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…

Ask A PI: Thomas Martin answers questions people have about private investigation

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.

Hollywood vs. reality: Private investigators

Hollywood vs. reality: Private investigators

In my last post, I talked about the portrayals of investigators and investigation, and how often Hollywood gets it wrong. Today I want to talk about how those fictional depictions have shaped the public’s perception of what private investigators do. For people that have never hired or talked with a private investigator, Hollywood portrayals define…