Jacob ‘Jake’ Rice has investigated the unknown for over 13 years.. By day, he works in analytics for a big technology company: At night, he’s on the trail of ghosts, mysteries and (occasionally) a cryptid. He’s a web producer for Mystic Moon Cafe, a paranormal radio show; Paranormal Pioneers; and AGHOST Stories. Then, he writes for GhostlyActivities.com and MonstersOnTheWeb.com.
Before he became a dark historian, ghost hunter and tech head, Jake was a codebreaker in the US Army. He’s also an avid traveller; having visited all 7 continents.
Let’s get to know him better.
What’s your hometown?
I grew up in the sticks near Lake Superior in Wisconsin, but left for the Army as soon as I graduated from high school. Once I got out, I went to college in Chicago and spent most of my adult life there. Five years ago, I finally made it to Seattle and now consider it my home.
How long have you been interested in the paranormal and other macabre subjects?
I think I was 5-years old when I became fascinated with ghosts and monsters. My family liked to tell ghost stories and watch scary movies. I grew up with spooky stuff.
When did you have your first unexplained encounter?
I was almost 30 when it happened. I got stuck in an elevator in my apartment building and…some thing…began to manifest. Once I yelled at it to go away, it disappeared and the elevator began to move again.
What draws you to dark history and the creepy past?
In another life, I’d probably be an investigative journalist. I love to shine a light on the dark subjects and get to the facts about them. Dark history also scratches my itch to do research and create knowledge.
What investigation do you wish you could do over?
Manteno State Mental Hospital. I rushed through the research and the investigation and site visit turned into legend tripping (a photo-taking tour of a haunted site). I didn’t get a chance to interview the locals and hit up the archives because they didn’t want me snooping around.
What advice can you give new dark historians?
Do your research. Don’t be afraid to go the library and learn about the grisly topic. Believe me, librarians have had stranger requests. Also, learn how to use the Web for research. There’s a lot of misinformation and conspiracies out there. You have to learn how to tell the difference.