It's Not All About Busting Petty Fraud And Cheating Spouses
"There was a case where a guy's ex-GF was dating a pedophile and he was molesting his daughter," Jerome says. "He wanted us to get footage of him around his kid so he could get full custody and get her away from him." You have to admire this guy's restraint, seeing as how Jerome worked in a PI office / gun store, which sold thousands of faster, full-metal jacket solutions to his problem.
Note: Always go with the option that doesn't get you 20-to-life.
"The depressing part is that the mother went to great lengths to ditch us when we tried to tail her, to protect the guy that was diddling her kid. But eventually he was caught and the dad got full custody."
Another time, Jerome's office worked with a client claiming her husband was poisoning her food. Sounds like the crazy lady earlier, right? The one who was sure the neighbors were spraying chemicals into her home? "She would get really sick for a couple of weeks and then get better. She talked to the cops and other PI's, and nobody believed her. We took the case on and installed hidden cameras in the kitchen ... It turned out that her husband was poisoning her food little by little, so it would look like a slow death from a chronic illness instead of a sudden murder." He was eventually arrested.
And a good thing, too, since Haley Joel Osment doesn't go around picking up video tapes anymore.
And sometimes, well, it's all about choosing when not to do the job. Jordan discovered this while investigating a client who was on benefits and under suspicion of having income she wasn't reporting. "So I show up to the claimant's residence to conduct a little interview, and I'm greeted at the door by a young kid in tattered clothes, playing with some boxes in a tiny single-bedroom apartment ... I discovered the claimant was a single mother recovering from surgery after a serious illness and made extra money from tutoring, enough to cut off her benefits and leaver her with no income ... had I told anyone about it, but I didn't. I didn't consider that truly working, so no need to bother the client with that information, right?"
Note: Victor Bock unfortunately passed away before this article was published:
"Vic's cancer came back in August 2016 and he battled for three months before he died peacefully in his wife's arms the morning of Sunday, Nov 20th. He was truly one of the best around and will be missed by so many."
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