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

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

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’ve written a few posts about the Hollywood vs. reality aspect of private investigation: here, here and here.)…

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.

Online Dating: Googling your date, praying & good background checks

Online Dating: Googling Your Date, Praying & Good Background Checks

Over the past few years, online dating web sites have exploded in popularity. Not only are sites like, eHarmony and Plenty of Fish an accepted way of dating in our culture – online dating may even becoming the norm. These sites essentially allow a person to pre-screen prospective dating partners – by being able…

Nanny background checks: Worth it

Nanny background checks: Worth it

Nanny background checks are simply worth it. The number of nanny service agencies has grown dramatically in the wake of dual-income households. Nannies, for many people, have become the norm for families juggling their busy lives and wanting to have their children watched. Over the past decade, agencies have sprung up offering families what appears…

Clarity on background checks

Clarity on background checks

Whether you are getting married or considering a business partnership, background checks and asset searches are effective tools in confirming information and validating an individual’s reputation.  It is critical that the information you receive from a background check is current and has been thoroughly reviewed by a professional investigator.