April 13, 2009

Phil Spector guilty.

"The Los Angeles jury spent nearly nine days deliberating over the case in which the prosecution portrayed Spector, 68, as a misogynist with a history of pulling guns and 'playing Russian roulette with the lives of women' while drunk. Prosecutors said it was only by a miracle that Clarkson, star of the cult film Barbarian Queen, was the first to die.... 'By the grace of God, five other women got the empty chamber and lived to tell,' said the prosecutor, Truc Do. 'Lana just happened to be the sixth woman who got the bullet.'"

74 comments:

traditionalguy said...

Thank you 12 jurors for patience and wisdom not to fall into the manipulations of the Defense attorneys, in Hollywood of all places.

Maguro said...

I'm mildly surprised. After OJ and Robert Blake walked, I thought it might be impossible to convict a celebrity has-been in LA.

William said...

Observe the tragic consequences of off line dating.

Cedarford said...

I thought today's discovery of Marilyn Chambers found dead in her trailer park a bigger story.

Ann Althouse said...

I almost blogged Marilyn Chambers.

But I've already blogged a dead porn star this week.

Why did she die? Is it interesting? Not all obits can be blogged.

Peter V. Bella said...

I'm mildly surprised. After OJ and Robert Blake walked, I thought it might be impossible to convict a celebrity has-been in LA.You left out Michael Jackson.

ricpic said...

I used to know a guy who was trying to make it in the music biz and whenever he spoke of Spector it was almost in a reverant tone. The Wall Of Sound was huge, HUGE, back in the 60's. It was the holy grail all would-be producers worshipped and tried to find an equivalent of...with no success.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

It was the holy grail all would-be producers worshipped and tried to find an equivalent of...with no success.The fine line between genius and insanity. Plus throw in a good great deal of blind indulgence by fawning sycophants and you end up with a tragedy that might have been averted.

Very sad. Such a waste of lives. Hers, his and probably more than we will ever know.

Meade said...

It makes me just feel like cryin'.

Here's Phil during happier times.

Revenant said...

Why did she die? Is it interesting? Not all obits can be blogged.Cause of death hasn't been revealed yet, last I heard.

Seven Machos said...

In the Ramones documentary -- very good, by the way -- they point out that Spector basically held them hostage at his house for a few days when he was producing one of their records.

Bob_R said...

Perhaps the jury compared Let It Be to Let It Be, Naked and voted to convict.

Early '60's wall of sound stuff was great, though. Blue eyed soul.

Didn't follow the trial. He has clearly been bughouse for a long time.

John said...

Spector has been insane for years. The guy apparently made a habbit of taking women back to his home and then threatening them with a gun. It is really too bad one of them didn't have a gun and couldn't have blown his head off. It would have saved poor Lana Clarkson's life and saved the state of California the expense of keeping him in prison.

Spector long since ceased to be eccentric and became dangerously insane. Had he not had money and fame and no doubt large groups of enablers he probably would have been in and out of jail and mental institutions throughout his entire life. What a waste.

Revenant said...

Is "Let It Be... Naked" any good? I've been skeptical of all the "new" Beatles material that has been coming out lately.

zedzded said...

Hold it - you mean Ringo and Paul are still making Beatles records? Groovy! Fab! And by fab I mean - damn, that would suck.

Lem said...
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Lem said...

But I've already blogged a dead porn star this week.This is not a dead porn star by dead porn star kind of blog ;)

chuck b. said...

His hair is looking a lot flatter too.

Lem said...

Spector big mistake may have been that as a white celebrity you are not permitted to kill a white woman.

Still ;)

He got the wrong lesson from the OJ Trial.

Lem said...

Actually.. forget what I said about OJ.

Robert Blake was found not guilty of killing his wife.

Lem said...

I wonder if Chamber's porn sales will shot up ;)

Hey.. anybody heard from Titus lately?

Cedarford said...

Ann Althouse said...
I almost blogged Marilyn Chambers.

But I've already blogged a dead porn star this week.

Why did she die? Is it interesting? Not all obits can be blogged.
No, your judgment is pretty good on what story you go with as a feature. Certainly better than my efforts to say unfettered loyalty to Israel or Far-Left progressive Jewish lawyer's Front - are a grave menace.

I was just expresing my impression that Marilyn was a bigger icon than the strange Spectot..

No info on what she died of.

Revenant said...

Certainly better than my efforts to say unfettered loyalty to Israel or Far-Left progressive Jewish lawyer's Front - are a grave menace.Ok, I give up. Anyone want to take a shot at translating that into English?

Lem said...

Well.. I could still speculate that unlike Baretta and OJ, Spector's "sin" was being not well known to the average LA juror.

I guess we will never know for sure.

Lem said...

I think Cedaford is lamenting that he is not allowed to say whatever he wants on someone else's blog.

Revenant said...

I think Blake might have gotten off on the "that bitch needed killin'" defense. The victim was an amazingly unsympathetic figure.

Maxine Weiss said...

My best friend is the cousin of Phil Spector.

zedzded said...

Titus is currently blogging his same old shit over at Trooper York's place.

Lem said...

You mean Titus is too Mead conscious ;)

J said...

Good article at the link, but what's with the photo of Nigel Tufnel?

Lem said...

Mead proves Titus achilles ;)

Melvin said...

The man is crazier than a shithouse rat! I'm not sure what that says for women who dated the schmuck.

Lem said...

Titus buddy.

Dont fear the Meade ;)

Ann Althouse said...

