Daytona Beach Paranormal Research Group
DBPRG, Inc. was formed in late 1997 and became an ¡§official¡¨
nonprofit organization in early 1998. There are currently 33 active
members across Central Florida from Daytona to Tampa Bay, with several
more scattered all over the world. These members of the organization
have worked cases along side Dusty all over the Southeast. From
historic sites, cemeteries, and public buildings to private homes. The
members of DBPRG, Inc. believe that by their diligent efforts and
continued improvement of methods and equipment used in the field that
eventually answers to the mysterious questions that surround the field
of paranormal research will be discovered.
DBPRG, Inc. has had their cases featured in The Daytona News-Journal,
the Orlando Sentinel, FATE magazine, Shorelines Magazine, the Daytona
Sun Times, That¡¦s Entertainment Magazine, in ¡§Real Ghosts,
Restless Spirits & Haunted Places¡¨ by Brad Stieger, ¡§Ghost
Hunters of America¡¨ & ¡§Ghost Stories of Florida¡¨, both by
Dan Asfar, in ¡§Haunted Places¡¨ by William Hauck, ¡§The
Encyclopedia of Haunted Places¡¨ by Jeff Balanger and three more soon
to be released books.
Dusty has also been featured as a storyteller at Daytona USA¡¦s
haunted house, a lecturer across Florida and Georgia, and has been
interviewed on Magick Mind Radio, Phenomenon Radio, on The Lou Gentile
Radio Show, 1340 AM talk radio with Bill Sharp, WMEL with George Khourey
and on WNDB¡¦s ¡§Book Mark¡¨.
She is also a staff writer & photographer for ¡§Epitaphs
Magazine¡¨. With several full length articles and poems to her
credit, in every issue since the magazines conception, Dusty enjoy
writing for this new magazine that is specifically ¡§for cemetery
lovers, by cemetery lovers.¡¨ The editor, Minda Powers, is more than
pleased to have Dusty on her staff of this new magazine.
DBPRG, Inc. is also the only paranormal research group to be allowed in
the most haunted cemetery in St. Augustine Florida for an investigation,
which produced photos of two full body apparitions.
Members of DBPRG, Inc. have always agreed to donate an afternoon per
month to historic cemetery preservation & restoration. That is where
The International Association of Cemetery Preservationists, Inc. comes
into play. Dusty and her ¡§partner in crime¡¨, Kourtnie James
formed the Association while on a trip to Savannah Georgia. They turned
their respect for the dearly departed into an ever growing organization
that now has members worldwide and makes great strides at changing
neglected cemeteries into the historically preserved sites they all
deserve to be.
The IACP, Inc. & DBPRG, Inc. have adopted three Daytona Beach area
cemeteries, one in Seminole County and the group tries to raise funds
for them in unique, interesting and fun ways. Gethsemane Cemetery is
located in Ormond Beach and is nearing its completion phase¡Kwell, it
was until the 2004 hurricane season hit the Central Florida area. This
site and the diligent work of DBPRG, Inc. & IACP, Inc. members have been
recognized by State Representative Evelyn Lynn and members of the
Volusia County Council.
Saints & Sinners Cemetery in Oak Hill, Florida has so much
vandalism that it will be decades before even a noticeable difference is
made. The vandals have seen fit to stealing grave markers, shooting
grave markers, and even dressing deer kill during hunting season on the
vaults. The members of DBPRG, Inc & IACP, Inc. have chosen to continue
a boycott of the Flowers Bakery Company as stale bakery goods are
continually found dumped at this site.
Mt. Arrarat Cemetery has suffered vandalism similar to this and much
more. Every burial site has been broken into and everything from
military medals, personal jewelry to even gold teeth and body parts have
been stolen. This site has be co-adopted by the members of VFW Post 1590
who make sure that every veteran at this site has an American flag on
their grave on Memorial Day as well as Veterans Day.
Paige Jackson Cemetery in Sanford, Florida is a small area that most
vandals go unseen in as the location is too far from the main roads.
The day the decision was made to adopt this wonderful site, Smith, James
and two other members were witnesses to two young men on quad-runners
desecrating grave sites by driving over the sites and headstones.
These all but forgotten sites have no income and no one to care for the
fine folks interred in them, so, Dusty also heads up fund raising
efforts for these sites.
One way that funds are raised is through her company, ¡§Haunts of the
World¡¦s Most Famous Beach¡¨ ghost tours. These tours operate
year round and are the only ghost tours on the east coast of the United
States to be owned & operated by a certified ghost hunter and active
certified paranormal investigator. The stories are REAL and documented
as true hauntings by DBPRG, Inc.
These tours have been featured in The Daytona News-Journal, the Orlando
Sentinel, the Birmingham Bugle, Florida Travel Magazine, Good
Housekeeping Magazine, That¡¦s Entertainment Magazine, An Explorers
Guide to Central Florida, The Volusia Review, Hometown News, Daytona
Beach Sun Times, Shorelines Magazine, Backstage Pass Magazine, Exclusive
Living Magazine, are members of The Daytona Beach Area Visitors and
Convention Bureau, The Daytona Area Attractions Association and FLA
USA/Visit Florida, and have won the Florida¡¦s Favorite Award for
2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006. Proceeds from these tours benefit the
preservation and restoration of the adopted cemeteries.
Dusty is also the author of several Chap Books and books on CD-Rom whose
proceeds also benefit the cemetery projects. They are all available
through her desktop publishing company, Raven¡¦s Loch Publishing
House·. She has authored books on the paranormal including
¡§Ghost Hunting 101: A Guide for the Beginner¡¨, ¡§Confessions
of a Central Florida Ghost Hunter¡¨, ¡§Haunting Tales from Central
Florida¡¨, and her latest work, ¡§Dread & the Dead Filled the
Dunnam House¡¨, (published by Publish America), which is the story of
a true haunting in Deltona Florida. This story was also filmed for an
episode on the series, ¡§A Haunting¡¨ on The Discovery Channel
which aired in the fall of 2006, (9-28-06) and is titled, ¡§A
Haunting in Florida¡¨ (the production company is also in talks with
Dusty about another episode for this series).
She has authored several books on paganism as well. ¡§Wicca
101¡¨, ¡§Making Magickal Incense¡¨, ¡§Interpreting Your
Dreams¡¨, ¡§The Burning Times¡¨, and several others. Also
books on cemetery reference material such as, ¡§Voices from the
Cities of the Dead¡¨ and ¡§Unlocking the Secrets of Secret
Societies¡¨, she has more than thirty titles to her credit and is
always working on more.
She also owns, Sacred Raven a metaphysical supply company that makes
magickal supplies for those in the pagan community.
Together Dusty Smith and Kourtnie James founded The Fat Bottom
Taphophiles in early 2004. As such they involved themselves in creating
cemetery art. Members of the Gothic, Pagan and even Christian
communities all over the U.S. have purchased this artwork, since it hit
the market. These beautiful framed black & white photos, of some of the
most interesting and intriguing cemetery statuary in the southeast is
another way funds are raised. In 2004 Cemetery Art Calendars, Cemetery
Wildlife Calendars, Paranormal Calendars, Cemetery Art Note Cards and a
Gothic Pin Up Girl Calendar are also made available. They sell their
artwork through the IACP, Inc website, Ravens Loch Publishing
House¡¦s web site, on EBay, on the ghost tours, and at several stores
in the central Florida area.
Phone for all businesses listed below: (386) 253-6034 Listen for prompts
on answering service to reach the correct phone mailbox if a human is
The Daytona Beach Paranormal Research Group, Inc.
Haunts of the World¡¦s Most Famous Beach Ghost Tours
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