We all love heroes. When we watch them save the day, it is so thrilling and we cannot wait to be like them. One of our modern day heroes (in the real world) are private investigators. A thrilling career by all standards. Don’t we all want to save the day, some day?
Ken Brennan is the PI who hit the news headlines when he unraveled the mystery of how a 21-year-old lady was raped, battered and left for dead. He was hired when the hotel where the woman was staying had to defend itself against a lawsuit filed against them with regard to the case. The law firm hired knew that the only professional that could investigate the case with the keenest eye for detail and patience was a private detective. This is where Brennan perfectly fit into the picture. This victory undoubtedly inspired many people to join his world. Becoming a private investigator is no mean feat.
Before we take lessons from our hero on how to become a PI, a quick look at Brennan’s profile. He was a police officer in his hometown, a job he finds most fulfilling since he is able to give back to society, and help people who are in dire need. He, later on, became a D.E.A agent. Leaving the agency in the mid-90s, he ventured into commodities brokerage, before becoming a PI.
Brennan was hired to do a seemingly easy thing: find out who attacked and raped the lady, and where the attack took place. Being the friendly, easy going guy, he promised Detective Foote at the police sex-crimes unit offices in Miami that teamwork here was the best way forward. Foote provided the information that they had gathered, and Brennan was to keep Foote informed about every step that he made. If there would be any arrests, he would let Foote do his job. Deal?
First things first.
The PI studied all the information, narrowing down on the surveillance footage. He found the missing part of the puzzle. The lady was seen getting into the elevator and was only seen 20 minutes later. Where was she all these time? A big black guy was seen chatting with her in the elevator. Two hours later, he emerged from the elevator pulling a large black suitcase. He later was seen coming back to the hotel without it. Please, note that he had not checked out.
Half of the puzzle was solved. First of all, the time on the surveillance equipment was wrong. Secondly, why would someone carry their luggage, when they have not checked out, and come back without it? The luggage was undoubtedly the lady.
The mystery had to be solved. Following clues from the big guy’s friend’s tee, with whom they were seen together in the surveillance footage, our hero PI Googled the words ‘Mercury’ and ‘Verado’. It turned out that the incident happened during a boat show by Mercury Marine. Someone had to know the big guy and his friend. They were not Mercury employees. The tees were given away during the boat show, at the food court. The company in charge of the food had put up some employees at the hotel where the lady was attacked.
Months later, he got the man’s name: Mike Jones. He had indeed checked into the hotel, leaving a day after the unfortunate accident. Brennan had to find an employer. Someone had to foot his bills as he carried out his heinous acts. He was also likely to work in an industry where he could stay in different places. Brennan googled his former employer’s competitors. None of them had a Michael Lee Jones (the suspect’s full name) as an employee. One company would not respond without a subpoena. Their headquarters were in Tampa, and our hero was heading that way, soon.
He did get a subpoena via fax, thanks to Detective Foote. The company had an employee called Michael Lee Jones. His description fit what Brennan had perfectly. He worked in Frederick Maryland. When he was arrested, he argued that the lady was a prostitute. He was charged and the rape victim received $300,000 from the hotel.
Our hero’s instinct was right. The perpetrator has a cool demeanor even when he was spotted dragging the heavy suitcase, and afterward. He had perfected his art. Brennan helped unravel the mystery rapist in other 3 cases. It was the same Michael Lee Jones. Today, he is serving 36 years in prison for sexual assault and felonious sexual contact. Thanks to our hero, Brennan.