By Kirby Robinson
Saturday Blue Plate Special – After you read it you'll feel blue. Here are the three courses:
Paranormal Sex Offenders
Lying Ryan D. Buell
Failure at Jimmy Swaggart Ministries Isn't an Option – It's Very Profitable!
As some of our readers know, we have a birdy on the inside of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries who has kept my mailbox filled with tidbits. The most recent one made me think of the misconduct that takes place within the paranormal field.
May 20 was the final day of the monthly share-a-thon. Their goal was to raise 3.7 million dollars to pay for airtime, but they failed by $285,000. Don't worry -- in Swaggart land failure is very profitable.
They actually reached the amount they needed very early on May 20, so they didn't fall short of the goal. But the viewer doesn't know that.
Between now and the next share-a-thon, they'll raise the $285,000 many times over. Of course, the public won't know the difference.
Additionally, my birdy tells me that Donnie "Napoleon" Swaggart was in rare form. He let everyone on his staff know who raised the most money during the latest drive. If you wish to keep in the family's good graces you better listen to him. The phrase 'king-in-waiting' and just hope the old man lives long enough so that you can retire before he takes over. During the share-a-thon, most people's shift is three hours long, while Napoleon's shift goes way beyond three hours and well into the early hours of the morning.
Should a Sex Offender Be Allowed in the Paranormal Field?
Does a person that has been convicted, not accused, of a sex crime have a place in the paranormal?
The field of the paranormal requires great trust between the client and that can be a single person, a family with children, or a single parent. These people open their homes and businesses for the paranormal professional to enter, investigate, and try to offer solutions to any paranormal issues. They shouldn't have to worry whether the stranger entering their home is a sex offender. It's the same way with those who teach, a pastor, or a health care professional. People in those fields should never have such a conviction on their record.
Even more troublesome is finding a person who operates in the field and has kept quiet about a sex charge conviction. They should do the proper thing and be willing to inform the public that such a charge is in their past.
So it has come to the attention that Johnny Demaury is the founder of Butte Paranormal Investigative Team has such a felony He and his group have been on NBC Montana, newspapers across the country, Coast to Coast with Art Bell and the New York Times. The group consists of: John Demuary (CEO and Founder/Lead Investigator), Brandy Church (Tech-manager/Researcher), Vonnie Williams (Lead Photographer), Holly Jordan Carpenter (Investigator), Meredith Ludford (Researcher/ Lead Investigator), Amanda Rorhen (E.V.P. Specialist/Investigator), Regina Lepeir (Investigator).
John Baptist Demaury, also known as Johnny Demaury, John Demaury, or John Baptist is the founder of Butte Paranormal Investigative Team, located in Butte, MT. John is considered a sexual offender and through Facebook rules, cannot have a profile. His current profile (https://www.facebook.com/johnny.demaury) was removed after numerous people reported his record to Facebook.
When confronted about his charges and going into peoples homes, Demaury replied with the following, "You got a problem, little do you know that my charge was 18 years ago, enough is enough, you got something to say here is my address..*address withheld*...big deal if I have charges on my record, at least Im doing great things for my community".
The victim was 14 years old.
In a more recent event in 2005, he was sentenced to 5 years for Burglary:
John B. Demuary, 26, of Missoula, was sentenced to five years under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections, with all but three years suspended, for burglary. Click source to see record: http://missoulian.com/lifestyles/announcements/births/public-record-for-monday-june/article_22551666-f455-5735-81a1-db0597fd5d90.html
We are not judging the man. He served his time and we can only hope his life has been lived for the better. Yet we have to ask this question--does one with such a record have a place in the paranormal community?
Ryan Buell Has a New Personal Demon -- PayPal
You should read the following while listening to:
The growing firestorm over the postponement /cancellation of the so-called Conversations with the Dead Tour isn't going away. More and more hardworking people are not only demanding their money back, but they want the truth when it comes to Ryan D. Buell and crew. As usual, both are in short supply.
Earlier this week, Ryan's publicist, Sergey Poberezhny, posted on Facebook with the same old soft shoe that due to Ryan's cancer, the event had to be called off. This is a frequently cited reason for things not going as planned for PRS, the bureau, or whatever they call themselves. A well-placed source within Ryan's merry band claims that the name Untouchable is one that Ryan personally likes.
Apparently, Sergey has a case of liplock as he didn't bother with what others said or texted. Ryan doesn't give a rats ass. Chip's replacement, Michelle Belanger, took to Facebook claiming that she was just a hired hand. In addition, she really couldn't say anything because of the Non Disclosure Agreement. Which means I can never speak of all the crap I've seen. She also said that money for travel hadn't come her way.
