PRIVATE EYES OF TEXAS
March of 2015 Edition
A Message from JJ
We were so busy during 2014 we only had time to produce one newsletter in February. We had numerous case successes during the year, which we will not be able to document fully in this newsletter. I have chosen the ones that are, in my mind, the most notable.
Our sales total for 2014 was the second largest in our company’s 26 year history. In September of 2014 we had our highest bill out month ever, totaling over $115,000 in sales. Our yearly story remains the same. We leave no stone unturned to provide our clients with the best results possible. The training program that we started during the year for our Investigators has reaped great rewards. Our Investigators have honed their skills to a higher level, making our team, in my opinion, the best in the business. Every Investigator is committed to taking each investigative assignment to a successful conclusion, many times going the extra mile to get the job done.
Our satisfied clients continue to provide us with referrals that have certainly enhanced our growing client base.
New Addition To Staff
I am happy to announce the newest addition to our staff, my longtime friend and police associate Wayne Kessler. Wayne is a 38 year law enforcement veteran. Wayne’s career involved 8 years in patrol as both officer and shift supervisor and 30 years in criminal investigations.
Wayne was assigned on six different occasions to the US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force and later served 18 months assigned to the Houston Violent Offenders Task Force. During this period Wayne arrested two Texas Top Ten fugitives.
He was later assigned to the Galveston County Organized Crime Control Unit working on a number of high profile cases. Wayne coordinated the first major body search effort in the 1986 Shelley Sikes kidnapping case, which involved 600 volunteers who searched areas covering Bacliff and San Leon but sadly Shelley’s body was never recovered. His efforts, however, resulted in the arrest and conviction of John King and Gerald Zwarst for Aggravated Kidnapping. After two change of venue trials, both were convicted of aggravated kidnapping and sentenced to Life in prison.
Wayne was also the lead investigator on the Timothy Gribble Capital Murder case. Gribble had raped and murdered a prominent Clear Lake Shores resident after performing maintenance on her residence. Wayne tracked Gribble to Newbern, TN where he was arrested and brought back to Texas. After two Capital trials Gribble was sentenced to death.
In 1996 Wayne became a Federal Agent with the Department of Veterans Affairs and worked a myriad of cases, including employee misconduct, pension and benefits fraud, narcotics and homicide. Wayne received numerous awards and commendations, including two Assistant Inspector General awards which were presented to him in Washington D.C.
After 9 years of Federal service Wayne reached mandatory age and retired from the Government. Wayne’s last tour of duty was with the Santa Fe, TX Police Department where he was a detective four years and was then promoted to Captain, second in command of the 22 man department.
Wayne has extensive training in crime scene search and scene reconstructions. Wayne is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Homicide Investigator’s Course at the University of Louisville, one of the most prestigious in the country. Wayne has also attended numerous Homicide blood splatter interpretation and crime scene training classes throughout the country. This training, combined with Wayne’s excellent interviewing skills made him a premier homicide detective before his retirement.
Wayne’s addition to our team makes a great staff even greater.