See Update below
After public exposure of trouble with his paranormal lecture tour and events, Ryan Buell, formerly of the Paranormal State TV show and the Paranormal Research Society, has stated he has cancelled his tour. Buell announced on his facebook page that health problems among other issues have scuttled the schedule.
Paranormal Examiner, John Albrect, wrote that the events were to feature meet and greets, lectures and ghost hunts. But these were cancelled without notice and the money was not readily refunded. Fans got angry. People who were to take part in the events bowed out. Buell cites PayPal issues which were problematic with regards to payments and refunds but also unexpected serious medical issues. Buell did not disclose the problems but his had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Buell suggested maybe his interactions with demons played a part.
Buell is known for the hit A&E paranormal reality show “Paranormal State” which ran from 2007 to 2011. As a 19-yr old student at Pennsylvania State University, he founded the Paranormal Research Society as a school club. Buell’s show promoted demon infestation and religious rituals for exorcism.
The tour never got rolling as Buell reportedly never left his home state. It looks like he was in WAY over his head, as can be said of the production and drama of the silly, atmospheric, exaggerated drama of Paranormal State and some other pie in the sky projects like online classes. Buell, frankly, has been more or less accused of fraud. He needs to hang up the paranormal investigator hat for a long while.
UPDATE: (29-Jul-2014) A North Carolina local news channel covers this story in detail. Their consumer protection reporter looks into claims that fans are out several hundred dollars a piece and are threatening a class action lawsuit. Buell does not respond. What a fiasco.
Buell’s fans started out sympathetic after he cancelled shows in 2012 claiming he was fighting pancreatic cancer.
However, when refunds weren’t given, we started hearing from them.
In late 2013, Buell told People Magazine he was close to remission, ready to tour again and he started selling tickets for this year. Yet, none of the shows happened.
Just last week, Buell posted on Facebook that health issues would cancel the tour. He also wrote that his company, Paranormal Research Society, never got any of the ticket money and that PayPal is responsible for refunds.
Check out the video report at that link (not embeddable) but worth watching.
Is he sick, was this just entirely mismanged? Someone better take control and fix this as his reputation continues to spiral down the drain.