Inner Demons: The Sad and Frightening Fall of Ryan Buell

I remember distinctly the first time I saw an episode of “Paranormal State”.  I was channel surfing late one night when the opening title sequence flashed across the screen.  It wasn’t the premiere episode, but I had never seen anything like it on television.  Here were people who actually traveled the country, investigating homes and helping people who were experiencing terrifying and sometimes violent hauntings.  I was drawn in, almost immediately, by the team leader, a young man by the name of Ryan Buell.

He was fresh faced, boyishly charming, and seemed to have a real passion for the work.  I was, to say the least, an immediate fan of both Ryan and the show.  I was further intrigued as the show progressed as famous mediums like Lorraine Warren, who I’d adored since I first read about her and husband’s work, and Chip Coffey appeared on the show.

I followed each season closely.  I was an ardent fan, and even more, I believed in what they were doing.  I felt a kinship to Ryan, Serg, Katrina, and the rest.  As a medium, I’ve spent a large part of my life walking into people’s homes and helping them deal with the things that go bump in the night.  These people were doing the same thing, but on a grander scale and I would go to bed after watching an episode and dream of joining the team.

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I was sad when the show ended, as they always seem to do, but by that time other shows were cropping up more frequently.  I watched them all, but I secretly hoped that “Paranormal State” might return and that Ryan and his team were still investigating, even if they were not longer on television.

Time passed and I would read online that Ryan was setting up a convention or conference.  Team members would be there.  There would be special appearances by some of the mediums who had guested on the show.  Gods, I wanted to be there!  PRS was still active and you could purchase merchandise online from them.  Books, DVDs, etc.  They had it all.

And then, rumors began to surface.  Conventions were cancelled, and people were saying they didn’t receive promised refunds.  Other people began to complain that they had purchased merchandise, but they never received the merchandise and when requested, their money was not returned.

Like many fans, I rushed to Ryan’s defense.  Surely this was just a mistake.  Surely there was some mix up.  But more and more stories surfaced and my faith began to fade.

Then, like a bolt from the blue, another story surfaced.  Ryan was suffering from pancreatic cancer.  Suddenly, it all made sense!  Of course!  He was sick and that’s why these things were happening.  He certainly was not stealing money from people intentionally.

In short, I believed the story because I wanted to believe.  I wanted to believe that this was a good man who was sick and possibly facing death.  It was easier than the alternative.

And then, one day, I read a post from Chip Coffey.  To paraphrase, he said that he had chosen to break ties with Ryan due to the controversies surrounding him.  He could no longer continue to risk his own reputation.  I was floored.  I must have read his message ten or fifteen times.  This is a man whose work I deeply respect and whose reputation is nearly impeccable in the paranormal community, and his words cut deep.

A certain amount of cognitive dissonance ensued.  Which side did I believe?  Whose story made more sense?  After a ton of research, reading statements from people who told their stories of losing precious money with the promise of goods and services, the answer was clear and had been for some time.  Ryan was no longer the man his myriad fans believed him to be.

Let me clarify, I say “no more” because I really believe deeply that his initial intentions were good.  I believe that he started out on a clear path, but somewhere along the way, that path wandered and his final destination had tainted the entire journey.

In the last couple of years, a whole host of allegations have surfaced.  Ryan was arrested on criminal charges of theft.  His mother released a statement to his fans saying that Ryan was, indeed, sick but not in the way we were led to believe and that everyone needed to give the family space because we really had no idea what had been going on.

Each revelation rocked his fans, and while many stood firm, it was clear that others were falling away.  Well, not so much falling.  They were angry, and they were fleeing.

Over the last few months, Buell has begun to resurface on his Facebook page.  In initial statements, he said that he understood that he had a lot to explain to his fans and that those explanations would happen very soon.

And some of us waited.

Then he made one of the most non-statements I’ve ever had the privilege of reading.  He would have made a politician proud with his wandering speech that never truly touched on any of the events of the last couple of years.

