Into the Devil's Den: How an FBI Informant Got Inside the Aryan Nations and a Special Agent Got Him Out Alive

Dave Hall, Author, Tym Burkey, Author, Katherine M. Ramsland, With with Katherine Ramsland. Ballantine $24.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-345-49694-2

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)

Reviewed on: 12/17/2007
Release date: 04/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
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