'Ghost Adventures' Couple Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide
A husband-and-wife team of ghost hunters who appeared on the Ghost Adventures TV show have died in an apparent murder-suicide, along with another man who was the wife's roommate. Mark and Debby Constantino were ghosts hunters who made several appearances on the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures and at paranormal conventions. Investigators say that on Tuesday, Mark kidnapped his estranged wife Debby, killing her roommate—whose identity has not been released—in the process. He then allegedly took Debby to their adult daughter's apartment. When SWAT team members broke into the apartment, both Mark and Debby were found dead, according to KTVN.
Police were notified of the situation by Debby's female roommate, who called police Tuesday morning when she found Debby missing and their other male roommate dead in their home in northwest Reno. Police traced Debby's cellphone to an apartment in Sparks, Nevada, which was later revealed to be the Constantinos' adult daughter Raquel's apartment.
When police arrived at the apartment, Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson said officers heard the sound of gunfire and a man yelling, "Give me 15 minutes to gather my thoughts or I'll kill her!"
After attempting to negotiate with Mark for several hours, authorities eventually used explosives to break down the door at about 1:30 p.m. Inside, they found both Debby and Mark dead. The cause of death has not been released.
This was not the first time Mark kidnapped his estranged wife. In August, Mark allegedly kidnapped Debby with the help of their daughter, Raquel. They pair yanked Debby out of a car and dragged her inside a home and beat her. Mark was charged with kidnapping and domestic violence, while Raquel was charged with kidnapping, domestic battery and vehicle burglary. While people charged with kidnapping are typically denied bail, a judge allowed Mark and Raquel to both be bonded out, with the condition that they leave Debby alone. It is not clear in what capacity, if any, Raquel was involved in Tuesday's events.
Mark and Debby operated a website called Spirits Speak where they advertised their services as ghost experts, including their ability to record ghosts communicating via something they called Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP). According to the site, they had been married since 1989. Debby was raised in a house she believed was haunted and said she had a gift for attracting, seeing, feeling and hearing ghosts. Mark said he only began to experience paranormal activity after he met Debby.
According to their site:
We believe there is a process that allows us to reach our loved ones, giving closure to the dead as well as the living. We also believe that EVP is a huge tool that can aid police in crime solving. We also work with haunted items. Dolls, antiques, almost any object has potential."
In the episode of Ghost Adventures below, Mark and Debby can be seen investigating the Villisca Axe Murders house in Iowa, where two adults and six children were murdered with an axe in 1912. The crime was never solved.