Then, he posted that the following weekend, he would finally make the real statement and apology that his fans deserved.  The weekend came.  The weekend passed.  There were no posts, and in my mind, this was by far his actions speaking clearly.  We were getting no statements.  There would be no apology.  And perhaps, he thought we did not deserve one.

And still, he continued to post that a statement was coming.  It was just never the right time.  And then, a few days ago, suddenly I received a notification that Ryan Buell was live streaming from his page.  I quickly clicked on the video and was shocked by what I witnessed.

I knew that the voice was Ryan’s but the face was…not right.  His cheeks were sunken; his eyes were ringed; his speech was slightly slurred and he rambled in circles.  In short, it appeared that Buell was quite high and had been for some time.

I turned my attention, instead, to the comments on the live stream and there were two separate factions.  Some offered encouragement and told Buell they hoped he was healing and they were praying for him.  An equal number seemed full of anger and rage at a man who they’d once believed in and he had not only let them down.  No, he had stolen from them.

Many confronted him and asked what had been going on, and once again, Buell deflected.  This was not the time and the place to have that conversation, and by this time, many of us realized that the right time and place would never come.  Not, at least, until he was clean and sober and getting himself back on track.

Over the course of a few days he would go live a few more times.  Each time he seemed to still be in a listless and drug riddled haze.  Each time, it was a little more sad.

And then, this week Ryan found himself in the news again.  He had been arrested again, but this time the charge was assault.

Police responded to a call stating that Buell was possibly suffering from an overdose, but upon arrival, they discovered that he and his boyfriend had been involved in a physical altercation.  Buell had allegedly scratched his boyfriend’s face and bitten his finger hard enough to pierce the fingernail.  Buell was taken into custody and arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of simple assault.  Bail was set at $25,000 and he was to appear before a judge today.  We don’t have any word, at this time, of the outcome of that appearance.

And now I sit pondering what happened here and how I, personally, feel as a fan, a paranormal investigator, and a human being, and I have come to a few conclusions.

  1.  For whatever reason, Ryan Buell is no longer the man we once loved and placed on a pedestal.  He has broken countless promises and treated his fandom and colleagues with utter disrespect.  He abused his power, stole money from his fans, and has avoided taking any responsibility for those actions.
  2. I believe that Ryan Buell is an addict.  I do not know his drug of choice, but it appears to be eating away at him and taking from him the very things we loved when we first met him on TV screens all those years ago.  This is not surprising because that is what addiction does.  It is a disease, and it tears people’s lives to shreds.  Until he seeks treatment for his addiction and begins to heal, there is no way that we will hear truth from this man’s mouth about why he’s done the things he has done.  Right now, the only thing that really matters to him is his next high.
  3. In a field like paranormal investigation, integrity is key.  We face a veritable horde of skeptics and naysayers waiting to pounce on any example of wrongdoing and use it as evidence against us in our quest to prove that the unseen is real.  Each investigator is responsible for upholding this integrity and when even the newest among us fail in that, it affects the whole.  When someone who is a prominent fixture, a name and a face that people know due to high exposure, the damage is multiplied a thousand times.  Somewhere, someone is pointing a finger at Buell’s mugshot and saying, “See, I told you they were all a bunch of frauds.”  And THAT angers me more than almost anything else.
  4. I hope that he does seek treatment and is able to address what has happened at some point.  There are a lot of people out there who need closure and an explanation and I do not blame them one bit.  It’s hard enough when one of our shining stars falls. To see them fall, not in glory, but in utter tragedy is a gut punch to the core of any fandom.
  5. Finally, to those who I read suggesting that perhaps through all of his investigating, Ryan has become possessed or opened himself up accidentally to some negative entity which has caused his behavior, I would say to you that Ryan has many demons, but I would bet a week’s salary that they are his own and personal and have very little to do with the paranormal.

On a final note, I do not, nor can I, sit in judgement of Ryan Buell.  I simply hope that he turns his life around and finds a way to begin repairing the damage he’s done to his family, his fans, and to the paranormal community.

