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Avoiding the Investigative Rabbit Hole

By Brian Willingham It’s pretty commonplace for investigators to get stuck going down a rabbit hole into a vortex, which sucks you into a dark place that renders you nearly powerless. One thing leads you to another to another and another, which will inevitably get you to a YouTube video of cats. And you have…

The Best Way to Keep Your Secrets Safe?

By Brian Willingham “Would anyone be able to find out ____________?” is a question that people pose to me quite often. The truth is that any motivated party with enough time and resources can find out pretty much anything about anybody. Granted, there are people who do what we do legally and aboveboard; while others…

What Does a Private Investigator Really Do?

By Brian Willingham Anytime an old colleague of mine was asked what he did for a living, he replied that he was a garbage man. It always flabbergasted me that he wouldn’t tell people what he really did. Private investigators have pretty cool jobs; at least, that is what I always thought. So I asked…

Investigation Lessons: 6 Months and 192 Telephone Interviews Later

By Brian Willingham Since May, I have done about 192 (give or take) telephone interviews for various investigation matters. The interviews that I have done have ranged from being for massive product liability cases to in-depth vetting of a possible CEO. In every single one of these cases, the names of these individuals were developed…

25 Takeaways, Quotes and Tools from the 2018 OSMOSIS Conference

By Brian Willingham Last week, I attended the OSMOSIS Conference, held in Las Vegas and put on by Cynthia Hetherington of the Hetherington Group. After years of going to conferences of a large national organization (that will go unnamed) and coming back less than fulfilled, I found it fantastic to attend a conference that was…

What Is the One Quality That Every Investigator Should Have?

By Brian Willingham A few weeks back, I was on a radio show (~18:50 mark) with Los Angeles private investigator Scott Ross, where he asked me about the one quality I looked for in a private investigator. The question came up again in a PI Education webinar with Hal Humphreys titled “The Business of Investigations,”…

8 Things This Private Investigator Wish He Had (Legal) Access to (but Doesn’t)

By Brian Willingham In every investigator’s most pleasant dreams, we have access to loads of information that would, quite simply, make our lives so much easier. But what would be the fun in that? There are a number of things that make a private investigator’s job interesting. For one, every case and every day are…

How the Detroit Lions Failed Background Check 101

By Brian Willingham According to recently published report in the The Detroit News, the newly hired coach of the Detroit Lions, Matt Patricia, was arrested for aggravated assault in 1996. Patricia was on spring break in South Padre Island, when Patricia and another fraternity brother “burst” into an upscale hotel room and sexually assaulted a…

The Shitty Background Investigation

By Brian Willingham Black death? Influenza? There’s a new, much more dangerous plague affecting a small group of Americans. A fast-spreading disease has affected the private investigation industry called SBI, short for Shitty Background Investigation. To the best of my knowledge this has not affected our firm, but I know it exists because I have…