Madeleine McCann, pictured here at 3-years-old in 2007, has been missing since then.

12 years later: The Madeleine McCann case may be one of the most poorly investigated

Over the past twelve years, I have given a handful of interviews about this case and written on particulars of the investigation. At one point, the family’s representatives considered us as an agency to investigate the case. I do wish we had been selected as the lead agency, and I often wonder what difference we could have made in this investigation.

Here’s what I would recommend for the case now.

Financial ignorance in marriage costs everything in divorce

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So you’re ready to walk down the aisle with the love of your life. But have you done all your homework?

By and large, these divorces are usually a direct result of one or more of three things: infidelity, substance abuse, and/or money problems.

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A mother’s thank you for saving her son’s life

During the 2015 holidays, I was asked to locate a young man named Michael and try to get him help for his addiction problems. I initially turned down the case, but the boy’s grandfather persuaded me otherwise. His plea was enhanced by showing me a photo of the 16-year old in a football uniform. The football uniform was from the same high school my son graduated. It seemed like it was meant to be.

In September 2016, I received a call from Michael on my cell phone. He was doing well and had been sober for nine months. He wanted to go to lunch when he returned from another state where he was in rehab. I reminded him it was his turn to buy since I had treated him at McDonald’s the day he was found. He laughed but politely agreed.

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.