William "Billy" Queen Jr. was raised in North Carolina, the son of an ATF agent. He was in the Special Forces during the Vietnam War, before joining the police. He then moved to Border Patrol, and subsequently the ATF. Early operations involved infiltrating the Aryan Nation and the Ku Klux Klan, two white supremacist organizations.

In early 1998, as part of an operation to infiltrate motorcycle gangs, Queen joined the San Fernando Valley chapter of the Mongols as "Billy St. John", and was a member for 28 months. Despite his nickname, "Billy the Slow-Brain", he was successful within the ranks of bikers, and even rose to the position of chapter vice-president and treasurer. Thanks to evidence he gathered while in these positions, a series of raids on May 19, 2000 by almost 700 lawmen in four states led to the arrest and conviction of 54 gang members. The ATF later described Queen's time undercover as "its most successful [biker gang] penetration.

Queen was awarded the Federal Bar Association's Medal of Honor for his successful involvement with the Mongols. After the trials of the gang members, Queen retired from the ATF, and wrote Under and Alone: The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America's Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang. In 2003, while it was still only a draft, film rights to the book were sold to Icon, the Hollywood production company owned by Mel Gibson. The book became a bestseller upon its release in 2005, and the movie adaptation is scheduled for release in 2010.

Queen was also heavily featured in Outlaw Bikers, a 2008 television documentary about federal agents infiltrating biker gangs.
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