Celebs started the trend for pre-marital background checks moving into the realm of the first three months – Britney Spears reportedly asked her new boyfriend Dave to sign a confidentiality agreement and pass a background check before taking their relationship further. But what are private investigators looking for? When conducting a pre-marital background check, we verify Identity, Address, Financial Stability, Employment, Property, Marital Status, and Moral Character. Some people think that it’s paranoid. I think it’s crazy that some people do less research on the history of a person we let into our homes (and vaginas) than the condition of a used purse on Ebay.
Part Two: The Kitchen
If a guy doesn’t have female roommates or visitors, chick condiments are another red flag. Unless he’s a health nut, why is he filling his grocery bag with Splenda, fat-free yogurt and rice cakes? When observing toiletries, use common sense. A lone tampon could be for his sister, but pregnancy tests in bulk are usually a bad sign.
When people ask me where I grew up, I have a throwaway joke: ‘Pine Bluff, Arkansas—a town so rough that our pit bull got stolen.’Since I was a kid, Pine Bluff has been famous for all the wrong reasons. The headlines are grim: Most recently, it was named the second most dangerous metropolitan area in America after Detroit based on violent crime statistics such as murder, rape and kidnapping. Forbes.com ranked city the seventh most dangerous for women. Walking around gives you a one in 10 chance of being a victim of violent or property crime. It’s also home to an army installation that housed chemical weapons. An X-Files episode where Mulder and Scully are faced with a biological element that melts human skin is called ‘The Pine Bluff Variant’ after the Pine Bluff Arsenal. [. . .]