Sam Baltrusis, author of Wicked Salem: Exploring Lingering Lore and Legends, has penned more than a dozen paranormal-themed books including Ghosts of the American Revolution. He has been featured on several national TV shows including the Travel Channel’s A Haunting, Most Terrifying Places, Haunted Towns, and Haunted USA. In 2020, he made a cameo on several television programs including Paranormal Night Shift, Hotel Paranormal, and Forbidden History. Baltrusis is a sought-after lecturer who speaks at libraries and paranormal-related events across the country. In the past, he has worked for VH1, MTV.com, Newsweek and ABC Radio and as a regional stringer for the New York Times. VisitSamBaltrusis.com for more information.
Keith was born and raised in Houston, Texas. From the age of three (3) Keith knew he wanted to be a firefighter. At 16, Keith would visit his neighborhood fire station to hang out with the firefighters with hopes of learning the ropes. By 18 years old he was volunteering. Keith obtained his professional firefighter certificate at age 20 and was hire full time by the Houston Fire Department. Keith spent 30 years leading the Houston Fire Department as a Captain.
Keith began to experience the paranormal at the age of 12 after his grandmother passed away. He was very close to his grandmother and her death fell heavily on him. Two weeks after her passing he would wake to find his grandmother standing at the foot of his bed. His initial fear turned to calm when he realized it was his grandmother. As if to say, “I’m with you always.” she reached out and gently held his foot. And with that the encounter was over. From then on, Keith knew his grandmother was watching over him, protecting and sheltering him.
A year later and after a tonsillectomy, Keith would find himself violently ill. A simple medication to control vomiting would put him in anaphylactic shock/cardiac arrest. Thankfully, an ambulance arrived to give him medication to reverse the effects before brain damage occurred. During this event, Keith walked down a hill until he came to an open pasture where the colors where bluer than blue, greens were greener than green, and songbirds sang beautifully. He came upon a bench next to a lake where his grandmother was sitting. He sat down next to her and ask, “Where am I?” With her forefinger over her lips, she gently shushed and comforted him. When she finally spoke, she told Keith he would have to go back. With these words, Keith immediately began to hear his mother calling out to him. Chaos ensued as Keith awoke from his near-death experience. His parents were crying, doctors and nurses were calling out orders, and beeps from monitors filled the air.
Over the past several years, Keith has begun to investigate on his own in hopes to help others who have experienced paranormal activity. To date, Keith has investigated numerous historically haunted locations, private homes and fire stations to help explain the paranormal activity going on within. He has also spent years attending paracons throughout the United States where he began to connect with many that he now calls colleagues.