Private Detectives in 2016: cold case files and cheaters


Cold case files around the world

The strange and disturbing story of the shooting of British businessman Saad al-Hilli and his family in 2012 has taken an odd turn. As the result of work by a French private detective, a Belgian man has been named as a suspect in the cold case. French investigative processes are not like British ones, so being named a suspect doesn’t necessarily mean the police believe this man is the killer, but it’s certainly a strong development. The person in question, Michel Hecht, was jailed in 2008 for attempting to kill members of his own family.

There are strong parallels – Hecht was found guilty of trying to shoot his brother, sister-in-law and young nephew through the walls of a wooden chalet, moreover Hecht was also a potential suspect in the murder of British cyclists Lorraine Glasby and Paul Bellion who were found shot dead in a Brittany corn field in 1986. In the 2012 events, French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, was also shot, close to the al-Hilli family’s car.

The French private detective claims that the close-range shooting of the al-Hilli family has enough similarities to the murders of the cyclists in 1986 to warrant considering Hecht as a suspect, just as he was in 1986, although the Brittany case collapsed through lack of evidence. In particular the isolation of each location and the close range shooting are unusual hallmarks and the lack of a relationship between the victims and their killer has always been a stumbling block for the police investigation.

This is just one of the ways that the work of a private detective can assist the families of the bereaved, and the police, by moving away from the linear process of a police investigation to examine the wider circumstances and offer new routes to finding out the truth.

Dealing with unfaithful partners

How was your Christmas and New Year?  It may have been a fabulous period of merriment and family fun, or you may be one of the many people who experienced doubt and fear over the supposedly festive season.

Infidelity begins more often at this time of year than any other, and we’re not talking about the mistake made through alcohol or the stupid fling that’s instantly regretted, we’re talking about the way that would-be cheats and philanderers use the excuse of Christmas to conceal their lies and indulge their bad behaviour.

Office parties, plentiful alcohol and ‘the mistletoe’ offer easy routes to misbehaviour and many private detectives are getting calls from frightened and confused partners right now. This is so common that we have a special cheating spouse page to help you understand your suspicions and feelings and how to proceed.  Rest assured, we know what it’s like to feel uncertain about your partner and for your New Year to lack the ‘happy’ that everybody else seems to be experiencing and we’re here to help.