Meet Our Crew
Sidney Smith is our illustrious leader, director, and producer. He handles EVERYTHING behind the scenes from marketing and advertising. Before creating Haunted History Tours, he owned and operated a hugely successful entertainment company known as Merry Minstrel. Prior to starting that business, Sid was a well known rock and roll photographer throughout the 1970's, touring with major groups like The Allman Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney and many others. His work is still being published today in many national magazines as well as in books featuring the glory days of Rock & Roll. Be sure to check out his personal website: www.rockstarphotos.net ; www.sidneysmithphotos.com For the first time ever, Sidney's exclusive collection of rare, and some never before seen photographs are on display and available for purchase.
Kalila Smith is the founder of the New Orleans Paranormal & Occult Society. She is the author of "New Orleans Ghosts, Voodoo & Vampires, " and "Tales From The French Quarter ". She has been featured on television productions as Travel Daily, Places of Mystery, Unsolved Mysteries, FEAR!, America's Most Haunted Places, In Search of..., and Supernatural Destinations. She wrote and directed "Journey Into Darkness... The Trilogy", Haunted History Tours own video documentary. She is available for lectures & workshops on any paranormal related subject. She is an international psychic/medium and can be available by appointment for private readings at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesse St. Croix was born near Salem, Massachusetts where he became interested in hauntings and paranormal activities as a teenager. He came to New Orleans in 1975 for a two week vacation and fell in love with the city he has called home ever since. He and his partner enjoy buying old homes and restoring them to their former glory and have done 12 so far. They believe that the very first home they purchased was shared with at least one ghost and have been hoping to find more hauntings with each home they purchase. They also own a grandfather clock built by Jesse's great grandfather at the age of 91 and passed down thru generations. They have reason to believe that the clock carries the spirit of its builder.
Adam Schexnyder hails from the bayous of Houma, Louisiana, Cajun country. An experienced stage actor, he has performed in variety of venues across the country, and his tours have been featured on the travel channel and reality tv. Adam has worked for Haunted History Tours since 1999 and conducts the ghost and vampire tour. He also works for the company in administration. Adam's favorite things are cheese, music that incorporates the accordion, his borsalino, and not being Jonathan.
Christine McArdle was born and raised in one of the oldest cities in Connecticut. She spent her entire childhood living in a haunted mansion and in the oldest, darkest cemeteries. Other children were fed fairy tales, Christine was fed gruesome stories of horrendous murders and of people being buried alive. She ate them up and engossed herself in the darkest most macabre histories she could get her hands on. She has been an amateur ghost hunter since she was just 8 years old, going on ghost hunts with her older sister, her family and other ghost hunters. she sees ghosts and spirits most everywhere she is and has a way of telling stories like no other!
By day, Clint Krause operates Red Moon Medicine Show, a small press publishing outfit. By night, he takes to the French Quarter as a Haunted History tour guide. With a lifelong interest in folklore and the paranormal, he followed the siren call of New Orleans from his native Missouri. Clint holds a master's degree in liberal arts with a focus on myth, religion, and history. When not occupied with writing, producing books, or telling ghost stories, he enjoys spending time with his wife Cassie and son Dade in a book-laden shotgun house near the banks of the Mississippi.
Caleb Frank is an experienced guide that will take you on a fantastic journey into darkness through the streets of the city that care forgot, a place where antiquity is always in league with the modern world. But don't be fooled by his outward appearance... there is more to him that meets the eye. Being a Vampire for longer then he cares to remember, Caleb loves to fascinate his audience with stories far beyond the realm of man. From the perspective of the paranormal, he lets the lives of the spirits speak for themselves. Let him take you through histories past as only he can do. Follow him as he takes you on an awe-inspiring, surreal dance with the dead.
Ernie Sylvester was born in Slidell, LA. yet, spent ten years of his life between Georgia and Florida where his mother told him Louisiana ghost stories before bed (Family secret to ensure that children do not sneak out of the house). Seven years ago he returned to his parents home state after serving in the US Army. He continues the family tradition conducting Ghost, and Cemetery Tours.
