Patti Starr is a world renowned paranormal investigator who owns the Ghost Chasers International organization founded in 1996 based in Lexington, Kentucky. She is also owner of the Ghost Hunter Shop located at 835 Porter Place, Lexington, Kentucky. Patti is also the tour guide for the immensely popular Bardstown Ghost Trek which she started in 1997 in Bardstown, KY.

With over 30 years of paranormal research and ghost investigations Patti has captured many anomalies in photos, videos and audios while investigating haunted locations. Her goal as an experienced and accomplished paranormal investigator is to collect evidence to support the premise that life goes on even after death. She is very active as a ghost researcher, author, lecturer, consultant, dowser, and teacher. Her book, Ghost Hunting in Kentucky and Beyond, is widely hailed as a must-have resource for all serious ghost hunters.

Patti has been teaching ghost hunting courses at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, Kentucky since 2001. She is currently lecturing at numerous universities, colleges, and libraries throughout the United States.


Patti’s work has been documented in numerous newspapers and magazines including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Oracle 20/20, Ghost Magazine and Southern Distinction.

Patti writes for the Lexington Herald-Leader online newspaper under the heading “Ask the Expert”. It is a forum for posing questions to certain professionals. Questions and answers are published for information and discussion purposes only.

In 2006 Patti Starr was voted as one of the Top Ten Ghost Hunter Paranormal Investigators in America for 2007, 2008 and again for 2009.


Patti is a frequent guest on television and radio programs. She has been featured on national TV such as A&E “Airline” filmed in Birmingham, AL, at the haunted Sloss Furnaces and a film clip of that investigation was featured on the Montel Williams Show. She was also featured on the Food Network “The Best of Fright Food” filmed at the haunted Talbott Tavern in Bardstown, Kentucky.



What Inspired Patti to become a Ghost Hunter

To answer your questions, “What inspired you to become a ghost hunter”, I have to say it has been a passion of mine for a long time. When I was a kid I loved to explore and check out old abandoned houses, closed factories, forgotten school houses, and even a tall smoke stack that I climbed once in a while. If my parents had only known that I was climbing this smoke stack I would have gotten the whipping of my life.

On my twelfth birthday my parents gave me a bicycle and that set me free to ride the local area to look for that perfect haunted fantasy. I would park my bike and go inside the desolate structure and walk around to see what I could feel, see, or hear. Sometimes I would get very quiet, close my eyes and try to image what the place was like before it was deserted. While listening I could hear moans, creeks, and whispers. The air around me would start to move slightly and the temperature would drop. If I were really lucky I would feel a hand on my shoulder or someone touching my back. It was usually at that moment I would start asking questions, “Is there anyone here? Hello, my name is Patti. Do you have a message for me?”

I don’t remember every being very afraid. Every once in a while I would be startled at what I witnessed but as soon as I realized what had happened I would give off a nervous laugh and then move on.

After I grew up, married and had children I would take them with me on some of my ghost hunting quests. We would walk into these hollow, cold, unconscious places to see what we could find. They were young and thought running around while yelling into the nothingness was cool. None of us knew that I would someday make this my career and become a certified ghost hunter.

In the early 1990's I started to take my research more seriously so I began a rigorous probe into the spirit world. In 1996 I became President of Ghost Chasers International and this would include many ghost investigations including documentation with photos, audios, videos and later adding the different scientific equipment such as EMF meters, Infrared thermometers and computers.

Since I felt I was having such success with my process of ghost hunting I decided to become a professional and did so in 1999. In 2000 I became incorporated and in 2001 began teaching two courses at Lexington, Community College, “Introductory to Ghost Hunting” and “Advanced Ghost Hunting” which is still offered today. I decided to write the book so the students would have a form of reference during the class and that is how that happened. I really didn't have any idea that I would write a book one day.



Education:  High School Graduate 1968, James Island High, Chas, SC

Certification:  Certified Ghost Hunter, certified by Dave Oester and Sharon Gill, Founders of International Ghost Hunters Society, 1999.  Dave and Sharon are professional full time ghost researchers with 28 years of combined experience in this field. Patti is listed in the prestigious Inner Circle Hall of Fame and awarded the Floating Orb Award as well. Click Here to read Dave and Sharon’s impressive media bio.

Appointments:  Notary Public

Memberships: International Ghost Hunter Society (IGHS)
Inner Circle Member of IGHS

American Society of Dowsers
A.R.E. Member
Red Hat Society Member

Keen Speaker
Bardstown Chamber of Commerce

Occupation: Full time Ghost Hunter, Lecturer, Author, Entertainer, and shop owner of the Ghost Hunter Shop, located at 835 Porter Place, Lexington, KY, 40504. Hours of operation 9:00 am - 4:00 pm., Monday through Friday and 10:00 am - 2:00 pm on Saturday. Call 859-576-5517 for further information.


Part time:  (2001 - 2008) A staff member of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College teaching “Introductory to Ghost Hunting” (three week course) and “Advanced Ghost Hunting” (three week course including one  field ghost investigations).

Marital Status:  Married to Chuck Starr, owner of Collectors Gallery.


You Tube videos of Patti in action


March, 2011
During the Boone Tavern Get-a-way Weekend hosted by Patti Starr they did several  real time EVP sessions .  During one of these session Patti asked if it would be possible  to talk to the spirit and it says “That’s Possible”
March, 2011

During the Saturday night investigation of Boone Tavern Patti and her student Susan were using two meters to confirm the answer as they were asked.  Both meters would indicate the same response  on the yes and no questions.
September, 2011

Patti Starr was interview on the local morning show with Lea Thompson as she promoted the ScareFest Con which drew in 12,000 fans.

September, 2011
She is interviewed and asked questions about the documentary, “The Spirits of Bourbon Country”

March 2010
Patti was featured in a documentary titled, “The Spirits of Bourbon Country”

October, 2008
While appearing at Texas Tech Patti was contacted by the new station FOX 34 news to be on the morning show.




If you are interested in booking Patti for an event, please email her with your event information at or call 859-537-8507 (when calling on a cell phone please leave your number twice. So many times some of the numbers will get dropped and only a few will come through. This makes it impossible for someone to call back)


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