|Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels -- Oakland Chapter|
|Antonio Baldinucci with the Refugium Peccatorum|
But every town has a bad element, and those folks frequently disrupted these missions. Anthony's solution was not unlike Jerry Garcia's: hire the toughs to provide security. He called them his deputati. At Altamont, eighteen-year-old Meredith Hunter, under the influence of methamphetamine, drew a revolver after being chased away from the stage. When Alan Passaro, a Hell's Angel near the stage, saw the gun, he rushed forward, parried Hunter's weapon, and stabbed him five times in the back. Hunter dropped to the ground, where he was also stomped on. He died of his wounds; Passaro was acquitted of murder charges after the jury was shown film footage of Hunter drawing his revolver. In Italy, however, there were no reports of the deputati killing anyone. To the contrary, many of them became quite pious.