The legendary producer of hits like ‘Be My Baby’ and ‘To Know Him Is to Love Him’ was incredibly wealthy, but he couldn’t buy his way out of a murder rap!
Hours after Phil Spector met B-movie beauty Lana Clarkson at L.A.’s House of Blues nightclub in February 2003 and whisked her to his turreted fortress-like home in a limo, the 6-foot Barbarian Queen cutie was dead.
Her buxom body was found slumped in a chair inside the mansion — known as Pyrenees Castle — with a single gunshot wound in the mouth.
The slug that blew her brains out shattered her teeth, scattering bits over the carpet.
Eccentric and reclusive Spector, 77, who also co-wrote and produced the 1964 hit “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” was fixated on guns.
“He had previously pulled pistols on four women,” says a source. In each case, the runty, 5-foot-5 music man “was romantically interested but grew angry when they spurned him.”
Spector tried to beat the rap, telling cops Lana’s death was an “accidental suicide” and she’d “kissed the gun.”
But the cops didn’t buy it. Detectives learned that earlier, he’d blurted out to his limo driver, “I think I just shot her.”
In 2009, he was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison — where he is now wasting away.