UNDER AND ALONE ~ The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America’s Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang
Book review and technical detail UNDER AND ALONE ~ The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America’s Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang William Queen
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|Title||UNDER AND ALONE ~ The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America’s Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
A federal abettor earns his colors with the Mongol motorcycle assemblage while alive undercover.For added than two years in southern California, Queen formed his way up through the feudal/corporate bureaucracy of the belled Mongols, for whom “murder and commotion accept become artlessly a affairs choice.” They ran drugs and trafficked in accoutrements to ample the group’s coffers; they got their bliss from assaults, gunfights, stabbings, and added hideous, accidental acts of violence. Queen’s anecdotal articulation is a bit intimidating: abrupt and unflinching, like a beggarly stare. This doesn’t appear as a big surprise, however, because that the Special Forces adept spent 16 years at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, alive clandestine to buy cocaine from the Crips in Los Angeles and apparatus accoutrements from neo-Nazis in West Virginia. Queen is a accustomed cheat and explainer, and his actual offers top-shelf adventure. As he went about aggravating to accumulate affirmation adjoin the Mongols, he acquainted the disorientation that comes with long, abysmal cover. He began to acknowledge the gang’s camaraderie—they consoled him aback the woman who aloft him died, while his ally in the BATF never mentioned it—but was airtight aback to his senses aback they went out and stomped some poor beefy to death. Abundant of Queen’s time was spent aggravating to amount out how to baffle a annihilation or abstain accord in dope-taking. The episodes anecdotic those efforts are arranged with abundant intensity, as so abundant hangs in the balance. In additional moments, he approved to accord his sons a absolute life, admitting that didn’t appear until he alike to testify, aback the boys were relocated forth with his ex-wife to a altered accompaniment beneath new names.A aphotic and askance world, absolutely realized. Don’t be afraid if it runs to bestsellerdom. (16-page photo insert, not seen)
In 1998, William Queen was a veteran law enforcement agent with a lifelong love of motorcycles and a lack of patience with paperwork. When a “confidential informant” made contact with his boss at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, offering to take an agent inside the San Fernando chapter of the Mongols (the scourge of Southern California, and one of the most dangerous gangs in America), Queen jumped at the chance, not realizing that he was kicking-starting the most extensive undercover operation inside an outlaw motorcycle gang in the history of American law enforcement. Nor did Queen suspect that he would penetrate the gang so successfully that he would become a fully “patched-in” member, eventually rising through their ranks to the office of treasurer, where he had unprecedented access to evidence of their criminal activity. After Queen spent twenty-eight months as “Billy St. John,” the bearded, beer-swilling, Harley-riding gang-banger, the truth of his identity became blurry, even to himself.During his initial “prospecting” phase, Queen was at the mercy of crank-fueled criminal psychopaths who sought to have him test his mettle and prove his fealty by any means necessary, from selling (and doing) drugs, to arms trafficking, stealing motorcycles, driving getaway cars, and, in one shocking instance, stitching up the face of a Mongol “ol’ lady” after a particularly brutal beating at the hands of her boyfriend.Yet despite the constant criminality of the gang, for whom planning cop killings and gang rapes were business as usual, Queen also came to see the genuine camaraderie they shared. When his lengthy undercover work totally isolated Queen from family, his friends, and ATF colleagues, the Mongols felt like the only family he had left. “I had no doubt these guys genuinely loved Billy St. John and would have laid down their lives for him. But they wouldn’t hesitate to murder Billy Queen.”From Queen’s first sleight of hand with a line of methamphetamine in front of him and a knife at his throat, to the fearsome face-off with their decades-old enemy, the Hell’s Angels (a brawl that left three bikers dead), to the heartbreaking scene of a father ostracized at Parents’ Night because his deranged-outlaw appearance precluded any interaction with regular citizens, Under and Alone is a breathless, adrenaline-charged read that puts you on the street with some of the most dangerous men in America and with the law enforcement agents who risk everything to bring them in.
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