MEET THE TEAM

Paranormal Investigations Company

Kindred Spirit Investigations

Meet our team…

Mel Clements

Director / Lead Investigator

First Aider

Jane Freed

Lead Investigator

Heather Luke

Lead Investigator

First Aider

Lee Johnson

Lead Investigator

Paramedic

Derek Kyle

Lead Investigator

David Connolly

Lead Investigator

Paramedic

Jonathan Richardson

Research Lead

Melanie Clements

Hi Guys, I’m Mel, founder and lead investigator of Kindred Spirit Investigations. I have been interested in the paranormal ever since being a child after having several experiences I couldn’t explain. I’ve always been inquisitive and like to question what causes paranormal phenomena and take a more scientific approach to investigation trying to rule out possible causes before claiming that things that happen are paranormal.

My most significant and scary paranormal experience happened when I was a child. I was in bed and I felt something crouching over me. I could hear heavy breathing and there was an awful smell and as I opened my eyes I saw a beak. At the time I remember thinking of it as a pelican. It hovered around me for what seems like an eternity. Terrified I call for my parents who out it down to having a bad dream.  Today I realise that what  I had experienced may have been a plague doctor. I have investigated locations all over the UK and have many years of investigation experience and thoroughly enjoy experiencing unexplainable phenomena. My favourite location to date to investigate is Jedburgh Jail- a foreboding place in the dark  where you feel the oppressive atmosphere and eyes watching at all times. A must for those that are not easily scared! My favourite piece of equipment is the spirit portal. We have had some amazing evidence captured on this recently at a number of different venues and had many intelligent interactions! I am very proud of Kindred Spirit Investigations. We have an excellent, professional team that have a wide range of skills and knowledge to provide the best experience for our guests. Come and join an investigation and see what we do!

Jane Freed

Hi my name is Jane, I worked with horses for over 20 years but due to injury, had to give it up. I needed a new interest and after watching the early Most Haunted (sorry) ghost hunting looked good, tried it and over 10 yrs later I’m still doing it!

The feeling when something paranormal happens is fab. My best experience was at The Golden Fleece York when a black mist came down from the corner of the room and hissed in my face, I felt the breath!! My favourite location is North East land sea air museum (NELSAM). Been twice so far, NEVER disappointed ALWAYS active. I use my senses more than anything else but I’m quite happy using the equipment we have. I love being part of Kindred Spirit Investigations, perhaps I’ll meet you one day.

Heather Luke

Hi I’m Heather,

In the day time I’m a videographer by trade and on the night I’m a paranormal investigator for Kindred Spirit Investigations. I’m honestly one of the more sceptical of the group but I just find it so interesting! My best experience is probably at Manor House. As I said I’m a bit of a sceptic and I am constantly trying to debunk things, however my group were using the Ouija board, I was not involved but watching….all of a sudden I felt a hand slowly run down my back…I very rarely get scared but I jumped up so quick. It’s something I can’t explain, no one was behind me…but it definitely felt like human touch!…One I can’t debunk. Jedburgh Jail is also a favourite of mine! I love that we use both traditional and scientific techniques but I do like getting people to try the human pendulum as it is an experience you can’t quite explain. I also enjoy using our voice recorders to catch EVP’s.

Lee Johnson

Hi I’m Lee

I’m an advanced emergence medical technician with the ambulance service. I’ve worked as a medic since 2011. I love my career as it is probably the most rewarding job in the world. My main hobby is my car. I take great pride in my car and attend many shows throughout the year with the club that I run in the northeast. I have recently become very interested in life after death so I decided to join a friend at a Kindred Spirit Investigation in 2019 at Ryton Masonic Hall and I’ve never looked back! I was very sceptical about what would occur at the event and if I would believe what I would see or hear. I’m happy to say my scepticism has vastly reduced and this was due to table tipping and the Ouija board. As time went on I found myself wondering more and more about the after world so I decided to attend a few more events which again have proved so much to me and my personal opinion about the paranormal world and its activity. And here I am today, an investigator with one of the most professional companies I have investigated with since I started this new adventure. Although using all the kit in the past has proved a success in contacting sprints, my favourite bit of kit is the EVP recorder (electronic voice phenomena). This recorder is very sensitive and can pick up sounds and voices that we cannot hear with our own ears. I’ve had many voices come through on playback whilst investigating and feel I that I have a good connection with this bit of kit. The best location I have investigated has to be the Manor Hotel in Ferryhill. Not only a fantastic place to eat and drink but it has so much to offer when it comes to paranormal activity. It’s the type of place you could spend your whole life investigating and you would have only scraped the surface! I have learnt a lot about trusting my senses when it comes to the paranormal world… if your feel something is watching you…. then it probably is…. but in my case at home its usually my two handsome dogs watching me while I eat my dinner. Please feel free to check out our events for the year and I hope to see you all soon.

Derek Kyle

My name is Derek. I enjoy all things paranormal since I had my first encounter with a full bodied apparition whilst working in a building on my own. I enjoy all subjects involving paranormal activity and enjoy watching paranormal programmes.

My favourite piece of investigation equipment is the spirit portal and doing the Ouija board. I have two favourite venues to date –Ryton Masonic Hall and Mary Queen of Scotts House where we had a very active night with the laser grid pen turning on and off on command, loud unexplained bangs and disembodied voices caught on EVP. I enjoy investigating and meeting new people and I did my first investigation with the Kindred Spirit Investigations at Ryton Masonic Lodge and it was a great experience and I haven’t looked back since! I look forward to meeting you all at future events with us.

David Connolly

I’ve had an interest in the paranormal from a young age hearing stories from a friend of my mums, who used to come over to tell her about things moving around his house in the night. To my mum herself saying she was whistled back into a local shop by a bald headed man who was never in the shop or there when she went back in, its been a curiosity for me ever since.

I had my first personal experience of the paranormal doing an amateur investigation with my brother at Easby Abbey in Richmond, we were looking into the legend of the drummer boy in the abbey grounds and both independently heard a kettle drum clear as a child had just used it and I was hooked. My favourite investigation so far had been at the Green Inn in Skelton with Kindred Spirit Investigations where I attended as a guest. We got some great activity using cat balls, an SLS camera and grid pen, all collaborating the presence of a child for the group. I love the investigations I’ve done so far with Kindred and the team, professional (with fun and laughter) that encourages as helps build energy and adds to a great experience. Can’t wait to get into more and share it with our guests.

Jonathan Richardson

My name is Jonathan. I enjoy all subjects involving paranormal activity and enjoy watching paranormal programmes and grew up reading Darren W. Ritson’s and Mike Hallowell’s books of which I still have a large collection of. I had my first true paranormal experience at my workplace when a grey shadow moved in the doorway behind a colleague.

My favourite piece of investigation equipment is the spirit box. My favourite venue is Ryton Masonic Hall where we had a fairly quiet start, but had some good responses with the automatic writing and the Ouija board, we had a torch thrown on the floor whilst table tipping and the laser grid pen picked up on a spirit pacing by the lounge room fireplace. I enjoy investigating, researching venues and meeting new people and I did my first investigation with the Kindred Spirit Investigations at Ryton Masonic Hall and it was a great experience.