Organizations: Requiem for an Angel

Greeks burned their dead heroes on great funeral pyres; Vikings launched their mourned leaders seaward in great ships. What funeral rites should assist a leather-jacketed motorcycle chieftain of California's hell-raising Hell's Angels to his grave? The problem arose last week after James T. Miles, 30, died in a head-on collision between his motor cycle and a truck in Oakland, Calif.

Not that Miles had been a very great chief. He was only the former leader of

Sacramento's Hell's Angels, a branch of the Los Angeles organization. When the state attorney general cracked down on their rampaging rallies, Miles protested. "The stories...

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