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Private Investigators Catch More Cheaters On Mistress Day
While February 14 is the traditional day for lovers, the day before is known as Mistress Day, when cheaters spend the day with whom they're having an affair.
It's also an ideal time to catch your cheating spouse.
"They do New Year's Eve with the wife or husband and come Valentine's Day they are ready to bust out," said Julee Ware, a case manager for TLW Guardian Investigations.
Ware and her team of private investigators have busted betrayals for nearly thirty years. She wanted her face hidden, so viewers won't recognize her at work.
"For cheaters in general, they're living in a fantasy world and Valentine’s Day plays right into that," she said.
Traditionally, Ware said more stakeouts happen the day before Valentines.
"That's the time to convince the people they're cheating with that they're number one," she explained.
Ware sat at what she calls the command center at her home and watched the suspected cheaters through GPS. Ware said as long as their client owns the car and gives them permission, they can install a hidden tracking device. They use other gadgets too.
"This is a camera and it gets great audio," said Cindy, Ware's lead investigator, as she showed us a hidden camera. "The whole idea is to not make them think they're being followed."
Cindy even wears disguises to stay under the radar. On Wednesday, she dressed as a man.
"We change them out three or four times during a case, just so we don't get hot," she said.
We drove to a North Austin Starbucks, where Cindy said a suspected cheater was hanging out with her new boyfriend. We're not showing their faces. Cindy told us the woman's husband hired them to investigate infidelity.
Cindy decided to head inside to get a positive ID. About ten minutes later, the couple sat outside and then left hand in hand. Cindy believed she had enough to prove the man wasn't a friend.
"It does get to be an adrenaline rush," Cindy said after she closed the case. "There's a lot that rides on this."
The investigators said their evidence has helped clients receive more money in divorce settlements and even custody of their children.
"They'll cry, sometimes people will throw things, I can hear glass breaking, there's every kind of reaction," explained Ware about telling her clients the news. "But inevitably, everybody says thank you."
We asked how much they charged but TLW Guardian would only say they charge by the hour.
The private investigators did give us the most common excuses for a cheating spouse around Valentine's Day. Men usually say they’re staying late at work, going to the gym or shopping for your present. Women say they're going to visit family, to the spa or staying late at work.
By Katherine Stolp