Famous Private Investigators In History From Sherlock Holmes To Alan Pinkerton

Everyone likes a good “who-done-it” story, whether it’s by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or James Patterson. The detectives made famous by these authors have astounded readers for decades with their investigative skills.

Eugene Francois Vidocq Private InvestigatorAlthough Sherlock Holmes, private investigator, is a fictitious character, he is based on a real person, a Frenchman who was an ex-soldier, criminal and privateer by the name of Eugene Francois Vidocq. Vidocq was flamboyant in his style, and very much the showman. Vidocq started his private detective agency in 1833. He enjoyed going “undercover” in disguise to catch the wrongdoers.

Vidocq actually met Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and this is how Doyle came to know about him. Holmes decided to use Vidocq as his model for the character, Sherlock Holmes. Vidocq was responsible for the creation of a number of investigative techniques used today. Invisible ink, unalterable bond paper used to make checks, plaster casts and ballistic tests are just a few of his contributions.

In 1852, a policeman with the Metropolitan Police in England retired from the force to open a private detective agency. His name was Charles Frederick Field. He also was to meet up with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle wrote a number of books using Field as the private investigator in his stories.

pinkerton private detective agencyIn the 1850’s, the first detective agency in the United States was founded by Alan Pinkerton. Known as the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, the logo of the agency is an open eye,the motto, “We Never Sleep.” Pinkerton was a pioneer in modern police work and private investigative technique. During the Civil War, he worked for the Union, his agents involved in military intelligence duties. A good friend of Abraham Lincoln, Pinkerton’s military agents became the precursor of the U. S. Secret Service, based on Lincoln’s bidding.

Later in the 19th century, Pinkerton men were used to keep strikers and pro-unionists out of factories, paid for by the business owners. Alan Pinkerton was well liked and respected all across the country. When the FBI was being formed in 1909, Alan Pinkerton’s plan of business for his agency was used as a model.

Published By:

Veritas Associates, LLC
9832 N Hayden Rd, Suite 105
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Office: 480-294-0911
Email: jmgordon@veritasintell.com

7633 E. Acoma Drive, Suite 207-B
Scottsdale, AZ 85260-2908 USA
Phone: (480) 269-0027

Related Post:

| Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

  • Arizona Association Of Licensed Private Investigators
    AALPI
  • scottsdale private detective a member of the investigative professionals organization
    ISPLA
  • an organization for former investigators, criminal investigators, detective and other members of law enforment
    AFIO
  • Scottsdale Arizona PI part of the united states organization for licensed private investigatorsUSAPI
  • find the facts, locate the truth, get the evidence you needSCI
  • Investigator In Scottsdale Arizona for hire doing private dtective work
    CSN

Veritas Associates, LLC


Scottsdale Arizona Private Investigator, serving the entire Phoenix metro and all of Arizona.
Retired Federal Officer Joe Gordon is a Private Detective in AZ.
Scottsdale Arizona Private Investigator Logo
9832 N Hayden Rd, Suite 105
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
5 stars - based on 16 reviews
480-294-0911
jmgordon@veritasintell.com

Find us on Google+
[wp-blogroll showdesc=1 showbrk=1]
  • Wordpress Web Design & SEO
    By My Favorite Web Designs Of Mesa Arizona