10 Private Investigators Reveal Their Strangest And Most Shocking Discoveries
It stands to reason that private investigators are exposed to some shady situations. After all, they are hired to uncover people's secrets for a living. That being said, sometimes what's discovered is far more outrageous than what anyone was expecting.
Recently on Reddit, PIs shared their most unbelievable stories from on the job. We've compiled the top ten strangest and most shocking ones for you here. Thinking of hiring a private investigator? Well, you never know what you might uncover...
1. Honey, have you seen my toothbrush?
"A couple was divorcing and the wife was sure her husband was sticking random items of hers up his ass. He was."
2. To see or not to see
"Was hired to follow a woman who claimed she was completely blind (collecting insurance money of course). Spent the day following her around as she DROVE from store to store in a church van."
3. I'd watch this movie
"I've worked a few bizarre cases, including one involving a stolen horse and almost getting shot by rednecks. But due to legal reasons, not sure if I can mention that one."
"There was a workers compensation case I worked last year. I was told to get [a] film of this older lady who had supposedly be on total disability due to a severe ankle injury. Seems cut in dry. But she lived in a motel in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania."
"The motel was called 'Johnnies' I looked up the place online, and found reviews of it on Google. There were really shitty reviews including one that said the place was mostly run by the owner's son, who was a druggie and would ask people who stayed there if he could buy any prescription drugs they had. That isn't sketchy at all."
"So I show up to this 'motel' which looked like it hasn't been renovated in 40 years. It was a small motel, had about 14 rooms. I have no idea what room the person I'm supposed to find is in. I figure I should talk to someone at the front desk. There is no front desk. The office part of the motel looked boarded up. But next to it was one of the motel rooms, and in the window of the room was an 'Open' sign."
"On the door, it was a sign that said 'office' and instructions for long-term customers of the hotel on where to drop their payment. There was a doorbell. I rang it and waited. The guy who opened the door looked exactly like Kenny Powers from Eastbound and Down. He was wearing a Ninja Turtles t-shirt and Hawaiian shorts."
"He tells me to come in. I walk in and what I walk into is just a room with 1 desk. Nothing else. There was shag carpeting and really dark colored walls and a lava lamp on the desk. I realize that this was the owner's son, Johnny Jr. I give him some fake story how I'm an insurance adjust looking for this lady, he then replies 'Oh Mary? She lives in the room next to me, want me to go get her?'"
"This is a problem because I have absolutely no backstory on what to tell this lady. She was repped by an attorney and likely knew a PI might be looking for her. I tell him, no, I just needed to confirm she lived [there] and bolted."
To discover how private investigators bust liars, check out the video below:
"Now, park in the parking lot with view of the room Johnny Jr pointed at. A couple hours go by and then some old guy is standing near my car getting stuff out of his car. Johnny Jr walks out and starts talking to him. I realize the older guy is Johnny Sr. They are literally standing right next to my car and I can hear everything they say."
"What proceeds to happen is they start talking about me, well at least the 'insurance adjuster' who visited earlier. Johnny Sr having seen some sh*t in his day immediately says 'that wasn't an insurance adjust you idiot, that was a PI, insurance adjusters don't work on Sunday'. He tells Johnny Jr to tell Mary to watch out that a PI might be in the parking lot."
"My car is tinted. I think I'll be fine. Except, the parking lot I'm in is shared with a Diner. The owner of the diner comes out and starts talking to Johnny Sr. Apparently I parked in front of a shed that the cleaning staff for the motel use."
"Johnny Sr now starts talking to the owner of the diner asking her if my car belonged to any of her employees or any of the people in the diner currently. She says she'll ask and she leaves. Johnny Sr then goes into one of the motel rooms, where apparently he lives. He constantly stands in the doorway looking at my car. I leave as soon as he looks the other way."
"I would come back later in the day and would get film of the lady I was supposed to watch. Was totally faking her injury. Johnny Jr and his girlfriend actually came out a couple times and tried figuring out what cars might be a PI's car. But because they saw my car earlier that day, they didn't seem to suspect it as suspicious."
This next one is short but not so sweet...
4. The good old days
"Saw a man sh*t in a gutter once, great times."
5. The space alien
"I had a case referred to me by an attorney I worked for involving a woman who was convinced that her condo maintenance man was going into her home while she was gone and moving things around. She had bought the condo from him originally. (In other words, it was his former condo)."