What brownie points Chip Coffey would have gotten from me, and others who also appreciate honesty, if he'd spoken up about this fiasco when he had a chance. Or is it true that he was threatened with the release of some unsavory facts? Something that was confirmed by a well place source inside of Ryan's band of many…
The clock was ticking, people weren't buying, and more money had to be made. What to do? Move the event to July. June was already going to be busy for an ill Ryan. They had to come up with the already spent money. Let's not forget, Ryan majored in journalism, so he decided to tell a story in a long, long, long, [did I say long?] email. Here it is:
Dear Conversations With The Dead attendees, Ryan here. I wanted to write this message sooner, but unfortunately, I was too sick to function. So it’s probably a good twist of fate that the tour did not go on schedule for its rescheduled date this past weekend. However, I feel that the time has come to open up a little bit about what’s been happening here. I believe that, at this point, you all have a right to know. And perhaps you can help guide us with what you think we should do. Be warned, it’s a long letter. I have sat on this for a few days while I was sick, but I think the timing is right. Despite the paranormal gossip’s guttural underbelly of accusing us of this and that, we’ve successfully run events for 13 years. The first time we had to postpone an event was in 2011 and it was due to an illness. We followed through with that event. As many of you know, in 2012, I became seriously ill. As hard as we tried, there were some events I just didn’t have the strength to go to, and some had to be postponed. On one hand, I understand everyone’s disappointment, on the other hand, I wish some would try to understand that life happens and every major performer, lecturer, speaker, musician has had to postpone an event. For ten years, we never had to postpone an event or cancel an event. But once I became seriously ill, events were a gamble. The show had to go on, and the truth is, I tried really hard to keep as many promises as possible. So, for the past 2 ½ years, PRS went from having a 100% event success rate to about a 70% rate, meaning there’s a 1/3 chance, statistically speaking, that PRS would have to postpone the event judging from the past 2 ½ years. I know everyone wishes things went on as planned. I wish they did, too. I wish I didn’t get sick. I’m not saying that for sympathy, but it remains a fact that I was very sick for nearly 2 years and the state of my health could and DID drastically change like the weather in the fall. I tried to get up and try, but some days it just wasn’t in the cards. I do wish things went differently, and so for that, I am sorry. On top of that, I was losing the will to keep doing the events. It took too much energy. Many of you who have come to our events know that I spent most of it in bed. It came with a great deal of shame for me to realize that, despite every person looking up to me, I had no choice but to disappoint someone. At times I had to actually listen to my doctors, and my family. I had to be selfish and sometimes choose me. These postponements were never “planned all along.” People can search for conspiracy theories as hard as they want, there is none. Just bad timing, and bad things happening to some of us. Many of you know what that is like. And I have no doubt that some of you were able to carry on a little more gracefully. I had to carry mine out in public, which didn’t help with the morale. It was extremely embarrassing for both me and my family. I bring this up for a specific reason. Because postponing events has been a trend in PRS for the past 2 ½ years. Whether you think it’s a good enough excuse or not, at the end of the day, it all came back to my health. However, despite postponements, every event was carried out. Whether it took a 3-week delay, 2-months or even an 8-month delay (Field Trip 15), we got them done. We haven’t been the happiest over the content of our events, however. We thought we could’ve done better, and we’ve been honest about that. But by God, we aimed to finish what we started and tried our best with whoever was still willing to come along. We know many of you supported but couldn’t make the new dates. You’ll always have a credit and will always have our undying gratitude for understanding. So, there are already people angry over former events that were postponed. Then there are those who never even attended an event pretending they did; they’re just whacko’s. And god bless them, but they will always be there making up crazy claims. But that’s not what concerns me. What concerns me are the 99% of you just asking, “why?” Most of you are willing to be patient, despite Boston, Chicago and Dallas having to be postponed a second and final time. So, I’ve addressed some of the previous problems and history of our recent events. Now, on to “Conversations With The Dead.” Despite my health still being a little shaky, it is NOT for health reasons that this event was postponed. I know that I cannot win everyone over. So I’m not going to try. I’m just going to tell you what’s been happening, and you can decide. I’ve been hesitant to write this because I do not like sharing our weaknesses (who does?). But I think, at this point, you most definitely deserve to know why… so here goes: As some of you may know, we use an online payment service to collect funds for our events, services, etc. It’s a fast and ridiculously convenient way to pay for something and receive monetary funds. We’ve used PayPal for over 10 years. We’ve never had an issue with them. Last year, we started to hear