Denver Silent Film Festival to screen Fritz Lang’s “Spies”

At the Alamo Draft House on Saturday, April 30th at 8:00 p.m. Fritz Lang’s “Spies” (Original title: Spione) screens as part of Denver’s 2016 Silent Film Festival.

Based on the novel by Thea von Harbou the film was released in 1929 and is now categorized as a both a romance and a thriller so think: date night movie!

Famous for silent classics like M and Metropolis, Fritz Lang is considered one of the great icons of silent cinema and Entertainment Weekly voted him the 30th greatest — More—

Private Investigator Paul Ciolino files $25 million dollar counter lawsuit for defamation

It’s every private investigator’s worst nightmare. That one high-profile case where the opposition’s false allegations cause the entire business to implode. The clients dry up due to defamation. And in the end you can’t even afford the licensing fees.

This exact thing happened in Chicago. According to Frank Main of the Chicago Sun Times, the counterclaim Ciolino filed on Wednesday “said that false allegations have ruined his business and forced him to give up his detective’s license for lack of clients.”

Since Main did such a great job covering the covering the back story we’re recommending you read his Tribune article and then weigh in on social media. Want to view the primary court docs before assessing your — More—

Union spy to be featured on the new $20 bill

By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger 

One Wednesday, April 20th Treasury Secretary Lew announced that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill.

An Open Letter from Secretary Lew states that “today I am excited to announce that, for the first time in more than a century, the front of our currency will feature the portrait of a woman—Harriet Tubman on the $20 note.”

The Private Investigator industry can take pride in the fact that Tubman operated as a Union spy during the Civil War when she put her knowledge of covert travel and subterfuge among — More—

Private investigators and Women’s History Month

By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger

In 1856 Kate Warne walked into the Pinkerton agency and asked for a job. The result was the first female private investigator in history of the United States.

“She never let me down” Pinkerton later said according to Library of Congress blogger, Erin Allen. Warne had a knack for gaining the confidence of and friendship women surrounding the agency’s crime cases. Soon her skills were being put to national use.

The Library of Congress’ Pinterkton Detective Agency collection doesn’t contain many references to Warne, however a pamphlet written by Pinkerton explaining how Warne went undercover as a — More—

Complaints Filed Against Five Private Investigators Licensed in Colorado

By Ryan Ross

Five of Colorado’s 400 newly licensed private investigators have been accused of violating the state’s licensing law. Complaints were received by state regulators since following June 1 of last year, when the state’s voluntary licensing law became mandatory All private investigators operating in Colorado were required to obtain licenses.

The Denver Private Investigator Blog obtained the complains by submitting a records request and the five private investigators (whose names are excluded from the article) have been charged with the following violations:

  • Not obtaining a license
  • Harassing the husband of a woman who had children by a prior marriage on behalf of the ex-husband/father by going to the husband’s residence after the husband had referred the private investigator by phone to his attorney, and stood by when the woman’s ex-husband threatened the current husband by saying “we can do this nicely or do it my way.”
  • Not responding to a request for a $400 refund after a client complained that the private investigator has failed to disclose he “did know” someone he had been hired to investigate. The private investigator’s client said the private investigator told her he had found “nothing — More—

Police pursue women driving Mystery Machine

If you’re a fugitive on the run, why not make a clean, green getaway in the Mystery Machine along with teen detectives Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and Scooby Doo?

This isn’t a story about a Great Dane who speaks broken English and starts all words with the letter “R.” It is a real live event that began Sunday March 6th around 12:51p.m. in California’s Shasta County when Fifty-one year old Sharon Kay Turman violated her probation in a 1994 Chrysler Town & Country minivan, was chased by police and actually managed a successful getaway.

According to Los Angeles Times Contract Reporter, Veronica Rocha, Redding police Cpl. Levi Solada was far from entertained and is quoted as saying “you can’t really get caught up in the cartoon because its serious business.” Police officers decided to — More—

Kid run detective agency launches in New York

From Encyclopedia Brown to Nate the Great, kid detective stories are popular in children’s literature. And now two siblings living in the Inwood neighborhood of Upper Manhattan have taken the literary genre into the real world and launched their own detective agency!

According to Carolina Pichardo’s article in DNAinfo, “Siblings Jack Gore, 10, and Phoebe Gore, 7, founders of the Gore & Gore Detective Agency, already have three solved cases under their belt.”

Unclear, as of yet, what prompted the Gore’s to launch the first kid run detective agency, however Pichardo’s article refers to a — More—