Zaffis has over thirty years of experience as a paranormal investigator. Zaffis admits that he was initially very skeptical of the existence of ghosts, until one Wednesday evening when he was sixteen and saw a transparent apparition at the foot of his bed shaking its head back and forth. When he told his mother of the incident, Zaffis learned that his grandfather, when he was alive, always shook his head when he was upset about something. In the next few days, Zaffis' grandmother, who lived with him, died. This incident piqued his interest in the paranormal and set him about talking to authorities on the subject and reading about the paranormal. Zaffis spent his first years studying under his uncle and aunt Ed and Lorraine Warren, both demonologists. What he learned from his aunt and uncle exceeded his original interests in ghosts and haunted house. Zaffis became interested in demonology at a young age, which led into his involvement with cases of spirit possession and exorcism and working with prominent exorcists in that field. He has studied the work of Roman Catholic priests, monks, Buddhists, rabbis, and Protestant ministers. Zaffis has also taken part in and assisted with the work of well-known exorcists like Bishop Robert McKenna, Malachi Martin, and Reverend Jun.
Research has taken Zaffis all over the United States, as well as Canada, England, and Scotland. He lectures at colleges, universities, and libraries throughout the United States. Zaffis currently runs the Museum of the Paranormal located in Stratford, Connecticut. He also starred in and wrote the documentary film Museum of the Paranormal, which was released in spring 2010 and produced by New Gravity Media.
A documentary film on his work and personal life, called John Zaffis: The World Within and produced by CORE Films (which also produced the paranormal documentary series Scared!), is set to be released in September 2010.
Zaffis has started a documentary TV series on the Syfy channel called "Haunted Collector", which the first episode aired in June 1st, 2011. It features him, his son, his daughter, and two other crew members searching for ghosts in certain buildings that people call him for. The premise of the show is that the crew finds an item in the building that may have some sort of connection with a haunting.
Other Media appearancesEdit
Zaffis has made appearances on Unsolved Mysteries, Fox News Live, and the Discovery Channel documentaries Little Lost Souls and A Haunting in Connecticut. He currently co-hosts the Paranormal Nights radio show with Brendan Keenan. Zaffis was also in the episode "Ghost Hunter" of A Haunting in which his protege is possessed by a demon. In the 2008 docudrama The Possessed, he plays himself as the demonologist. Zaffis also appeared and was interviewed in the 2009 Ghost Adventures episode at the Remington Arms factory. He also appeared in the 2009 Scared! episode filmed at the Grand Midway Hotel.
Zaffis has appeared six times on the long-running radio program Coast to Coast AM from 2005 to 2007. Often, he is a guest and co-host on the Beyond Reality Radio program hosted by The Atlantic Paranormal Society's Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson.
- ↑ The New York Times, "Haunted Inn Draws Horde of Believers", by Peter Applebome, November 1, 2007
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Coast to Coast
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Our Haunted Lives: True Life Ghost Encounters, Jeff Belanger, page 186
- ↑ Providence Journal, "Paranormal expert to appear in Portsmouth", by Bryan Rourke, October 31, 2002
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Paranormal Research Society of New England
- ↑ Herald Mail, "Famed ghost hunter tells tales of the paranormal", by Dave McMillion, September 22, 2005
- ↑ Museum of the Paranormal Movie
- ↑ The World Within website
- ↑ Internet Movie Database
- ↑ The Possessed at IMDb