

Time Travel with Von Braschler
March 27, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Extraterrestrial Contact with Stan Romanek
March 20, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Hauntings at Fado: Irish Pubs, Ghosts, and Weird Chicago
March 16, 2012


Getting Psychic with John Holland
March 13, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

SPIRICOM with Thomas Pratt of MetaScience
February 28, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Farewell, Grant Wilson
February 24, 2012


Alien Abductions
February 21, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

The Rise and Fall of the Nephilim with Scott Roberts
February 14, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Induced After Death Therapy: An Interview With April Slaughter
February 2, 2012


The Ghosts of Ohio with John Kachuba
January 31, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Pendulum Dowsing Study
January 25, 2012


Ghost Research: Science or Spiritual? With Dustin Pari
January 24, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Paranormal Pastoring: Part 2 by Reverend Sherrie James
January 11, 2012


The Patterson Bigfoot Film with Jeff Hilling
January 10, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast

Your Ghost Encounters
January 3, 2012

30 Odd Minutes - webcast



June 27, 2012

Fact or Faked's Ben Hansen


By Jennifer Hitt

Ghostvillage.com thanks Jennifer for sharing this interview, originally published at Everything Paranormal

EP: As an FBI agent, what was the most bizarre case you've ever worked on? Or if not worked on, that you've seen (if you can discuss)
BH: As you probably can understand, I can't comment on cases I worked on while I was with the FBI. Many of them are still open investigations, but I did receive some bizarre letters. Sometimes I would get several page letters about an implant someone thought they had in their head and they were given special information. My opinion on implants is still open-minded, but unfortunately it's also a favorite fixation for many mentally ill individuals who love to write incoherent and rambling letters that I had to read.

EP: How long were you with the FBI? And why did you leave? (if you can discuss it)
BH: I never really saw myself as leaving law enforcement. I left the door open to go back to the FBI or another agency because I have many interests and there are pluses and minuses in all careers. I worked for several agencies, both private and government. The FBI was the final agency I worked for, but in total, my investigation experience was about six or so years before starting the show.

Ben Hansen EP: What brought you to Fact or Faked?
BH: FOF was an opportunity that came to me and I felt compelled to follow it and see where it led me. I was lucky enough to be involved with it when the concept was first being developed. I had a team of me plus five and we sat down with the production company a and threw around ideas for the show which they later pitched to the network. From there, it took about a year before episodes were bought and we began filming.

EP: What's the most perplexing case you've worked on with the show?
BH: I've worked on many unusual cases with FOF, but probably my most puzzling case was the Disappearing United Kingdom Woman who seemed to dissolve into her mattress.

EP: Where you a believer in the paranormal before FOF?
BH: I don't like the terms believer and skeptic. The terms are too polarized and forces people into an agenda more or less. I think everyone should be "skeptical" but not necessarily a skeptic as the label is commonly used. I also think we should be open to believing, but not believe all that we hear until we've done our own homework. I did have "paranormal" type experiences before the show, but I've had many more since then.

EP: What about the paranormal intrigues you the most? Big Foot, ghosts, aliens, etc?
BH: My main interest has always been UFOs. Ghost hunting began for me in college and along the way I've learned a bit about every other type of phenomena.

EP: What are some of your hobbies? Or what do you do when you're not filming?
BH: When I'm not filming, I'm a firearms instructor. I teach courses in handgun safety and self-defense. I also usually travel once or twice a month giving lectures and attending paranormal conferences and events. When I have the time and money, I like to fly small planes, hang glide, rock climb, SCUBA dive, play basketball, and play the guitar.

EP: What events will you be attending this and next year?
BH: In July, I have a charity event in Indiana and library lectures. August and September are still shaping up, but I'll be near Vegas in the Bonnie Springs ghost town. I'm also currently filling spots for a Great White cage diving trip to Mexico that leaves from San Diego on November 10th-15th. Although it's not paranormal, how can you pass up on diving with Great White sharks!?

EP: Who do you look up to or look forward to working with in the paranormal field?
BH: I look up to anyone who dedicates there time and life to paranormal research because, for the most part, there isn't any money in it. I also admire the courage of some who have experienced strange and dramatic events and they choose to come out and continue talking about their experience despite the ridicule. Travis Walton, who the movie Fire in the Sky was based on, comes to mind.

EP: What do you want to tell people just getting into the field?
BH: The most important advice I could give anyone getting into the paranormal field is, "If it's worth having an opinion, it's worth checking the facts." We live in strange times when it's hard to determine if we're being deceived and it's difficult to determine what the truth is. Don't let other people do your thinking for you. Base your opinions on the work you yourself have put into researching a subject so you're properly informed.

You can follow Ben on Twitter and find him on Facebook. SyFy's Fact or Faked is on Tuesdays at 9pm EST.



2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
Check out the 2014 Haunted New England wall calendar by Jeff Belanger and photography by Frank Grace!


Paranormal Conferences and Lectures
Don't miss the following events and lectures:

Jeff Belanger and “The Bridgewater Triangle” at Dedham Community Theatre - April 6, 2014 9:00PM

The Spirits of the Mark Twain House - Hartford, Connecticut - April 12, 2014

Paracon Australia - East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia - May 10-12, 2014