An attorney handling a divorce case called me to conduct surveillance on the husband. Suspicions were he was having an affair.
Here is some background on the case: Wife had contacted the attorney about her suspicions about her husband having an affair. She had not told her husband that she was working on a divorce. The attorney said she was not convinced she would file for a divorce unless he was cheating on her. Financial difficulties had plagued the couple recently as they both had been laid off and had taken much lower paying jobs to keep paying the bills. Attorney said they were barely making it.
Surveillance begins: I received the information about the husband in an email from the attorney that included his place of employment, list of absences from the home at night over the last few weeks, and a few pictures of the husband and his vehicle. I researched the home and work locations, did a few drive-by’s to get a feel for possible travel routes, etc. Your normal surveillance prep.
I sat on his vehicle while he was at work on a Friday afternoon. He seemed to come up missing on Friday and Saturday nights according to the list the attorney provided from the wife. About 6:30 pm I saw him walk to his car and get in. He was about 25 years old, handsome guy and physically fit. I followed as he drove out of the parking lot. It was clear right away that he was not heading home. While I was following him I could see he was talking on his cell phone. I made a note to see if he was calling his wife. I followed for about an hour when he pulled into the [name witheld] bar. He got out of the car and grabbed a backpack from the back seat and walked in the bar. I made a note as that was a little strange.
I waited outside for a little while as there were not a lot of cars in the parking lot. A little early for most Friday night bar hoppers. Over the next thirty minutes or so I noticed other cars pull in, young men getting out and carrying bags in like the husband. It seemed strange. I tried googling the bar to learn more about it but it appeared it was new. There was a bar website that only said under construction.
Another hour passed then more cars began pulling in the parking lot. I thought it was ladies night because most the people going in were females. I waited a little longer for more people to go in the bar before I decided to go in.
Once I went inside I noticed right away that this was not your regular watering hole. It was a fancy place, decorated really nice. That explained the expensive cover charge to get in. As always, I found a location near the back of the bar where I could watch the room and exits. I didn’t see the husband. I did notice I was one of the few males in the room.
Within a few minutes the music stopped and a man came out on the stage. “Alright ladies and gentlemen. It’s time for what you have been waiting for.” he said as the women began to yell and clap, “It’s time for the Clippendales!” (Obviously a play on words) The music started and five men came out on stage. I had to look closely but the husband was on stage. You have guessed it by now -- they were strippers.
I continued my surveillance until the husband left that night and drove home alone. I called the attorney the next day and asked him if knew about the stripping job. He did not. I continued surveilling the husband through the weekend. He went back to the bar and danced on Saturday night. Stayed home on Sunday.
A few days later the attorney called. The wife confronted the husband who admitted to dancing. He was trying to earn extra money as his job didn’t pay much. He had been a male stripper while in college a few years earlier before he met his wife. I don’t if they are still together or not. The attorney told me to stop the surveillance.