“Where is Ruby Freemon?” became a common question in certain parts of Virginia, and a dangerous question to ask in other parts. Many private investigators pursuing the question found their business licenses revoked without warning, just before they were arrested for impersonating a private investigator. Some disappeared into the vast Federal prison system. Others managed to restore their business licenses, though usually only after they agreed to cease all activities concerning the search for the former Vice President’s wife. It was a dangerous time to look for somebody the Federal government insisted was not missing at all.