Iamhaunted.com founder - Alan Rupnick
Iamhaunted.com - one of the world's largest on-line community of paranormal researchers and investigators - closed its doors to the public on January 18, 2009. Once a frequented website for paranormal investigators all over the world, the domain www.Iamhaunted.com, now renders only a single epitaph, "I Am Haunted - November 15, 2006 - January 18, 2010" when the URL is entered into a web browser. Iamhaunted.com founder, Alan Rupnick, decided that it was time to end his venture with the on-line community as financial struggles and conflicting objectives among the members grew too difficult to manage. "The goal was to unite valid paranormal researchers to work together toward a common goal" said Rupnick. He intended to further research and expand the knowledge base of the paranormal through on-line discussions and the presentation of evidence - a paranormal think tank.
On November 15, 2006, Rupnick founded Iamhaunted with one member - himself. Iamhaunted quickly evolved from one member to a little over 5,000 members in just over a year. Some of the membership included names such as, Troy Taylor, Keith Age, John Zaffis, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Jason Hawes, Brian Harnois, Bill Bean, Scott and Doug from Ghostly Talk, Gregory Myers, and Lorraine Warren. At its peak, Iamhaunted.com garnered nine million page views per month, collected over sixteen thousand photographs, and contained several thousand blogs on the paranormal.
Left to right: Alan Rupnick, Kenneth Deel - author of The Catholic Demonologist Handbook
Iamhaunted appeared to be achieving what Rupnick set out to accomplish on a world-wide scale, but as with any large-scale venture, IAH was not without its challenges. Financial struggles were always there" stated Rupnick, "dealing with the sheer amount of unethical and hateful people was probably the most draining of it all."In January of 2010, Rupnick had decided to close the site and as of January 18, 2010, IAH closed its doors.
A 20-year veteran, Rupnick expressed the desire to continue his research in the paranormal, but without all of the nonsense and drama that he felt corrupted Iamhaunted.com before its closure. On blogtalk radio's show, "Hey Kat", January 25, 2010, Rupnick hinted that a revised Iamhaunted.com may be in the works, but it will not be open to the public and only select paranormal investigators will be invited to join.