73 Comments

  1. Liz Crim

    April 26, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I really enjoyed this article. I agree with you a 100%! Hopefully with this last arrest, he will get help.

  2. Kelly

    April 26, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    This really breaks my heart because I also was a huge fan of his and he will definitely be in my prayers that he gets the help he needs to over come his addiction.

  3. Janine

    April 26, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Thank you for this article. I use to follow Ryan and watch, also. And, as you say, Chip breaking ties with him, also opened my eyes. It’s very sad and just shows that drugs can affect anyone, anywhere. I hope he is able to find his way back to a clean life.

  4. Susan

    April 26, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I think this is so very sad. I loved the show and since have become a Paranormal Investigator, medium in training. I myself kept saying “he’ll be back, he will show everyone” very disheartening. I so hope he can get it together. Life is so much more than drugs, drinking and excuses.

    So God bless you Ryan and your family. I’m sure their struggle is as bad as his addiction.

  5. lorrie

    April 26, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    I seen him when he was on tour;I couldn’t believe the things people were saying about him,it is sad,and nobody but himself can face and conquer those demons, just hope that we don’t have to read his obit anytime soon, good article

  6. Warren Goodwin

    April 26, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Did you ever think that maybe just maybe that his confrontations with demons an evil forces might have something to do with his problems.

    • J Gray

      April 28, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      It sure came to my mind.

      • Janelle Lorkowski

        April 28, 2017 at 11:04 pm

        That’s my thinking as well. It would kind of make sense.

    • AJ

      April 29, 2017 at 12:11 am

      That’s what I’m picking up and I’m fairly new to this!!

    • Beth

      April 29, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      I thought the same thing! Maybe something has taken over!

  7. Maria Trejo

    April 27, 2017 at 12:29 am

    I,m so sorry to hear about Ryan,s down fall? i was truely a fan of his. Get well Ryan. praying for better health & Spirits.So that you may heal my friend.

  8. Erika

    April 27, 2017 at 12:35 am

    I reached out to them and got a generic answer was tormented by ghosts and my ex husband possessed no one helped my famil torn and I’m still being haunted and I can’t find anyone to help.

    • cathy

      May 1, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      There a local paranormal investigators and other shows you can contact as well. I’d keep contacting until you find someone. Katrina is still on a show called Paranormal Lockdown.

  9. Aimee

    April 27, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Wow! This just described me and my thoughts perfectly. It’s really sad to see him go down the path he has. I also feel he was credible in the beginning. The drug epidemic in this country is getting out of hand. I pray he can get the help he needs.

  10. Rob

    April 27, 2017 at 2:48 am

    Very well written…I really enjoyed reading it.

  11. Karen sowell

    April 27, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Thanks for this article I feel the same way I hope he gets help and goes back to investigating if you here anything else let us know

  12. Kuincey

    April 27, 2017 at 4:57 am

    Very sad. I too watched and felt what he was doing was for the good. I myself fought an addiction, I hope he can fight his and come clean. Great article!

  13. Kimberly

    April 27, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Thank you for this. I too had stumbled across PRS one night long ago and was immediately a fan. As the years went by and the show turned into reruns I often wondered why. Then I started following Ryan on Facebook (yay, when he finally set one up) and then articles started showing up of his illness, I felt so sad for him. So when I met Chip at a Paracon Convention a few years ago I asked him how Ryan was doing and he said he is good and didn’t say much after that. I wanted to ask the same when I met Katrina but i didn’t. Be is Ryan or and other human, addictions are devastating and it’s a ripple affects us all. I wish no ill will toward anyone, I just hope he wants a small piece of himself back before it’s too late.

  14. Kim

    April 27, 2017 at 8:29 am

    It’s very obvious that you have never experienced addiction on a personal level. You are very ignorant.

    • Waylon

      April 27, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Hi Kim, my name is Waylon and I authored this article. I was wondering why you think that. Just curious.

      • Renee

        April 28, 2017 at 9:37 am

        What made you decide it was drug addiction vesus demon possession?

