Lawrence F. Lawson is a highly regarded criminal justice professional with over 40 years of experience in law enforcement, investigation, security services, professional training, and post-secondary education. He is also a proven leader, speaker and educator in the field of paranormal investigation and research. His law enforcement resume includes patrol, criminal investigations, training and Director of Florida’s Region 11 Criminal Justice Training Center (Police Academy). He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Nova Southeastern University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University.
His first encounter with the paranormal occurred in 1980 as a young correctional officer assigned to the Dade Jail in Miami, Florida. It was here that “Larry” first encountered the paranormal when he witnessed a full-bodied apparition walking down a cell block and disappearing.
In the proceeding years he became a recognized authority on the investigation of Cult and Occult related crime investigation. Teaching and lecturing on the subject, he helped law enforcement professionals regionally and nationally understand the complexities of investigating crimes involving the occult.
In 2011, Larry founded the Florida Bureau of Paranormal Investigation. The FBPI is dedicated to uncovering evidence that will lead to an understanding of what paranormal phenomenon is and is not. “Finding evidence of paranormal activity, properly collecting, studying and preserving it is paramount to discovering what this phenomenon is. We must objectively follow the evidence and go wherever it takes us. We must accept the facts as we uncover them and factually report our findings.” He explains.
In 2016, Larry created “Indian River Hauntings LLC” as the outreach for the Florida Bureau of Paranormal Investigation. Indian River Hauntings provides events, tours and lectures to introduce its guests to the wonderful history of the area and to help explain, and sometimes experience, the world of paranormal phenomenon and research.