Someone asked me the other day what kind of research I did for “Message from Panama.”  I mentioned  Panama, of course, and the Darien jungle and then realized I had researched many other areas as well.  When I wrote the list down, it surprised me.  I had no idea I’d touched on so many different topics — or explored so many that didn’t make it into the book.

Here they are, in no particular order:

Camels (see related post: Woman Killed During Camel Rape)
Colombian Terrorists
Secondary Jungle
Poker Terminology, Hands and History
Australian Slang
Date Rape Drugs
Drug Money Laundering
Curare and its Antidotes
Jungle Plants in Panama
Jungle Animals in Panama
Fashion Design in South and Central America
Mountain Climbing
Shatterproof Glass
Prevalence of Narco Traffic in Panama
Panama Interception of Narco Traffic
Panamanian Crime & Police
Poisonous Snakes of Panama
FARC, a Colombian Terrorist Group
AUC, another Colombian Terrorist Group
Hotel Guest Registration with Police — Europe
Jungle Clothing
Plaster of Paris
Distances in Panama
Firearms & Firearm Storage
Vegetable Dyes in Panama
The Darien Gap — topography, resources, transportation, towns, culture, housing, etc.
Aquatic Regeneration Systems
Hammocks & Tents
Combat Boots
Recent Wars – US
Recent Wars – Panama
Yaviza, Panama
Gunshot Wounds
Origin of Foundations
Native Tribes of Panama (Indios or Indigenous People)
The Price of Cohiba Cigars
Land Measurements
Helicopter Safety
Helicopter Crashes
Helicopter Rescue
Grappling Hooks
Line Throwers
Golden Poisonous Dart Frog
Embera Indians Using Golden Frog Venom
Armored Cars


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