She was a mother of two who’d gone from cocktail waitress to dancer to pay the payments. A cop’s daughter who’d all the time harbored goals of combating crime. And, for 4 and a half years, a confidential informant who helped the feds deliver down a white supremacist behind a 2004 Scottsdale, Arizona, bombing that maimed a Black man — and who had plans to do a lot worse.
Now, in an unique interview with journalist Jeff Maysh on Substack, Rebecca Williams reveals her true identification and tells the wild story of her recruitment by the ATF and the undercover operation that would have price her her life. Williams went undercover for the ATF between January 2005 and June 2009, Maysh particulars, usually working alone and with no formal coaching. First, she cozied as much as twin brothers Dennis and Daniel Mahon, KKK and White Aryan Resistance members who one ex-ATF agent says “may very well be the best serial bombers that ever lived on this nation.” Later, her handler expanded their investigation to have her meet with Robert Joos, a non secular zealot who ran weird church and an extremist camp stocked with unlawful weapons in distant Missouri, who had been an adviser to the Mahons.
Williams first encountered federal brokers by means of her brother Phillip, a profession felony who’d agreed to infiltrate the Hells Angels after he’d offered medication to an undercover officer. On a routine go to, Phillip’s handler observed Rebecca and requested if she’d be occupied with undercover work. “It sounded cool on the time,” she tells Maysh, “and I suppose it was type of attractive, you recognize, the entire spying recreation.” Maysh describes Williams’ first assembly with ATF Particular Agent Tristan Moreland on the bureau’s Phoenix workplace in January of 2005:
Moreland ran his eyes over her. “She’s lived just a little in life, she has a whole lot of road smarts, and she or he’s run with some tough crowds,” he recalled considering. She had an edge and can be plausible, he concluded. When he instructed Rebecca there had been a bombing that significantly injured a Black individual, she was intrigued. “They stated they wanted me to only go and discuss to a few guys and every thing can be recorded. They stated that I may stand up to $100,000.”
Moreland had proven her images of Dennis and Daniel Mahon, however warned her to not look them up. Naturally, Rebecca began digging. Dennis Mahon was “one of many scariest guys round” within the Nineties, based on the Southern Poverty Regulation Middle, which tracks hate teams.
A day later, she known as Moreland again. She’d do it.
Williams was given a canopy story — her identify was Becca Stephens, and she or he was on the run from the legislation after a failed bombing try — and a trailer outfitted with a Accomplice flag. She parked subsequent to the Mahons in an Arizona RV camp and instantly struck up a friendship. Throughout their first dialog over beers and sips of 190-proof Everclear, Dennis instructed her he was a KKK Grand Dragon, displaying a photograph of himself sporting the inexperienced ceremonial hood, and one other by which he was doing the Nazi salute. He additionally gave her his copy of The Turner Diaries, a novel a few race warfare which had impressed Oklahoma Metropolis bomber Timothy McVeigh. “He talked quite a bit about overthrowing the federal government with an underground revolutionary warfare,” Williams instructed Maysh. Could continues:
Daniel boasted about drive-by shootings and blowing up automobiles, based on transcripts of the key recordings later heard in court docket. “We thought we had been doing the proper factor. We had been simply making an attempt to ship a message,” he instructed Rebecca. “Once I would take somebody’s automobile out, it wasn’t anger. It was a way of responsibility. It is sort of a army operation. You intend for it. Equip for it.”
Rebecca, hoping to captivate the lads the way in which [her alter ego] “Stevie” did prospects on the strip membership, stayed quiet, even standoffish. Dennis was smitten. “I simply wish to cuddle with you. You are so lovely,” he instructed her, however because the evening wore on, Rebecca made it clear she wished to go to mattress alone —. “Your day might come sometime,” she teased, earlier than steering him out the door. Hidden microphones recorded Rebecca as she slipped into mattress.
“Motherfucking weirdo,” she whispered.
Inside a month of their friendship, Maysh recounts, Dennis had promised to introduce Williams to Joos — who investigators later realized was the primary individual Mahon had telephoned after the Scottsdale bombing. The brothers additionally introduced her to a neighborhood gun present, on the hunt for every thing she’d must make a bomb underneath their tutelage. As they shopped, she requested Dennis if he’d made profitable bombs. As Maysh describes it:
He leaned in shut and whispered: “Sure, the goddamn variety officer…Scottsdale Police Division, had his fingers blown off.” Then he caught himself and stated he had instructed “white cops easy methods to do it.” She had obtained her confession.
Whereas Williams thought her work was finished, the ATF was too intrigued by the concept of Joos and his coaching camp to let her go. They enticed her with a elevate. She deepened her relationship with the Mahons, visiting with them periodically and changing into pen buddies over the following few years with Dennis, who finally organized a gathering between her and Joos in January 2008:
There was a dusting of snow on the highway as Rebecca steered a rental automobile by means of the Ozarks, following a map to Joos’ 200-acre-church compound close to Powell, Missouri (inhabitants: 49). The church had registered a emblem consisting of two capital “Ns,” facet by facet, that appeared just like the lightning bolts within the Nazi “SS” emblem. Rebecca met Moreland for a roadside briefing. He had unhealthy information. As a result of distant location, surveillance was inconceivable. She was moving into alone. No backup.
After Rebecca drove [through a large gate, Joos] locked it behind them. They drove by means of a graveyard of broken-down autos, as stray cats mewed and canines howled. Inside rickety buildings, Rebecca famous a number of lengthy weapons, and as they strolled among the many walnut bushes, Joos chatted about survivalism and conspiracy theories. As casually as somebody on a YouTube cooking channel, he taught her easy methods to make napalm utilizing family cleaning soap.
Joos led her deeper into the woods, displaying her distant caves the place he hid provides. “He stated if he ever discovered that any individual was making an attempt to infiltrate them, that they’d disappear,” she recalled. When it was time to depart and Joos opened the padlock and stated his goodbyes, she was relieved. “I hope I did not freak you out an excessive amount of,” he wrote in a letter not lengthy after she left. “I do know Dennis would love you to take part in what we’re growing right here.”
Over the following 12 months and a half, Williams continued gathering data and for the ATF by means of her relationship with an fearsuspicious Dennis Mahon, parrying his hiss that she was a “plant” by turning the paranoia again on him. Lastly, at 7 am on June 25, 2009, the bureau swarmed the Mahons’ dwelling and arrested the brothers. When Moreland, who had additionally gone undercover late within the operation, cuffed Dennis, Maysh recounts, the terrorist stated, “We knew. We knew…you and the woman. We knew.”
Thanks largely to Williams’ work, Dennis Mahon was discovered responsible on three counts associated to the Scottsdale bombing and as much as 40 years in jail. Joos was possession of unlawful possessions to 78 months. (Daniel Mahon was tried however not convicted of any crime.) The ATF really helpful Williams enter the witness relocation program, however she declined to be a “sitting duck,” as she put it to Maysh. She is now dwelling off the grid in a house bought together with her ATF cash. However she hasn’t misplaced her thirst for adventures in crime-fighting: She is at the moment working independently on fixing a neighborhood chilly case.