April 19, 2021 – They divorced in 1952; Mr. Albin’s mother cited “extreme cruelty and gross neglect of duty.” Mr. Albin said his father had once shot his dog to teach a lesson.

Jerry Lee left home at 15, after hitting his father with a shovel during a fight. He settled in Los Angeles and then served as a cook in the Army between 1962 and 1963.

After his discharge he began to drift. He lived without a home for stretches of time, and soon joined a branch of the Hell’s Angels. In 1965, a reporter and a photographer for Life magazine followed members of the branch around for several weeks for an article; Mr. Albin figures prominently in one of the photos that did not originally run with it in print but is now shown in an online archival version (he is in the foreground of a picture showing a boy seemingly fascinated by a motorcycle). Mr. Albin moved to New York in 1967, where he worked in factories and drove a truck. That year he met a German immigrant named Sonja Kandaurow. They married in 1968.



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