It’s been more than 15 years since the divorce from my wife, Lynn. She was also a licensed P.I. and held an especially unique talent when operating in an undercover capacity. Often, the cover doesn’t require a particular identity or occupation so she was able to operate as herself and when not on assignment for the agency, she was constantly traveling abroad to many popular resort hotels for a timeshare resale company with a primary objective of acquiring an owners list for that particular property.
After receiving a call from my client, Mitch, a prominent defense attorney, I jumped in my car and drove over to his office. Waiting there were two men, a retired New York Police Department detective and his son, Daniel, a 25-year-old Emergency Medical Technician. Mitch had mentioned that it was a murder case, but failed to tell me it was actually a “double homicide” — two women, shot in the head, at point blank range, with a .22 caliber hand gun.
Missing person cases are seemingly a common assignment for P.I.’s, but truthfully, they’re not. In fact, I’d be surprised if half of the P.I.’s even knew where to start, unless they had law-enforcement training, particularly with the F.B.I. Let’s face it — if your child didn’t come home from school one day or your spouse from work, who are you going to think about calling first? It will be the police, even though they will tell you that you have to wait 24 hours before making an official report.
Sometimes being a spy means you have to work for the bad guys, the wise guys and even the murderers. Donald Leroy Evans was a murderer, but not just any ordinary murderer — he was a serial killer, perhaps self-proclaimed, but nevertheless. The FBI couldn’t figure it out one-way or another, so in the book, “Encyclopedia of Serial Killers,” you’ll find his photograph pasted right on the front cover, just beneath Charles Manson. My client proudly claimed to have killed more than 70 people, mostly women and children, making him the most prolific killer in U.S. history. You may ask, “How did I come to help represent him in his murder trial?”