Mr. Richard Senate was born in Los Angeles, California. He was the oldest son of Leonard & Sylvia Senate. His father worked for MGM Studios along with his brothers and father on such classic films as The Wizard of Oz. In 1953 the family moved from Venice California to Thousand Oaks where they bought land. In 1963 Leonard retired and the family moved to the coastal community of Ventura, California. Here Richard attended Ventura High School and Ventura Community College where he earned an AA degree. He went on the Long Beach State University where he earned a degree in History. He was working on a second degree in archaeology when he attended a field school at the old Spanish Mission of San Antonio de Padua (near King City, CA) At about 12:30, in the early morning hours of July 2nd, he saw the phantom figure of a monk. This unexpected encounter changed his life. He vowed to discover what ghosts were and why they walk the earth. He became one of the pioneer ghost hunters in the west. It is a career that has taken him to hundreds of haunted sites in the United States and England. He has appeared on many radio and TV programs over the years and has had published 18 books. He is a recognized authority of the subject of the paranormal. He met his wife, Debbie Christenson Senate in 1983. Together they investigated a number of important sites including the Whaley House in San Diego. They were married in a haunted 1888 church and they have three children and today four granddaughters. They reside in Ventura, California where Mr. Senate still conducts investigations, writes books and articles, and conducts tour of haunted sites in the community. He also writes novels in the classic Steam Punk Style-his most current The Flight of the Hercules can be found on Lulu.com. His most recent ghost book-Silver Ghosts (with Sandie LaNae) is about haunted places and investigations in Northern Nevada. It too can be found on Lulu.com. He is working on several new projects he hopes to have finished by Fall.