The Atlantic Paranormal Society ( TAPS) is an organization based in Warwick, Rhode Island, USA that investigates paranormal activity. In 2004, the organization became the subject of a weekly reality television series for the Sci-Fi Channel titled Ghost Hunters.


TAPS was founded in 1990 by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. Hawes began TAPS in 1990; originally it was called Rhode Island Paranormal Society. According to former TAPS member Donna LaCroix, the team initially began meeting "every Sunday in a coffee shop." After RIPS began investigating cases throughout the New England area, RIPS was renamed "The Atlantic Paranormal Society". Wilson joined the effort about two years later.

Ghost Hunters TV showEdit

Ghost Hunters is a reality television series featuring Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, who work a day job as Roto-Rooter plumbers and investigate places that are reported to be haunted.

The show debuted in October 2004 on the American Sci-Fi Channel. It should not be confused with the original 1996 Inca Productions show Ghosthunters produced for the Discovery Channel. The format was sold to the US to become Ghost Hunters. The only remaining link between the two shows is presenter Ian Cashmore who anchored the UK/Europe show. Cashmore piloted the U.S. show, but chose not to remain part of the US venture after he filmed the promos.


Ghost Hunters has spawned three differnt spin-off shows:

  • Ghost Hunters International
  • UFO Hunters
  • Ghost Hunters: Collage Edition