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Seaborne Hells Angels Bent on Killing Mick Jagger Foiled by Storm

March 3, 2008 11:43 AM ET

A new BBC documentary is once again exploring claims that angry members of the Hells Angels hatched a plot to assassinate Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger at his house on Long Island, New York, in 1969. The Stones and the Angels famously clashed at the ill-fated Altamont free concert on December 6, 1969, where members of the motorcycle club working security used extreme force on concert-goers and bandmembers and ultimately stabbed an eighteen-year-old gun-wielding fan to death. (The events were chronicled in the concert film Gimme Shelter). After the chaotic show, Jagger promised to never employ the Angels again.

"The Hells Angels were so angered by Jagger's treatment of them that they decided to kill him," says Tom Mangold, who hosts the BBC's The FBI at 100 documentary, which airs tonight. The Hells Angels planned to murder Jagger when he visited his Long Island home during the holidays, and coordinated a siege on the house from the sea. However, the boat the Hells Angels chartered was itself attacked by a storm, throwing all the Angels overboard. While all the Angels survived, they called off the Jagger strike. Mick Jagger's publicists have yet to comment on the assassination plot, but something along the lines of "Thanks, Poseidon" is probably appropriate.

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