        • LauraC

          April 29, 2017 at 2:58 am

          That’s what I’ve thinking! He did have the one that kept following him around…

        • Pamela

          May 21, 2017 at 12:38 am

          Didn’t his mother pretty much confirm that he’s dealing with a drug problem?

  15. Jen

    April 27, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Great article! I hope he gets the help he needs.

  16. Mandie

    April 27, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I agree with you dearie, I so hopefully he gets the much needed help.

  17. Pat Riley

    April 27, 2017 at 10:40 am

    As someone who has seen loved ones caught up in this same addiction,I feel sorry for him and others because I know the drugs take over and it is agony to be without them.I pray for him and hope he can get out of this HELL.But I will not desert him because what he needs now is hope.We still love you Ryan.

  18. Jennifer

    April 27, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I don’t necessarily believe that it is drugs. He looks like he had a manic break and may suffer from Bipolar and/or a personality disorder. I hope that he finds help, and stops destroying his life.

    • Missile

      April 28, 2017 at 2:05 am

      WTF?? Jennifer you need to just shut up. Are you a Dr or what?? You don’t know crap about addiction or what is troubling him right now! Keep your stupid opinions to yourself

  19. Alex Vitorino

    April 27, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I am an alcoholic myself and it was clear to me all the phases of an addiction. Denial, deceive, lies, etc. I am clean for nine years and, believe me, if I could, anyone can do it. I was a heavy drinker.
    He needs help to get back on his feet but first, it is imperative that he recognize himself as an addict. That should be the first step.
    Thank you for the excelet article.
    Alex, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

  20. J

    April 27, 2017 at 11:20 am

    So well put and your description of your first time running into the show while channel surfing… I was so amazed by the show. That there was finally someone else out there that was looking for the truth of my reality.

  21. Marcus

    April 27, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Sadly, as a former addict, I recognized his addictive behavior relatively quickly. I still hoped it wasn’t true, but it was. This arrest will not miraculously “cure” him of waht appears to be a VERY serious problem. He will either voluntarily check into an in-patient facility, or he will die. There is no try.

  22. Gerrie Barney

    April 27, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I am heartbroken. I think Ryan does, or did, have a gift of helping people but went down the wrong path of drugs. Those latest ipictures of him are horrific. I will pray for Ryan ad hope he returns to the man he used to be. 🙏🏻 For you Ryan.

  23. Kuincey Banac-Aricayos

    April 27, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    @Alex Vitorino,

    I feel you! That was my addiction and I also went down a dark and dangerous path. The horrible part is liquor is so easy to get. It was my own hand that made me an alcoholic. It was hard, but I was able to overcome it. Although many suffered on my account. I have taken a social drink here and there. I found that I no longer enjoy the taste anymore. So Ryan, fight the good fight, you need support, support,support. Most of all you need to take the first step. You can do it. Peace

  24. Valerie

    April 27, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    It’s a sad loss of talent that I hope he can find the strength to recover. I saw him a few years ago in Los Angeles at one of his events and aside from the paranormal aspect, he is a gifted speaker. He came across so genuine, warm and uplifting when he spoke, I hope it is not a spark that is gone forever.

  25. Cat Owens

    April 28, 2017 at 12:43 am

    “I do not, nor can I, sit in judgement of Ryan Buell” you do though. You even numbered 5 of them not to mention others throughout the article. Judgement is nothing to be ashamed of. Contrary to popular belief, we are entitled to judgment and should “judge for ourselves” if we do not, we lack discernment and subject to being takedn advantage of. I’m not sure where the idea that judging others was a bad thing. Anyway, You’ve displayed your judgement, hopefully as a friendly warning and to make us aware so that we may pray for Ryan. As your diagnosis stated, he’s an addict (judgement) and all addicts need our prayers so that they may overcome their affliction. According to God’s will. God Bless you and I pray that are at peace.

