Kris Williams is a multifaceted personality who has explored various fields of interest and passion. She is best known for her work on paranormal investigation shows such as Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International and Destination Truth on the Syfy Channel. She is also an avid traveler, artist, genealogist and history enthusiast who shares her experiences and insights on her website. In this article, we will introduce you to the fascinating life and career of Kris Williams, a woman who embraces the term “Jane of all Trades”.
Date of birth
February 20, 1981
Place of birth
Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
42 years old (as of 2023)
5 feet 8 inches (173 cm)
128 lbs (58 kg)
Rivier College in New Hampshire (studied Communications for two years)
Presenter, actress, writer, photographer
Estimated at $1.5 million (as of 2023)
An Australian pilot and travel writer (married in 2017)
Massachusetts, United States
Traveling, investigating genealogy, politics, art
Flooring installer and carpenter for three years
Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, Destination Truth
Kris Williams has been fascinated by the paranormal since her childhood. She was born on February 20, 1981, in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. Her family had always been open to the possibility of paranormal, because of the various houses they had lived in. She started studying her own’s family genealogy when she was only 11 years old, and developed a keen interest in history and culture.
Kris graduated from Alvirne High School in New Hampshire in 1999 before going to Rivier College in New Hampshire where she studied Communications for two years.
Getting into Paranormal Investigation
Kris was raised in a religious family, but she describes herself as “skeptical”. She does not believe things unless she sees, hears, or feels them for herself. She has always been curious and adventurous and enjoys traveling and investigating new places. She worked as a flooring installer and carpenter for three years before joining the cast of Ghost Hunters, a popular paranormal TV series aired on the SyFy network. She was chosen for the series because they needed “a no-nonsense, rational female, who didn’t scare easily and could also stand her ground in a group made up of strong males”.
Kris Williams joined TAPS as a case manager and researcher. She made her debut on Ghost Hunters in 2007 as an investigator and soon became a fan favorite for her intelligence, courage, and humor. She was also part of Ghost Hunters International, a spin-off series that featured investigations in various countries around the world, from 2008 to 2012. She appeared in over 100 episodes of Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International, traveling to places like Ireland, Italy, Romania, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand.
Leaving the Show and Reason for Her Exit
Kris Williams did leave Ghost Hunters in 2011 which she came to the decision after an incident involving a cast member cutting herself in a bloodletting ritual during an investigation at a castle in Slovakia. Kris said that the production company should have known better and that the episode backfired on the ratings and the reputation of the show.
Kris also said that she wanted to pursue other interests and passions outside of the paranormal field. She said that investigating was not something she was into her whole life and that she did not live for the paranormal. Williams shared on a blog post in May 2019 saying
‘Unlike other investigators – investigating was not something I was into my whole life. It was not a love or a passion. My family always enjoyed sharing odd stories we experienced over the years and had an open mind – but I didn’t live for the paranormal.’
Kris Williams also left Ghost Hunters International which was in 2012 and moved to Australia, where she started a travel and lifestyle blog. Her website bio reads,
“I love to travel to new places and tackle new things while sharing and inspiring people to try the things I am passionate about. All in all – there will be no shortage of stories.”
She also calls herself the “Jane of all Trades” and is fond of storytelling. She also launched a YouTube channel and became active on social media.
Return on Ghost Hunters
After 10 years of being asked by fans if she would ever return to Ghost Hunters, Kris Williams finally reunited with the TAPS team in 2022 during season 14 episode 9 “The Shadow Man”. The episode featured an investigation at a performing arts center in Ohio haunted by shadow figures, unexplained noises, and a ghostly nun. Kris said that it was great to see everyone again and to finally meet Shari DeBenedetti, a new member of the team. Even though she has not joined as a regular cast member, she continued to appear as a guest on Season 15 and Season 16.
Kris Williams is an actress who has appeared in several television and movie projects besides Ghost Hunters and paranormal shows. Some of her credits are:
Diabolical Tales: Part II (2007), a horror anthology film where she played Zella, a woman who encounters a mysterious stranger in a motel room.
The Lady Red Trio (2005), a short film about three women who form a band and try to make it in the music industry. She played Alyssa, the lead singer and guitarist of the trio.
Jesus, Mary and Joey (2005), a romantic comedy about a young man who falls in love with his cousin’s fiancee. She played a bar patron in a minor role.
Fever Pitch (2005), a sports comedy based on the novel by Nick Hornby, starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon. She played herself in an uncredited cameo.
Mystic River (2003), a crime drama directed by Clint Eastwood, based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon. She played a spectator in an uncredited role.
Kris Williams has an estimated net worth of $1.5 Million as of 2023. Her income comes from her various projects in the entertainment industry, as well as her social media presence.
In 2017, Kris married an Australian Pilot and travel writer who goes by Captain Wingit on his social but the marriage did not last long. She revealed in 2020 that she had left her husband and was dating a new man. She did not disclose the name or identity of her new boyfriend, but she shared some pictures of them attending a Mardi Gras party together.
Since then, Kris Williams has not updated her fans about her current relationship status. She might be still with her boyfriend, or she might have moved on to someone else. She might also be single and focusing on her career as a writer and photographer. She travels around the world and explores new places, cultures, and histories.