Eugenia Rainey has been dazzling New Orleans with tales of haunted history since 2004. She moved here from the windy city, where she graduated with a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. In addition, she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska. Currently Eugenia resides in central New Orleans with her husband and children. She and her husband recently celebrated the birth of their 4th daughter. Read her work, “Burying the Moon,” online in Volume 4 of Future Earth Magazine http://www.futureearthmagazine.com/ also her article "Life After" in volume 8 WIlde Oats http://www.wildeoats.com/MainPage Eugenia also has a blog site with ghost stories submitted by tour participants: http://americanghoststory.blogspot.com/
Jyl Odum hails from the Windy City and has called New Orleans her home since 2006 and has been with haunted history since 2010. She conducts many of our tours including cemetery, ghost, voodoo and vampire... and if you're lucky she won't bite. Jill is also our assistant manger. A genuine people person, she's out in the trenches daily, and truly enjoys the opportunity that street theater provides to meet new and exciting people that visit the city. She is also involved in many of the seasonal events that take place in the city. Some of you may know her as Red-Rum Jill from several pirate themed calenders that she has posed for. Her interests include writing and an appreciation for art, especially body art/modification and dreams of someday traveling abroad to learn about the lore of other cultures.
Leonard A. Johnson C. Ht., Certified Hypnotherapist is a graduate of Infinity Hypnosis Institute, He has practiced and taught self hypnosis and guided imagery since 1976.He is President of the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotist, He is a charter member of Stage Hypnotist of The World. He was personally instructed in Stage Hypnosis by Jerry Valley and The Dean of American Hypnosis Ormond McGill. Len is a mesmerizing addition to our Ghost Tour guides.
Elizabeth Daniels fell in love with New Orleans the first time she ever set foot on its cracked sidewalks. She never thought she'd be lucky enough to call this magical city home, but in 2010, the fates conspired to help her do just that. She came down from New York City - where she had been living for ten years - to perform in Let Freedom Swing! at the National World War II Museum (oh yeah, she's a classically trained actress, singer and dancer). The gig lasted three months, after which she planned to return home to NYC, but, as so many of these stories go in the Big Easy, the show closed and she just didn't want to leave. The rest, as they say, is history.
Trisha Baker is the author of a popular vampire series—Crimson Kiss, Crimson Night, and Crimson Shadows. The next novel in the series, Crimson Revenant, will be released in early 2013. A native New Yorker, Trisha lived everywhere from Sighiosara, Romania to Las Vegas, Nevada before making New Orleans her permanent home. You can visit her web site at www.trishabaker.com.
Annelise "Lucy" Quade grew up in Chicago, but has called New Orleans home since 2010 when she began attending Tulane University, and fell in love with this magical city. She graduated with a degree in theatrical design in 2014, and has an extensive background in all aspects of theatre, art, and telling stories. Her affinity for the paranormal led her to Haunted History, where she is currently enjoying her time giving ghost tours and learning more each day about New Orleans and its many restless spirits.
Originally from a small town in rural Ohio, Natalie Sheppard first fell in love with New Orleans after reading Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire in middle school. Determined to make this city her home, she finally got the opportunity to do so after being accepted into the University of New Orleans, where she earned a master's degree in English Literature with concentrations in folklore and popular culture. Fascinated with the stories people tell themselves, she loves to share this city's unique history and legends with visitors from all over the world. When not giving tours, she can usually be found curled up with a depressing Russian novel, her cat, and a cup of earl grey tea.
Daphne Shobert was born in Upstate New York but moved to New Orleans as a child and has been around the New Orleans metro area for most of her life. Having moved to Tennessee just prior to Hurricane Katrina, she ended up in Gatlinburg where she became a tour guide in early 2006, but the beautiful mountains were nothing like home. Daphne has been working as a tour guide for Haunted History Tours since October of 2013, and does 6 of our tours: French Quarter History, Cemetery, Scandals, Vampire, Voodoo, and French Quarter Ghosts and Legends. She has a flair for the dramatic, coupled with a love for the city, topped off with a solid dose of creeptastic.