The 20 Most Secretly Brilliant Stupid Criminals

#15. William Queen Pulls a Verbal Kint on Biker Gang

Armed with a legion of creepy Santa Claus beards and fueled by enough cheap beer and Jack Daniels to send Lynyrd Skynyrd on two world tours, outlaw motorcycle gangs have a reputation not to be sneered at. Seriously, don't sneer at them. You'll get a boot to the kidneys.

The Mongols are one such organization. They also happened to be what is known in the business as a hopeless clusterf#@%.

Take, for instance, the story of "Billy the Slow-Brained," who earned the reputation as the biker gang's equivalent of the village idiot, and thus earned his nickname. (On a side note, the Mongols absolutely suck at creating nicknames.)


From left: Johnny the Sissy, Brian the Bald, Andrew the I Totally Saw His Dick Once and It Was Like, So Tiny.

Most well-run organizations keep the office idiot away from the important stuff. And if you're in the field of drug smuggling/racketeering/murdering, that would seem like an extra-good policy, since the gang dimwit is liable to go blabbing about it to the cable repair guy with the police badge and handcuffs on his belt.

Apparently things worked differently in the Mongols. Billy the Slow-Brained found himself being promoted through the ranks as chapter treasurer, and even became full-on vice president.

The Secretly Brilliant:

How do you convince a bunch of criminals that you're not spearheading a deep-cover sting operation? You play dumb. In an attempt to explore the inner workings of the Mongols and bring them to justice, ATF agent William Queen was sent undercover to infiltrate the gang under the alias of Billy St. John, soon to be Billy the Slow-Brained. After more than two years as a trusted idiot, during which time he had to convince his fellow Mongols that he would be willing to kill anyone that stood in their way, Queen was able to provide information to the authorities which led to the arrest of 54 individuals, leading the ATF to say with a straight face that the operation was their "most successful penetration."


"When Agent Queen's long, hard work came to a climax, we were all immensely satisfied."

But really, when you've elevated the guy who's known for being an idiot to the level of vice president, having him turn out to be a cop was probably the best case scenario there.

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