photo by Kiara Martin
This month and next, we’re sharing all kinds of origin stories.
This month so far, we’ve published origin stories about:
1. Eugène François Vidocq, a French outlaw-turned-entrepreneur who is considered to be the world’s first private investigator.
2. The Pinkerton National Detective Agency, which presaged the rise of the FBI and Secret Service — and private security firms operating in the ethical borderlands.
3. Brian Willingham’s incredible essay about how he became a highly respected private investigator, after his life plan of baseball stardom did not pan out. [Warning: This story contains baseball metaphors and mentions the fecal emissions of geese, and also the NY Mets.]
Here is the briefing. (We hope you like the zany title plugins.)