rumors and rumblings about PayPal suddenly – and without notice – freezing small business accounts. I am attaching links to articles that report on this. It is becoming more and more common for PayPal to instantly freeze your account, withhold ALL funds in that account for up to ANY specified time. They have done this to small mom-and-pop businesses to large businesses like the guy/company who invented “MineCraft.” Yes, seriously, the company that invented MineCraft suddenly had their PayPal account suspended without notice. We’re talking millions of dollars. If you read the fine print when you sign up for PayPal, you agree that they can suspend your account at their sole discretion. And they can also withhold your money for an unspecified time. Some people have had to wait up to 9 months to receive THEIR money. Some, believe it or not (google it), have NEVER seen their money. 99.9% of people cannot afford to go up against a gigantic company like PayPal. As of last month, we became one of those companies. We awoke to a sunny day to find that our account had been “limited.” Which technically means, “frozen.” If you’re thinking, “why would they do this? You must have done something wrong?” You’re not alone. We asked that ourselves. Hell, my own mother said I must’ve done something wrong. Yes, after throwing over 100 events and selling thousands of tickets, we’ve had some not-too-happy customers. And like I said, we’ve had to postpone a few events. But, that’s not the reason why we were told our accounts are now limited. We’ve become so used to using PayPal that we started treating it like our business banking account. After all, you can get business cards with your PayPal account. You can easily download every transaction for your bookkeeper, and above all else, it’s so freaking easy and convenient to use. Can any of you quickly think of an alternative to PayPal? We could not. We spent WEEKS trying to resolve this issue. But despite the constant calls (which, by the way, PayPal admitted in court when they were sued that they purposely make it difficult to even talk with someone) and e-mails, we were yanked around until it came down to the truth. From what we understand, we are pulling in too much money and it since it’s all mostly due to events, we are considered ‘high risk.’ Never mind the fact that we’ve been in business with PayPal for 13 years. So, they froze our accounts. This meant that not only was our current balance taken away from us, it also meant we couldn’t raise a single dime. All of it, every penny, is to be held in “reserve” for an undetermined time. That time limit keeps changing. Out of desperation, I even switched PayPal accounts, using my personal one. But they shut that one down. And the next. To reiterate, PayPal not only froze our assets, they also turned off a way to RECEIVE money. Any money put in our account was immediately frozen. Their argument is that we shouldn’t need event money to throw an event. We should already have the collateral to throw the event in case it doesn’t make its money. Quite frankly, that argument is kind of stupid, even though generally speaking I agree that an event organizer should have some sort of assurance of guarantee. Our guarantee was taken away from us. We always have successful events. And these events were successful. But the dilemma is that all event money that was in the PayPal account when they “limited” us, is still there and untouchable. We’re talking about a good deal of money, our money, frozen and untouchable. I feel like I should be on a PSA commercial, where I start off by saying, “I never thought it could happen to me…but it did.” So my friends, life became miserable. Not only were our funds withheld but we had no way of RECEIVING any additional money. This is why we haven’t been promoting our events for the past two months. Because any money coming in would instantly be frozen. We were so unbelievably stuck, it was frightening. The more we read up on PayPal, the more we learned that PayPal is NOT a bank. It’s not FDIC insured. And, believe it or not, they aren’t only freezing “bad” companies’ assets. We’re talking about respectable businesses being frozen, without warning. Please read the following attached articles. Now, I do well for myself, and I am not ashamed of that. And I have already had to pay out a lot until I wait for this magical day when PayPal decides to grace us with their presence and release our funds. But, events just aren’t that profitable anymore, so anyone who thinks we’re sitting on mountains of cash have never thrown a professional event. The goal of this event was to get myself back OUT THERE. I have practically been a hermit for the past 2 ½ years, and now that I am returning to TV, I think it’s time for people to see me and see that no, I am not dead. Most importantly, I wanted to share my story. It’s called “Conversations With The Dead” for a reason. I thought really hard after we hosted the first one with Chip back in October. And I realized that as much as I HATE opening up, that’s what PRS and “Paranormal State” has been about. Yet I was the one always withholding the cards. I never trusted anyone with the whole story. So it was always given in little pieces. But the thing is, my friends, even though my life wasn’t officially taped by a camera crew for the past two years, there is indeed one HELL of a story that needs to be told. For some, you will never look at me the same again. Others, will say worse. “Conversations” is not meant to be my soapbox. Some things are best left unsaid, and to anyone reading this thinking I’m going to tell ALL, I’m sorry to say that will not be the case. I have been and always