Wednesday, December 8, 2010

KILLER CLAUDINE

A comment beneath week's Monday Mystery Bird peaked my curiosity, and so I did a little homework:


Claudine Georgette Longet (born 29 January 1942) was a popular singer and recording artist during the 1960s and 1970s. She was also an actress and a dancer.

Born in Paris, France, Longet was married to pop singer Andy Williams from 1961 until 1975. She has maintained a private profile since 1977, following her conviction for misdemeanor negligent homicide in connection with the death of former Olympic skier "Spider" Sabich.


The author of that comment claimed that this weeks MMB wasn't Claudine Longet and I'm inclined to agree. THIS is Claudine:



The Arrest and trial of Claudine Longet

Claudine Longet was arrested and charged with fatally shooting her boyfriend, Olympic skier Vladimir "Spider" Sabich, at his Aspen, Colorado, home on 21 March 1976. At trial, Longet said the gun discharged accidentally as Sabich was showing her how it worked. Williams publicly supported Longet throughout the trial, even escorting her to and from the courthouse.

The Aspen police made two procedural errors that aided Longet's defense: without warrants, they took a blood sample from her and confiscated her diary. According to prosecutors, the sample showed the presence of cocaine in her blood, and her diary reportedly contradicted her claim that her relationship with Sabich had not soured. In addition, the gun was mishandled by non-weapons experts. As they were unable to cite any of the disallowed material, prosecutors did use the autopsy report to suggest that when Sabich was struck he was bent over, facing away, and at least 6 feet from Longet, which would be inconsistent with the position and relative distance of someone demonstrating the operation of a firearm.

The jury convicted her of a lesser charge—misdemeanor criminal negligence—and sentenced her to pay a small fine and spend 30 days in jail. The judge allowed Longet to choose the days she served, believing that this arrangement would allow her to spend the most time with her children, and she chose to work off most of her sentence on weekends. (Critical reaction to the verdict and sentencing was exacerbated when she subsequently vacationed with her defense attorney, Ron Austin, who was married at the time; Longet and Austin later married and still live in Aspen.) After the criminal trial, the Sabich family initiated civil proceedings to sue Longet. The case was eventually resolved out of court, with the proviso that Longet never tell or write about her story.


Based on my experience I would advise that whatever you do - do NOT piss off a French chick.

For what it's worth
THIS isn't Claudine Longet either . . .


. . . just some naked bird on a horse.


Cheers . . . S.L.




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4 comments:

  1. Claudine was one lucky babe!!! Oh, and a....so is the horse....jd

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  2. I remember reading about this in an article interviewing Billy Kid while in university (before the internet) it moved me enough to keep newspaper clipping.

    No matter how you dress it - Claudine Longet is right up there with O.J. Simpson in my opinion. An olymipian cut down in his prime.

    In Spiders own words:
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1135570/index.htm

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  3. Sean - Thanks for posting that bit of history. I was a 21 year old kid from the desert of southwest Texas when I moved to Aspen in '75. I went there to ski, Spider Sabich was one of my heroes at the time. He was very well known and well liked in Aspen. When that verdict and sentence were announced I thought a bunch of bliss ninny hippies and mountain jocks were going to lynch either Judge Wendt or Claudine. There were a lot of people very angry about her not getting a long prison sentence.

    And that may be just "some naked bird on a horse", but she's a hot naked babe on a horse, and that is what's important.

    thanks,
    JD

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  4. Sean,
    Unless I am mistaken, the Monday Mopsie in question is Sophie Marceu a.k.a Electra King in the James Bond flick "The World is Not Enough". She too is French and very hot.

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