According to Jay “Bird” Dobyns, the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are both trying to get him. He seems to think that the HA and the ATF might actually be cooperating to get him. And, anyone who has ever seen or heard Dobyns knows how this might actually be true.
Dobyns is the former ATF agent who pretended to be a member of the Solo Angeles Motorcycle Club to try to get close to the Hells Angels charter in Prescott. He sold several bikers guns, went to some parties, bought some drugs and many drinks and prospected the club. Then he came back from a trip to Mexico and announced that he had killed a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club.
He had killed the man, he claimed, for the good of the HA, and when he finally got a patch holder to say, “Uh, well, thanks,” on hidden camera he then charged his friends with conspiracy to commit murder. It was all part of an ATF operation called ‘Black Biscuit” and it led to many arrests, great inconvenience, much embarrassment and even a few prison sentences for some guys whose favorite colors are red and white.
Celebrity Street Warrior
Dobyns has been fairly well celebrated in the mass media for his bravery. Among his braver acts, it seems, was to actually ride a motorcycle. He is terrified of motorcycles. But, it must have been a transformative experience for him because after he left the ATF he became a “life coach.” He now helps businessmen “Unleash The Street Warrior Within.”
Dobyns is a former college football player. At first glance he seems to be a man’s man. He is obviously a guy whom cops and outlaws and insecure businessmen all want to like. Unfortunately, he also seems to have a pathological compulsion to enrage his friends.
Three years ago Dobyns went to war with the ATF. He filed an 83-page grievance complaining that the ATF had falsely accused him of being psychologically unfit for police work and a fraud. He also complained that he was a hero who had been unfairly denied a Medal of Valor. The ATF answered the grievance by trying to prove to the Inspector General that Dobyns was actually a mendacious nut.
After that the magic seemed to go out of law enforcement for Agent Dobyns.
His divorce from the ATF turned ugly. He went public with his complaints last January. He hired a Phoenix attorney, James B. Reed, who filed a $3.3 million claim that ATF “incompetence” had endangered Dobyns and his family. The attorney, in the manner of attorneys, added an additional 50 complaints of “mismanagement, retaliation, harassment and defamation.”
Then, last August, somebody set fire to Dobyns’ house. The fire caused about $30,000 damage. It was quickly ruled an arson. Dobyns was “out of town” at the time so the fire could not have been set by him. But his wife and children were home and they had to go outside into the night dressed only for bed.
The blaze seemed to confirm Dobyns’ accusation that he had ruthless enemies who would attack his family to get to him. That was the angle that got played in the Phoenix media. And, meanwhile the ATF seemed unwilling or unable to protect the Dobyns family.
Jay Must Be Paid
Instead, the ATF continued to downplay the danger the Hells Angels, the Solo Angeles or anyone else presented to Dobyns. Last October, Dobyns actually filed suit against the ATF for damages in the amount of $4.5 million.
Then about a week ago he sent an email to the Arizona Republic in which he complained that the ATF was trying to pin the arson on him. And, of course, Dobyns could not have set the fire because he was out of town. And, even though his wife and family were not hurt they could have been.
“Someone tried to kill them and ATF did not react!” Dobyns wrote about the fire that almost injured his family. The ATF, “expressed next to no interest in investigating. I kicked ass for ATF for my entire career, and this is my reward.”
Perceptive Freudians may notice that Dobyns does not argue that he does what he does out of conviction. He does what he does because he expects a “reward.”
So you can decide for yourself whether Dobyns has already gotten what he deserves, or more, or less. He has a book titled, No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels, coming out next month. And, if you think he has been underpaid you can help him out by buying a copy of that.