I am a Licensed Private Investigator in the State of California, license #24291. My license was issued in September 2004 and is due to expire on September 30, 2020. It was issued by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, part of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Click here to verify my license. My current area of focus is Social Media Data Analysis.
Information collection and data analyzation is key in every type of investigation. It helps to approach a topic with open-minded skepticism. Some skeptics approach a situation with the mindset of “this can’t possibly be what you say it is.” Saying “it can’t be that” from the beginning usually means looking for a way to disprove the claim. Equally as concerning, some go into an investigation already certain of their conclusion. Some focus on what they’re certain it’s not, some are fixated on what they are certain it is; but both can affect the way data is collected.
My approach is an attempt at neutrality. I want to know what it was like for the witness. “What did you see?” “Who else was there?” “What other contributing factors were there?” This stance of “documentation over debunking” or “investigating over insisting” seems to produce the most reliable information.
Out-of-the-ordinary or anomalous cases are of interest to me. This includes reports of paranormal events, sightings of cryptids, and UFO encounters. I’m not sure the existence of any of these are provable. I consider myself a skeptic, but a hopeful one. That just means my stance is, “I’m not sure those things are provable, YET.” Just because it hasn’t happened, doesn’t mean it won’t. I could be documenting a statement from a witness to a car accident or a possible inter-dimensional being encounter: the data collection is the same. I do my best, in these alternative cases, to keep my optimism out of my work.