AURORA, Colo. — For nearly 30 years, motel owner Gerald Foos watched hundreds — or maybe thousands — of guests having sex, going to the bathroom, and more at his Manor House Motel in Colorado.
Foos maintains that no guests were ever harmed by his voyeurism as they never knew they were being watched.
Oh really, Mr. Foos? What do you think those guests will experience after they find out you’ve been watching them at their most intimate??
The story of the “greatest voyeur in the world” is out in the open now, thanks to an article published in the New Yorker by journalist Gay Talese.
The author says he first learned about the motel shenanigans when Foos wrote him a letter in 1980. “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,” it read.
Foos, who sold the motel in 1995, wanted to be seen as a “sex researcher and social observer,” not a mere Peeping Tom and pervert, according to the Denver Post.
He kept detailed notes of everything he witnessed through his fake ceiling vents.
For example, in 1973 he catalogued 184 male orgasms and 33 female orgasms, and noted that white heterosexuals tended to have missionary sex and that only 3% of his guests failed to have sex.
Talese even joined Foos in his attic “laboratory” on at least one occasion and found the man had an “uncontrollable desire to peer into other people’s lives.”
Foos can talk about all this now because the statute of limitations on any voyeur-related crimes has passed, but he Talese says Foos could face trouble over a 1977 murder he says he witnessed but never reported—assuming it actually happened. Foos tells the Post that Talese’s article could “create a real situation.”
“I don’t know if I’m ready for anything, to be honest with you,” he says. “I’m just a poor soul.”
This article originally appeared on Newser: Motel owner secretly watched guests have sex for 29 years