A native of the City of Richmond, Allen grew up in a Victorian era home in the city’s downtown. It was there that he had his first brushes with the paranormal. Allen was exposed to the city’s history and lore at a very early age. That sparked a lifelong interest in the paranormal, which ultimately lead him to join CPRI in 2007. In joining CPRI, he was thrilled to find a group that approached the study of the paranormal in such an interesting and professional manner.
Allen has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University with minor courses of study in sociology and urban planning. He has spent over twenty years working in law enforcement having served as a patrol officer, criminal investigator and currently as full-time academy instructor and internal affairs investigator. In addition to paranormal research, Allen has a passion for history, science fiction (especially Star Wars) and riding his Harley Davidson. He currently resides in central Virginia with his wife and two children.