Chris Fleming Bio
Chris Fleming Bio
Chris was born in 1967, the son of Patricia Fleming and Chicago Blackhawks’ hockey legend Reggie Fleming. Though he traveled extensively with his parents and sister during his father’s active years playing hockey, Chris spent most of his childhood in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. As early as he can remember, Chris Fleming was prone to experiencing extraordinary encounters in the form of ghosts and unexplained phenomena, from dark shadowy forms coming out of closets and dim corners, to glowing ghosts manifesting above grade school friends during sleepovers. As these experiences increased, Chris–fearfully at first–began studying the ghosts as they moved around the house and even interacted with him. Soon he grew aware of how they used telepathy to hear his thoughts, and even project themselves from one side of the room to another almost instantly. He also learned quickly that his fears were never hidden from them. After several years of encounters, Chris befriended a spirit who introduced himself as Henry. This spirit would warn Chris about other ghosts and entities, as well as tell him things about the spirit world and universe. Chris conversed with Henry on the Ouija board from 1975-1979 before Henry moved on, but one particular conversation stands out in Chris’s memory to this day: One afternoon Chris, who had recently seen the movie Close Encounters, asked Henry if there is life elsewhere in our solar system. Henry answered “Europa,” and when Chris asked what type of life is on Europa, the spirit responded, “Plant and bacteria.” Twenty years later, Chris was folding laundry and listening to CNN in the background when he heard something in the broadcast that caught his attention: a reporter was announcing that scientists now believe there may be plant or bacteria life on the sixth moon of Jupiter, a moon called Europa.
He saw more than ghosts Growing up
Chris saw more than ghosts. Over time, he saw other entities that, to this day, he is still trying to comprehend. In addition to seeing angels and lights, on a few very remarkable and personal occasions he has felt a divine presence. He has also, however, encountered a variety of dark and negative forces. These demons and beings appeared in various forms, shapes and sizes, leaving Chris convinced at a young age that what we think we scientifically know and understand about our world is eclipsed by all that we don’t know or understand, but occasionally experience nonetheless. At age seven, Chris began experimenting with a reel-to-reel player, capturing his first electronic voice phenomena (EVP) in the form of the words “Touch is me.” Using light bulbs, curtains, plastic containers and the Ouija board, Chris would attempt to contact the spirits of the house, inviting them to respond through various means. Even when he was accompanied by adult witnesses, classmates and neighborhood kids, light bulbs would dim, turn off, and occasionally explode. Curtains would go from hanging still to swaying back and forth. Plants would sway and doors would open and close. Chris wanted the ghosts to prove to his friends—and to himself—that they were really in his house and capable of communicating. And all this before the age of ten! Chris was also plagued by various forms of extrasensory perception (ESP), including dreams that came true, conscious premonitions, high intuitions and empathetic feelings towards animals and people. As a child he often felt overwhelmed seeing what was really going on in peoples’ hearts and minds, as well as what would happen soon in their futures. Once, he prevented his sister from drowning after seeing it happen in a dream. Chris attended Beloit College, located on the Wisconsin/Illinois border, where he majored in fine arts with minors in psychology and in music. Following his graduation from college, Chris worked as a graphic designer for six years at a major newspaper and then for Advo Incorporated, at that time the number one direct mail company in the U.S.
Suddenly something grabbed his hand and ripped away the flashlight…
In 1997, after designing marketing materials for a mortgage company in Chicago, Chris began working part time in the financial industry as a loan officer. And while his encounters with ghosts and entities seemed to wane, his interest in the spirit world did not. One night the staff had to work late and, after hearing everyone in the office tell a ghost story or two, Chris decided to use his design experience to document these stories and others in a magazine he called Unknown Magazine: Real Experiences of Unusual Phenomena and which he published himself from spring of 1997 to early 2001. During those years Chris got the chance to interview people from all over the world regarding their unusual and personal experiences with the paranormal and supernatural. His work began to attract national attention, and he was interviewed himself on hundreds of radio shows talking about ghosts, demons, angels, and prophecies. When he wasn’t busy writing loans or publishing his magazine, Chris investigated local haunts in Chicago such as The Red Lion Pub, Cuba Road, old homes that were supposed to be haunted, Resurrection Mary, Bachelors Grove (his favorite) and other cemeteries around the northwest suburbs. He remembers one particular encounter when he was working with local groups, including a local radio station with a very skeptical host. Chris remembers, “At around 2am, we were all walking down the long trail alongside Bachelors Grove, heading back to our cars, when suddenly our unbelieving radio host came running and screaming up from behind us. He yelled that he was walking with his flashlight swinging in his hand, thinking to himself there are no ghosts here, they don’t exist! when suddenly something grabbed his hand and ripped away the flashlight, tossing it a good ten feet behind him. The thing that scared him was that no one was behind him. We had to walk back to retrieve the flashlight because he wanted nothing to do with it. Needless to say, I couldn’t stop laughing.” Even though Chris discontinued the magazine in 2001, he continued his website—www.UnknownMagazine.com—which featured articles and updates of some of his investigations. In 2001 he told his then-girlfriend, “Even though I will miss the magazine, I have a feeling that, in the future, I’ll be doing this on TV with a dark-haired woman as my co-host.” Little did Chris know that in just two short years he would get a phone call that would make that a reality.
