Founded in 2011, the Delta Elite Paranormal Services (DEPS) team brings a unique perspective to their cases. DEPS is composed almost entirely of deputy sheriffs working together in central Ohio. “It’s easy to transfer our law enforcement skills to paranormal cases,” explains founder/lead investigator Shannon Beaudry. “For example, we’re trained to interview witnesses and victims who may be upset, scared, and traumatized, just as many people are when they feel they’re dealing with some type of paranormal activity. We know how to ask the right questions to determine exactly what the situation is and what needs to be done to get it resolved.”
Although DEPS has officially existed for only about a year, several of the team members are veteran investigators, either with other groups or on their own. They’re already in demand, particularly with private residence cases. “Because of our credentials, people feel comfortable inviting us into their homes,” Shannon says. “It gives us some added credibility.”
In addition to handling a large and growing number of private residence cases, DEPS is also hitting the paranormal hot spots including the notorious Mansfield Reformatory.
Mansfield Reformatory Investigation Results
At Mansfield Reformatory, DEPS set up a role-playing situation that resulted in a strong EVP. Investigators acted out roles as a supervisor, a corrections officer, and an inmate, while other members of the team watched from individual cells. As the corrections officer marched the unhappy inmate down the aisle towards the solitary confinement area, the investigator playing the inmate struggled, cussed, and tried to break free. At one point the corrections officer cuffs the angry prisoner against the wall and pats him down while the supervisor barks out orders. The “prisoners” in the other cells start jeering and taunting. “We set up a situation in which we thought any spirits who might be there would have no choice but to engage with us,” Shannon says. “Judging by the EVP we captured, our strategy was successful!”
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DEPS has also captured some amazing evidence at Hillview Manor (numbers 32 through 41 in the Sound Cloud on the DEPS Facebook page), Prospect Place, and at the Bissman Building (watch for the follow-up article and “shadow person” video taken at the Bissman Building).
Shannon and her fellow deputies work on the front lines of life and death, both in the jail environment and on the streets. They’re often called to scenes of accidents, homicides, and suicides, as well as “natural death” scenes. This “up close and personal” experience with death, including violent and sudden death, has given them a different viewpoint from which to approach the paranormal. “We want to know what happens after someone dies,” Shannon says. “It’s the age-old question: How can they be alive one moment and gone the next? And where do they go?”
The DEPS team members depend on each other in their daily working environment, as well as throughout their paranormal investigations together. As co-workers, they know each other well and have seen each other through many difficult situations. DEPS has some advice for other paranormal investigators, based on their law enforcement experiences.
“This is the season of shenanigans and although we all take what we do very seriously,” Dawn explains, “Not everyone else out there does. Paranormal groups are at their most vulnerable unarmed in a dark unknown house. This makes us very easy targets for those intending to cause us harm. Aside from your historical search on the property, be familiar with your surroundings and the area you are doing your investigation in. DO NOT BECOME COMPLACENT AND THINK NOTHING CAN EVER HAPPEN TO YOU OR YOUR GROUP. “
Dawn’s advice is to “Protect yourself and your team from both evil spirits and others when you are out this Halloween weekend. Take an extra 5 or 10 minutes and walk the building together, checking closets, behind doors, and checking to see if windows are secure. If you are investigating a private residence and you are not familiar with the people or neighborhood, it wouldn’t hurt to notify your local law enforcement agency and let them know what you are doing. You might want to ask if they have an available unit that could double check the house to make sure it’s safe for your team to go into and perform the investigation. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to email us at [email protected]”
In addition to their busy law enforcement careers, Shannon and teammate Dawn Cooper also play women’s professional football with the Columbus Comets, one of the top teams in the league.