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Photos: Paranormal investigator Jessie Desmond

Jessie Desmond wrote a book on how to conduct ghost investigations, researches paranormal activities and writes a newsletter on unusual sightings and stories in Alaska. Photographed in Fairbanks on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
Marc Lester
A tattoo on Jessie Desmond's arm reads "If lost, please return to Earth" with the planet's galactic coordinates. Jessie Desmond wrote a book on how to conduct ghost investigations, researches paranormal activities and writes a newsletter on unusual sightings and stories in Alaska. Photographed in Fairbanks on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
Marc Lester
Jessie Desmond makes coffee at the Red Couch coffee shop in downtown Fairbanks. Jessie Desmond wrote a book on how to conduct ghost investigations, researches paranormal activities and writes a newsletter on unusual sightings and stories in Alaska. Photographed in Fairbanks on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
Marc Lester
A copy of the Alaska Paranormal Network newsletter, which Jessie Desmond edits, hangs in the Red Couch coffee shop in Fairbanks. Jessie Desmond wrote a book on how to conduct ghost investigations, researches paranormal activities and writes a newsletter on unusual sightings and stories in Alaska. Photographed in Fairbanks on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
Marc Lester
The Professional Ghost Investigator by Jessie Desmond, published in November 2013 by Alaska Dreams Publishing.
Marc Lester

FAIRBANKS -- Jessie Desmond has been drawn to ghost stories since she was a child growing up in nearby North Pole. But even back then, as she read “Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz, it wasn’t just the creepy words and pictures that hooked her. Instead, the author’s notations about the stories’ origins piqued her curiosity.

“You realize those stories are based on local folklore,” she said. “Those books were a big deal to me.”

That interest didn’t wane as she entered adulthood. Back in 2001, as she worked toward a history degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, she posted fliers around campus looking for people who shared her interest in the paranormal.

Living in Fairbanks today, Desmond, 31, makes coffee at a downtown shop and looks for opportunities to investigate ghosts, elves, aliens and Bigfoot. And she wants to share what she’s learned.

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