TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Valentine’s Day is a day of love and good wishes for many, but according to a local private investigator the message of one popular series has hit a little too close to home for some people.
“There was several that just up and packed their bags and left their marriage and their family to go live this Fifty Shades lifestyle,” said Tim McLemee.
McLemee is a licensed private investigator, specializing in digital and forensic evidence. He said once the first book of the series hit the stands, he saw an influx in service requests for investigating marital issues.
“The first six months to a year we had at least a dozen different people come in and every one of them were the male,” said McLemee. “They would visit about what they believed was going on with their marriage.”
He said a lot of them had no idea the book played a part until after questioning. Now that “Fifty Shades Darker” is released, he expects to see more service requests. The $55 million romantic drama nearly tripled its budget over its debut weekend.
“I have a guy coming in next week that I don’t know for sure yet, but it sure sounds like to me that his wife is going to be another one of these Fifty Shades of Grey females who have watched the movies, read the books and they either live out their fantasies through the books or decide ‘hey I’m going to do this,'” he said.
Majority of the cases he dealt with started off with the woman researching, then finding themselves on adult social media websites.
“There was a lot of them that took the leap and they went ahead and followed through with whatever part of the movie that interested them the most,” he said.
Some of the cases McLemee described ended with divorce.