Adler Berriman "Barry" Seal was an accomplished pilot, a long-time intelligence agent, gun-runner, drug smuggler and sometime national folk hero. He was murdered on February 19, 1986, in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dois Gene "Chip" Tatum was a special forces operative and pilot in Vietnam. Later, in the Bush/Reagan era he was activated as a black ops assassin, code named Pegasus, working in North, Latin, Central and South America. He disappeared in 2007; rumors of his death continue to this day.

Danny Casolaro investigated and eventually unraveled the interconnections between, military, government intelligence agencies and well-connected political and business interests, a cabal he called The Octopus. He was suicided on August 10, 1991 in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Mark Lombardi charted criminal corporate-government enterprises through "Death Defying Acts of Art and Conspiracy." His research on international criminal networks pointed to the culpability of US government officials in drug running, treason and crimes against humanity. Mark was a self-taught expert on the hazy borderland between the government and corporate interests. He was murdered in March 22, 2000 in his New York studio.

Amos Stoltzfus is designer and webmaster for Fistful of Gold. He was born naked and disappointed, but got over it eventually. Family lore holds that his first word was "Bullshit." That word uttered at the tender age of 2 years old has since proven prophetic. In 1993, he went on Rumspringa, which journey continues to this day. He is still alive.