  26. Gayle

    April 28, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Meany times on his program you could tell the man had been carrying something within him. I think he had demons following him for a long time even before the show. It just my opinion. But that’s what I saw. I do hope he gets better

  27. Renee

    April 28, 2017 at 9:35 am

    To the Author…just curious. What made you decide it was drug addiction versus say..demon possession?

    • Waylon Jordan

      April 28, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Hi Renee. The decision was two fold. A lifetime of dealing with family members addicted to various substances has taught me a great deal about addiction and its effects on the body. Second, as a medium I’ve been asked to be present before during possession cases. They certainly take their toll but what I’ve seen is very different from what I saw with Ryan. In short, the man was clearly under the influence of substance not spirit. That is my belief. And again, I hope he finds treatment for it and soon. I believe that we in the paranormal jump to the explanation of possession for a whole host of ailments that are actually physical or psychological. It’s dangerous to the person suffering. And to those who are predisposed to it can actually plant the suggestion of possession where it did not exist before.

      • Renee

        April 28, 2017 at 9:49 am

        That certainly makes perfect sense. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly and with such a concise answer.

        • Waylon Jordan

          April 28, 2017 at 10:24 am

          You’re very welcome.

      • claudia cv

        April 30, 2017 at 12:18 am

        Can I just ask–Is it possible that a possession or something similar drive you to addiction? Or would taking drugs just once open doors for entities to come in and keep you in the addiction?

    • Pamela

      April 28, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      I think it is possible that in the throes of addiction you become more susceptible to all forms of attack, mental, physical, and spiritual.

      Waylon what a stellar job of reporting sir.

  28. Lisa

    April 28, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Maybe Ryan got jumped or possed by one the spirits, hmm, just a thought!

  29. Michael

    April 28, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Perhaps this is the way the demon that chased him finally caught up with him…Remember he knew he was chased by Belial

  30. Iris rosado

    April 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    This is so sad to know what is going on with him right now cuz he’s is so talented and he was so dedicated on his show it breaks my heart. My prayers for him from now and on!!

  31. Jenn Surdam

    April 28, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I am just now learning of this, for a variety of reasons. But as I read the beginning of this article, I was thinking, wow, my same thoughts exactly. As a Mystic and former paranormal investigator myself, I always respected Ryan and his team a bit more than others I’d seen in tv, mostly because I saw them taking things more seriously and seeming to not jump to crazy conclusions. I’m honestly shocked and saddened. I agree with your assessment, having known a number of addicts as well. It’s very sad, and I hope he will get help. While it’s not for us to judge his heart, we must make some conclusions regarding his behavior. I can’t blame anyone who chooses to separate himself from Ryan until he is fully sober and working a program. Addicts will always be addicts. It’s a disease. But there are too many programs out there for him to have an excuse to not get help and straighten out his life and make things right with those who deserve it. I’m praying for him. Great article, and thanks for the info!

  32. ANNETTE B ROWLAND

    April 28, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    What a wasted life. I never did believe his story of Pancreatic caner. I felt something off about all that years ago. This is such a tragic story of bad decisions.

  33. David

    April 28, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    It may well not be possession as you stated in your article but I believe that once you open yourself up to these kinds of experiences you allow a certain amount of influence from them. It may not be possession but you best believe that these entities are influencing him in some way or another if the encounters that we have witnessed him portray are to be believed. The devil and his minions do not kill you or even make themselves known to be the culprit in most cases. They give you the vices and the means to destroy yourself if you let them, after all, that is their goal. What better way to do it than to do it in such a way that the onlooker truly believes that one is making an uninfluenced decision to harm oneself. Possession may happen but the devil knows it is not needed today. He knows that all he has to do is plant a thought and continue to nurture it until one gives in and then he has them and the individual will eventually destroy himself/herself, especially in cases of drug addiction. The devil and his minions are cunning. To say that he is in no way involved is a bit naive at best for the devil is involved in all ways of the world. His goals are to deceive and destroy as many as he can. It is what he was put here for. In this case I am in aggreement with you insofar as the only person who can help Ryan is Ryan but it will take a strong will and a strong mind to overcome the entities that are driving/influencing his decisions to do all the things he is currently doing. I am speaking from a perspective of experience. I’ve been there.

