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Apr 3, 2017

In this episode:

  • Aaron Interviews Nicole Strickland of The San Diego Research Society (SDPRS)
  • They talk about Nicole's experiences, ghosts, EVPs, investigating, orbs and much more!



 Nicole Strickland currently resides in San Diego, California, and has been innately intrigued with the paranormal since childhood and has studied the field for many years. She has been actively investigating historical landmarks and private residences for paranormal activity since the early 2000s, after a profound experience with the spirit of her beloved grandmother, Helen LoPinto. She is the Founder and Director of the San Diego Paranormal Research Society (SDPRS); and serves as the team’s EVP specialist and historical locations case manager. Nicole has worked with various Southern California paranormal research teams prior to developing SDPRS in 2009. She is the California Coordinator to the Ghost Research Society and also serves as a consultant to World Paranormal Investigations and the American Spectral Society. Nicole also offers local San Diego-based classes about various aspects of paranormal research and investigation.



* Field Guide to Southern California Hauntings (2009)

* The Haunted Queen of the Seas: The Living Legend of the RMS Queen Mary (2010)

* The Haunted Queen of the Seas: The Living Legend of the RMS Queen Mary 2nd ed (2017)

* Spirited Queen Mary: Her Haunted Legend (2017)



* San Diego's Most Haunted: The Historical Legacy and Paranormal Marvels of America's Finest City (2017 or 2018 with Schiffer Publishing)

* A co-authored book about the RMS Queen Mary


QUEEN MARY RESEARCH Nicole has conducted numerous paranormal research investigations throughout San Diego, Southern California and even out-of-state. Her favorite place to conduct both historical and paranormal research is at the legendary RMS Queen Mary, located in Long Beach, California. Nicole has spent the past 12 years researching various areas of the liner. She has given many presentations about the RMS Queen Mary at paranormal conferences and events and has talked about the haunted history of the ship on various internet and terrestrial-based paranormal talk radio shows. She has recently come out with her own website and blog devoted to the Queen Mary, at MEDIA APPEARANCES In addition to radio, Nicole has been featured on local and national TV programs. These include Good Morning San Diego, San Diego Living, Travel Channel's Ghost Stories, BIO's My Ghost Story and Fresno, California's Paranormal Journeys. She has recently been tapped to be a consulting producer for an upcoming TV program as well. In addition to some TV work, Nicole has appeared on documentaries, including Ghosts Across America II, Night Stalkers: Southern California Paranormal

Investigators, and the All Around Us: Inside the Life of Psychic Medium Seth Michael film. Nicole will participate in a 2018-based film, discussing her work aboard the Queen Mary.


"SPIRITS OF THE ADOBE" Tour Host - Rancho Buena Vista Adobe

Along with SDPRS' Ali Schreiber, Nicole is also the co-host of the monthly "Spirits of the Adobe" tours at Vista, California's historic Rancho Buena Vista Adobe. Along with SDPRS, Nicole has conducted private research investigations at the site since 2011. By blending the rancho's history and paranormal phenomena, the tours act as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe

PARANORMAL UNDERGROUND MAGAZINE Writer and Correspondent Nicole signed on with Paranormal Underground Magazine as a writer and correspondent in 2016. To date, she has written a few articles for the magazine as well as contributing to its "Paranormal Insider" section. For more information, please visit OREGON GHOST CONFERENCE California Coordinator Founded and directed by Rocky Smith of Northwest Ghost Tours, LLC, The Oregon Ghost Conference is a model event for paranormal conventions in the United States. It's also the largest paranormal conference in the Pacific Northwest region. Nicole has enjoyed being a speaker, panel guest, course instructor and vendor at the event for three years in a row. She was asked to be the official California Coordinator for the conference in 2016, an honor she is truly excited about. For more information, please visit Nicole enjoys working with other paranormal researchers in the field as she believes that through diligent research, teamwork and collaboration, we will all better understand the vast field of the paranormal.


