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Former Motel Owner Claims to Have Spied on Guests for Decades

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | April 08, 2016

Former Motel Owner Claims to Have Spied on Guests for Decades

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In the wake of the Erin Andrews trial comes another troubling story involving a Colorado motel owner who admits to having secretly watched guests for as long as 29 years.

According to a letter written to journalist Gay Talese back in 1980, Gerald Foos said he purchased the Manor House Motel in Aurora, Colorado in an effort to satisfy his "voyeuristic tendencies and compelling interest in all phases of how people conduct their lives, both socially and sexually."

"Sexually, I have witnessed, observed, and studied the best first hand, unrehearsed, non-laboratory sex between couples, and most other conceivable sex deviations during these past 15 years," wrote Foos.

Foos cut rectangular openings in the ceilings of more than a dozen rooms at the motel and then covered them with aluminum screens disguised as ventilation grilles. He then observed guests from the attic for decades without ever getting caught.

Foos also took notes while he observed the guests, calling the collection "The Voyeur's Journal."

"He thinks he's the greatest voyeur in the world," Talese told the Denver Post. "He doesn't want to be seen as a Peeping Tom but as a voyeur — not as a pervert but an observer of human nature."

After first hearing from Foos decades ago, Talese eventually met with Foos several times, even traveling to Colorado to see Foos' attic observation area for himself.

Foos spied on guests from the mid-1960s up until the time he sold the motel in 1995.

Three years ago he informed Talese that we was ready to tell his story to the public.

While Foos and his secret life will be pushed further into the spotlight when Talese's book, "The Voyeur's Motel" publishes July 12, it's unclear whether the former will face any type of punishment.

Denver District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough told the Post that the statute of limitations has passed for any potential crimes tied to Foos' voyeurism.


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