He had deleted her voicemail a month earlier
It wasn’t uncommon for Chris to be contacted by Hollywood producers looking for TV and movie ideas. He would give them a few ideas, then never hear back from them. Frustrated, he finally stopped paying attention to the calls. That is, until August of 2003 when a producer from Two Four Productions out of the UK tracked Chris down at the mortgage company where he was working at the time. Chris remembers, “It was a call that changed my life. My receptionist rang my phone and said, ‘I have a call for you from someone named Charlotte from the UK. She says she’s been trying to reach you for two months.’” Remembering hearing that name in a voice mail he had ignored—and then deleted—over a month earlier, Chris took the call. After listening to what the woman had to say, he was skeptical. Then she emailed him a synopsis of the TV show her company wanted to produce, along with the reasons they wanted to cast him as the co-host. In her email she explained that they wanted to call the show Dead Famous, and pair Chris with a brunette female co-host. Chris says, “When I read that, I jumped and said out loud in my office, ‘Oh my god, this is the premonition I had over two years ago!’” Still, Chris tried not to get his hopes up. Even when they arranged to fly him to London to meet with them, he told himself nothing would come of it, but at least it was a free trip! He says, “Within two weeks I was in London filming the pilot, and six weeks later we got commissioned for a TV series. It moved that fast. Before the first taping, the network recast Chris’s co-host, replacing the dark-haired woman Chris had identified in his premonition with Gail Porter, a blonde, and the show was launched. The impact on Chris, personally and professionally, was huge. At first I was scared and hesitant about going public with my beliefs and experiences. My family was also hesitant about me reliving my past, Chris explains. Many of my experiences had been so personal, I wasn’t sure I had it in me to share my story with the world. But after taping the first episode—and feeling what I felt during the séance with Marilyn Monroe—I realized the spirit world hadn’t left me as I’d assumed. That was the moment I fully embraced doing what I have always loved, convinced that in doing so I would find answers to many of the mysteries that have plagued me. And I haven’t looked back since.”
Chris co-hosted the popular TV show Dead Famous for three years. In the process, he and Gail searched for celebrity ghosts across the United States, not only at grave sites, but also in some of the most reportedly haunted locations in the U.S. He also had the opportunity to work alongside respected pioneers in the field such as parapsychologists Loyd Aurbach, Pamela Heath, and Barry Taft. Dead Famous was broadcast in over 20 countries, via the Bravo network in Canada, Living TV in the UK, and The Biography Channel in the U.S. and in such countries as Sweden, Japan, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Australia, and is still being aired internationally. During the shows three seasons (which included 78 episodes, two “Return” specials and three Live Episodes), Chris was able to capture thousands of EVPs, photos and video footage that he believes prove the existence of ghosts. In the process, Chris became more convinced than ever that he wasn’t meant to abandon the path on which he had embarked as a child. He knew, without a shadow of doubt, that he was in the right place doing exactly what he was meant to do: investigate and communicate with the spirit world. Chris’s passion, techniques and expertise continued to draw attention from other top paranormal investigators, and soon he was appearing on various TV shows illustrating his beliefs and skills in communicating with spirits.
