Private investigator Thomas G. Martin with artist and conservationist Wyland.

A visit with artist Wyland

World-renowned artist and conservationist Wyland stopped by our corporate office this week. He is simply one of the nicest human beings on the planet.

He has changed the way people think about our environment, through his larger than life paintings. His name has become synonymous with the new generation of awareness about environmental concerns.

Is marital surveillance obsolete? Not in big-bucks divorce. Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the 81st Academy Awards. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. Attribution: Chrisa Hickey

Is marital surveillance obsolete? Not in big-bucks divorce

Among the explosion of headlines about the Angelina Jolie / Brad Pitt divorce, some reports are claiming Jolie had hired a private investigator to uncover evidence that her husband was cheating on her with recent co-star Marion Cotillard. The French movie star issued a strong public denial of any affair and took the opportunity to announce that she was pregnant by her long-time partner to boot.

Given the state of personal electronics, one could easily argue that full-scale surveillance is simply not needed. Cell phone records, texts, email, calendars, appointments… cheaters carelessly give up the game easily.

There will always be a need for old-fashioned full-scale stakeouts. In a world where there is no shortage of high-stakes, big-bucks divorce, providing court-admissible proof of infidelity is a job that will never fully become obsolete.

Dumb & Dumber: El Chapo & Sean Penn

Dumb & Dumber: El Chapo & Sean Penn

As a former Drug Enforcement Administration supervisory agent, I watched the Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman soap opera unfold with a growing sense of disbelief. As the uproar from Sean Penn’s misguided meeting with one of the world’s most wanted criminals begins to subside, I can only shake my head and wonder, in a contest between dumb and dumber, who is more misguided and who has the bigger ego?

El Chapo is supposedly a brilliant criminal mastermind. But I’m not sure that is an accurate description.

Jennifer Lawrence & the iCloud photo leak: How to avoid it happening to you

Jennifer Lawrence & the iCloud photo leak: How to avoid it happening to you

Yesterday, several hundred photos of celebrities that took naked or partially naked “selfies” were posted online. Included were several compromising pictures of one of the biggest names in Hollywood right now, Jennifer Lawrence. The leak appears to involve the theft of these photos from Apple’s iCloud service, which automatically backs up phones to remote cloud…

Private investigators for celebrities, and when someone is trying to ruin your name

Private investigators for celebrities, and when someone is trying to ruin your name

We’ve had hundreds of cases where we’ve been hired as private investigators for celebrities. Clients have included everyone from A-list movie stars, to rock and roll legends, billionaires, to big name rap artists, elite athletes, and Fortune 500 CEOs. We have provided services for and against many “one-named celebrities.” The cases have run the gamut…