“Claudine” by The Rolling Stones

“Claudine” tells us the story of Claudine Longet, a French-American singer and actress who shot and killed her boyfriend in 1976. It was a controversial murder case where Longet was only charged with a felony of reckless manslaughter which resulted in spending just a few weeks in jail, at her convenience. This was because she had children from her previous marriage and the judge didn’t want her to be away from her children for too long. With that, Longet spent most of her jail time over weekends.

Lyrics of  The Rolling Stones' "Claudine"

Longet claimed that Spider was teaching her how to use the gun, an imitation World War II model Luger pistol, when it went off by accident, shooting him in the stomach. He was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital.

When was “Claudine” released?

The song’s official release date is November 21, 2011. It appears as track number 1 on the track listing of the 2011 deluxe edition of the Stone’s “Some Girls” album.

“Claudine” Credits

Keith Richards and Mick Jagger co-wrote and produced “Claudine”.

Genre(s):

  • Rock
  • Country music
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The Murder of Spider Sabich by Claudine Longet

On March 7, 1976, the world mourned the loss of Vladimir Peter Sabich Jr., also known as Spider Sabich. He was one of the best alpine ski racers to compete on the international scene. Spider Bech was the 1971 and 1972 pro champion. Unfortunately, he lived a short life. He was murdered by a gunshot, which his girlfriend, Claudine Georgette Longet, fired. 

In the late afternoon of March 21, 1976, Sabich returned home from training and skiing at Aspen Highlands. He then stripped down and entered his bathroom for a shower. As he prepared to shower, Claudine entered the bathroom with a pistol. She fired at him, and the bullet landed in his abdomen.

He lost the majority of his blood in the bathhouse before being attended to by medics and put into an ambulance. Sabich died in the ambulance with Claudine beside him on their way to the Aspen Hospital.

Claudine was arrested and charged with murder. During her trial, she repeatedly explained that she unknowingly fired the gun when Sabich taught her how to operate it. The prosecutor’s felony and reckless manslaughter charges were dismissed, and Claudine was convicted of a misdemeanor and negligent homicide. She paid just $250 as a fine and spent a few weeks in jail.

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