Ask the Investigator

Podcast

As the name implies, “Ask the Investigator” is a consumer-oriented podcast that aims to shed light on the misunderstood world of private investigation. The host of the podcast, Ken Cummins, is joined by co-hosts Christiaan De Waal, adjunct instructor at American University (Law & Criminology) and former Director of Investigations for Capitol Inquiry, and Tish Few, a former investigator with a background in public broadcasting.

 

Each podcast explores different aspects of private investigation: finding assets to collect on your judgment; locating birth parents and siblings you never knew you had; surveillance to prove infidelity, insurance fraud or non-compete violations; background investigations for hiring an employee, nanny, caregiver or business partner; finding missing persons and investigating human trafficking; proving or defending against sexual misconduct allegations; criminal defense (just to name a few of the topics being examined). The hosts are joined by guests with experience in the investigative issue being examined. Access the podcast on iTunes, Google play, and Stitcher by searching “Ask the Investigator,” or google us and look for the magnifying glass with the podcast name inside. Tune in, and send your questions, suggestions and comments to askinvestigator@gmail.com and we will address them in future podcasts. And follow us on Twitter at #askinvestigator.

  • Episode 0: “Learn about the work of Capitol Inquiry and their growing community of podcast followers” by Ask the Investigator....

  • Getting a court judgment against a debtor can be the easiest part of trying to collect what is owed you. Finding the debtor and seizing the assets are much more difficult. A Capitol Inquiry client tells of her years-long saga to get justice....

  • The definition of sexual misconduct is being rewritten by daily revelations in the media and the courts. Family law Investigator Kimberly Yourick relates the difficulties college students face when accused of actions that threaten their careers before they start....

  • Adoption Lawyer Harvey Schweitzer describes how the adoption world has changed, for better and for worse, with recent case law and especially with the rise of the Internet and social media. Not every mother wants to be found by the child she gave up at......

  • New York Investigator Ed Gavin, who specializes in child trafficking and missing children investigations, describes the grim world he enters every day. Guest co-host Harry Gossett, PI, author and retired FBI agent, discusses some of his ordeals in finding the missing child or elderly adult....

  • The Dark Web is the marketplace where you can buy anything from body parts to drugs, sex and stolen identities. But it’s a place you can’t enter unless you are invited in, and if you manage to stumble into it, the consequences could be dire.......

  • Previously, Ask the Investigator explored the hurdles faced by the accused in sexual misconduct cases. This episode takes another look at the problem from the perspective of the victims. Attorney Michael Nakamura discusses the trauma of clients sexually victimized by predatory priests, doctors, therapists and......

  • Investigator Tom Brown, half of the best surveillance team ever employed by Capitol Inquiry, discusses his career and the do’s and don’t’s of surveillance. This investigative method can uncover the smoking gun that wins your case, but that gun can backfire on you, is surveillance......

  • More and more people are finding their lifelong mate through matchmaking websites. But is it true love? Or romance fraud? Guest Brian O’Shea, a former intelligence officer turned corporate and personal investigator, discusses the recent spike in fraud committed against middle-aged and elderly users of......

  • George Pelecanos, superb criminal novelist and producer of HBO series’ The Wire and The Deuce offers his insights....

Guest Tom Brown on the Dos and Don’ts of Surveillance
Guest Tom Brown on the Dos and Don’ts of Surveillance
DC NOIR
DC NOIR
Don’t become a victim of Romance Fraud
Don’t become a victim of Romance Fraud
Ken Cummins and guest George Pelecanos
Ken Cummins and guest George Pelecanos
Our Podcast Episode #9 guest, novelist and HBO Producer George Pelecanos
Our Podcast Episode #9 guest, novelist and HBO Producer George Pelecanos