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Q&A with Erika Krouse, Author of ‘Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation’

Erika Krouse has one of those faces that leads people to tell her everything, she says. It even turns into a job opportunity as a private investigator, and she soon ends up uncovering the truth on one of the biggest national scandals to hit Colorado’s flagship university. If you haven’t read this book yet, you should!

Part memoir and part literary true crime, Tell Me ...


Conflicts Faced By Investigators Wanted For Legal RFPs, Say Critics

Two Colorado proposal requests are raising eyebrows because they seek investigators who critics say will be compromised from the get-go.

By Simon Crittle

One request for proposal (RFP) comes from the state Supreme Court and wants a “panel of independent investigators” to look into allegations of sexual harassment, sex discrimination and how a contract came to be awarded to the former chief of ...


Mystery Of First Woman To Complete Marathon

A onetime Colorado Springs resident and the first ever woman to run a sanctioned marathon did not know she had made sports history for 50 years.

By Simon Crittle

Even a private detective hired by the Pikes Peak Marathon failed to find the runner – who had remarried several times, changed her name and gone to live in California.

But in 2009 Arlene ...


Desperate Littleton Family Hires PI To Find Runaway Daughter

By Simon Crittle

A desperate Littleton family has hired a private investigator to try and find their runaway teenage daughter who was leading a double life.

Cadence Warner, 17, left their home near West Quincy Avenue and South Kipling Parkway on the afternoon of March 23 and never returned.

The family’s surveillance camera footage shows her leaving through a backyard gate ...


Denver PIs Earn $10,000 More Than National Counterparts

By Simon Crittle

New national data on private investigator salaries reveals PIs in the Denver metropolitan area earn significantly more than their counterparts across the country.

The median base salary for PIs in the United States is $53,320 a year, according to new data released by U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

However, the median salary for PIs in the Denver metro area ...


Expiring PI Licensing Rules Take Odd Twist

By Simon Crittle

In a good example of bureaucracy gone mad, the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) will continue accepting applications for private investigator licenses until August 31 – the day PI licenses in Colorado will be abolished.

DORA told this blog that an unlicensed PI could face discipline right up until midnight August 30 for practicing without the proper credentials.

“They would ...


Famed PI Suffers Head Injury After Being Robbed Outside His Home

Jack Palladino, the private investigator hired by former President Bill Clinton during his 1992 campaign to help discredit women claiming extramarital affairs with him, last week suffered a serious head injury after being robbed outside of his San Francisco home.

Palladino, whose celebrity clients have also included Harvey…


PI Training Institute Being Held On Feb. 26 and 27

Are you ready to take the plunge into the world of private investigations, but aren’t quite sure how to start?

Then you might want to take part in a training institute being held by the Professional Private Investigator Association of Colorado (PPIAC) on February 26 and 27.

Called the Colorado Investigative Development Institute, the training event will be free for PPIAC members and $200 for guest....


PI Arrested During Supposed Voter Fraud Investigation

By Simon Crittle

A private investigator hired to look into supposed voter fraud has been arrested in Texas for running an air conditioner repairman off the road.

Mark Aguirre, a former Houston police captain, believed the repairman, David Lopez-Zuniga, was transporting 750,000 fake ballots. In fact, all he had in his truck was air conditioner parts and tools.

The 63-year-old PI was hired ...


Missing Colorado Mom’s Story Grips Crime Geeks, writes Simon Crittle

In the annals of true crime, the case of missing Salida mother, Suzanne Morphew, has recently captured the national imagination. America’s whodunnit sub-culture, a diverse collection of amateur sleuths and crime story geeks, is snooping around the intriguing case and is determined to figure out what really happened.

Not since JonBenet Ramsey’s 1996 death, in an upmarket Boulder home, has the internet rumor mill been so focused ...