Meredith Curly Hunter
(October 24, 1951 – December 6, 1969) was a spectator at the Altamont Free Concert
. During the performance by The Rolling Stones
, after being punched by a Hells Angel
serving as a security guard, Hunter pulled out a gun and was then stabbed to death by another Hells Angel serving as a security guard. The incident
was caught on camera and became a central scene in the documentary Gimme Shelter
Hunter, an 18-year-old from Berkeley, California
, was nicknamed "Murdock" and described by friends to be a flashy dresser with a big Afro
. Hunter, his girlfriend Patty Bredahoff, and another couple traveled from Berkeley to attend the Altamont Free Concert.
The Hells Angels had been hired to provide security for the concert in a deal that was rumoured to include $500 worth of beer. They stood directly in front of the bands in an effort to keep people off the unusually low stage. Although peaceful at first, over the course of the day, the mood of both the crowd and the Angels became progressively agitated, intoxicated and violent. The Angels had been drinking large amounts of beer that they had brought with them all day in front of the stage, and most were highly intoxicated.
Fueled by LSD
and large amounts of amphetamines
, the crowd had also become antagonistic and unpredictable, attacking each other, the Angels, and the performers. By the time... Read More