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Into the Devil's Den: How an FBI Informant Got Inside the Aryan Nations and a Special Agent Got Him Out Alive Hardcover – April 15, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1996, Dave Hall, an unemployed ex-biker, found himself facing a prison sentence for a minor marijuana charge. With biker friends who associated with the Ohio branch of the Aryan Nations—then considered the FBI's most dangerous domestic terrorist group—and its charismatic, bloodthirsty pastor, Harold Ray Redfeairn, Hall agreed to help the FBI infiltrate the AN. Hall encounters this quasi-Christian cult that interprets the Bible as a bizarre racist, anti-Semitic tract and advocates violent revolution to destroy non-Aryan races. Swallowing his disgust, he patiently wins Redfeairn's confidence, eventually becoming his right-hand man and designated successor. As presented here, the world of gun-obsessed, antigovernment fringe groups, whose weapon-worship becomes their ultimate undoing, horrifies and entertains. Hall's work led to several arrests and eventually crippled the AN, which has not recovered. Neither has Hall, who claims, When you dance with the devil, the devil doesn't change, the devil changes you. The book shifts between Hall's and FBI agent Burkey's perspectives, but the main voice belongs to crime writer Ramsland who knits these stories into a seamless drama filled with suspense, vivid characters and colorful events. (Apr. 15)
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About the Author
Dave Hall was born in the hills of southeastern Kentucky, the second of eleven children. Raised primarily by his grandparents, Hall, in his youth, secured a reputation as a hell-raising biker, then went to work for the FBI. Hall now lives in seclusion in an undisclosed location.
Tym Burkey has been a special agent with the FBI since 1991. He earned the first of his three FBI quality service incentive awards in 1999 for his work on the Aryan Nations investigation.
Katherine Ramsland is the author of thirty-one books, including Inside the Mind of Serial Killers: Why They Kill. She teaches forensic psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania and for the past six years has been a regular contributor to truTV’s Crime Library.
Top customer reviews
"white supremacists" - (as a general term), who apparently believe in a fairy tale that instructs them into thinking
that they, although the absolute minority of the worlds population (about 15%), are somehow "superior" and
therefore deserve to take over part of the USA , land and infrastructure which was built on the backs of non Celtic
populations, actual rule of law, and 240 years of development- and live there in their " own private idaho"- their
own little "nation" as they like to call their little meetings to which 12-30 people usually attend. And readers, they
intend to do this with weapons, violence and a "blood war". Yet when it comes to getting caught for their crimes
they certainly cry for the "rule of law".
I liked the book because it gave two realistic perspectives of a true story that unfolded over several years in an
effort to obtain itel on planned crimes and to catch the criminals. In the course of reading the book one will get
very specific insignts into some of the various groups, their beliefs, and practices, which are repulsive and a danger
to our country. I felt the book was well put together, well written, and absorbing as a tale of true events.
That said, this book gives us a very realistic look into that misguided, moronic, and dangerous subculture
From the very first chapter, I was hooked, and I found it very hard to put down afterwards and was disapointed it came to an end just shy of 300 pages. I could have read twice as much as it was so enthralling.
What's very unique about this book is that it is written from the viewpoints of two distinct individuals; FBI agent Tym Burkey and average tatooed biker turned undercover informant, Dave Hall.
This true account takes us through almost a three year journey in Tym inserting a somewhat simple Dave into a small Aryan Nation chapter to help take down a suspected domestitc terrorist and it's inner circle. However, over time they uncover perhaps a more insidious plot about to take place that may rival the Oaklahoma City bombings.
Dave is faced with losing his girlfriend, his family, his friends, and even his beloved dog, Gary as he climbs the ranks and trust of a hate spewing cult. It's interesting to read Dave perspective over time as he tries his hardest to maintain both his cover and sanity as the constant messages of white supremecy begin to slowly shake his core beliefs and even begin to shape his thoughts. Dave is continously surrounded by indoctrination, booze, cocaine, guns, and the ever increasing threats of violence under the guise of brainwashed bretheren who twist and interpret religion to a way that suits the arayan race.
Tym on the hand begins to develop a relationship with Dave....once perceived as just an 'informant', Tym realizes that Dave is slowly loosing his grip on reality and has sacrificed already so much more than he ever planned. Over time, they become more than just allies in a mutual cause, but friends.
I really liked how the book swapped between the viewpoints of each, even describing diffrent takes on the same events...one from an 'informant' on the inside looking out, and the other from the FBI looking in. The characters of the AN are just that, characters in and of themselves, all with major flaws they can't even see in front of themselves in a world of self-delusion. The various events that transpire from 'religious teachings', rally's, wedding ceremonies ripe with burning crosses and swastikas is just the beginning. There's talks of assassination, weapon stockpiling, Y2K conspiracies, and random acts of violence where no one trusts anyone anymore.
It's straight out of all the bad cliche's of 'Deliverence'...but true!
Downright fascinating and perfectly paced.