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Executive producer of Paranormal State Al LaGarde, said “It’s not that we feel that we can come and solve a murder,but we thought we could come and help this family.”

PRS lends a hand at trying to solve one of Ohio’s cold case files. The death of Connie and Ron Collins.
Both of their bodies were found after a fire burned their home down last year on March 8. The autopsy of their body found that they had been shot prior to their bodies being burned by the house fire, changing this from accident to homicide/arson. The case has not had any leads in the year since the Collins’ deaths. This is the reason why the Collins kids called upon Paranormal State. To try to approach this case from a different perspective.

Connie and Ron Collins

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Ron was 54 when he died; Connie, 52. The couple, who married in 2000, lived in Columbus before moving to Roseville. Their deaths were initially thought to have been caused by a fire from a faulty space heater. Their children (Ron also had two sons) thought the deaths were suspicious: Ron had a bad back and usually slept on a couch, but the couple was found in bed.

Autopsies later proved that each had been shot to death before the fire, which was later ruled arson. Lt. Ed Miller of the Perry Country Sheriff’s Office said he is “exploring multiple suspects” in the case.

He declined to appear on tonight’s episode or discuss the case with the Paranormal crew, fearing it would “jeopardize the integrity of the case.” However, he said, “if they wish to try to help us in our endeavor in trying to clear up a case of this type, and they’re able to develop usable evidence or information, then we welcome that.”

That was also the thinking of Christy, 21, and Connie’s daughter Stacey Armbrust, 27, both of the North Side.

“My thing with Paranormal was more ‘OK, cool; they’re going to bring in a fire investigator . . . maybe they can see something that these guys don’t see,’ ” Armbrust said.

The cable program also hired a private investigator and brought in Chip Coffey, a psychic medium who appears regularly on the series.

Armbrust said Coffey told her that her mother’s spirit was still on Earth and angry, trying to make sure her family found out who was responsible.

Christy said she was told her father’s spirit had crossed over already.

Her boyfriend thinks that’s why they saw a light the night her father was killed. They were in a parked car outside a friend’s home near midnight. Christy and her boyfriend, who was close to her father, both saw the light in the middle of the car for about five seconds.

Christy said she still isn’t sure what she saw, but since the Paranormal State crew visited in August, she has stopped hearing her father’s voice or feeling his presence.

Coffey visited the burned remains of the house and described the events of the night in details that he couldn’t have known without coaching, Armbrust said. (She was told he knew nothing in advance, and that claim is repeated each time he appears on the show).

The producers shared anything they learned (including Coffey’s sense that a woman in a red truck had been involved) with Miller, who said nothing was new to him.

Even so, both Christy Collins and Stacey Armbrust hope the episode revives interest in the case. Even if neither is sure what to believe about spirits, each woman does think that someone knows what happened to their parents that night.

I still have this episode sitting in my TiVo queue. I’ll have to watch sometime today.
Did anyone watch this episode? is so, what are your thoughts about the investigation?


Ok so I saw the episode last night. Typical shit. They go into the case, don’t really provide any tangible evidence that there is some haunting and proceed to add their post-filming sound effects. Throughout the investigation The PRS team can just go by what the tenants were feeling and what they claim to have seen. For us the viewers, we can just go be what the PRS team feels. At one point of the show, Ryan Buell and Chip Coffey go into a bedroom in which they both claim to have seen a shadow go into. Cleverly edited, you see Ryan point his FLIR camera and say something along the lines of: “What is that sitting on the bed…” and then cuts into commercial. After the break, you just hear Ryan tell Chip, “It looked like an outline of a human sitting there” but the PRS team never shows your the scene that should have been captured by the FLIR. Even though you can see Ryan clearly walking into the room with the FLIR camera pointing directly on the bed.

As Parafreak40 said in their comment:

“…The thing I think is odd was the statement by one of the brother’s about the ghost of the victim appearing to him and asking him to solve the murder. He said that when he knew fingers were pointing at him…”

It is odd the way both ousted brothers claimed to have seen the apparition of their dead father asking them to avenge their death. It was odd since their parents just came in possession with about $200,000.
The fact that none of the other family members care for them and even go as far as thinking they might have had something to do with the murders says a lot. Plus, I don’t think there has ever been a case where a ghost appears to someone and asks them to help solve a murder….at least not when the person claiming this, is being sort of interrogated and is on national television. Never heard of anything like this….maybe in a movie.

Bottom line, this episode left the family (contrary to what the PRS team claims) at the same place they started. Confused and angry.

Paranormal State, Please stop with the shitty sound effects throughout your investigations. It does not add any suspense to your show. well, maybe cheap-thrills for teenagers but other than that it cheapens your image.

