EASY MONEY

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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ROBIN LYONS, AUTHOR, WEBSITEBLOG POST #256: When a Special Agent with the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is investigating you, big trouble may soon knock on your front door.

When one ex-con does odd jobs for another ex-con you’d assume they were up to no good. And you’d be partially correct. Read More

Blinding Laser

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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ROBIN LYONS, AUTHOR WEBSITEBLOG POST #249: Blinding Laser

You hear about people pointing lasers at airplanes on the news, but then the story falls into the internet abyss. I’ve never noticed follow-up stories.

Shining a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime—everyone knows it’s a no-no. In 2019, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recorded 6,136 laser incidents. The highest number occurred in December—608. That’s an average of almost twenty per day! Read More

Citizen’s Academy Part V

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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Robin Lyons, Author websiteBLOG POST #240: This week, I’m sharing my research and experience from when I attended my local Sheriff Department’s Citizen’s Academy. The course ran one night each week for seventeen weeks. In this post, I’ll talk about Patrol Functions.

But, first, there’s a lot of turmoil regarding law enforcement, police brutality, racism, defunding the police, etc.—I’m not addressing any of that in this post. I certainly hope you don’t read my posts for my personal and political opinions, you’d be disappointed. Read More

Citizen’s Academy Part IV

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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BLOG POST #230: Have you been inside a jail? Not necessarily a jail cell, but inside a facility? The tour inside my local jail was unnerving.

Years ago, I visited someone in jail. Follow this color line then this color line, and then that color line, sit down at the phone while you wait for the prisoner to be brought to the other side of the glass partition. Read More

Citizen’s Academy Part III

True-crime research, novel writing research, and updates.

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Robin Lyons, Author websiteBLOG POST #225: I have much respect for those who are able work in a 911 call center. It truly takes a special person to be a 911 operator. During this deadly pandemic, I’m sure the Com Centers are overwhelmed.

The tour of the communications center ‘Com Center’ was brief. We were only allowed to view the room from the doorway. The large, dark, windowless room had numerous computer stations—each with two or more monitors. Read More