Gerald Foos describes himself as “the greatest voyeur in the world”.
In the 1960s, he purchased The Manor Motel in Colorado. Fuelled by an “uncontrollable desire to peer into other people’s lives,” he proceeded to transform the premises into a pervert‘s dream.
Of the 21 rooms in the motel, 12 were fitted with fake ceiling vents through which Gerald and his wife, Donna, could observe the most private moments of their guests. The ceiling vents were located above the motel beds, but extra “viewing posts” were installed in the bathroom, lest Foos miss anything important.
“This trial-and-error process took us weeks,” he told The New York Post. “And it was exhausting — with me constantly going up and down between the attic and rooms, and my hands aching from all those adjustments with my pliers.”
He was careful to ensure that only young, attractive couples were accommodated in the “viewing rooms”, with families and the elderly relegated to the remaining nine rooms.
In the thirty years between purchasing the motel and selling it in 1995, he watched hundreds of couples engage in sex, often having sex with his wife while they spied on strangers through the ceiling peep holes.
But he's not ashamed of his crimes, and insists that other people should be thankful for his "sexual research and social observations."