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When he’s confronted by skeptics who doubt the possibility of ghosts, Patrick Doyle has a ready response. “I’m very much a skeptic as well,” says Doyle, who is one of two paranormal investigators featured on the Syfy series, “Ghost Mine.”
“I think you have to be honest with yourself and be a skeptic to be in the paranormal field,” says the 42-year-old. “You’re always questioning.” But for those who scoff at the concept of paranormal activity, Doyle says this: “I’d ask them first, have you had something that happened to you, heard something, seen something, that you can’t explain?”
Doyle has, and it’s those experiences that led him to his fascination with eerie phenomena. He continues to pursue his passion in Season 2 of “Ghost Mine,” which premieres tonight on Syfy.
In Season 1 of the series, viewers met Doyle and his fellow sleuth Kristen Luman, who studied paranormal psychology at Portland State University.
These two accompanied a crew of miners working the Crescent Mine, near Sumpter, Ore., who were trying to find gold. Doyle and Luman, by contrast, were on the hunt for evidence of ghostly activity supposedly associated with the mine.
“It’s a lot more dangerous this year,” says Doyle, who worked on the series for the past three months. “We discovered a new tunnel, and some of the questions from last year are answered. But what makes this different from all the other ghost shows out there is we are dealing with cave-ins, and bad timber shifting, and bad air. There were a few times where I honestly thought I was going to die.”
Doyle traces his fascination with the paranormal back to when he was a 7-year-old.
“I was living in a town outside of Chicago, and I was a latchkey kid at the time,” he recalls. He got home from school, and was playing video games, then heard a noise in the basement.
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