Spencer began work at MTIP as a volunteer when he was a journalism student at UM. He always believed that criminal investigations was his true calling. After graduation he continued to volunteer with MTIP, digging into cases, interviewing witnesses, organizing a network of experts and professional contacts for future use. Eventually he came on staff - as a part time, paid investigator. He then got his P.I. license. He became a full-time staff member shortly before he died.