Heterophobia. Time to take it seriously.

Lem said...

Did somebody lean on Titus to retire ;)

Meade said...

Yeah. Meadephobia too.

Lem said...
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Revenant said...

The man is crazier than a shithouse rat! I'm not sure what that says for women who dated the schmuck.Not just dated. His current wife married him several years AFTER the murder, when his trial was about to begin.

Now there's a lady with some issues.

Lem said...

A song for Titus and some people that have gone missing


Me, I'm a part of your circle of friends
And we notice you don't come around
Me, I think it all depends on you
Touching ground with us but
I quit, I give up, nothing's good enough for anybody else,
It seems
And I quit, I give up, nothing's good enough for anybody else,
It seems

Maxine Weiss said...

He was a musical genius. He produced three times as many hits as Quincy Jones, yet took less credit.

The greatest artists always have some flamboyant and eccentric qualities about them.

Love,
Maxine

Lem said...

Maxine dear.. what are you saying?

Lem said...

Titus MissingI step off the train
I'm walking down your street again
And pass your door
But you don't live there anymore
It's years since you've been there
Now you've disappeared somewhere
Like outer space
You've found some better place
And I miss you-
Like the deserts miss the rain

Michael Hasenstab said...

Spector could still run for office in Minnesota, so he's got that going for him. They'll elect anyone in Minnesota.

Maybe he could hand the Russian roulette revolver to Garrison Keillor. A grateful nation would demand that his sentence be withdrawn.

former law student said...

The greatest artists always have some flamboyant and eccentric qualities about them.Just a short step from genius to insanity, I always heard.

Cedarford omitted to mention Phil Spector is Jewish -- how anti-Semitic could he be?

Lem said...

Meadephobia too.You just made-that-up ;)

Lem said...

There is something wrong with HTML tonight.

And I'm not doing Henry Lee - I'm really serious.

Ignacio said...

Phil Spector paved the way for Shadow Morton and the Shangri-Las. And he did "He Hit Me (and It Felt Like a Kiss)." Who was that, the Chiffons?

Bruce Springsteen (as produced by Jon Landau) was aiming for a Neo-Wall of Sound homage on his best album, "Born to Run."

Maxine Weiss said...

Little gal was in the wrong place at the wrong time. What did she expect ?

Lem said...

If I remember correctly Spector figured in Tina Turners "What's love got to do with it" 1993 also.


But.. what's that got to do with him killing a woman?

Lem said...

I'm shocked Maxine..

Are you blaming the dead victim?

Meade said...

I blame Maxine.

Her best friend is Phil Spector's cousin. Maxine could have intervened but did she?

No.

Maxine as much as pulled the trigger.

Lem said...

Now the truth comes out.

It sounds like Maxine was there.. I see Maxine running out of there like the house was on fire.

Meade said...

Saying to her cab driver, "I think Phil Spector just killed somebody," while casually tossing the smoking pistol into the underbrush.

Lem said...

It was an accident!

Meade said...

Maxine didn't mean to shoot the sonofabitch. The gun went off. She didn't know why.

Lem said...

Phil asked Maxine if she would help him with the body..

She told him you gotta be crazy..

I got a bad disk.

Meade said...

Just like Maxine to second degree murder someone and then not even help dispose of the body.

Blood stain clashes with her mauve sun dress.

Plus her white gloves. Always the lady.

Lem said...

I got a double platinum hip

Meade said...

Oh! You mean Maxine shot you too? Wrong place at the wrong time, Lem.

Better get that looked at.

Lem said...

I'll be fine.. she told me to put some ice on it.

Meade said...

Maxine may be a murderer but no one can accuse her of not having a nurturing maternal side. Gotta love her for it.

Lem said...

We were out of lemons.. so thats why she though of ice... it had nothing to do with that unfortunate Clinton allegation.

Maxine would not hurt a fly.. on purpose.

Meade said...

I know what you mean.

I was married to Maxine for 20 years you know. It was a marriage made in heaven until, unfortunately, she became romantically involved in a triad with Phil Spector and Crack Emcee.

After she started dealing drugs and murdering people, I had no choice but to seek an annulment.

You understand. I still love her but what else could I do? I had to think about what was best for our three children.

Maxine Weiss said...

She went to his house at 1:30 am.

Same thing with Robert Blake.

These gals know the score. You play with fire....

It's a good lesson, albeit learned the hard way.

Don't go borrowing trouble !

Love,

Meade said...

See what I mean, Lem? Underneath the murdering and adultery -- heart of gold!

Maxine Weiss said...

http://twitter.com/maxinesplace

Ann Althouse said...

LOL. I love you, Meade.

Paco Wové said...

Oh, jeez... Get a room!

zedzded said...

Maxine, you wrote "She went to his house at 1:30 am. Same thing with Robert Blake."

Are you saying Robert Blake was there too? Does the DA know this? So in addition to being an accessory after the fact you are also withholding information?

Damn, you are one immoral bitch.

Michael Hasenstab said...

She went to his house at 1:30 am. Sure, kick the housing industry when it's down. Blame the house for the murder, not yourself.

Sheepman said...

A prison wall of sound?

Standing next to me in this lonely crowd,
Is a man who swears he's not to blame.
All day long I hear him shout so loud,
Crying out that he was framed.

Jeremy said...

He'll kill himself.

Meade said...

Is that what you would do if you were him, Jeremy?

Joe said...

I suppose an American Idol guest spot is out of the question now.