Book Promo: As the Crow Flies

True Crime with a Twist: Drug Smuggler’s Case Results in Unlikely Bond

Theirs was a friendship no one saw coming. Freddie Crow was an international drug smuggler; Ed Hudson was a law enforcement officer on the case. In the end, compassion trumped any past rivalry, and one man walked the other to death’s door.

As the Crow Flies: The Redemption of an International Drug Smuggler is the captivating true story of Freddie Crow told with compelling authenticity by the officer himself, Ed Hudson.

Freddie Crow grew up in a small town in northwest Florida and developed a taste for excitement at an early age. He learned to fly when he was only a teenager and parlayed that talent into a lucrative career, piloting planeloads of marijuana from Central America into North Florida. He had the highly sought-out ability to navigate a plane so low over the Gulf of Mexico that he could actually fly under the radar.

But while Crow busied himself flying in loads of contraband, a team of determined law enforcement officers along with a prosecutor worked diligently to build a case. Their perseverance paid off, and the walls around Crow crumbled. Facing a life sentence, he opted to cooperate with officials in exchange for a reduced sentence.

Fully understanding the harm he had done, Crow sought forgiveness from his friends, his family, his country and God. He found redemption, and he met the love of his life. Then the bottom dropped out.

As the Crow Flies is a real story about real people and how their choices impacted those around them. It’s a story about family. It’s a story about forgiveness. It’s a story about two people, once on opposing sides of the law, who came together and became friends — as if directed by God — just in time for a life sentence of a different kind.

Author Ed Hudson grew up in rural Northwest Florida, where he spent his youth working on farms, toting bricks and blocks, making mortar for his father’s masonry business and attending school. He later earned an associate of science degree in law enforcement and a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice administration. He worked with the Century Police Department and as a deputy at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department, where he patrolled the highways for nine years. In 1990, he transferred to the narcotics unit and became a special agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in 1993.

Hudson worked a variety of cases with his fellow FDLE agents along with agents from the DEA, ATF, U.S. Customs and Secret Service. He was promoted to Special Agent Supervisor in 2004 and remained in this position until retirement on October 1, 2014.

Today, Hudson spends his retirement gardening and fishing whenever possible. He enjoys time with his granddaughters, especially when fishing, and with friends if they’re going fishing.  He serves his community through the Walnut Hill Baptist Church and as a member of the Walnut Hill Ruritan Club, an organization that lends a hand to those in need. Then he goes fishing. As the Crow Flies is his first book.

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As the Crow Flies: The Redemption of an International Drug Smuggler
Publisher: Storehouse Media Group
Release Date: September 1, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-943106-55-4
ISBN: 978-1-943106-56-1
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Heroes 2020 ~ Nikima Thompson, RIP

Nikima Thompson, a mother of four died May 4 after being diagnosed with the virus on April 2. She was 41.

A dispatcher for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Nikima Thompson, died of Coronavirus.  Nikima was a dedicated 16-year veteran of BSO and the first communications operator to die in the line of duty in Florida.

Thompson was born in Miami and graduated from Miami Norland Senior High School in 1996. She joined the sheriff’s office in 2003.

“She was very vibrant, entertaining, fun,” said Joanne Alvarez, the Business Representative for the Federation of Public Employees, BSO Civilian Unit.

Dispatchers have always played an essential role in emergency medical services (EMS). At its most basic, the role of the dispatcher has been to identify the problem and the location of the patient, and then identify an ambulance that can be sent to the location.

34th Annual Boca Raton Museum Art Festival in Mizner Park

160+ Artists and Artisans from Across the Country 

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 1st & 2nd, 2020

The Boca Raton Museum of Art presents the 34th annual Boca Raton Museum Art Festival in Mizner Park on Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2 ─ one of the longest running and most prestigious juried art festivals in Florida.

Mizner Park will once again be filled with a spectacular selection of art from across the country. The event attracts more than 40,000 art collectors and enthusiasts to the Museum’s doorstep every year.

Proceeds from the festival help support the Museum’s educational programs for children and youth. Original artwork is available for purchase, created by more than 160 artists and artisans from throughout the United States.

The public can purchase fine artworks in a diversity of mediums including ceramics, wood, fiber, glass, drawing, painting, jewelry, photography, and sculpture.

This is the only art festival affiliated with the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the only art festival permitted to occupy the full breadth of Mizner Park’s entertainment, shopping and dining complex, with free garage parking.

“As we celebrate our 70th anniversary, we take pride in continuing to pioneer events that give back to the community through education and programs for families, children and youth,” said Irvin Lippman, the Museum’s Executive Director.

“The Boca Raton Museum of Art was founded by artists in 1950, and for seven decades has served as a major cultural anchor for the community. For the past 34 years, the Boca Raton Museum Art Festival in Mizner Park has spearheaded our Museum’s longstanding mission to champion both the creation and the experiencing of art.”


Throughout Mizner Park. The Museum anchors the northern tip of the shops and restaurants, at 501 Plaza Real in downtown Boca Raton, FL.


Saturday and Sunday, February 1st and 2nd from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Free and open to the public + festival-goers get free admission to the Museum


Free parking is available in the garages at Mizner Park

During the art festival, the Museum will offer free admission to festival-goers. This is the perfect time to see the three current exhibitions:


Clifford Ross: Waves

Maren Hassinger: Tree of Knowledge

Phyllis Galembo: Maske.

“One of the longest running and most prestigious juried art festivals in Florida, the event has become a must-see celebration,” adds Irvin Lippman.

“Because we are the only art festival allowed to partner with the entire Mizner Park entertainment complex that is located at the Museum’s doorstep, festival-goers also enjoy the unique setting of luxury retail shops and gourmet restaurants.”

Twelve thousand dollars will be given in awards where excellence is determined. On-site judging of the exhibitors will take place during Art Festival hours on Saturday.

The festival is presented by the Museum in partnership with the City of Boca Raton, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Discover The Palm Beaches Florida, and Mizner Park. For more information, please visit or call 561-392-2500