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003 David Rollins: Author and Documentary Filmmaker

Unstructured Podcast – Episode 003 – David Rollins: Author and Documentary Filmmaker

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David Rollins is a crime fiction author who is lives in Sydney, Australia. He started out his career working for a publishing company and he found himself driving cars and motorcycles for various motoring magazines while he completed his journalism cadetship. In time David would switch out careers to work  in advertising copy writing for a time. It was his midlife crisis gave him the necessary push to take some time out from advertising to learn how to fly aerobatics, and also write a novel.

It would take him a couple of years to write and publish his first novel Rogue Element. He then followed it up the next year with a sequel, entitled Sword of Allah. In 2005, he began writing his Vin Cooper series with the novel The Death Trust. Rollins has written under the aliases Tom Wilkes and Vin Cooper. David is probably best known for his book series that features Vin Cooper, who is a special agent in the United States Air Force OSI. 

The Trial of Midnight Rider

The Trial of Midnight Rider: Railroaded in the Deep South, is David Rollins documentary film that unlocks the truth about tragic story of a train that crashed into a film crew on February 20th, 2014. The CSX freight train hit the movie crew led by Director Randall Miller while they were filming a scene on live train tracks in southern Georgia. As a result the movie's second camera assistant, Sarah Jones, was killed by the train. David's documentary covers the events leading up to the accident, as well as the ensuing aftermath.

The director was then later charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass. Randall would then serve a little over a year in the county jail. As Rollins began to investigate the tragic incident, it quickly became clear to him that the whole incident had the stench of corruption all over it. 

Trial of Midnight Rider: Railroaded in the Deep South


Midnight Rider the lethal train crew


Judge Harrison the Midnight Rider trial judge, admits to
imposing an illegal sentence on the director


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