Lawson McDowell was almost born in the backseat of a Buick, but a wild ride through the wheat fields near Dodge City, Kansas, arrived at the hospital in the nick of time. That was in 1950.
It seems Lawson has been in a hurry ever since.
When he was five, his family moved to Texas, establishing roots in the small town of Andrews, where his father worked in the oil industry. Lawson grew up with rattlesnakes and roughnecks in the rough and tumble oil boom years of the 50's and 60's.
After graduation from Texas Tech University, Lawson went to work for Southern Pacific Railroad. He advanced through the ranks, eventually leading operations in Los Angeles, Tucson and Kansas City. At the corporate level, he served as director of safety in Denver, and for a time chaired the Association of American Railroads Safety Section in Washington.
Lawson attended executive classes at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While MIT upgraded his skills, he developed a love for Boston and the Red Sox.
Now serving with Union Pacific Railroad, Lawson is Director of Network Operations where working with trains is still a passion.
He and his wife, Virginia (his greatest passion) live in Omaha, Nebraska.
Lawson writes in his spare time.
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Before He Became A Monster
Charles Manson has long been a synonym for evil. But years before his reputation as one of America’s most sinister killers, Manson was an boy.
In 1949, when 14 year old Charles Manson arrived at Father Flanagan’s legendary Boys Town, he was brimming with hope. He saw a promising future. Then something happened that crushed hope and sent history in a darker direction.
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The Homecoming Train
Charles Manson’s Escape To Destiny
Prequel to: Before He Became A Monster.
If you've ever wondered how a child could grow into a one of America's most sinister criminals, this is a starting point.
Based on actual events, the story chronicles Manson's boyhood escape from an Indiana institute and the trek to rejoin his mother. It is marked by unique subject, evocative language, and unexpected turns.
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