"I met her to discuss the case and she seemed rational, she was an attractive older woman, the guy would obviously be familiar with the condo layout and would have access, and hell, I've seen weirder things. So we proceeded. She agreed to let me install a hidden camera setup with a motion detector. She was to call me if anything happened to make her think he'd been there. A couple of days go by and she calls. I go by and get the tape (this was before digital recording) and check it out. There's nothing on it but her. I meet her to tell her this and she says, 'He must have some machine that makes him invisible. He's a space alien, after all.' She had not previously mentioned this vital tidbit of information."
"I told her that that level of technology was beyond my ability to deal with and that we should talk it over with her attorney to determine the best course of action going forward. I called the attorney to let him know that our client had some issues, and we were able to get her some psychological help."
"But most importantly, her check was good. :)"
6. Spy VS Spy
"I got hired to follow another investigator who, turns out, was hired to follow me."
7. Not what she was expecting
"FINALLY! A question I can answer! Been a PI For a going on a year now and the strangest case I had was of a woman asking us to find out if her husband was cheating on her. She said there was something off in the house as if feeling something and she wanted to know what it was. So she suspected her husband of cheating."
"So I show up and install Nanny Cams in her house for the weekend upon her approval and where to place them. She works all weekend and this was the best route. Well, 3 days go by and I collect the footage and come to find out the husband was 'touching' his 8-year-old stepdaughter. After seeing that I rushed to the courthouse with a copy of the footage and got a court order for the police to go and get him."
The FBI had to take over this next investigation...
8. Call the FBI
"I have a story about this. My Brother was a PI in the early 90s. He worked for a law firm. I was in my early 20s and so he got me a gig as a process server. He was working a particularly nasty divorce case. Husband was a Jordanian national married to an American woman (one of several wives) who was over being the broodmare in the family and wanted out. Also, she worked for NASA."
"He was tasked with going into their house, which was in her name (she wasn't living there, she was in an apartment until this was settled) and getting a briefcase with financial information in it. Since I was the process server, I had to go along in case someone was home for whatever reason."
"We went and waited down the road until everyone left and went in and got the briefcase. No big deal. We take it back to the attorney's office and he calls the lady and says he has it. She gives him the combination he opens it and it was full of technical plans from Boeing for the Apache helicopter."
"Attorney says 'F*ck', instantly shuts the briefcase, tells me and my brother to leave now, so we did. We never heard any more about that case at all, other than he contacted the FBI over it."
9. The naughty nurse
"Did surveillance on a nurse. She was supposedly so disabled that she couldn't work. They suspected she was working. Easiest surveillance I ever did. I arrived. She got in her car 10 minutes later. Followed her, with no complication, to a strip club where she went in and began doing her thing."
"Club had a posted prohibition on video. So I had to go in and watch her dance so that I could testify that I saw her dancing when it went to court. Over the next few days, I followed her to three other strip clubs and did the same. That month I turned in the sketchiest expense report of my life."
"Eventually, it went before the WC Board. When the judge asked why she was stripping she just shrugged and said she made twice as much money than when she was nursing."
"Benefits got yanked. Insurance company was happy. But the company lawyer gave me the nickname 'Detective Tits' which, most regrettably, stuck and spread to all of the other lawyers I dealt with. Worse night of my life, man."
10. Where are the bugs?
"All right, here goes. After I got out of the Navy, I worked for one of the top PI firms in Houston. Because of my electronics background, I'd usually go along on the jobs where we were checking for bugs and hidden surveillance devices."
"We got a call from a client who was sure that his office was bugged because his client knew everything that he was doing before he did it. His office was a mobile trailer that was on his client's site. He was a subcontractor for a big oilfield construction company."
"We did a full electronic sweep and found nothing (this was back in the early nineties, didn't have to worry about burst transmissions, etc.) No devices implanted in his phones. He insisted on a full physical sweep of the trailer, inside and out. So we crawled under the trailer and got a ladder and inspected the roof. Still nothing."
"We're getting ready to leave and he says: 'Look, I'm not crazy. Pick up the phone, press 9 to get an outside line, and you'll start hearing all sorts or clicky sounds.' Turns out his office phones were routed through the corporate PBX of his client."
"They didn't have to bug his office, they could just 'pick up an extension' inside the main building and listen in to whatever they wanted. We weren't even sure if it was illegal. We advised him to install a private phone line that he paid for if he wanted private conversations. We ended up billing him like two grand for that visit."
So the next time you notice someone tailing you for a little too long, or you think you hear a bit of static on the phone line, you never know, it could be a sign that someone is watching you. Need to hire a private investigator? Or just perhaps you've got a few secrets of your own that might be on their way to being revealed...