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when the police insisted that it was an accident and not murder, she hired a private detective
Recent Examples on the Web But private detective Joe Moura says there is no evidence to support that. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Crosley Green's last chance for freedom," 19 Aug. 2019 The scandal, in which former executive Iqbal Khan was shadowed by private detectives, led to a reduction of the ex-CEO’s 2019 bonus, the bank said. Patrick Winters,, "Credit Suisse Suspends $1.5 Billion Share Buyback Plan on Virus," 8 May 2020 Justice Department officials in Los Angeles concluded that private detectives, in order to create more business, had planted bombs in nearby oil fields. Adam Hochschild, The New Yorker, "When America Tried to Deport Its Radicals," 4 Nov. 2019 Thankfully, the scheme was discovered by Allan Pinkerton, generally considered the country’s first private detective. Time, "The First Secret Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln," 30 Apr. 2020 The series featured Zimbalist and Roger Smith as Los Angeles private detectives, with Mr. Byrnes as Kookie, a slang-slinging parking-lot attendant. Washington Post, "Edd Byrnes, once famous as the hair-combing Kookie of ‘77 Sunset Strip,’ dies at 87," 11 Jan. 2020 In this procedural thriller, private detective Cassie Dewellpartners with ex-cop Jenny Hoyt on a search for two sisters who have been kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. Lynette Rice,, "TV pilots guide: Every new network show in the works for fall 2020," 1 Feb. 2020 The club was next door to the private detective agency run by the suave duo of Stuart Bailey (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) and Jeff Spencer (Roger Smith). Duane Byrge, Billboard, "Edd Byrnes, Vince Fontaine in 'Grease,' Dies at 87," 9 Jan. 2020 The club was next door to the private detective agency run by the suave duo of Stuart Bailey (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) and Jeff Spencer (Roger Smith). Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Edd Byrnes, Kookie on '77 Sunset Strip,' Dies at 87," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of private detective

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Private detective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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