  34. Pamela V

    April 28, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I believe that in the throes of addiction you become susceptible to mental,physical, and spiritual attacks ………..This was a great article Waylon sir!

  35. Deja Lee

    April 28, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you for writing this and sharing it with us. Your words are a perfect reflection of what I have been experiencing throughout all of this. It has been heartbreaking to watch all of this unfold, to read the words of Chip and Michelle and even Ryan’s mom, and know that there is nothing that any of us can do to help Ryan find his way out. I have watched friends fall to addiction. Some of them come back, some of them don’t. I deeply hope that Ryan is one of the former, and I fear that he will become one of the latter.

  36. Hana

    April 28, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Your article shares a lot of my same sentiments. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Maryjane

    April 28, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Ryan buell needs a person to haver a priest get what ever demons are in him out someone that is aple to should go see him if anyone is one please reach out to him an help him I so love him an his work

  38. Heather

    April 28, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    I loved his show. I also love paranormal reasearch. So much so that I once booked him to appear at a casino I worked for. He was a great guy. Great with the crowd. Humble. Not long after the show ended I had other things going on and really didn’t follow his career anymore. Had no idea all this stuff has been going on. It is just sad to read your article. I am sad for the victims of his behavior and sad for him that he has sunk to this place in his life. I hope he pulls out of it, gets some help and healing and in turn makes amends to those he hurt.

  39. Dawn

    April 28, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    I Totally Agree With You! It’s Sad When Addictions Take Over Anyone’s Life! Hope Ryan Gets The Help He Needs To Put His Life Back Together!

  40. Kathy

    April 28, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Your article was very well written. I work at a psych hospital and deal with addicts every day. It’s a horrible thing that will steal everything you have, your job, health, friends, integrity. I pray Ryan gets help soon.

  41. alexislafury

    April 28, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    So shocked and saddened to learn all this was happening in Ryan’s life. I loved his show and I pray he gets help and can find his way back to his work and a healthy life.

  42. Linda

    April 28, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    This is so sad!! I guess that demon did stop him. I hope and pray that he finds his way back home! God Bless him and his family!

  43. bruce

    April 28, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Hello, Great essay about this situation. Thank you very much for writing it! I have much compassion for Ryan, and I hope he receives appropriate treatment soon.

    Just a comment, from a slightly different point of view. My experience has taught me that frequently addiction and spirit influence do go hand in hand. It’s difficult (and not always useful) to try to determine which came first. But there are plenty of spirits out there with deep, unsatisfied hungers. When given the chance, they will try to satisfy those hungers through the flesh. An addictive personality is particularly open to these attachments.

    I do believe that addiction can be successfully treated with abstinence, supportive medical care and spiritual support, and a shift in consciousness.

  44. Polly

    April 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Did anyone stop to ask if he has been possessed by a demonic intentity

  45. Jewell

    April 28, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I agree with several of the above people (Polly, Linda, etc). Couldn’t the case be that the demon has finally stopped or more hopefully delayed, his helping families. Not only by making him seem like a fraud and a thief but also by destroying his body. He could be possessed, in which case, he needs prayer and someone to fast on his behalf and others to push back against the evil that comes against anyone who has a chance of defeating them.

  46. Vivab

    April 28, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Well said! Great article. Agree 100%.

