Our Team



Peter Leonard, Co-Founder – Peter is a lifelong resident of Rome and  has had an interest in the paranormal since a fairly young age.  Growing up in a “haunted” large three family house which was in sight of Fort Stanwix of Revolutionary War fame, Peter experienced  many strange happenings on his ancestral property. Peter is also very  gifted in the art of historical research and his many connections with  local historians allows a level of research not available to most people  in this area. This, along with his thoroughness provides the  team with an extensive background of the location being investigated. Peter has also published two books on local history –  Rome Revisited by Arcadia Publishing 2007 and Griffiss Air Force  Base by Arcadia Publishing 2008. Currently he is working on his first  attempt at fiction and two other local history books. He has lectured  and given presentations at various schools, colleges and historical  societies on a wide variety of history related topics; and has also  appeared in newspapers, on the radio and also television several  times.

Peter is a Roman Catholic and is very knowledgeable in the  background history of the early church. He has concentrated his  studies to the spiritual (paranormal) aspects surrounding  Catholicism especially that of Exorcism and Demonology. However  this broad base of knowledge translates over into most other  religions as well. As with everyone on R.I.P., Peter stands ready to  help any and all who require his assistance in the world of the  paranormal


Dr. David Deprospero, Co-Founder – With post-graduate degrees in  computer science and the technology field, Dr. Dave DeProspero  brings an unsurpassed level of technical and scientific knowledge to  the group. Dave is abreast of the latest gear being used in the paranormal research field, as well as how to use  other tools from a variety of specific science and engineering fields to  accomplish R.I.P.’s goals. With Dave’s peer-reviewed and scholarly research background, all investigations are treated as case studies,  with the collection of data being of paramount importance. Our  research practices are held to the highest ethical and scientific  standards.

David, a lifetime Resident of Rome, NY, has been following the  paranormal field for much of his life, largely resulting from  experiences in Dave’s childhood home. Due to this interest and  exploration, Dave has accumulated a great deal of knowledge  regarding local venues of claimed paranormal activity. Dave is  employed as an I.T. Professional, and is a college teacher as well as an adult-eduation instructor within the Utica and New Hartford communities. Dave is a published author, and enjoys  lecturing on a wide variety of topics. A Roman Catholic, he  truly believes that there is a historical link between the beliefs and practices of this specific faith, and the paranormal world. Dave has  done an extensive amount of research on medieval Catholicism and  medieval rites, as well as other various other aspects of medieval  (14th century) life. This time period is one of his great loves. Dave  is a recognized figure within the Rome community, and along with the  rest of the R.I.P team, seeks to provide aid to those who need it.


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