George Rowe, who along with Ashley Charles “Tijuana Charles” Wyatt, informed on the Vagos Motorcycle Club during an ATF investigation that would later be named Operation 22 Green, is about to become very famous.
Hyperion Media Group and Identity Films are in preproduction for a film based on Rowe’s quasi-novel Gods of Mischief: My Undercover Vendetta to Take Down the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.
According to Variety, Michael Mailis and Anthony Mastromauro will produce the film. Mikko Alanne will write the screenplay. Alanne previously wrote the scripts for The 33, about Chilean Miners trapped underground, and Oliver Stone’s Vietnam movie Pinkville.
Gods of Mischief was published around the same time as Wyatt’s Vagos, Mongols and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America’s Deadliest Biker Gangs. Wyatt is now widely known as Charles Falco.
During Operation 22 Green Falco was supervised by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agent Darrin Kozlowski and Rowe was supervised by ATF Agent John Carr.
Simon and Schuster, which published Gods of Mischief, describes the book as a “high octane, no holds barred, true story of a bad guy turned good who busted open one of the most violent motorcycle gangs in history. George Rowe’s gritty and high-octane story offers not only a clear window into the violent world of the motorcycle outlaw but a gripping tale of self-sacrifice and human redemption that would be the stuff of great fiction – if it weren’t all true.”
Former ATF Agent Jay Dobyns praised the book, saying “Most people wouldn’t dare lock eyes with a member of the Vagos. A few would look away, the rest would just run. America prefers to voyeur into the biker culture, hiding behind the safety of the television screen. Gods of Mischief cuts through the fear and Hollywood glamorization, puts you on a bike, and rides you right into the Green Nation.”
Former ATF Agent William Queen has written, “Oh my God, what a story. This is a dangerous and emotional page-turner that’s going to leave you thinking to yourself, ‘My life’s not so bad after all.’ Reading Gods of Mischief is like sitting right next to George Rowe listening to him tell it.”
Becoming A Snitch
The lie that Rowe, his publishers, handlers and enablers promulgate is that he agreed “to join the Vagos – not as part of a plea deal but to exact revenge for the Vagos’ coldblooded, senseless killing of Rowe’s friend in a Hemet bar. Becoming a ‘snitch’ is, for Rowe, a way of giving something back to the neighborhoods he’d poisoned with the methamphetamines he sold.”
Sources speaking on condition of anonymity indicate Rowe may now believe that himself. Rowe’s pride in his work brings to mind one of two witticisms Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was known to have uttered in his entire life. “Pride and memory were having an argument,” Nietzsche said. “Memory said, ‘It was like this.’ And pride replied, “No! It couldn’t have been!’”
The truth about Rowe, at least the truth as seen from outside his skull, may be more interesting. Rowe was never a major drug dealer. He was a petty criminal and minor drug dealer. He saw becoming a professional informer as a career opportunity. A very informed source said, “In Hemet, George had a nickel and dime business with a couple of toothless alcoholic employees and a junkie woman, lingering along in a dying town. Going undercover and subsequently into WitSec has led him into a whole new life filled with as many opportunities as he can reach out for.”
Rowe may have begun his journey into the lucrative snitch business as early as 1982. He was eventually turned out by a man named Kevin Duffy who died in 2009.
“It may have been his idea to infiltrate the Hemet club,” the source said. “But, Kevin Duffy would have known how to actually make him do it. And, Kevin was certainly well-connected to maximize the opportunity into something bigger. Kevin got George in touch with the Feds, and I am sure Kevin knew it was a one way street. The relationship between them was long standing and much more complex than what George states in the book. The road they took together was likely one they had gotten on way back in the early 80’s. George has said to me more than once that he agreed to Kevin’s request to go undercover for a short, one-shot deal.”
Since disappearing after Operation 22 Green, Rowe has continued to work as a professional informant for the ATF. The Aging Rebel believes that in the last eight years Rowe has been involved in ATF investigations in Georgia, Tennessee, Arizona, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and North Carolina.
“He’s a natural on the street,” the source said. “He’s got a wide network on both sides of the thin blue line, and he knows how to use it.”
“They reward him well for doing what comes to him, naturally. He has become educated. His penmanship is legible and his writing literate. His vocabulary is professional, and he speaks well. When you know what living in Cali was like for him, it is amazing to see how far up into the middleclass lifestyle he has come. He has been able to diversify his revenue stream with jobs, side jobs, a business, book deals and movie rights. That native intelligence which he used to great effect as a small time con man, he now uses to his advantage as he works within the Federal system. “
“He explained to me how cops make big money in Real Estate. Protected people can’t live just anywhere, and they have to keep moving along, Rents received for those wired up, teched-out safe houses is roughly triple the going rate, and with high un-occupancy to write off. Government employees have insider privileges like first crack at buying repos or seized property. Paid time off, dental insurance, employee discounts…concepts like this were completely foreign to him in his previous life.”
And now Rowe is about to become America’s next great hero.
Welcome to the meritocracy.