Phil Spector Aging Poorly In New Mug Shots
Phil Spector, the music legend and convicted murderer, is not doing well in prison as his recently released mugshot and pictures showing the creator of the Wall of Sound looking bald and sallow. There are two photos, one dated Oct. 28, 2013 showing a sickly Spector, and a second of him smiling, dated July 24, 2013; these are the most recent photos of Spector since his trial in 2009 where he was found guilty for a second time of murdering actress Lana Clarkson. Spector looks unwell in the pictures, and has several “chronic conditions” that have not been made public. During his initial trial, the defense argued that Spector was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.
Spector was known for creating the Wall of Sound—a method of production that makes the music denser, fuller, and more layered, making for a more immersive experience. The Beach Boys, Dion, George Harrison and many more used the method started in the 70s; it’s now almost a standard in music production these days.
Phil Spector And Lana Clarkson
Lana Clarkson was an actress and model who attended a party at Spector’s house. In the early morning of Feb. 3, 2003 Clarkson’s body was found in a chair with a single gunshot wound to her mouth, with broken teeth scattered on the carpet and floor. Spector publically claimed that it was an accidental suicide and that Clarkson “kissed the gun.” However, when Spector called his driver on the morning of Feb. 3, he said “I think I’ve killed someone.”
During the trial, the prosecution alleged four other incidents involving a drunken Spector pulling a gun on women who spurned him. Spector was found guilty of second degree murder and sentenced to serve 19 years for the crime.
In 2013, an HBO movie written and directed by David Mamet called Phil Spector premiered, and dealt largely with the Lana Clarkson case. It starred Al Pacino and Helen Mirren. Both Clarkson and Spector’s families panned the film.