Hawes (right) interviewed on KAPS Paranormal Radio
Jason Conrad Hawes
December 27, 1971
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Jason Conrad Hawes (born December 27, 1971) is an American plumber and the co-founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), which is based in Warwick, Rhode Island. He is also one of the stars and co-producers of Syfy's Ghost Hunters, which ended after its eleventh season on October 26, 2016, but was later renewed for a 12th season by A&E with new episodes premiering in August 2019. TAPS co-founder and former lead investigator Grant Wilson leads a new team. Hawes, though absent from the revival of Ghost Hunters, leads his own show with Ghost Hunters alumni Dave Tango and Steve Gonsalves in Ghost Nation, which has been airing on the Travel Channel since October 2019.
Hawes was born in Canandaigua, New York and moved to Warwick, Rhode Island in 1971. According to his own account, Hawes began to see apparitions at the age of twenty after a girlfriend who practiced Reiki manipulated his life force energy. Paranormal researcher John Zaffis told Hawes that he was becoming sensitive to paranormal phenomena. Hawes founded the Rhode Island Paranormal Society (RIPS) in 1990 as a support group for people who had paranormal experiences. When Hawes was twenty-two, Hawes went on to found TAPS/The Atlantic Paranormal Society and co-create the major hit Ghost Hunters. Ghost Hunters became the flagship show of the Syfy Channel and made it one of the top watched channels on cable.
Interests and hobbies
Hawes has written two books on the paranormal and four sci-fi/thriller screenplays. He and fellow TAPS founder Grant Wilson are longtime co-workers at their day job as plumbers for Roto-Rooter. It was Hawes who brought Wilson into the plumbing business. The two are former co-owners of the Spalding Inn, based in Whitefield, New Hampshire.They finally sold the Inn in the summer of 2014.
Hawes has used public ghost hunting events and personal appearances to raise money for various charities, such as the Shriners Hospitals for Children and Cure Kids Cancer.
In March 2005, Barry Clinton Eckstrom, 51, of Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, began to send threatening e-mails to Jason Hawes, founder of TAPS. Hawes alerted the FBI in Providence. When the e-mails began to include threats against then President George W. Bush, the Secret Service became involved. Eckstrom also used Hawes's name to send e-mails to some female members of TAPS, in which he threatened to rape and murder them. While under surveillance by federal agents, Eckstrom used a Bethel Park, Pennsylvania library computer to send an e-mail in Hawes' name to Roto Rooter's Cincinnati headquarters, threatening to shoot employees there. Next, Eckstrom typed a message threatening to kill President Bush, again in Hawes' name, using the Department of Homeland Security's website. Before he could send the message, he was arrested. Because of these activities, Eckstrom was sentenced to two years in federal prison in January 2006.
- Hawes, Jason; Wilson, Grant; Friedman, Michael Jan (2007). Ghost Hunting: True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 978-1-4165-4113-4. LCCN 2007016062.
- Hawes, Jason; Wilson, Grant; Friedman, Michael Jan (2009). Seeking Spirits: The Lost Cases of The Atlantic Paranormal Society. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 978-1-4391-0115-5. LCCN 2009025000.
- Hawes, Jason; Wilson, Grant; Dokey, Cameron (2010). Ghost Hunt: Chilling Tales of the Unknown. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. ISBN 0316099597.
- Hawes, Jason; Wilson, Grant; Dokey, Cameron (2011). Ghost Hunt 2: MORE Chilling Tales of the Unknown. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. ISBN 978-0316099585.
- Hawes, Jason; Wilson, Grant; Waggoner, Tim (2011). Ghost Trackers: A Novel. Pocket Books. ISBN 978-1451613810.
- Hawes, Jason; Wilson, Grant; Friedman, Michael Jan (2011). Ghost Files: The Collected Cases from Ghost Hunting and Seeking Spirits. Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1451633108.
- Hawes, Jason; Wilson, Grant; Waggoner, Tim (2012). Ghost Town: A Novel. Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1451613827.
- "Biography Meet Jason Hawes". Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
- TV: 'Ghost Hunters' Suit Up for Seventh SyFy Season
- "Goodbye, Ghost Hunters!". Huffington Post. June 9, 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- Rohrbach, Jill M. (July 26, 2005). "On Sci Fi Channel's Ghost Hunters Episode". Eureka! Historic Hotels. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
- Hawes, Jason; Wilson, Grant; Friedman, Michael Jan (2007). Ghost Hunting: True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society. New York: Pocket Books. pp. 2–6. ISBN 978-1-4165-4113-4. LCCN 2007016062.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-21. Retrieved 2007-03-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Hawes bio on DragonCon.org
- Ghost Hunting (Hawes, Wilson and Friedman), p. 12.
- Hawes, Jason; Wilson, Grant; Friedman, Michael Jan (2009). "Jason: The Haunted Hotel". Seeking Spirits: The Lost Cases of The Atlantic Paranormal Society. New York: Pocket Books. pp. 254–263. ISBN 978-1-4391-0115-5. LCCN 2009025000.
- "The Spalding Inn" (commercial site). spaldinginn.com. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
- "Pittsburgh man indicted for allegedly threatening President Bush". Pittsburgh Business Times. 2005-06-09. Retrieved 2007-03-22.
- Ove, Torsten (2006-01-11). "Man gets 2 years in jail for threats against Bush, Roto-Rooter workers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2007-03-22.