  47. Jill

    April 28, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    With each season of Paranormal State, its popularity increased, as did Ryan’s popularity. It’s just my opinion, but sometimes with “stardom”, the hangers-on/enablers grab onto their coattails and want to ride along. I think he got involved with people who did not have his best interests at heart and I think he was a troubled young man who became addicted to drugs. I don’t believe working in the paranormal field had anything to do with his addiction either. Like many semi-celebrities, he got involved with the wrong crowd and before you know it, occasional partying becomes partying every single day, then it morphs into an even bigger problem. I hope for Ryan’s sake, that this last arrest is his “bottom” and that he seeks extended stay inpatient treatment, along with an excellent outpatient program after that. Please remember as you pray for him that if he goes the 12-step route, it is going to take months for him to work through the steps (sometimes even years for some)and until he gets to the place of needing to make amends to others, all we can do his just lift him up in prayer (or whatever spiritual route you choose) – some of his “fans” seem to be so demanding of an immediate list of amends and him making his amends ASAP, but working the 12 Steps is a process that takes time and healing. Be patient with that process. Be mindful that addicts also relapse sometimes many times before finally getting sober – it doesn’t mean that they really don’t want to be sober – it just means that they are so physically and psychologically addicted that sometimes it takes a few tries to have success and all anyone wants for Ryan is a lifelong success/sobriety and let him take the steps to make amends and repay those who he basically ripped off. People keep also pushing him to get back into the paranormal field, but maybe, until he works the steps, maybe, just maybe, he just needs to get a normal decent-paying job, and leave the paranormal stuff alone for now – he’s young and there’s time to get back into that later once his life is in order. Just my opinion.

  48. Michele

    April 29, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Do we know if he actually had cancer? I’d hate to think that someone would lie about that.

  49. Michele

    April 29, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Do we know if he actually had cancer? I’d hate to think that someone would lie about that

    • Waylon Jordan

      April 29, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      We don’t really no for sure. In a public statement by his mother it sounded as though the cancer might not have been real.

      • Michele

        April 29, 2017 at 5:34 pm

        I did wonder because if he’s one of the 10% that go into remission from pancreatic cancer, good for him – but getting through that is very rare and I’ve known people who have battled it…it didn’t line up. I’d hate to think someone would make that up. As someone who has lost people to it… I hope for the sake of his soul he didn’t make that up.

        And I agree with you. This is a matter of personal demons, not actual. One can be a part of the paranormal community and still fall prey to addiction. Maybe it was a coping mechanism- who knows. For people to automatically assume supernatural forces are involved…no, this is a human who made (and keeps making) bad choices. And I hope he can find his way back.

      • Tammy

        May 10, 2017 at 12:25 am

        Myself and several fans spoke with Ryan’s mom and aunt on his page and for clarification she said no he did not have cancer because some fans were being rude to her not realizing who she was she said it wasn’t nothing demonic they have set two interventions and his so called friend’s sabotaged them when Ryan got wind of conversation he deleted and banned her from page

  50. Deborah

    April 29, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Prayers for Ryan.

  51. Nikki

    April 29, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Doing drugs opens doors also ,look it up , that’s why having addictions is also called your demons . Either way he needs rescued ,to talk about whatever happened to him is not doing anybody any good,idk if any of his friends or family have even tried to get him help ,like in an exorcism or intervention? I don’t think it would hurt to do an exorcism just to be sure it’s not that . He is dying a slow death and by the looks of his pictures he looks sick ,trust me I’m an addict and a hardcore one and I don’t look like he does . He looks like he has a demon in him js . I also can look into the eyes of ppl and can tell a lot about a person. I just know he has some demons . You blaming it on drugs is just doing what the demons want you to do,they want you to think that they don’t want no one to help him ,as he goes down further and further . I’m just being honest ,I know that a guy like him who loved what he did does not just decide one day I’m gonna do drugs and lose everything ,he is to smart for that unless he had a demon in him .

  52. Truther

    May 7, 2017 at 3:18 am

    Almost anybody is an expert when it comes to recognizing addiction these days, but nobody has a clue what demonic attachment/possession looks like. If there are multiple demons roaming the earth, it doesn’t make any sense to say that everybody who is possessed will have the same exact symptoms & characteristics. It is entirely possible that a demon could be responsible for Ryan’s addiction, as with many other addicts. For all we know, drugs could open us up to demonic hosting. But nobody wants to believe that because 1. It would clash with beliefs & teachings that addicts must take responsibility for their addictions and 2. It could be used as an excuse by addicts without demonic influence to avoid taking responsibility and 3. Nobody (not even those involved in the paranormal field) can bring themselves to accept or believe that demons are capable of causing that much destruction. If you truly believe that demons exist, then you would understand that they are capable of many evils that exist in the world today, addiction being one example. So for those of you who think you know exactly what is happening with Ryan based on what you read or see on the internet, think again. The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn’t exist.

