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Franklin Frye Died in Custody After Serving 45 Years Over a $20 Necklace

When Jim McElhatton left The Washington Times to join Dinolt Becnel & Wells Investigative Group as an investigator in early 2015, he pledged to keep his hand in journalism by writing an occasional freelance article on important topics that interest him. Last summer he published “Invisible Tape,” about a man convicted ...

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Property management magazine publishes our case studies

Philip Becnel and Joe Belfiore published an article, titled “Turning Around Crime-Plagued Properties,” in The Property Professional, a bimonthly magazine published by the National Property Management Association. “For the multi-family owner or manager, resolving a pest infestation is almost a professional rite of passage,” begins the article’s summary. “But when the pests ...

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Accolades for “When Your Lover is a Liar”

Philip Becnel’s July 2015 article, “When Your Lover is a Liar,” was ranked one of the “Top 10 Pursuit Magazine Stories of 2015.” According to the magazine, a self-described “online community of professional sleuths,” their stories were ranked by using an algorithm based upon reader participation (e.g., clicks, comments, shares). Philip’s ...

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Philip Becnel published an article in the Legal Investigator

Philip Becnel published a modified excerpt of his book, Principles of Investigative Documentation, in the Fall 2015 edition of the Legal Investigator, a publication of the National Association of Legal Investigators. In the article, Philip outlined what he coined the “Five Principles of Investigative Documentation,” which include taking notes, keeping ...

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Philip Becnel published an article in Law.com.

Philip Becnel, our managing partner, published an article in Law.com called, “Can Investigations be Uber-ized?” The article is a critique of start-up Trustify, which offers investigations for cheap through an app interface. Philip is a regular contributor to Law.com. Here is an excerpt from the article: As it happened, the whole exercise ...

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Philip Becnel in Campus Security Report

Partner Philip Becnel published an article in Campus Security Report, in which he recommends steps that college administrators can do to minimize the harm caused by occasional false accusations of sexual assault. The article is called, “Take 3 steps to create a fair process to investigate sexual assault.” ...

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Philip Becnel predicts an increase in number of cases involving crypto-currencies.

Philip Becnel published an article in Law.com about digital currencies and illicit marketplaces on the so-called Dark Web. Here is an excerpt of Philip’s article: Crypto-currency uses cryptography to control its distribution, as opposed to a government or a bank. They are simply unique pieces of encrypted software that have been designated ...

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Philip Becnel published an article on Law.com

Our managing partner, Philip Becnel, published an article on Law.com called, “How Thinking Like an Advertiser Will Make You a Better Investigator.” In the intensely personal article, Philip discusses how investigators can learn a lot about the inferences advertisers make based upon consumers’ behavior on social media websites. Here is an excerpt ...

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“How Building a Deck is Like Interviewing a Witness.”

Philip Becnel published an amusing article on Law.com called, “How Building a Deck is Like Interviewing a Witness.” In the article, Philip tells a personal story about how he was suckered into helping some neighbors build a pop-up on the roof of their house, an experienced he likened to being a ...

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