will be a private individual. I greatly cherish my privacy. But the timing feels right, and I am so very comfortable around Michelle Belanger. She and I couldn’t be any more different but similar at the same time. I would take a bullet for her and I have been indebted to her for a long time. She’s always been there, like a silent guardian, ready and willing to walk down the dark roads with us, despite even knowing that she’s going to take a bit of a hit. And despite the controversy surrounding this event, she stood with us. That’s no slight on Chip. Chip did what he felt was in hit best interest and he was also concerned. Chip had to make some hard decisions, and he made them and we respect them. I still consider Chip to be someone who will always be, for better or worse, my friend. So please, do not “read in between the lines” and think there’s any dig on Chip, because you are just making yourself look silly. Despite how embarrassing this has been, everyone from my mother to my staff recommended that this damage has been too big and it needs to be told. In fact, it’s Michelle who finally convinced me that I should write this. And she is right. Why put out another “due to unforeseen circumstances” post? This is your guys’ money as well. To be clear on another point, it wasn’t like we “knew” we were stuck in PayPal limbo for weeks and weeks. It was a slow realization. We worked with them, and yeah, tried to bypass them. And then we had to face the hard truth. We weren’t going to see a resolution to this in time for the event. So, I was willing to put up my own collateral for this event, which yeah, is a bit pricey. The problem, however, came to the fact that it was still going to take some time and we also hadn’t focused on the important part: the CONTENT of the event. We had been spending weeks panicking and trying to get back online. Our ability to collect and receive funds was completely cut. The first time the event was postponed, it was due to two factors: 1) we had our event finances withheld at the last minute and we were trying to figure out the best solution and 2) Chip had to bow out. We decided that, try as hard as we wanted, it just wasn’t meant to be. So we postponed. My staff tried to recommend pushing the entire tour to July, so we had time. But I wanted to appease as many as possible and we felt that we’d be able to recover within a few weeks. Thankfully, half of the tour was already rescheduled for July. Dallas, Boston, Chicago, we’re coming to your city come hell or Armageddon. Two months is more than enough time to get back on our feet and in shape for this tour. And obviously, this whole debacle has become part of the story. On one hand, I beg all of you who use PayPal, to pay attention to the new changes they have been implementing. They are limiting and freezing accounts at a rapid rate. If you run a business and you are completely RELIANT on PayPal for your funds, you are a sitting target and I BEG YOU, do not only rely on PayPal. There are actual merchant accounts out there, such as Authorize.net and banks that will work with you and have way more credibility. Maybe it won’t ever happen to you, but if it does, you will not receive ANY warning and despite every argument you throw at them, it will come down to them saying this: as it states in the terms and conditions in your agreement, we reserve the right to limit, suspend or terminate your account at our sole discretion (I’m paraphrasing). If you use PayPal, do NOT do what we did and use it like a bank account. Instantly withdraw the money from PayPal, do NOT let it sit there like we did. We’ve had tens of thousands of dollars in there at any given time, and one day our account was frozen. And our money is in some weird state of limbo. We’ve been told it will be released anywhere from 6 months to 2 weeks after our event is concluded. The irony of all of this is that one of their main arguments is this, “what if you have to cancel or postpone your event? That’s risky. That’s why we’re going to withhold your money.” Well, because the money was withheld and we couldn’t get access to a single dime, we hit a very big dilemma. It caused panic, and moments of desperation. And yeah, it hurt our business. And now that we’re done licking our wounds and we finally found a new way to accept payments online, we’re now kinda pissed. We’re. Very. Pissed. We moved on from PayPal. The damage is just too great. We spent a lot of time researching and learning about the differences between PayPal and actual merchant accounts. We now work directly with a bank, 24/7 support, and way easier accounting access. We’re going back online this week. For those of you upset, please do not be offended at us selling tickets. We have to move forward. We have sent out refund request forms. If you absolutely do not want to attend or CANNOT attend, then please fill it out and be patient. Please, guys, yelling and calling us names isn’t going to make anything move faster. But what WILL help is if everyone gives us the chance to do what we’re now trying to do. Get back on our feet. We’ve been working hard to keep up with e-mails. Chris, a PRS member, has literally pulled 24-hour binges to answer e-mails. I know it’s popular to hate, and yeah, it’s still our problem, but if you think we’re sitting back, kicking back, rolling up $100 bills and lighting them on fire while smoking Cubans…. Please. You can hate us, but remember that we’re human. This is our story, and this is what happened to us. I’m sorry if it isn’t that exciting of a story. But it’s what happened. And now we’re trying to just get back up and try. Will you please allow us this attempt? If you would