'The Dead Files' comes to Cedar Park

Episode airs June 8 on Travel Channel

Is Cedar Park haunted? You'll have to tune in to find out.

Skeptics and believers collide in "The Dead Files," a new paranormal investigation series on the Travel Channel featuring retired detective Steve DiSchiavi and psychic medium Amy Allan. The show, now in its second season, visited Cedar Park in March to film an episode, which could be the most captivating yet, said Jim Casey, "The Dead Files" executive producer.

"I won't give away the ending, but I will tell you the Cedar Park story so far is one of the more shocking outcomes," Casey said. "It's the one we keep referring to as the 'oh-my-God' episode."

The episode tracks the rental property of Annie, who lives alone and is cared for by her friend Joel. As a cross-country truck driver, Joel expressed concerns over Annie's safety at the property, where a series of bizarre incidents have supposedly occurred, Casey said.

Casey could not reveal the subjects' last names or the location of the property where filming occurred. The episode is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. June 8 on the Travel Channel.

The show seeks to validate any paranormal findings with physical evidence. Enter DiSchiavi, a 21-year veteran of the New York Police Department.

Despite working with psychics as an NYPD homicide detective, DiSchiavi said that Allan is the first authentic medium he has ever encountered.

"Nobody I worked with ever impressed me—it was all smoke and mirrors—and then I met Amy and she kind of blew me away," DiSchiavi said, referring to his work with Allan on the show's pilot episode. "Every detective keeps something to themselves that nobody else would know about, yet she hit on it. Chills went up and down my neck."

It was DiSchiavi's healthy amount of skepticism that made him an ideal counter to Allan, Casey said.

"The thing about paranormal activity—either you're a believer or you're not. There's very little middle ground," he said. "What I think our show does that others do not is it ropes in people who are not typically believers or fans because Steve is conducting a very real investigation."

The show's two stars collaborate at the end of each episode to reveal their respective investigations into the same case. The Cedar Park–based episode promises to resolve the problems facing Annie, DiSchiavi said.

"Cedar Park was a real interesting case," he said. "I think it was a life-altering thing Amy did for (Annie) that will help her live much more peacefully."

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.


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