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[on how the concept of To Catch a Predator originated]
It was my idea. I was on the phone talking to a friend of mine who was a reporter in Detroit, Kevin Dietz. He was telling me about this online watchdog group called Perverted Justice and I was thinking, 'Wow, if we could combine their ability to work as decoys in chat rooms and our ability to wire a house with hidden cameras and microphones, ...
Hansen has stated that what inspired him to want to become a journalist was when he was 14, Jimmy Hoffa was kidnapped in a restaurant less than two miles away from where he lived and he would ride his bicycle to the crime scene and watch the police and FBI working on Hoffa's disappearance and the reporters covering the big story - watching all of this had a profound effect on him.