Zachary Alexander (Zak) Bagans (born on April 5, 1977) is the lead investigator and co-founder of the Ghost Adventures Crew organization, one of the largest worldwide network of professional paranormal investigators. Zak was born in Washington, D.C. and currently lives in Las Vegas, NV.
As a former skeptic, Zak says that his passion for investigating the paranormal resulted from a face-to-face encounter with the spirit of a suicidal woman in his apartment building in Trenton, MI, in 2002. He graduated from film school in MI.
Zak is known, and sometimes criticized for his aggressive and confrontational methods used during investigations; however, he maintains that he respects the afterlife and only provokes evil entities in order to elicit responses.
Zak has hosted and produced the “Ghost Adventures” series since the very beginning in 2008. In 2011, he hosted and produced the show “Paranormal Challenge” on the Travel Channel. Zak also narrated the Travel Channel special “Ultimate Travel: Legends of the Parks”, about paranormal activity in national parks.
Zak wrote a book with Kelly Crigger titled “Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of the Ghost Adventures Crew”. The book debuted at number 18 on the New York Times Best Seller list on September 23, 2011.
2012 remained busy for Zak. On August 18, he released his first private clothes line “DungeonWear”; executive produced a new show on the Travel Channel called “Paranormal Paparazzi”, which premiered on September 28; he also participated in two musical collaborations. The first with a track within the Lords of Acid Album “Deep Chills” via a song called “Paranormal Energy”, and the second with Praga Khan which led to the release of a full length album “NecroFusion”, released on October 23rd. Within the day, it topped the “Electronic” album charts on iTunes.
In 2013, Zak announced another project with Travel Channel, a one hour special called “Netherworld”, featuring the Paris Catacombs, which is expected to air on April 2014. Later in the year he launched a new private clothes line, now called “Reaper”, which should be releasing new designs in 2014.
On January 12, 2014, Zak posted on Twitter that he is the Executive Producer for a feature film, “Sympathy said the Shark”, which is expected to be released soon. Zak continues to be a lead investigator for the Ghost Adventures Crew and host and producer for the Ghost Adventures series, currently on Season 10 on Travel Channel USA.
Updates: He is also hosting the new Ghost Adventures Series “Aftershocks” which began airing on Travel Channel on April 26th 2014 – Season 2 begins March 2015. His documentary film about the “demon house” in Gary, Indiana is set for release in the FALL of 2015.
On August 30th 2014, Zak announced the title of his second book “I am Haunted – Living Life Through the Dead”. This is the second collaboration with writer Kelly Crigger. The official release date is February 10, 2015. You can pre-order your copy on Amazon USA.
Aaron Goodwin (born April 1, 1976) is the equipment tech, co-host and co-investigator in the “Ghost Adventures” Series. Aaron was born in Portland, Oregon, and currently lives in Las Vegas, NV.
For the filming of the “Ghost Adventures” documentary, Zak and Nick needed assistance with primary filming and B-roll taping. Nick introduced Zak to Aaron and the rest is history. At the time of filming the documentary, he never believed in ghosts, but now that has changed. Aaron is often left alone to the “hot spots” in the locations under investigation, and is used as “bait” to attract ghostly spirits.
Before joining the GAC, Aaron worked as a camera operator for the UFC and other behind-the-scenes film premieres in Las Vegas.
Aaron is a believer in “Big Steppin’” through life, phrase he created while in high school. He explains: “I would walk through the hallways real slow, like I was sneaking around without a hall pass but making it real obvious as I big stepped past the doorway windows. After high school I moved up in the big leagues of big stepping and did it in public. Now I have a goal to do Big Steppin’ everywhere I go. To all my Big Steppers out there, you rock and thank you for your love. Small steps get you somewhere, but big steps will get you there faster. ”
He has created a site, Aaron Goodwin Collections, where he sells Big Steppin’ Gear, his photo work and helps independent artists sell their artwork. Besides the “Ghost Adventures” series, he has also done some independent film and music projects.
William (Billy) Andrew Tolley was born on January 18, 1973. Before becoming a part of the Ghost Adventures Crew, Billy started out as a club DJ and producer, and is known to many as Las Vegas’ own “DJ Inferno”. Using his background in audio editing and production software, Billy continues to make awesome mixes, and shares them for free with his friends. You can find his mixes on iTunes or on Pod-o-Matic.
Billy started getting into the paranormal after getting interested in EVPs (electronic voice phenomena or spirit voices). He would soon attempt a paranormal investigation and capture his first ever EVP which led him to create his own paranormal team, the Las Vegas Paranormal Investigations of Mysterious Phenomena Squad (P.I.M.P.S). He first appeared on the Ghost Adventures Series during the “Sloss Furnaces” episode, Season 1.
Currently, Billy is one of the Audio/Visual Techs and Investigators for the Ghost Adventures Crew.
He resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife Diana Tolley, his two daughters, son and dogs Phoenix and Sophie. He rescued Sophie from the streets during the Ghost Adventures “Crazy Town/Baker Hotel” filming shoot in Mineral Wells, Texas.
Jay Wasley is a director, cinematographer, and audio engineer, that has worked professionally in production since 2001, but has been creating films, music, and art since his childhood. His professional career has brought him all over the world working on over 20 feature films, major network television, national commercials, and many other projects.
He is best known for his work on Ghost Adventures, which he joined the crew in season 4 of the Travel Channel’s hit show as their sound mixer, eventually evolving into their on camera audio engineer tech during investigations. He is currently a member of the Ghost Adventures Crew as an Audio/Visual Tech and Investigator.
Jay formed his own production company, Sun House Films, specializing in all forms of creation, including films, music, photography, and mixed media art. He is married to Ashley Wasley, the official Ghost Adventures still photographer for the Travel Channel.