Friday, May 27, 2005

"It's Just A Shot Away"

For a long weekend, some news from the weird: Remember the 1969 Hell's Angels killing that took place at a Rolling Stones concert? The police have just closed the case. From the AP:
Nearly 36 years after a slaying at a Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway marked the end of the peace-and-love '60s, investigators have closed the case, dismissing a theory that a second Hells Angel took part in the stabbing.

Meredith Hunter, 18, was killed during the free concert on Dec. 6, 1969, that was billed as a West Coast Woodstock. The concert, which drew an estimated 300,000 people, was later immortalized in the film documentary Gimme Shelter.

As the Stones played on stage, a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, hired by the band to provide security, attacked, stabbed and killed the young man.

Alan Passaro was acquitted after a jury concluded he acted in self-defense because Hunter was carrying a gun. But there had been rumors over the years that a second unidentified assailant had inflicted the fatal wounds, and the case remained open.

But Alameda County sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek said Wednesday that after a renewed investigation over the past two years, authorities concluded that Passaro, who died in 1985, was the only person to stab Hunter and did so only after Hunter pointed a gun at the stage.

Dudek said Passaro's lawyer confirmed his client was the lone assailant. In addition, enhanced and slowed-down footage from the film shows Hunter brandishing the gun just before Passaro leaps from the stage and stabs him, Dudek said.
Let me get this straight. This happened thirty-six years ago. There was a trial and an acquittal. Twenty years ago, the Hell's Angels member died. And our overworked cops just spent two years working on this?

Does this mean the 60's are really over now?

Time to relax and enjoy the weekend. And maybe rent Gimme Shelter again.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"well done, sonny"

5/28/2005 9:55 AM  
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5/28/2005 11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This reminds me of John Stossel's "Give Me a Break", or Peter Jennings, "Fleecing of America".

I think this sort of stuff goes on more than we like to say; a lot of people buying time until they don't have to do what they do anymore. But, maybe they had their reasons.

5/29/2005 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"cold case, children . . . it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away" -- isn't that how the song goes?

5/29/2005 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Oh, a storm is threatening, my very life today..."

Actually, an appropriate tune for our times.

5/29/2005 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. The police actually do get things done. Who'd have thunk it?

Now that The Steel Wheelchairs Tour is Rolling once again, we'll have to see if someone gets beaten by a cane at their next show.

Actually, I saw them in T.O. a few years back. OK show - nothing great - and a very relaxed crowd - unusual given it's the Stones.

Maybe it's time they quietly retire. Richards looks like he needs another round of embalming fluid, Ronnie Wood looks like the creepy old guy on the park bench uttering dirty comments at all the chicks, and Charlie Watts just looks bored. Incredible that Jagger hasn't slowed at all yet - the wonders of Levitra.

At least Wyman had the sense to get out when he did. He knew it was time - wonder when/how the others will figure that out? The way John Entwhistle did with the Who?

5/30/2005 9:10 AM  
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8/26/2006 12:26 PM  
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