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Micheal O'Brien, Ted McBrien
Founders of Unlimited Investigations
Robert Marleau left - Micheal O'Brien right
About UI Founders: Unlimited Investigations (UI) was founded and licensed in
Ontario Canada in early 1990 by Defence and Foreign Affairs Journalist Micheal
with Ted McBrien (Retired York Region Police Inspector) at the end of the Cold
War and after O'Brien's leaving Maclean Hunter Limited to join MPRM Group
O'Brien went on to cover five more wars as Editor and Chief Defence
and Foreign Affairs Writer for The Wednesday Report (Published by:
Maclean Hunter:1986-1990, MPRM Group:1990-2004) and continued to work as Chief
Investigator of UI and a large staff of former police officers and investigative
In 1992 the firm began work in interventions and missing persons
while maintaining a staff dedicated to supporting criminal defence lawyers such
as John Hill, David Lakie, Allan Gold, Michelle Feurst and so on. Working with
John Hill (Faculty: Queens University) in private practice UI investigated high
profile section 675 appeals such as "The Port Hope Eight" and the "Allan
The firm led an investigation into the whereabouts of 2 year old
"Kayla". Slow in getting up to speed the team failed to find the child before
she died at the hands of her kidnappers. The kidnappers were eventually found
and one was brought to justice. Micheal O'Brien and Ted McBrien vowed to never
spare any effort whatsoever in the future and since that time the firm has taken
some extraordinary measures on behalf of clients including the late 1992 rescue
of two women from a Texas Compound run by David Koresh (August 17, 1959 - April
19, 1993) and various activities to rescue children from Tony Alamo compounds in
three USA states. Alamo (born Bernie Lazar Hoffman; September 20, 1934) is an
American religious leader and convicted child sex offender).
During the 1990s Micheal O'Brien and Unlimited Investigations made the news
while rescuing missing persons found in religious cult compounds in various
parts of the United States. Other Cult rescues included Satanic, Opus Dei,
Stewart Traill followers, remnant extremists and large crime families including
Hells Angels, Warlocks, Outlaws and other notorious sex-trade traffickers from
the Asian Underworld.
Micheal O'Brien was also involved in the Paul Bernardo investigation and
numerous criminal matters on behalf of the victims of crime. Working for various
foreign embassies to Canada, Micheal O'Brien has leveraged his international war
correspondent experience in many ways to provide useful service in complex
investigative and security matters with a view to crime prevention and security
of the person.
Micheal O'Brien and members of the UI staff were instrumental in assisting
Canadians set up safe houses and detox centers in Ontario after discovering that
intervention case resulted in the need to find a
rehab centre in the USA because none were available in Canada.
Since the death of senior partners in the firm, UI focus has been on
interventions and rescues on behalf of clients all over the world. Most recent
work has been in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, The Subcontinent and the
With a Bachelors in Science (Systems and Logistics Integration) in Engineering plus a later Psychology major
focussed on abnormal behaviour and forensic analysis, O'Brien was primed for work in analyzing criminal behaviour, particularly related to information technology and stock trading.
In 1998 Micheal O'Brien and one other member of the UI team completed a Microsoft
Certified Systems Engineering course at Georgian College in Ontario
supplementing O'Brien's UofT B Eng. (Electronic Sys. Engineering and
Integration Logistics) and later studied under the auspices of the U.S. Air
Force and the Canada Revenue Agency in areas of forensic computer security and
economic sovereignty investigations. (O'Brien is the author of sophisticated
internet crawlers and sniffers capable of "following the money" in financial
transactional arrangements that take product delivery, payments and banking
through a series of complicated detection-avoidance manoeuvres spanning many
nations.) [Micheal O'Brien went on to complete a Masters (Psychology) in Science and is a PhD (Public Health) Candidate.]
Micheal O'Brien was the lead investigator in the international (Interpol) Kretz/Auspacher
case in Germany where perpetrators who had fled to Canada were extradited and
sentenced in Germany for bilking millions from European investors using complex
computer schemes in many different stock and commodity markets.
In 2010 Micheal O'Brien launched a campaign to remove certain media from the
internet portraying the rape of a victim in Pitt Meadows British Columbia. That
effort was successful but in its difficulty shone a light on a new need and
direction for the firm.
In 2011 Micheal O'Brien was asked by former client lawyers and friends who had
worked on that matter to assist in the removal from Facebook, a social
networking site that had been spawned in early 2003 by a University Student in
the USA, to cause the removal of certain "rape pages" that exploited previous
rape victims and encouraged the crime of rape.
Micheal O'Brien with two other friends from the agency co-founded RINJ.org (Rape Is No Joke), a
non-profit organization based in Toronto and British Columbia, Canada. UI has
donated generously to RINJ as a worthy non-profit organization which is the only one of its kind in Canada.
RINJ continues its work around the world seeking stiffer penalties for rapists;
promoting the creation of a better criminal justice system; and seeking to
advance a rape-averse social conscience, because Rape Is No Joke (RINJ).
Micheal O'Brien is semi-retired from UI and remains as an advisor to the firm
and its controlling shareholder. He is still active in the business of RINJ.org
as are several of UI's staff.
The firm continues to be active worldwide primarily in the area of crime
prevention consulting and cult and drug interventions; kidnap
negotiations/interventions and missing person investigations.