He heard his dead friend’s voice
After Dead Famous, Chris made a guest appearance on Sci-Fi’s Ghost Hunters’ controversial “Manson Murders” episode during which he introduced his K-II meter and innovative methods of communicating with intelligent energy. Allowing spirit energy to communicate YES or NO by manipulating a device to create a form of Morse code was more than a breakthrough, it was a paradigm shift! As the controversy settled and Chris’s techniques were tested more seriously, they became pivotal in changing how investigating is done with electromagnetic (EMF) devices and electronic equipment. Chris achieved similar results with a temperature gauge. By asking a spirit for a specific temperature, Chris was able to facilitate dramatic drops in temperature as registered on the temperature gauge, with no change in actual room temperature. This new method of communication, which Chris named “The Direct Response Method,” brought EMF to the attention of engineers, scientists, and laymen, who then created the next generation of devices to specifically allow intelligent conscious energy (which Chris believes are souls and spirits) to communicate and respond to modern devices. Fascinated with EVP and instrumental trans-communication (ITC), Chris, partnering with GP Entertainment, in 2007 began touring colleges and universities, speaking about the phenomena along with sharing some of his personal experiences with ghosts. That same year, he added ghost hunting equipment products and advice to his Unknown Magazine website in response to a landslide of requests. When Chris appeared on the Travel Channels’ Ghost Adventures Live, he introduced yet another groundbreaking device, the SB7 Spirit Box, which he co-developed and tested with Gary Galka from Pro-Measure. Explaining how the SB7 came about, Chris says, “Fascinated by my experience with the Franks Box, I began researching and experimenting with the Radio Shack hack boxes. This form of one-on-one ITC was new to me, but I gained interest quickly after hearing a dead friend’s voice speak to me through it at the Stanley Hotel. My friend had a very distinct voice, and the moment I heard it I knew this was for real and I had to experiment more. I wasn’t happy with the size of some of these ghost boxes and wanted something that offered more control over the speeds and sweeps. That’s when fate brought Gary Galka across my path. Since we were both looking for something to replace the Radio Shack box, we put our heads together and the SB7 was born. I am very grateful to be a part of this advancement in ITC technology and research.” Chris had certainly come a long way from his childhood experiments using reel-to-reel players, light bulbs, curtains and plastic containers!
No more fear
Following his appearance on Ghost Adventures, Chris landed the role of co-host on Psychic Kids after A&E producers heard about his fascinating childhood background. For two seasons and five episodes, Chris had the opportunity to meet and work with amazingly gifted kids and their families, supporting their quest to understand and develop their psychic abilities, learn to believe in themselves, and grow up in a safe environment supported by family and friends. “This was the greatest thing I’ve ever been a part of,” Chris says. “As a child, I had no support or direction. I’m grateful to have contributed in even a small way to the development and support of these kids during a time in their lives when it’s imperative they have a good understanding of their ESP abilities and of ghosts, so their development isn’t hindered by shame, fear or ridicule.” Chris has also performed investigations during guest appearances on Animal Planet’s The Haunted in New Orleans, and Zak Bagans’ Paranormal Challenge on the Travel Channel. He left the mortgage business in 2010 and today devotes 100% of his time to the paranormal field.
Here’s what he’s been up to:
- Chris launched a ghost hunting store, www.GhostOutlet.com, and has replaced www.unknownmagazine.com with www.ChristopherFleming.com.
- He created and co-executive-produced a one-hour show for Animal Planet with Picture Shack Entertainment called Raising the Dead back in 2011, for which he traveled to Jamaica to learn the practices of Obeah and Myal. This never aired.
- Chris has a monthly podcast titled Spirit Talk available on iTunes and Planet Paranormal. Going on 10 years strong!
- He has recently begun writing a series of books about his experiences within the spirit world. His first is about his father and the last five years they spent together before his father’s passing. www.HeyDadILoveYou.com
- Chris continues to travel the country as a professional lecturer, speaking at colleges across the country and collaborating with various ghost hunters and paranormal investigators. He continues studying the unknown and researching new ways to communicate with the other side.
- Chris has been occasionally offering workshops in learning how to recognize and utilize ESP Extra Sensory Perception.
- Whenever he can, Chris lends an ear to those who have had their own traumatic paranormal experiences, working on various cases that are sent to him. Whether through compassionate discussions or sensitive and awareness readings, Chris does his best to help individuals understand the paranormal activities going on around them.
- Chris does work with therapists, demonologists and priests on a case to case basis regarding hauntings, possessions and attachments. As a channeler and medium he is capable of communicating with the entity or demon and through a form of spiritual counseling works on understanding and getting to the bottom of why the haunting, possession or attachment has occurred. He does prefer to have direct contact and a meeting beforehand with any clergy and or psychiatrist/therapist that is involved to obtain their approval and better understanding of all parties involved. Any mental disorders or health issues must be addressed beforehand. Once they come to an agreement on what is best needed for the individual or family he will assist and work alongside them to institute removal, deliverance or a cure for the individual or family being plagued if there are in fact spiritual issues going on. (UPDATE 4/2016: Chris is taking some time off from cases to work on his book and focus on his health.)