Rob Holmes, our CEO, first coined the phrase Virtual Crime Scene in 1996. Now, the term is commonly used by almost everyone in the online investigative space. Investigative professionals use the term to describe the integration of psychological, cyber-forensic, and physical elements. These elements combined are unique to crimes that begin via electronic means and ultimately end up affecting the real world.

The First 48 is a documentary television series that ran for seventeen seasons. Filmed in various cities across the United States, the show provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the investigators tackle the job of solving crime. The producers focus the show on the first 48 hours after the crime was committed/discovered because the investigative work done immediately afterward is always the most pertinent. There is never an exception to that.

Detectives follow the same process no matter if it is a theft of trade secrets, a press crisis, a physical threat, or an infringement. The perpetrator left tracks that may or may not remain for long. Some evidence will be apparent for future investigators and some will not. Detectives hired to look at the case can only collect the evidence for the first time once. The outcome of the entire case depends on the quality of that first gumshoe’s work.

If we receive a case that has been worked by another party, sometimes it is an in-house employee or or an external vendor. We will, either way, do our best to revive it. In hiring us afterward, you will discover new things about the case and you will reap some reward even if the case goes cold. However, you will not have the same likelihood of success if we had been the first hands to touch it.

The ‘Tango and Cash’ Effect

Almost daily we are handed cases from clients that hired our hack competitors first. Afterward, the cases rendered F.U.B.A.R. For those not familiar, the term was initially coined during World War II to describe a situation that was “Fouled Up Beyond All Repair”. For later generations, F.U.B.A.R. was popularized in the boiler room brawl scene of the 1980’s action film “Tango and Cash” starring Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell.

We at MI:33 call them ‘Humpty Dumpties’ for obvious reasons. The clients desperately beg us to salvage the case. The client, in most cases, does not want their boss know how bad they screwed up. In most of these situations, we earnestly attempt to dig them out of their self-dug hole, but it’s not always possible. There are firms that purport to be experts in either psychological, cyber-forensic, and physical elements. Few firms can boast all three. MI:33 is one of them. Make us your first call. Loyalty reaps the most rewards. We guarantee it.

Now, I’m going to finish my coffee.

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