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What comes into your head when you think of a private investigator?
More often than not, the portrayals on TV and movies are of middle-aged men, in a hat and trench coat lurking behind the shadows. But these days, the private investigations industry, at least in Australia, is pretty diverse.
*Katherine is from Lipstick Investigations and for over a decade she has been a part of the private investigations industry. She sat down with Mamamia to share her story and the fascinating cases that have landed on her desk over the years.
"I grew up watching shows like Veronica Mars, and I thought her job was so cool. I looked into seeing if being a private investigator was a possibility in Australia, I studied, did my TAFE course, got my license and here I am now."
Her experience working full-time as a private investigator has been varied to say the least, working with different clients and their unique cases and being confronted on a few occasions...
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As for the cases themselves, Katherine does "absolutely everything you can think of". This can range from infidelity, background checks, family law investigations, 'find my family' scenarios, suspicious or noisy neighbour disputes, missing persons and more.
"The range is astronomical: every single day is different. Once I had a girl who met a cute guy in a bar but she couldn't remember his last name. She felt a connection with him and had lost his phone number, so we had to trawl around and find this guy," Katherine said to Mamamia.
In another instance, Katherine helped a woman find her half-brother.