AURORA, Colo. — For 29 years, motel owner Gerald Foos watched hundreds, perhaps thousands, of guests having sex, going to the bathroom and more at the now-shuttered Manor House Motel on East Colfax Avenue.
Now the story of the “greatest voyeur in the world” is out in the open thanks to an article published in the New Yorker by journalist Gay Talese.
The author said he first learned of Foos when the latter 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 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 percent 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.”
The statute of limitations likely has passed on any voyeur-related crimes, but Talese writes that Foos could face trouble over a 1977 murder he said he witnessed but never reported — assuming it actually happened.
Foos maintains that no guests were ever harmed by his voyeurism as they never knew they were being watched.
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