All posts by Melinda Kidder

About Melinda Kidder

Melinda is the owner and lead investigator of Columbia Investigations. A graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Melinda holds a Bachelors Degree in the Administration of Justice, earning the Edward Tomich Memorial Award and Honors from Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society. In addition, she was one class short of a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and plans to continue Graduate coursework in Psychology and Law.

On The Road

On The Road

I criss-crossed the country this week to manage the needs of four separate clients. Eight flights later and I’m nearly home. This week I’ll be working on reports based on my field work, having done SCADA & CESCO assessments for specialty needs clients.

Introduction to DIY PI Spy

Introduction to DIY PI Spy

Welcome to DIY PI Spy! This blog is to become an oasis of information to help you gain the knowledge and tools you need for Do-it-yourself investigations. Although auto-didaction, or educating oneself, should be completely legal, be sure to check the laws in your locality before you go completely James Bond or Philip Marlowe. I am not an attorney, nor do I play one on this blog. We’ll discuss legal issues, certainly, but again, be sure to check with your attorney before engaging in any activities discussed on this blog. If you have questions, toss them out. I’ll try to get an answer to you as soon as possible or […]

Pretty Little Lies

Pretty Little Lies

It’s been brought to my attention that one of our competitors has been blogging negative information about our firm and me specifically as the owner, Melinda Kidder. Personally, I prefer not to talk down about other people. The falsehoods in these blogs of which I’ve spoken are broad and varied and a lawsuit is pending. In the meantime should you have any questions for me or require proof of competency and health please do not hesitate to approach. I will be more than happy to provide. Take care, Melinda

Are You Gonna Be A Dick? Primer For The PI Wannabe

Are You Gonna Be A Dick? Primer For The PI Wannabe

Private investigators are known by many nicknames: Dick, flatfoot, gumshoe, private detective, private eye. If you’re going to be one, get used to the nicknames. Your friends will have a field day and you’ll be known among them as Magnum P.I. pretty soon. I get at least one call or email per week from someone wanting to get into the business, asking me for advice. I’m happy to give it to them. The more educated someone can get before they break into the business, the better they’re going to be and the better it will be for our industry. Unfortunately, lately and historically, P.I.’s have gotten quite a bad rap. […]

Coming Soon on DIY PI SPY!

Coming Soon on DIY PI SPY!

How to become a Private Detective Tracking someone with GPS Using the internet for information gathering and checking backgrounds Legal Matters Identity Theft Bugging Surveillance Much, much more!