One thing we have come to realize at International Investigators is that our business is emotional. Not that we are emotional, but that emotions run high with our clients.
It’s obvious that finding a missing person or pursuing evidence to exonerate someone wrongfully convicted or charged with a crime would be emotional. You might not think that many business investigations are quite emotionally-charged as well, but they can be.
One case, for example, brought tears to the eyes of a big, burly business man. It was a form of business espionage, but not the kind that would come to mind.
When Business Gets Personal
His reputation in the marketplace was he was a personable and fair business man. He was good at the computer services he offered and [...]
Proving innocence and proving guilt are opposite sides of the same investigative coin. Here at International Investigators, we are concerned with facts, evidence and truth. That’s the investigative business. That being said, good investigators are also experienced professionals - and, I dare say, experts – in human behavior. It is that understanding of how people react and what they are likely to do that gives us leads that others might not recognize.
International Investigators detectives are also steadfast in their objectivity, which is another sign of a professional. Objectivity promotes clarity and the ability to see past the heat of the moment.
Derek came to us in a highly emotional state. The young man was trying to build a career in accounting and there had been [...]
Have you ever head of a “successional” or “probate” genealogist? Apparently, they do exist, at least in Europe, but the opposite side of the coin is that some who claim the title are con artists. Yes, that means there is yet one more trick coming to light.
While investigators like International Investigators are pros who know how to find a missing person or find missing heirs, the process undertaken by a successional genealogist is a little different.
What is usually involved is a contract stating that they get 30 -35% of the inheritance if they can trace you back to an estate that is pending. Now, one story I read talked about a man whose grandfather had a great-nephew who died, unmarried and leaving no will. [...]
Some of the cases we get at International Investigators can be pretty interesting – especially when it comes to suspected marital infidelity cases. Take for example, the case of the jealous, controlling husband who believed his wife was having an affair.
Bob* and Meredith* had only been married for a year. While they were dating, Bob had been very sweet and attentive toward Meredith. But after their marriage, Bob was becoming more overbearing. He not only controlled all of their finances with an iron fist, but whenever Meredith came home late from work, he would question where she had been and who she had been with.
When Meredith told her parents that Bob had accused her of having an extramarital affair with liaisons at a local [...]