Article written by French Journalists for Glamour France Magazine, which appeared in the February 2015 issue.
Reportage story within « She Spies Private Eye », a private women investigator agency in Texas.
Anji Maddox, 47, founded her private investigator agency in 2003 in Round Rock, Texas. Her specificity: she almost exclusively hires women; however, she does hire men for safety reasons and for certain types of surveillances.
She Spies Private Eye takes action mostly in spousal cheating and child custody cases. Their clients prefer women investigators as they are seen to be more empathetic, detailed and observant. In the field, Anji and her team do static surveillances (in their car in front of the “subject’s” house, or in a bar where the “subject” hangs out, etc.) and mobile ones (on foot, driving).
This profession is still very masculine. However, Anji feels “women go more easily unnoticed and are more creative than their fellow male detectives, who all go through the same training (they are usually former FBI, police or military)”.
Last year, Anji got married to her soul mate. She works so much that John, her 34 year-old husband, in addition to his full-time job, will assist with taking care of the household tasks, as well as the babysitting of their two grandchildren.
Bree, alone in her car is assessing the situation. Katie is parked in front of the “subject” house. The subject is a man in his twenties accused by his wife of being unfaithful and an alcoholic. Bree and Katie will try to bring some proof.
She Spies undertakes a lot of undercover operations. Anji once worked undercover in a love relationship with a “subject”, only to prove his infidelity. Jessica pretended to be a wealthy client in order to obtain information on a retirement home that extorted its residents.
Anji and Bree often spend their Saturday nights observing their “‘subjects” in some bars or night clubs. Weeks ago, Bree went to have drinks with a young father suspected by his ex-wife of being an alcoholic. During one of her under-cover operations, Anji had to go to a swingers club in order to prove the infidelity, and the “unusual” sexual practices, of a woman committing adultery.
Anji meets one of her former clients, Tracy*, with whom she became friends. Tracy asked her to prove her husband’s infidelity. She really appreciated the support Anji provided her to the hardship she went through.
*name has been changed
Anji added two men to her team. Whenever the situation becomes dangerous for her undercover agents, she sends her two male agents in for protection as well as looking like a “couple” for certain surveillances.