Your cheatin’ heart

Travis Jones
Credit: Shannon Cornman

And if she doesn’t, then Travis Jones will sell someone the technology to prove it beyond a doubt.

Don’t think you can outsmart them. They’ve got technology on their side.

Close, a local private investigator and owner of, is perfecting the art of catching unfaithful spouses by using GPS trackers.

She’s making the spy game so easy and affordable, in fact, that suspicious spouses can do it themselves at a fraction of the cost of traditional investigative services.

“God gives us all that radar. And you need to investigate,” said Close, whose husband cheated on her. “I just basically fill in the blanks and confirm what most people know at a gut level.”

Close spent 27 years in telecommunications before finally burning out and giving PI work a try. Once she got in the field, she learned a lot more about human nature than she ever thought she would.

Raised in a Southern Baptist home with a chaplain for a mother, Close admits to having a fairly naive view of the world before she got into the business.

She said 95 percent of the time, if someone has worked up the nerve to call her, the person’s spouse is cheating.

“When people come to me with a cheater case, they have probably lost 10 pounds the last two weeks.
They’re not eating or sleeping and can’t concentrate,” Close said. “It
just rocks their boat. They don’t know what to do.”

The kicker, she said, is most clients feel guilty about spying on their spouses.

Buying certainty
You may remember the story of Eryetha Mayberry, a 96-year-old nursing-home resident. A nursing aide had shoved latex gloves into the woman’s mouth last year in an effort to keep her quiet.

Jones, the manager at Spy Gear Inc. in Oklahoma City, remembers it because he was the one who sold the family the camera that recorded the abuse.

A $175 clock camera was enough to give the family the proof they needed to send the worker to prison.

“A lot of places don’t want [cameras] but once you have that evidence, they can’t say it never happened,” Jones said.

Gear sells a host of items — GPS technology, cameras, listening devices
and other staples of surveillance — but Jones said people are really
looking to purchase just one thing: certainty.

lot of our items give you absolute peace of mind,” he said. “If a guy
thinks his wife is cheating, he can get a camera and figure out if she’s
not. It’s a complete answer. It’s complete peace of mind.”

Worth every penny
(who requested her identity be concealed) said she felt guilty at first
for using Close’s services to digitally tail her husband. But not for

After seeing
Close’s SUV advertising, April called her on a Friday
and met her the next day. By Monday, she had caught her husband

“It did
what it was advertised to do,” said April, who was married for more than
10 years and caught the couple at a park. “To this day, he does not
know how he got caught.”

the straying spouse is an average Joe or the head of the CIA, Close
said, cheaters are remarkably predictable. They hide their cell phone or
create password protection. They will erase their text logs or use a
third-party app to mask texting habits. Contacts bearing only initials
appear on their phones.

Losing weight, joining a gym — these are also telltale signs that your spouse might be running around.

“There’s just certain things every cheater does so when a client calls me … they pretty much know,” Close said.

Now, with the use of a GPS transponder, clients can prove it to themselves.

$95 per hour plus 75 cents per mile, hiring a detective to tail a
subject can get pricey in a hurry. But renting a GPS tracker for $200 a
week will let you know where your spouse is, all at the click of your

When the cat’s away
With eight years as a private investigator, Close has amassed her share of stories.

of her surveillance subjects worked for the federal government and had a
weekly afternoon tryst at a motel with a coworker. After two weeks of
following the philanderer, Close rented a room across the way and set up
video surveillance.

The wife was already at the motel, waiting for him to come out.

people don’t confront and I don’t advocate it,” Close said. “But she
had already packed his stuff and dumped it around his car in the parking

Close said the grand prize for vow-breaking goes to a cheater she caught in 2012.

In three weeks’ time, the married man in his early 60s had been with nine women.

comes from out of town a couple days a week and hangs out at Hooters,”
said Close, who rented the wife a GPS unit. “He would go and get money
at the ATM and take it to girls.”

most damning evidence came when Close caught him on tape in a Toys “R”
Us parking lot getting busy with yet another woman in the front seat of
his SUV.

Like the GPS, social media has helped Close become more efficient.

helped my business a lot,” she said of social media. “People go
reconnect with a high school sweetheart and they get the warm fuzzies
and start thinking they shoulda, woulda, coulda and think they should
hook up. It’s amazing what Facebook has done to relationships.”

Dean Anderson

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