The Paranormal Investigation Team of Tulsa (P.I.T.T.) is one of the longest standing and most reputable team of researchers in the state of Oklahoma. In fact, when the team was founded by Teri French-White in 1998, there was only one paranormal researcher in the entire state! With a deep desire to investigate paranormal phenomena, Teri with friends Tina Stevens and Teresa Wilkins set out to find like minded individuals to do just that. In her search, she found a group of people in Oklahoma City forming a new team and joined them. The drive between Oklahoma City and Tulsa eventually took it's toll so Teri started her very own team in Tulsa. She quickly found people who were interested in digging into Tulsa's urban legends and creepy past and the group quickly became great friends. They all had the same goal and desire to learn more about the after life, and P.I.T.T. was born.
In the past decade the P.I.T.T. team has done some amazing things. In 2001 they hosted a local TV series called "Tulsa Haunts" on Fox 23 News where they investigated famous local hot spots around the Tulsa area. In 2003 the team was contacted by a production company out of Los Angeles, California who wanted their help filming a show for the Travel Channel. The team helped them with the production of the series "Haunted & Mysterious Rt. 66" and "Haunted Theaters" both which still air on the Travel Channel network. That same production company was so impressed with the team they asked if they could use footage from the Travel Channel series to pitch a TV show to a few national media outlets. One of those media outlets loved the idea and so a series focused on the P.I.T.T. team called "Ghost Mom's" was filmed and aired on Women's Entertainment TV in 2005. The pilot showcased Teri and her best friend and co-founder, Tina Stevens, as "Mom's by Day & Ghost Hunters by Night". The team was also featured on other local and national shows like Discover Oklahoma and has had numerous printed publications about them in various major papers and magazines both locally and nationally. During this time the P.I.T.T. team showed character and integrity that earned them a reputation within the community as a morally and ethically poised group of researchers.
Today the P.I.T.T. team is not quite as visible. With the saturation of paranormal researchers in the community the team has opted to lay low and only investigate historical sites and abandoned buildings in tri state area. The team will go out of state for good locations but is no longer conducting residential investigations due to time constraints and expenses associated with such ventures. Since the inception of ghost hunting TV shows there seems to be an eruption of ghost hunting teams all over the United States. The P.I.T.T. team feels this recent growth has caused a saturation of thrill seekers which has compromised the integrity of the paranormal research field.
Now, founder, Teri French-White hosts her very popular "Tulsa Spirit Tours", a haunted history tour of downtown Tulsa which has become a Tulsa tradition. The tour originally started as a bus/Trolley tour but has grown over the past decade to include a walking tour and a pub crawl. Teri also wrote the book "Tulsa's Haunted Memories" and was published in 2010. In addition, she has been teaching classes at the esteemed and accredited Tulsa University on subjects pertaining to the paranormal.
The P.I.T.T. team has changed members through the years finally settling on a core group who are not only great friends but also have a common interest in urban exploration. The team currently consists of Teri White, Russell White, Karol Olten, Ken Hallford and Mike Buckendorf. This same team has been in place for several years and there are no plans to change it as of now. The team is currently on hiatus and will only investigate historically significant locations when the time and resources allow. Karol and Ken also actively help with Tulsa Spirit Tours.