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I moved the last few boxes of my meager possessions out of my house today. Although the clock started on my separation period some time ago, today will be the first day in my new home. Until now I’ve kept my private affairs private. Although my neighbors have surely noticed me quietly moving boxes and furniture out of the house over the past few weeks, my conversations with them have never gone beyond the genial yet superficial banter of neighbors passing each other on the sidewalk. Similarly, my Facebook wall has been quiet. Since I have many mutual friends with my ex, I have tried to limit any signs of the implosion of our marriage, lest people prematurely began taking sides. I suppose that I want to be out of the house before this happens.

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Philip Becnel

I'm an author and the Managing Partner of Dinolt Becnel & Wells Investigative Group, a private investigations firm based in Washington, D.C. My books include "Introduction to Conducting Private Investigations" and "Principles of Investigative Documentation." I get excited about technologies and theories that change how people do investigations, and I believe that nothing is sexier than a superbly written investigative report. My firm investigates anything worth investigating, but my personal specialties include employment investigations regarding harassment, discrimination, fraud, and other disputed workplace behavior; and criminal defense. When I'm not investigating or writing about investigating, I'm painting oil portraits or watching baseball with my two kids.

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