By Pete Crooks
The pitch went like this: Chris Butler, a retired cop, ran a personal investigator enterprise in harmony, California. His company had a desirable angle—his enterprise was once staffed solely by way of football moms.
In truth, Butler hired PI tremendous mothers: appealing, equipped, clever, and informed in investigative concepts, self-defense, and weaponry. This American Life host Ira Glass defined them as “MILF: Charlie’s Angels.”
When this tale came upon Pete Crooks’s table whilst he used to be operating at Diablo journal in 2010, he was once immediately hooked. He’d heard just a little approximately Butler and his great mothers within the information; they’d been featured in People journal and on Dr. Phil. What Butler’s publicist used to be providing used to be too tantalizing to move up: a chance to journey in addition to Butler and some of his attractive PIs as they ready to begin filming a truth television show.
But after the ride-along—and after he began receiving mysterious emails from one in all Butler’s employees—Crooks began to detect whatever didn’t look correct. After performing some digging, he came across the “sting” he’d noticeable basically had one genuine victim…him. The PI bust were a setup.
Crooks wasn’t a hardboiled crime reporter. He did way of life items for a neighborhood journal. The extra he realized approximately Butler’s operation, the extra he learned he was once in a ways over his head. yet swallowing his fears, he made up our minds he was once going to put in writing an disclose on Butler and his whole association. He quickly stumbled on himself deep within the underbelly of faux sting operations, wannabe celebrities, police corruption, drug-dealing, truth tv, double-crossing staff, and extra twists and turns than a dozen crime thrillers.