like a refund, please follow the procedure we set up. And PLEASE, post a little note saying “I got my refund” when you get it, because people only go online to complain, it seems, but when they actually get what they wanted, I rarely ever see a follow-up saying, “finally got it! They did good.” If you are willing to attend the tour, I really hope you will. After this whole debacle, do you really think we’re going to come to your city and then give a really bad evening of events? We know the pressure is on, and I’m ready to get on that stage. July is two months away. You have two months to decide. You can tell us. We do need to know sooner rather than later because we can only sell so many tickets, and believe it or not, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, San Diego are pretty much sold out. Refunds will loosen that up. But it depends on how many people aren’t going. We would also like to know how you feel. For better or worse. I do ask, however, to realize that we have over 1,000 attendees e-mailing us, and we have a small staff. We ARE working. It’s kind of ironic, because I won’t lie, I was very numb at the beginning of this year. Going through the motions. And suddenly I find myself wondering if this tour is CURSED because of what we’re going to talk about. But it doesn’t matter. What matters is how badly I want to do this. And to bring change all around. My staff has been waiting for me to write this before we move forward. We are planning a few little “surprises” for attendees to build up momentum for this tour. This tour HAS to happen. And thank you, Michelle Belanger, for making me realize a simple truth, that sometimes just tell the truth and it’ll set you free. She wasn’t the only one who recommended it, but for some reason, she talked me through it. So here we are, ugly skeletons in the closet and more. I’m sure for some, it’ll spark more debate, and for others, they’ll say, “damn boy, can you give me the SHORT version next time?” You all paid to support us and come and see us. It’s amazing. Three years after “Paranormal State” went off-air and you guys are just getting louder. And trust me, the networks have been paying attention. I’ve just been waiting until I’m better. And I can do this right. Which reminds me, we have one hell of an announcement to make in JULY. But first things first, we have to start here. We hold no anger or ill will towards anyone who doesn’t want to wait until July. We understand completely. At the very least, just please understand that we were caught in a compromising position and we don’t wish this to happen to even our worst enemies. If you’re willing to give this weird guy and his society another shot, we know it’s make it or break it time. Whether you’re attending or not, let us show you what we can do. Just a bit of patience. Thank you for reading. Yours,RYAN
I told you it was long! Borrowing a line from both Pink Floyd and Chip Coffey— BULLSHIT!
Ryan did something that all kids who are caught do--they make their explanation of innocence way too long. By doing so, they give away too many details.
At least he didn't blame his pancreatic cancer for all his problems. Was it that many people are asking why is Ryan too sick to attend any PRS events [remember, he founded the PRS!] but he can travel, go to movie premiers or write comics. Recent pictures show him looking to be in good health. Some are wondering if he really has cancer?
But he did blame PAYPAL! Oh, evil PayPal that froze our money because we brought in too much of it!
There have been cases of it but the facts don't add up. Plus, no one can verify if it's true. You can't call or email PayPal and ask as they can't release that information to the public. It's an iron-clad alibi for the event's failure. But wait -- Ryan said they've used PayPal for years. For several years, they raised large sums of money through PayPal. Where does the suspicious activity come from? Nowhere. The money was never frozen. They found a few articles and, bam, Ryan had his story.
Ryan's lengthy email is packed with lies as he indicates we never cancelled an event completely. Read this information that was sent to me:
Lizzie Borden event in 2011 NEVER happened. It was cancelled, it was not made up, and the people I'm talking to now who had tickets NEVER got refunds to the present. The cost of the ticket alone was $300 per person. Obviously, that was a lie. Field Trip 15 as advertised NEVER happened. They put together an ad hoc event at the last minute with Michelle Belanger for those who did not get the notice at the last minute and who wasted their time and money in travel and lodging expenses to get to Orlando. Then, months later, they have another event they called a make-up Field Trip 15, only it was not in Orlando, it was in Savannah, and it bore no resemblance to the event the ticketholders paid for. Ask the members of PRS Support and they will tell you the Demonlogy class was never completed
Chip dropped out. But if you'd visited Chip's Facebook page, the reason he dropped out sounds less than innocent.
Sites for the new event and the one in Canada is still lacking. We'll report on this matter even more due to the fact it's not going away and neither are we.
Like all good con men and cult leaders, Ryan dangles a better future in front of the readers. Big news, bigger events just follow me, give me your support, your time, and your money. Especially your money.
Something from Ryan's Bio on IMDB gives us a clue as to where he learned his song and dance.
His mother, Shelly, owns a CPA business. Ryan's father, Tim, is a state police officer in Pennsylvania…
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