The Last Undercover: The True Story of an FBI Agent's Dangerous Dance with Evil

By Bob Hamer

Bob Hamer is a 26-year veteran of the FBI. In undercover operations Hamer posed as every little thing from a drug broker to an getting older pedophile. His final undercover assignment-and his hardest-was infiltrating NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love organization. Now, on reflection on a profession wealthy within the form of motion that makes for excellent cinema, Bob tells us of the demanding situations he persevered and overcame as he stared the darkish facet of humanity within the face-and by no means blinked. it truly is infrequent for an agent to serve undercover long term, yet he made a occupation out of a task that could thoroughly devour and damage a guy. Remarkably, via all of this Bob discovered the way to stay real to his religion, and constantly placed his relatives prior to his paintings.

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To Bucky Rosenbaum, my agent and pal. It was once an extended trip than both folks anticipated. To my pals Katie Finneran, sunrise DeNoon, Midge Raymond, Tracey Stern, Monika Baker, Paul Grellong, and Daniel Combs, who supplied important suggestions and encouragement at the unique manuscript. To Lawana Jones on the FBI Prepublication Unit for ushering the manuscript throughout the procedure … numerous occasions. To Laura Eimiller with Public Affairs on the la FBI, who provided aid, encouragement, and nice suggestion. To Jennifer Corbett and Anne Perry, not just for prime the profitable prosecution of the NAMBLA individuals yet for supplying me with court docket files as I placed this undertaking jointly. yet generally to a gracious God, who blessed me with a good kinfolk: mom and dad who served as position types, a spouse who stood through me for those previous three-plus many years, and the 2 maximum teenagers on the earth. you're all my heroes. 1 A stroll towards THE BEAST ny NAMBLA convention As my cab honked its method alongside the recent York urban streets, I stared out the window on the crowds at the sidewalks and attempted to speak down the apprehension emerging within me. Don’t get me mistaken: i've got identified worry, and i've felt the temple-pounding rush of adrenaline pumping via my physique. yet this night, a feeling of tension enveloped me. the feeling used to be not like something I’d skilled in my greater than twenty years of undercover paintings for the FBI. this situation was once going to be the hardest I had ever tackled, for purposes I didn’t totally comprehend … but. It was once a transparent Friday night, Veterans Day weekend. i used to be in long island to infiltrate a firm referred to as NAMBLA: the North American Man/Boy Love organization, a society of fellows who professed sexual allure to younger boys. The plan regarded easy sufficient within the operations order yet probably most unlikely to orchestrate; i might pose as an getting older pedophile, paintings myself right into a place of belief in the association, and achieve felony admissions from its members—admissions that might bring about winning federal prosecutions. yet because the time neared for me to make my debut with NAMBLA, issues have been having a look something yet easy. i used to be not able to view the crowd I’d be infiltrating with whatever except revulsion. How may perhaps I fake to really be considered one of them—without changing into bodily ailing or bodily violent? I wasn’t convinced I knew the reply. in the course of my profession with the FBI, I effectively precise essentially the most treacherous legal teams in the US: l. a. Cosa Nostra; the Russian, Sicilian, and Mexican Mafias; Asian prepared crime teams; black highway gangs. within the early eighties i used to be the secret agent within the la Mafia kin case that led to the imprisonment of L. A. ’s most sensible fifteen mobsters. I had labored highway gangs. photograph a white guy in South imperative L. A. procuring rock cocaine from convicted felons and identified killers. whereas undercover, I shot drug purchasers who tried to show our $400,000 cocaine transaction right into a “rip. ” because the secret agent in additional than twenty administratively licensed operations, lasting at any place from numerous days to greater than 3 years, i've got effectively posed as a drug broker, agreement killer, residential burglar, degenerate gambler, overseas guns broker, and white-collar legal.

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