Some say I am a "secret keeper" because of my job title and that may be true or not. People tend to be leary of private investigators because they think we are always in spy mode. So how do I disarm an interviewee--how do I get them to tell me their secrets.
That is the part of my job that is easy, I listen. All anyone really wants to do is have someone listen to them. Listening builds trust which in turn gets people to spill a secret or two. In my business a revealed secret can make or break a case.
Last year I boldly walked up to a known pedophile's door and knocked, I have to admit I was a little scared. This little old man answered the door and of course he invited me in, I am not very intimidating. If have ever seen my photo you know what I mean. I kept thinking, I am sitting in a pedophiles house but am I safe. For just a second I thought he could hit me over the head, put me in the basement and that would be the end of my spy days. Ok, that is a little CSI or Cold Case sounding but it did cross my mind.
I sat down petted his dog, chatted with him about the weather and suddenly he started talking. He told me things that helped the case I was working on, in ways I had not even anticipated. He shared photos valuable photos with me, gave me the names of important people who would be helpful in building the case and remembers dates the solidified my clients story. This man had been holding on to these secrets for so long they had eaten a hole in his heart, literally. So for him having a friendly face willing to listen to his story, even the ugly parts probably gave him some peace he had not had in years which in turn I hope will give some of his victims peace as well.
I took the information back to the attorney I am working with and that case is Rock Solid.
Some secrets are not safe with me.
Dawn, aka Inspector Watts