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Claudine Longet's Murderous Past (Photos)

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Claudine Longet, 66, was a popular singer in the 1960's and 1970's when she shot and killed her lover, famed Olympic skier Spider Sabich at his Aspen, Colorado home on March 21, 1976.

The talented performer was an 18 year old dancer in the Folies Bergere revue at the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Las Vegas when she met the famous singer Andy Williams, who was twice her age at 32.  The couple married and had three children Noelle, Christian and Robert, who was named after their very good friend Bobby Kennedy, who died while making a presidential primary victory speech in California.  Williams and Longet separated in 1970 and divorced in 1975.

Claudine, who was beautiful, athletic, slender and petite, made her career breakthrough in 1966 while guest starring on NBC television adventure Run for Your Life.  She sang an English-French bilingual rendition of Meditation and was quickly signed by A&M records and subsequently recorded five albums.  Longet later signed with Williams label Barnaby Records and released two albums, We've Only Just Begun and Let's Spend the Night Together.

Her career came to a screeching halt when she took the life of her lover.  The renowned playboy bachelor, Spider Sabich, suddenly found his carefree days dwindling when Longet and her three children moved into his Colorado home.

The shooting took place after Sabich had finished a shower and was in the process of getting dressed.  Some speculate that he was getting ready to go out for the evening without her.  He had reported to friends that he wanted to get her out of his home because she cramped his style.

Longet told a jury at her murder trial that the gun accidentally discharged when he was showing her how it worked.  Evidence in the case showed that Longet had cocaine in her system and that Sabich was actually bent over with his back to her when the shot was fired at no closer than 6 foot range.  She stuck with her story and was escorted to and from the trial on a daily basis by her ex-husband Andy Williams.  The singer remains her friend to this day.

Several pieces of crucial evidence were reportedly bungled by police investigators.  The jury acquitted her of felony manslaughter but convicted her of criminal negligence.  She paid a small fine and spent 30 days in jail.  She was allowed to serve the sentence in snatches over a considerable period of time.  Once the trial was over, she took off for a vacation with her defense attorney Ron Austin, who left his wife and children to do so.  The couple later married and are together to this day.

After the trial, the Sabich family initiated civil proceedings against Longet and ended up settling for a considerable amount of money.  The secret agreement stipulated that Longet cannot speak of or write about the murder or settlement.

Mick Jagger wrote a song about the murder in 1980 on his Emotional Rescue album.  The song, entitled Claudine, carried lyrics that painted a graphic picture of some of the more salacious aspects of the affair and killing.

Photo gallery below.

  • andy williams and claudine longet with their children
  • claudine longet and spider sabich

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The rotten woman should be in prison this very moment. Her story of the killing was manure. She is trash and will have the price to pay in the afterlife. She is evil.


"Bobby Kennedy, who died while making a presidential primary victory speech in California." Boy is that an understatement!! He was assassinated! Left that out! Also, at 32 Williams was not twice her age of 18. He would have to be 36. I'm sure the author knew this, he's just sloppy and amateurish.


Claudine was incredibly beautiful and appealing. Andy Williams never stopped loving her and would have taken her back in a heartbeat if she just said the word. Spider was drawn to her as to no one else yet he ended up wanting her gone since he was not about monogamy for long. Was Claudine stupid enough to murder him on purpose while he was bent over and 6 feet away from the gun she was trying to learn how to use, the one with a faulty safety catch? Would she murder him simply because he was going out without her? Probably not. The accident was unforgiving in her reputation and ended her career. As far as losing Spider, so what? She could always get another man.


Having read all the evidence on this case that is publicly available and drawing the same conclusion as the judge, there seems no doubt that you misogynistic internet trolls are the ones with the problem, always ready to believe the worst about people you know little or nothing about. How about sticking to the facts for a change.


She personally scathed then destroyed 3 families: Her own husband and children, Sabich Mom & Dad, brothers & sisters, Ron Austin Wife and
children. If she didn't mean to kill him, why didn't she administer some kind of first aid to sustain his life until the emergency team got there? She was drugged out at the time, but she is was her intention. She publicly staged many destructive and violent fights in public in Aspen. Her jealous rage was no secret to many friends and on lookers. She waited until he would surely not be able to survive until calling for help. She not only shot him out jealous rage, but denied him life saving first aid that could have saved him. Her murderous intentions are obvious not just once, but twice at the time. She parties on today without guilt and in the same small town where she took a life and destroyed all semblance of innocence of her own children, Ron Austins children and ended a life not yet fulfilled. Heaven help the victims of this Satan directed woman.


She's a murderer!!!! I hope she rots like the jealous bitch she is. MURDERER! SHE DESERVES TO BE IN PRISON!!!!!!


I met women like this before who look so sweet and beguiling to many men and yet have a terrifying dark side when they don't get what they want. The main difference is many women don't show it and few do. There is no doubt in this case but she got lucky!


a killer is a killer. if u hv money u can get off for the killing.
i wonder if she has taught her children the ins and outs of killing?
what do her children think?
how about breaking up ron austin marriage?
she is a fake as the people who desired her.
her 2nd marriage conquest also knows her bad side.
she rules him and has castrated him years ago.
she must be proud of herself.
she will have to answer to god.
good luck on that.


Someone ever think that woman is beauty???????????