Interrogation, Questioning, Interpellation, & Interviewing

Interrogation, Questioning, Interpellation, & Interviewing

This post discusses details about the most useful tool in any skilled private investigator’s arsenal: The art of interview and interrogation. This seems to be a topic of great interest to people, mostly because of the portrayal of interrogation on television, from the multiple incarnations of Law & Order to Jack Bauer threatening to shove…

What is a PI’s most common type of case?

I think the most common PI case, at least for most private investigators or agencies, involves cheating spouses. While we do our share of those cases, they only represent about 5% of our business in our five California offices and casework throughout the United States. Our most common case at Martin Investigative Services involves clients throughout corporate America that retain us to determine who is stealing time, money or product from them.

Thoughts on 'Hannibal', Hollywood investigations, serial killers & intuition

Thoughts on ‘Hannibal’, Hollywood investigations, serial killers & intuition

As a professional private investigator and a former Federal agent, it can be very hard for me to watch television. With rare exception, nearly every Hollywood depiction of private investigation and criminal investigation consistently gets it wrong. I recently caught an episode of the TV show Hannibal. I enjoyed the quality of the show: the…

The Case of the Wife That Almost Got Away With Murder. Video. Martin Investigative Services. (800) 577-1080

The Case of the Wife That Almost Got Away With Murder: Murder Investigation

A successful businessman had the gut feeling that his business partner’s death was no accident, and hired us to do a murder investigation, as the local police had not performed any sort of investigation. As our investigators did their work, it quickly became apparent that the supposed accidental death was actually a murder.

Justin Carter

Justin Carter & the words we post

On February 14, 19 year-old Justin Carter was arrested for making a comment on Facebook. In response to another commenter that called him crazy, Carter allegedly commented something to the effect of, ‘I’m f—ed in the head alright. I think I’ma (sic) shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of the innocent rain down…

Workers’ comp fraud

Quality workers comp surveillance

Workers comp surveillance represents ten percent of our corporate business in our five offices in California.  Fraudulent workers compensation claims, like other forms of employee theft, hurt a company’s bottom line. When a company expresses concerns about workers comp fraud, a properly managed surveillance can prove or disprove suspicions.