Clearly, this page is slipping. We have not gotten an angry email from Jay Dobyns in months! What were we thinking? Let us begin to fix that now.
Dobyns, for anyone who is new, had the starring role in an ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) production called “Operation Black Biscuit.” The idea of Black Biscuit was to catch various members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in Arizona breaking the law. The premise, as we have already pointed out, was that catching the Angels breaking the law should be as easy as catching ducks in the act of quacking.
Ironically, Black Biscuit proved that that was not actually, technically true. The case against the Angels fell apart and Agent Dobyns went on to many interesting and exciting sequels.
The Myth Of Jay
In 2006, the biker authorities Julian Sher and William Marsden wrote glowingly of Dobyns in a book called Angels of Death. Kerrie Droban told a slightly more skeptical account of Dobyn’s heroics in her 2007 book, Running With The Devil. In 2008, the National Geographic Channel produced a one hour documentary about Dobyns’ exploits. Dobyns has been featured on America’s Most Wanted, Anderson Cooper 360 and The History Channel.
Many of you may have seen him chatting with Shepard Smith on the Fox News Channel earlier this year. Dobyns was there to generate buzz for his own version of Black Biscuit. Dobyns’ book is called No Angel. It was actually written by a cub scout named Nils Johnson-Shelton but Dobyns helped him out by telling good cop stories and sharpening Johnson-Shelton’s pencils as the need arose.
Sorry. There is still more. One problem with writing anything about Dobyns is he has more history than Egypt.
He had a house fire. First it was a $30,000 fire. Then it was a fire that did ten times more damage than that. He blamed the Hells Angels. At least some of the police believed he started the fire himself. An ATF psychiatrist diagnosed him as looney-tunes. Maybe the actual term was “crazy.” It was something that meant looney-tunes. Dobyns sued the ATF twice.
Becoming A Legend
His book was bought, according to Jay, by 20th Century Fox. A very important person in Hollywood named Steve Gaghan is connected to Jay’s book somehow.
The Aging Rebel gave No Angel a very cruel review. Really, it was just an insensitive, heartless, inconsiderate, sarcastic review. We called Jay a “shameless, self-dramatizing barrel of hogwash.” It was only after we got all those emails from hog washers around the world that we came to realize how unfair we had been both to them and to their hogs.
Jay’s book was published in England and this week Dobyns is in Germany promoting the German translation titled Falscher Engel which means “False Angel.”
He gave an interview that was published in Der Berliner Morgenpost earlier this week under the headline, “Niemand Respektiert Einen Feigling” which translates as “Nobody Respects A Coward.”
“From the time I was a child I dreamed of being a special agent,” Dobyns confesses. “As a teenager I wanted to be a professional football player but then I had to admit that I was not good enough.”
“A predator-trained by the government as a prosecutor once called you,” the German interviewer asks. “A man who must have fear and struggle in order to live?” Then, after establishing that yes, indeed, Dobyns is braver than you, truer than me and larger than any of our lives, the German asks, “You are a patriot?”
To which Dobyns modestly replies, “This work was a privilege. And it’s still an honor to serve my country.”
“Why are the Hells Angels so fascinating for so many,” the German interviewer wonders.
“All cultures,” Dobyns explains, “particularly in the United States think bad boys are something mystical. You feel downright attracted to them….”
“You sound like a fan.”
“That would be an exaggeration, but I admire them. Nevertheless they are a criminal organization, and thus my enemies.”
On this book tour, as on previous book tours, Dobyns complains, as he is interviewed for the hundredth time by an adoring sycophant, in his luxury hotel suite, between sips of expensive wine, that the Hells Angels have ruined his life. “Because now you are the hunted,” the German paper asks. “You have already had to move your family 16 times?”
Dobyns explains that he is “worried” but not really afraid, because, after all, he is brave.
“True to the motto on your motorcycle gear,” the German inquires. “Jesus hates wimps?”
“Exactly,” Dobyns replies to the man in Berlin. “Nobody respects a coward.”
Next up, maybe the growing tale of Dobyns’ bravery and integrity should be published in France. Paris is lovely in the Spring. Even when it drizzles.