Ryan Buell

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Ryan Buell
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Buell during a 2011 interview
Ryan Daniel Buell

(1982-07-08) July 8, 1982 (age 39)
Alma materPennsylvania State University
OccupationParanormal investigator, author and producer
OrganizationParanormal Research Society, founder
TelevisionParanormal State, host

Ryan Daniel Buell (born July 8, 1982)[1] is an American paranormal investigator, author and producer who was the main host of the TV show Paranormal State.

Early life[edit]

Buell was born July 8, 1982[1] in Corry, Pennsylvania, and raised in Sumter, South Carolina.[2] He is of Italian and Native American ancestry.[3] He earned bachelor degrees in journalism and anthropology from Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania.[4]


Buell was the main host of the TV A&E show Paranormal State.[5] He was the executive producer for the feature film American Ghost Hunter, released in 2010. In 2011, Buell and partner Chad Calek announced a 41-city tour for the film. In 2010, Buell served as Co-Executive Producer for Paranormal State and for The Ghost Prophecies, of which he is also the co-creator. Buell and his team decided against continuing Paranormal State after the fifth season to pursue other things. Their final episode aired Monday, May 2, 2011.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Buell's memoir, Paranormal State: My Journey into the Unknown, was released in September 2010. Among other subjects, Buell discusses his bisexuality and his struggle to reconcile his sexual orientation with Catholicism, the faith with which he was raised. "I've decided to share my sexuality and struggle over faith in hopes that others will no longer feel as though they are alone or that they can't be religious."[7]


In July 2012, Buell claimed he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.[8] In late 2013, Buell told People magazine that he was near remission.[9] However, his mother, Shelly Bonavita Lundburg, later denied his cancer diagnosis.[10][9]

In July 2014, Buell began selling tickets for a "Conversations with the Dead Tour."[9] These shows, however, were indefinitely postponed, and many of the customers did not receive refunds or further correspondence on the status of the shows.[9] Buell's friend and collaborator on Paranormal State, Chip Coffey, claimed that the ticket sales had exceeded $80,000, and that while he had been in charge of helping plan the shows, he learned that Buell had not actually booked any of them.[9]

Buell was arrested on September 18, 2016 in Florence County, South Carolina on a warrant from State College, Pennsylvania. He was extradited back to Pennsylvania and charged with two third-degree felonies for theft of leased property and receiving stolen property, and one misdemeanor for theft of services. He was released on bail from Centre County Corrections Facility on October 18 after spending 30 days in jail. He was due back in court on November 2 for a pretrial hearing. Buell told the judge that if he was granted bail, he would stay with friends or his father in State College. He also reportedly relinquished his passport on October 19[11][12][13] and waived his right to a jury trial in January 2017.[14]

Buell was subsequently arrested on April 21, 2017 on charges of simple assault and harassment of his boyfriend.[15] In July 2017, after his releases from jail and rehabilitation, Buell published a personal blog post in which he admitted he was a recovering drug addict and had recently been discharged from rehabilitation. His civil and criminal cases remain unresolved.[16]


  1. ^ a b Brown 2010, p. 47.
  2. ^ Brown 2010, pp. 46–47.
  3. ^ Ryan Buell official Twitter page, November 29, 2009; accessed October 18, 2010.
  4. ^ Hughes, Elaine (April 14, 2006). "Paranormal Research Society founder set to graduate". Collegian. Archived from the original on December 13, 2007. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  5. ^ Jancelewicz, Chris (September 22, 2016). "Ryan Buell of TV's 'Paranormal State' arrested for theft". Global News. Archived from the original on October 14, 2018. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Paranormal State TV Show". TV Guide. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "EW Exclusive: 'Paranormal State' star Ryan Buell comes out in new book". Entertainment Weekly. September 13, 2010. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  8. ^ Dyball, Rennie. "Ryan Buell Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer". People. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d e Wilson, Diane (September 21, 2016). "Celebrity ghost hunter Ryan Buell arrested". ABC 11. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "UPDATE: TV GHOST HUNTER RYAN BUELL'S MOM SAYS "HE'S ILL, BUT NOT FROM CANCER", crimefeed.com; accessed April 29, 2017.
  11. ^ McGee, Kendall. "A&E ghost hunter Ryan Buell arrested in Florence County". WBTW.com. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  12. ^ Wilson, Diane. "Celebrity ghost hunter jailed". ABC11. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  13. ^ Albrecht, John. "Ryan Buell makes bail, gets released from PA jail". Erie Echo. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  14. ^ "Buell waives jury trial". Centre Daily Times. January 26, 2017. Archived from the original on January 29, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "State College man faces new charges after alleged fight with boyfriend". centredaily. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  16. ^ Buell, Ryan D. (July 7, 2017). "Learning How To Crawl (That's Not Easy To Do)". RyanBuell.org. Retrieved October 25, 2017.

General References[edit]

  • Brown, Nathan Robert (2010). The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Paranormal: Indulge Your Fascination with the Mysterious and the Unexplained. New York City, New York: Alpha Books. ISBN 978-1-592-57988-4.

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