Vice recently interviewed Jack Roberts, a private investigator who charges $340 for five hours of surveillance that might result in him catching people cheating. He began tracking cheaters professionally in 1993 and to hear him tell it, the profession is nothing short of insane. Here are six of the most shocking aspects.
1. When women think their guy is cheating, they're usually right. Roberts says that usually when men think their spouse is cheating, they're just being paranoid, but when women think their spouse is cheating, he usually is. He also adds that when women come to a private investigator, it's because they feel like they have no other choice, but men usually come in because something is slightly off and they want to know why.
2. Sometimes the person's "cheating" is actually a secret drug or gambling addiction. Which is still a breach of trust and something their partner should probably know about.
3. You find out that some people really do lead double lives. Roberts says he once found out about a man who lived with his wife during the week and then on the weekends lived with another woman he had a child with. He says the man's secret life went on for 16 years and his wife only found out about it after his death.
4. You have to be prepared to travel anywhere and everywhere in order to track a client. Roberts says he always carries a passport, loose change, and a Travelcard because sometimes he has to travel to multiple cities and countries to track people who are traveling because that might be where they're going to cheat and you have to capture it on film.
5. It's totally possible for people to vanish without a trace. One 84-year-old man Roberts was hired to look for told his wife of 28 years that he was going out to grab a loaf of bread; then he never came back. It took Roberts two months to find him because he'd covered his tracks so well and when he did, he found out the man had been living with a new woman.
6. The number of people who cheat hasn't risen over the years because it's always been this common. Roberts says he doesn't think there's more cheating now than there was in years past, so take comfort in knowing that people have always lied and cheated, and in the case of Roberts's clients, eventually been caught.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.