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When the Killer Has No Name: The Limits of Negative News Searches

July 28, 2021 | Investigations Investigations + Due Diligence

One of the most spectacular crimes in recent European history occurred in 2009 during the Dutch national holiday Queen’s Day. In an assassination attempt, a 38-year-old Dutchman drove his car through a crowd of spectators toward an open bus carrying Queen Beatrix and other members of the royal family. Although no one from the royal family was harmed, seven spectators were killed and ten were seriously injured.

The story of the Queen’s Day attack is recounted in “Murder in Read More

How Modern-Day “Memory Holes” Undermine The Due Diligence Process

September 15, 2016 | Investigations + Due Diligence

Several years ago, a colleague and I conducted a background investigation of an English lord who was being considered for a senior position at an American company.  His c.v. included directorships at several British companies but we soon discovered that he had “forgotten” a few companies, including one where he had served as non-executive chairman.  Research on that company quickly revealed that it had gone bankrupt shortly after his tenure as chairman ended. Not surprisingly, he did not get the … Read More