bryan and baxterbear the burden of being mistaken for ghostbusters, and due in part to Halloween, the popular and highly entertaining supernatural skeptics are busier than ever. Colorado's Bryan Bonner and Matthew Baxter are well-respected paranormal claims investigatorswho's antics aren't exclusive to looking for ghosts. Watching them reveal a hoax with matching condescending smirks is comical.

Bryan and Baxter seek the truth

Becoming aparanormal investigator began early on with the same goal in mind -- the truth.

Bryan watched horror movies with his mother as a young childbut was unafraid because she told him none of it was real. As he began to see movies alleging to be based on fact, he decided to seek the answers for himself.

Baxter was left traumatized by "The Exorcist" and a thunderstorm outage that synchronized perfectly with the spinning head scene, creating the perfect storm to catapult his obsession. He became convinced that he would suffer the same fate as the possessed girl if he didn't find a way to protect himself.

Neither gentlemen trusted the information they received and decided to become paranormal investigatorsto find the answers for themselves using science, technology, and research.

Fast forward 26 years and Bryan and Baxterare popular among skeptics and critical thinkers. Their investigations attract frequent requests to share their knowledge at conventions, on the big and little screen, and in publications.

One moment in their presence and it's clear they thrive on the attention.

Haunted Denver and Neil

Obvious skepticism hasn't prevented these sharp dressers from capitalizing on the fact that people are undeniably interested in the idea of hauntings, psychics, and alien invasions, especially during Halloween season. Years ago, they hostedHaunted Denver Tours which (ingeniously) began with a wine tasting at a downtown Denver winery and frequently culminated into a party bus atmosphere.

Today,Bryan and Baxterhave a permanent residence at the Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Denver, one of the many places in Colorado rumored to have supernatural residents. "Haunted Denver Dinner" participants enjoy an Indian buffet, then listen to the paranormal investigators humorously play off each other while telling ghost stories and giving haunted history lessons. A discussion about the origin of séances precedes the "Conjuring Neil" séance which quickly gets creepy. Whether or not Neil or some other entity was successfully summoned is debatable, but getting there was incredibly satisfying. Their obvious chemistry, popularity, and pomposity produces a crowd and makes one wonder why a reality show isn’t in the works.

The struggle for answers is real

Despite the schtick, they aredeadly serious about exposing hoaxes and dispelling myths fueled by fraudulent opportunists. The duo took on "Ghost Hunters" when the show claimed that certain minerals were the cause of supernatural activities at the Stanley Hotel, the location where "The Shining" was filmed. Bryan and Baxter's investigation proved there were no such minerals on site, but the Stanley Hotel and "Ghost Hunters" ignored the results because it helped their brands.

These seasoned paranormal claims investigators admit to experiencing some "freaky" moments during their investigations that they quickly chalk up to nerves or some other scientific explanation.

Even so, the founders of the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society have times when they can’t clarify the circumstances through science, research, or the power of discernment, but they still have to suspend belief.

“We don’t have the luxury of believing either way because if you’re going to investigate something that is completely unknown, you need to have a completely open mind,” Baxter said on a Denver morning show. Bryan admits that even a neutral stance can be compromised if they sense something out of the ordinary. “Even with an open mindset you’re a little biased towards wanting to see something.”

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