Episode 159: Wayne Manis – The Order, White Supremacist Group

Retired agent Wayne Manis served more than 28 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews his investigation of “The Order,” a white supremacist group of terrorist, also known as the Silent Brotherhood, that operated in the Pacific Northwest in the early to mid-1980s. The pursuit of these terrorists consumed five years of Wayne Manis’s career as he tracked their assassinations, armored car robberies, bombings and counterfeiting activities. The hunt came to an end when Wayne and other SWAT Agents surrounded the terrorist on a remote island and killed the leader in a fiery machine gun battle. At the time, it was the nation’s largest domestic terrorism case prior to the Oklahoma City bombing.

During Wayne’s FBI career, he spearheaded the FBI’s undercover program being the first agent to go undercover following WW ll. While working undercover, Wayne penetrated the violent factions of the “New Left” in Chicago, posed as a hit man in a mob related ‘murder for hire’ case and infiltrated the notorious criminal empire of the New Orleans Crime Family after receiving ‘the blessing’ from the family’s Godfather, Carlos Marcello. Wayne also served as a team leader of an elite FBI SWAT Team and was engaged in several deadly shootouts while serving in this capacity. With historical implications that still reverberates into present day events, his career and case work  are chronicled in his memoir, The Street Agent.

Wayne Manis has been featured in several episodes of the T.V. series, FBI-The Untold Stories, Turning Point produced by ABC, Discovery Channel’s Angry America, and The FBI Files. He has been a news commentator for CNN and a speaker on Domestic Terrorism throughout the United States and Canada. Since his retirement, he is the owner and president of Manis Investigations, Inc., a Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-based company specializing in corporate security and executive protection. In this capacity he has provided security services to some of the largest corporations in America. You can visit his website to learn more about Wayne Manis.

Special Agent (Retired)

Wayne Manis

1/31/1966 – 4/30/1994







“They felt it was a mandate to return America to an all-white Caucasian Aryan nation.”

The following are articles and documentaries about Wayne Manis’s investigation and dismantling of the white supremacist group The Order:

The Billings Gazette (Billings, Montana) · 3 Mar 1985: Neo-Nazi Leader Linked to Slaying

The Indianapolis Star · Apr 28, 1985: His Conscience Made Him Finger Matthews

The Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho) · 22 Nov 1985:  FBI Agent Describes Order Founder Matthews’ Violent Last-Ditch Stand

CNN Declassified (VIDEO) – How the FBI smashed white supremacist group The Order

ADL  – The Order

Photo of Wayne Manis serving a warrant on members of the Aryan Nations, another white supremacist group, at the entrance of their compound in Hayden, Idaho. (1987/1988)











An FBI agent removes a cardboard box from the burned ruins of a Whidbey Island chalet in 1984, several days after the… (Matt McVay / The Seattle Times, 1984)






Wayne Manis practicing his stance and shooting a pistol during firearms training.













While undercover in Chicago, Wayne Manis was arrested with other radicals planning to disrupt the 1968 Democratic Convention.








The Street Agent contains selected stories in which Wayne Manis was the case agent, the SWAT Team Leader, or the undercover agent. It can be purchased here.
















Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.


  1. James McCroneAugust 10, 2023

    Astonishing case review. Great (and chilling!) information here. I lived in the Pacific NW during this time, and I only remember the murder of Alan Byrd. Will pick up The Street Agent.

    1. Jerri WilliamsAugust 11, 2023

      Wayne Manis is an FBI legend. I have his book and it’s amazing.


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