NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 13, 1978
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(Studio) 1st of 2 reports on Hell's Angels, which police say have become more than motorcycle gang with taste for violence, is subject of segment. Group's entry into money-making fields like narcotics and prostitution, using more brutal methods than Mafia, reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Oakland, California) Film of Hell's Angels arriving at Oakland, California, clubhse. shown; film noted as made with concealed camera with special lens. Fed. investigators' report stated that Hell's Angels have found they are tough enough to move into organized crime and some have become big-time criminals and very rich. Scenes from "Gimme Shelter" shown; details of Hell's Angels participation as bodyguards for Rolling Stones at California concert and movement from there into world of music and drugs with rock groups given. [Former Hell's Angel and present federal witness George WETHERN - says music and drug culture became society with Angels as violent part of it. Discusses Angels' move into drug business on reputation of violence.] Federal narcotics agents' raid on methamphetamine lab run by Angels and assocs. and conviction of Angel Bobby England in case mentioned. Federal agents' report that Angels control manufacturer of speed in United States stated. [Solano Cnty., California, prosecutor Hugh COMISKY - discusses Angels' ties with other organized crime areas and group's control because of fear of them.] Angels' involvement in sex business in San Francisco reported Ex. given is now-closed encounter studio, the Love Nest, run by Angels, who recruited prostitutes for business Murder of former Angels' prostitute Margo Compton and her twin daughters, Sylvia and Sandra, after Compton's testimony that helped convict Angel Buck Garrett, and bombing injuries received by police detective on way to court to testify against Angels, given as exs. of alleged Angel activity. Photos shown. [COMISKY - discusses difficulty in penetrating group because of fear of them.] Characterization of Angels as group more ruthless than Mafia, by investigators in several states, cited. Upcoming report outlined.
REPORTER: Brian Ross