Testimonials for Nicole Strickland


“As History Ambassador for the San Diego History Center, I am always on the look-out for experts in their field who can provide another means to learn about the past. Paranormal investigation, and delving into Spiritualism, is always a hot button item for the public, especially as San Diego claims to possess America’s most haunted house. This claim is part of the folklore of the region, and storytelling is the most compelling way we can engage with myths, legends, and tall tales - the essence of folklore.

Nicole Strickland has been the paranormal researcher and storyteller of choice for my guests over the years as she understands the genre deeply, and shares key clues, identifies strategies, and demonstrates equipment used in the investigation process that is engaging, thought-provoking, and an intelligent way to approach what might otherwise be a skeptical subject for some people. She puts the science of paranormal investigation in the hands of the participants so they are actively immersed in the experience to whatever degree they feel comfortable.

Nicole is a passionate paranormal researcher and author, the founder of the San Diego Paranormal Research Society, and is sought out nationally to serve on panels, radio shows, and television interviews in regards to this topic. As she is so thorough in her approach to every investigation or request for understanding of the paranormal phenomenon, Nicole imparts assurance and instills confidence in her clients and participants in your audiences.

She also shows empathy to the energies and spirit forces that she might come across in her experiences. She realizes the gift that she has been given to serve as a connection between two

worlds, and doesn’t take that honor lightly. As a result, she will tell you directly that she is not a ghost hunter. Though she doesn’t deny that there are many avenues to pursue when connecting with the spirit world, her approach is one expressing understanding, a willingness to listen, and to offer assurance to those who are unable to fully cross-over. These are the characteristics that make Nicole highly sought after and what makes her such a vital resource in the paranormal community today.”


Gabe Selak

History Ambassador, San Diego History Center

Historical Consultant to the SDPRS


“Nicole Strickland is a well-respected member of the paranormal community who tirelessly researches claims of alleged ghosts and hauntings. Her passion for the field is what separates her from the rest of the pack. The plethora of knowledge she possesses regarding the history and hauntings of the RMS Queen Mary is not only astounding, but quite admirable. Nicole is the ‘go-to’ source for information about The Grey Ghost (nickname used for the Queen Mary during World War II).”

—Joey Tito, Author and paranormal researcher with the American Spectral Society


“Nicole is my ‘go-to gal’ for Queen Mary history and ghostly activity. Her approach is both professional and informative. Having worked with Nicole several times in the past, she has never disappointed nor displayed anything but pure heart, experience, and professionalism. I highly recommend reading her work and booking her for your next radio interview or conference! One of the best in the field and truly one of the community's sweethearts!”

—Todd Bates, Radio host and EVP specialist


“Nicole brings her serene energy to investigations and it is absolutely a pleasure to work with her. She has a reverence and respect for the spirits. She is respectful and considerate, not only to the spirits, but to the people she is with. Nicole has captured some phenomenal EVP, many of which have been caught while on board the Queen Mary, her favorite haunt. She has educated herself on the history and happenings on the Queen of the Seas, and we have enjoyed several evenings with her on this wondrous ship, as well as investigations in Southern California. We’ve shared experiences on a personal level, regarding the death of a cherished family member. Just recently, Nicole had a significant experience and when she told us about it, imagine our amazement in that it completely coincided with a personal experience that we both (Dawn and Sharon) had shared together. It was enlightening and comforting. Nicole is humble about her intuitive experiences, and we look forward to further investigations and shared encounters in the future with her."

—Dawn Gaudette and Sharon Gaudette Hieserich, Intuitives and paranormal researchers


"Nicole Strickland is not merely a ghost hunter. This is not a person that you’ll find searching for random bumps in the night, but a true researcher of the unknown, the paranormal, and the unexplained. Not content to sit back and simply read about the work done by others, Nicole is out actively investigating the mysteries that still exist when it comes to ghosts and hauntings. There are

few who can match her passion and drive for answers about the supernatural and I consider her one of the most dedicated researchers in the field."

—Troy Taylor, Author and founder of American Ghost Society


Contact Information

San Diego Paranormal Research Society (SDPRS)

Author Nicole Strickland

Spirited Queen Mary: A Website and Blog


Twitter - @sdprsnicole

Instagram - authornicolestrickland

Cellular: (858) 395-8520 E-mail:

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