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Retired ATF Agent Vincent Cefalu’s Book Chronicles the Everyday Dangers of Working Undercover

By Allan Lengel
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By any standards, Vincent A. Cefalu was a gutsy guy.

Cefala, who is now retired from ATF, spent 30 years with the agency as an undercover agent working criminal organizations including the Symbionese Liberation Army, outlaw motorcycle gangs and splinter groups of the Ku Klux Klan.

Now, Cefalu has penned a book, “RatSnakes,” which chronicles the dangers he faced daily on the job.

His webpage describes the book this way:

Part field guide, part heart-pounding thrill-ride, Cefalu takes readers on a tour of what it’s like to confront death on a daily basis. En route, he gives us a look at the on-the-job techniques of kicking in doors, orchestrating “street theater” to ensnare criminals, and making high-stakes gun buys. His irreverent, explicit stories from the inside are a mix of danger and unexpected hilarity that will have readers laughing one minute and then biting their nails when things break bad.

Cefalu, who has a master’s degree in the Psychological sciences, is an adjunct faculty instructor  in the Psychology Department and Criminal Justice Department at the University of Phoenix and ITT Technical College.

Joaquin “Jack” Garcia, a former undercover FBI agent and New York Times bestselling author of Making Jack Falcone, wrote this about Cefalu’s book:

The LE Undercover community is limited to those who are born with the ability to take on some of the most dangerous, ‘up close and personal’ assignments. In that select group, Vince Cefalu is one who stands out because of his bravery and his ability to walk undetected among the most hardened criminals. A real badass who I’m proud to call my friend.”

To buy a book, click here.

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FBI Agent, Who Spent Most of Career Keeping Tabs on Ku Klux Klansman, Dies at 92

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Steve Neavling
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Dargan Frierson, whose career with the FBI included keeping tabs on the Ku Klux Klan, died Saturday.

He was 92, the News & Record reports.

His son recalls his father working a “tough assignment.”

“I remember him getting calls in the middle of the night, having to drive down to the Eastern part of the state, where they had a bombing, Dargan Frierson Jr. said of his father. “But he did it every day. Put in those extra hours. He was a hardworking agent. He was courageous. He was a great father and grandfather.”

Dargan Frierson spent much of his career recruiting KKK members, including George Dorsett, chaplain of the United Klans of America.

Ex-FBI Agent Denies Klan Leader Had Mole Inside FBI

Early Days of KKK ./ fbi via national archive

By Allan Lengel
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An ex-FBI agent is dismissing allegations by an informant that former  Mississippi Ku Klux Klan leader Sam Bowers said he had a tipster inside the FBI during the civil rights movement, who disclosed which Klansmen were talking to the bureau, according to Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

The paper reported that, according to FBI documents, an informant told the FBI in the fall of 1964 of the allegations.

But the paper reported that former FBI agent Jay Cochran, who was there at time laughed and said: “That’s a new one on me. I don’t think there’s even a remote possibility of that.”

But the paper reported that the Klan may have gotten help from state troopers. A Jan. 5, 1965, FBI memo stated that a highway patrolman told a Klansman there was an FBI informant in Lincoln County getting paid $500 a month.

The paper reported that statements were included in 40,000 pages of FBI documents related to the investigation of the Klan’s June 21, 1964, killings of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.