Friday, October 19, 2007

Finding The Bad Apple

In 1972, Linda Darby escaped from the Indiana Women's Prison in Indianapolis by climbing over a barbed-wire fence. She had been arrested for murdering her husband. For 35 years, she was known as Linda Joe McElroy, a grandmother who baby-sat children and cleaned homes.

Even though Darby had no driver's license, authorities tracked her to Tennessee, where she was living a quiet, normal life.

"It's actually quite easy to be absorbed if they cut all ties from their previous life, which appears the case in this situation," said Brad Garrett of the FBI.

Click here for the full story.

It's easy to start a cleaning business. You don't need a lot of money. You don't need to be smart. You don't need much of anything. All you really need is a customer. And to get a customer, all you need to be is cheap. After all, it's just housecleaning. Anybody can do it. And anyone does do it.

You better be careful. The cleaning industry is ripe with bad apples. You can hire the cheap maid from down the road and cross your fingers, or you can hire the more expensive professional cleaning company and rest easy.

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