Local authors appear at series of ghost lectures

October 06, 2009

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Local authors Athena Varounis and Deborah Heinecker will visit several locations in Franklin County, Pa., and Washington County this month, speaking about the paranormal and their experiences while working together on the recently published "Franklin County Ghosts."

The women, one a retired FBI agent and the other a respected psychic, worked together on investigations of a dozen haunted sites in Franklin County. The book, made up of ghost stories from public and private locations, is a blend of personal accounts and psychic impressions.

Varounis has lived in Waynesboro since her 2004 retirement from the FBI. For more than a year, beginning in the fall of 2007, she visited numerous public and private homes and businesses in Franklin County that are reportedly haunted.

Former Cascade resident Heinecker accompanied Varounis to the locations and contributed her psychic impressions of the scenes.

Heinecker's psychic investigations into two murder cases were featured on two episodes of the Biography Channel's "Psychic Investigators" in August. Her book, "The Reluctant Psychic," is a fictionalized account of one of those investigations.


Discussions and signings of "Franklin County Ghosts" and "The Reluctant Psychic" will take place at the following locations:

o Penn State Mont Alto, Wiestling Hall, Wednesday, 2 p.m.

o Renfrew Museum and Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Thursday, 7 p.m.

o Borders, 17636 Garland Groh Blvd., Hagerstown, Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m.

o Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge. Ave., Greencastle, Pa., Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

o Friends of the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library luncheon at the Savoy, 1655 Anthony Highway, Waynesboro, Friday, Oct. 23, noon.

In addition, ghost stories, tours and overnight stays at the Old Jail, 175 E. King St., Chambersburg, will be held Oct. 29 to 31 at 7 and 9 p.m. Overnight stays beginning with ghost stories and a tour begin at 11 p.m. each of those days.

Varounis and Heinecker are partners in Vesuvius Investigative Consultants (, providing investigative services into civil and criminal matters, including homicides, missing persons, arson and paranormal phenomena.

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