And if she doesn’t, then Travis Jones will sell someone the technology to prove it beyond a doubt.
Don’t think you can outsmart them. They’ve got technology on their side.
Close, a local private investigator and owner of myspousecheats.com, is perfecting the art of catching unfaithful spouses by using GPS trackers.
She’s making the spy game so easy and affordable, in fact, that suspicious spouses can do it themselves at a fraction of the cost of traditional investigative services.
“God gives us all that radar. And you need to investigate,” said Close, whose husband cheated on her. “I just basically fill in the blanks and confirm what most people know at a gut level.”
Close spent 27 years in telecommunications before finally burning out and giving PI work a try. Once she got in the field, she learned a lot more about human nature than she ever thought she would.
Raised in a Southern Baptist home with a chaplain for a mother, Close admits to having a fairly naive view of the world before she got into the business.
She said 95 percent of the time, if someone has worked up the nerve to call her, the person’s spouse is cheating.
“When people come to me with a cheater case, they have probably lost 10 pounds the last two weeks. They’re not eating or sleeping and can’t concentrate,” Close said. “It just rocks their boat. They don’t know what to do.”
The kicker, she said, is most clients feel guilty about spying on their spouses.
You may remember the story of Eryetha Mayberry, a 96-year-old nursing-home resident. A nursing aide had shoved latex gloves into the woman’s mouth last year in an effort to keep her quiet.
Jones, the manager at Spy Gear Inc. in Oklahoma City, remembers it because he was the one who sold the family the camera that recorded the abuse.
A $175 clock camera was enough to give the family the proof they needed to send the worker to prison.
“A lot of places don’t want [cameras] but once you have that evidence, they can’t say it never happened,” Jones said.
Spy Gear sells a host of items — GPS technology, cameras, listening devices and other staples of surveillance — but Jones said people are really looking to purchase just one thing: certainty.
“A lot of our items give you absolute peace of mind,” he said. “If a guy thinks his wife is cheating, he can get a camera and figure out if she’s not. It’s a complete answer. It’s complete peace of mind.”
Worth every penny
April (who requested her identity be concealed) said she felt guilty at first for using Close’s services to digitally tail her husband. But not for long.
After seeing Close’s SUV advertising myspousecheats.com, April called her on a Friday and met her the next day. By Monday, she had caught her husband red-handed.
“It did what it was advertised to do,” said April, who was married for more than 10 years and caught the couple at a park. “To this day, he does not know how he got caught.”
Whether the straying spouse is an average Joe or the head of the CIA, Close said, cheaters are remarkably predictable. They hide their cell phone or create password protection. They will erase their text logs or use a third-party app to mask texting habits. Contacts bearing only initials appear on their phones.
Losing weight, joining a gym — these are also telltale signs that your spouse might be running around.
“There’s just certain things every cheater does so when a client calls me ... they pretty much know,” Close said.
Now, with the use of a GPS transponder, clients can prove it to themselves.
At $95 per hour plus 75 cents per mile, hiring a detective to tail a subject can get pricey in a hurry. But renting a GPS tracker for $200 a week will let you know where your spouse is, all at the click of your iPhone.
When the cat’s away
With eight years as a private investigator, Close has amassed her share of stories.
One of her surveillance subjects worked for the federal government and had a weekly afternoon tryst at a motel with a coworker. After two weeks of following the philanderer, Close rented a room across the way and set up video surveillance.
The wife was already at the motel, waiting for him to come out.
“Most people don’t confront and I don’t advocate it,” Close said. “But she had already packed his stuff and dumped it around his car in the parking lot.”
Close said the grand prize for vow-breaking goes to a cheater she caught in 2012.
In three weeks’ time, the married man in his early 60s had been with nine women.
“He comes from out of town a couple days a week and hangs out at Hooters,” said Close, who rented the wife a GPS unit. “He would go and get money at the ATM and take it to girls.”
The most damning evidence came when Close caught him on tape in a Toys “R” Us parking lot getting busy with yet another woman in the front seat of his SUV.
Like the GPS, social media has helped Close become more efficient.
“It helped my business a lot,” she said of social media. “People go reconnect with a high school sweetheart and they get the warm fuzzies and start thinking they shoulda, woulda, coulda and think they should hook up. It’s amazing what Facebook has done to relationships.”