  • Cassie wanna be paranormal investigator

    ever since 4 the paranormal has been fallowing me around, and no joke like two seconds ago i heard a little girl call out my name. god i am freaking out dude! her name is Katey she is 5, she is my friend but sometimes she really scares me. then there is Timmy, who loves me and try changing in your room when you always feel someone watching you, he is 11, and then there is Jason. he’s the demon of the house, he killed Katey he is in his 30 but i don’t know his actual age. and my grandpa Mike. how do i know? they told me, and showed me. i want to be a paranormal investigator with my very best friend Livy. we agreed to be paranormal investigators after watching ghost adventures. she asked what is we where paranormal investigators, and i actually said that, that might be cool to do, her expretion on her face when i said that is mot repeatible. looking back on that makes me think, my life, and my, addiction all started with a what if.

  • Shanetegrnv

    I thought this was an awesome episode. Don’t know anything about not helping the family they helped Connie cross over. I want an update on this case. Love this show and think ryan and PRS are way better than other ghost shows.

  • Aunttoniwatson48

    I agree, they wasn’t there to solve the murders but to help the family,which they did.

  • LorrieBS

    What episode were you watching? Ryan never claimed to see a figure and no FLIR was involved in the episode. Chip knew about the positioning of the bodies, ONLY Chuck made the comment about the visit from his dad Ron and you need to watch one at a time…slowly.

  • Vince 1080

    I know this post is from 2 years ago but I am certain it would still be relevant today firstly my condolences for your great loss I hope you are closer to finding out the truth about this terrible tragedy. I have read a couple of your comments and I can sense the anger and frustration I just wanted to say please don’t allow others to upset and hurt you more I know its easier said than done but you are only hurting yourself and that wont help anyone you have already suffered enough don’t allow idiots to hurt you further. Good luck and God bless.

  • mshaw

    I love PRS…out of all of the “Ghost Investigating” shows that are out right now, I feel that this show is one of the best. They don’t go and just try to see if they can find paranormal activity and then leave. They aren’t doing this to make money or become famous. When they go out they try and respect each persons religious beliefs while they are investigating. Then if they find something, they don’t just tell the people. They try and help them fix the situation to the best of their ability. They help them do whatever they can. They help spirits who are trapped try an cross over, they help the clients deal with everything by having counseling and help them protect theirselves and their homes.
    Also I feel the physics they use are probably the best in the business. Chip gives such detailed accounts of things that it shocks me sometimes. And Michelle is the same way a lot of the time. A lot of times when you see so called physics on tv shows you just don’t believe what they are saying because of the lack of details or the way they say things. A lot of them are just trained to use body language or reactions in describing their so called evidence or things they are picking up on.
    Anyway PRS is the best. And this episode they may not have helped solve the case or introduce new evidence, but they did help this family heal a little. They told them that they need to bond together in this tragedy instead of pushing away from one another. They also have peace that chip believes that the brothers didn’t have anything to do with the murders. I hope this family does get closure soon though.

  • mshaw

    Paranormal State is actually one of the best one’s out there today that would be a good choice. A lot of paranormal investigators are just trying to get evidence of activity, they are not going to actually help the people heal. Ryan and the team are not in it just to become famous or be known to collect great evidence. Ryan is in it because he knows how people feel who have experienced things and how frightening and terrifying it can be. He knows how it feels to not have someone believe you. When Ryan goes into an investigation he is professional about it. When they find evidence and even if they don’t have experiences, he doesn’t make the clients feel bad, he helps them religiously by their beliefs and he tells them different things they can do to help relieve the issues. Out of all of the physics ive seen on these different paranormal shows Chip and Michelle are 2 of the best I have ever seen. I truly believe in their abilities. Plenty of times there are so called physics on shows that you know right off the bat that they are not real. I think the family did the right thing by contacting PRS in this situation. and even though they didn’t give the family any new evidence I feel the family did heal a little with PRS’s help.

  • Chris

    Terrible show, terrible post sound effect additions and laughable investigative deduction.

  • Lee

    Chip Coffey seems to be a real psychic, often doing really well. But in this episode Connie,in spirit, was supposedly very bent on being there and solving the murder according to Chip. Yet she never tells Chip who did it. So…that was odd. Also Chip was basically saying, after the brothers showed up at the “dead time” that someone who knew about the murders was there. Then he seems to go back on that in the investigators office, suddenly believes the brothers are innocent. WTF ? Is this a case where they decided to keep certain things more hidden than what it started out as, for investigative reasons ? Or was Chip suddenly worried about his own safety ? Strange episode.

  • Suc.It.