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The emergence of a nephew of James Rapp, formerly one of the world's snoopiest private eyes, as a witness in the Hewlett-Packard scandal is a gritty reminder of how Colorado became a largely unregulated free zone for data brokers. Catch up with our sordid history of PIs with "The Case of the Missing License" and "Farewell My Lowlife," originally published in the August 10 Westword. -- Alan Prendergast