Last year, the Washington Post released a fascinating study that mapped out over 52,000 homicides over the past decade across 50 cities. It turns out that the overall arrest rate was only 49%, and in some areas the arrest rate was lower than 33%.
Given I’m going on 49 years of being an investigator, this posts lays out for the prospective PI of the future, what I see as the pros and cons of becoming a PI.
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.
Many private investigators only want to work in a specific genre of the business and it’s probably a good choice to have an area of specialization. My firm is a full-service investigative agency.
No matter how diligent people think they have been in hiring a private investigator, there is one area where people usually get ripped-off. It is the biggest lie in our business, and it has been for the past seventy years.
On September 22, 1969, I was sworn in as a Federal Agent at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. It seems like only yesterday.
A few days ago my phone started to ring with a flurry of texts and emails. It had to do with doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara being executed in Japan. You might remember the deadly 1995 terrorist attack where cult members released the nerve gas sarin in Tokyo subways. Asahara was the mastermind of that attack. 13 people died and thousands suffered ill effects.
I was there.
I was there on that day, in that subway. And I remember the events as if they happened yesterday.
The days of private investigators performing marital surveillance jobs are pretty much over. Previously, marital surveillance jobs could be challenging, demanding and stressful. It was hard to get that photographic “money-shot.” Gathering evidence today is like shooting fish in a barrel.
Here’s why private investigators are hired for marital surveillance jobs today – and it’s a good reason.
Private investigator Thomas G. Martin was recently featured in an article about the private investigation of senior living facilities.
Thomas Martin was interviewed by A&E about the unsolved, missing child case of Madeleine McCann – a case he believes suffered from too many cooks in this kitchen, and no head chef.