    • Waylon Jordan

      May 7, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      While there is some truth to what you say, Truther, I have also found that a lot of people who vehemently believe in the paranormal also practice “zebra medicine”. There’s an old saying, “When you hear hoofbeats, think horses not zebras”. Far too many in this field want to cry demon every time something happens. I do believe in demonic entities. I have had run ins that have confirmed that belief. HOWEVER, every time someone exhibits negative behaviors or finds themselves in the midst of crisis, I do not automatically assume demons. Sometimes, we are our own worst enemies.

  53. Jasmine

    May 9, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    This makes me so sad. I am heartbroken. I used to watch his show all the time. It does appear to be a drug problem. I really hope he’s able to recover from this. I do wonder if all of his investigating left him open to something negative attaching to him and causing this to happen. I know that may sound far fetched to someone who doesn’t believe in that kind of thing but I, myself, grew up in a haunted house and once you’ve experienced it and it’s been a part of your life…you know that these things can happen.

  54. Grim

    June 15, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    “According to the affidavit, an officer responded at about 7:20 p.m. Friday to the 400 block of Waupelani Drive on a call stating Buell was potentially experiencing an overdose. On the scene, however, the officer was made aware of an alleged domestic assault between Buell and his boyfriend.”
    http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/crime/article146397689.html

    When an overdose is mentioned it’s not a huge leap to assume drugs are involved. Ryan is a charming predator but also a victim, and his drug controls him quite well. It tells him to do things he wouldn’t normally do when he’s in his right mind. He charmed his victims then accepted their money under false pretenses, after fans didn’t get what they paid for and started complaining he made up the cancer lie. The cancer lie bought him some time with fans and lots of sympathy, which by the way my mother died of cancer and I find that lie disgusting and almost unforgivable. So why would he not return his fan’s money? Only one answer makes sense, he no longer had the money because he had spent it. How is he able to afford drugs? Well there was his fan’s money and also other things like his advertising to call fans on the phone for a price. I read that myself on his social media page, I can no longer find that particular post so it must have been deleted.

    His own mother, Shelly Bonavita Lundburg, spoke out shortly after his first arrest in Sept. 2016. She saw her son destroying himself and she reached out through social media and asked people not to enable her son anymore and responded to a comment posted by one fan who asked about his cancer diagnosis by writing: “He’s ill, but not from cancer. His family knows the REAL story. You all need to stop believing his lies and stop enabling him…PLEASE!”

    Did she mean his fans were enabling demonic possession? That does not make sense. By enabling him, she meant stop sending him the money that enables him to buy more of the drugs that are going to kill him PLEASE. She is trying to save her son’s life but unfortunately, there are stupid people still sending him money. Her post was shortly deleted but I personally saw the post and so did many others. Fortunately, someone took a screen shot of the post…http://crimefeed.com/2016/09/25338/

    Taking into consideration all of the evidence (his slurred speech, other online money making schemes etc.) plus statements from his own family and friends AND the drastic physical changes we can all see for ourselves (he looks very very sick) I think a person would have to be deluded to NOT see that he is addicted to drugs. Now that is not to say that the demonic is not involved… because it could be. He could be suffering from demonic oppression (this is different from outright possession) as well as drug addiction, the two “sometimes” go hand in hand. In any case Ryan has lost himself, I’m not sure how low his rock bottom will be but I do hope he can survive it and make restitution to all those that once believed in him. I have done a lot of research on Ryan because at one point I used to be a fan but that was a long time ago. Just one more thing, if you care about this man don’t send him money…oh and pray, yeah prayers are good.

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