Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Phil Spector Moves Into Corcoran

UPDATED!

According to Harriet Ryan of the Los Angles Times, Phil Spector has been moved to permanent digs in Corcoran. He's in a medium security, special needs unit. There's no question this is a prisoner who has "special needs."

His wife Rachelle appears happy about the move. According to Linda Deutsch of the Associated Press, Rachelle claims her husband was mistreated at the North Kern County facility. Now that Spector is all settled in, I'm wondering if Rachelle will move to Corcoran (or a cozy little house in Fresno) to be close to her husband like she recently indicated in prior news reports.

I was quite bemused to learn this from Harriet's article:
"Spector will be permitted to have musical instruments in his cell, and inmates in his unit often sing and play music together, [prison spokesperson Stephen] Smith said."
I can envision it now, Spector creating a new prison-wall of sound with his fellow inmates. T&T readers, are you wondering as we are if Rachelle will have the chauffeur drive her up to sing on a few selections? Maybe the CD will be in stores for the many Phil Spector fans out there, just in time for the holidays. But I wouldn't get your hopes up too quickly. Phil may decide to wait a bit until he releases his next big production. There still is that pesky wrongful death suit looming on the horizon.

Update: June 24, 2009

Linda Deutsch from the Associated Press has written a newer article with more quotes from Rachelle Short (Spector) about her husband's requests. From the article:

"He wants a TV and an iPod or something like that for listening to music," Rachelle Spector said Tuesday. "And he would like to be able to receive e-mail."

Good luck with that email request Phil As far as Spector creating any new music in prison, Rachelle had this to say:
"He has not requested an instrument, and I doubt if he will," she said.
One never knows what the future may bring. It's still all very new and it will take a while for Spector to get acclimated to his private cell and surroundings. Spector could change his mind in the future about wanting an instrument. In time, he could show an interest in guiding his fellow inmates in their musical careers or orchestrating a live performance.

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps we can expect a cover of Jailhouse Rock.

Sedonia Sunset said...

But, but, but ... how will Phil produce the EXACT sound he envisions without the use of a gun as incentive to get the best performance out of them? Something tells me that his usual shrieks, snarls, curses, insults and demands may not get the results he expects. Unless, of course, the results he expects are to be beaten to a bloody pulp, in which case he has an excellent chance of evoking stellar performances from the various members of the ensemble.

Anonymous said...

As I recall, no profits can be made by prisoners' efforts...musically or otherwise. Yet it has been suggested that a prolific new era of songwriting could emerge from this, the last phase of Phil Spector's life.

Rachelle will always have something to complain about, no doubt. The sense of entitlement of these two.....I wish I had her cajones. I mean it! Never would I think to sass a judge at a murder trial, take pictures all about the place, and so on. I have really enjoyed the articulate women on this blog, railing against her bad manners and behavior; women see and rise against class-lessness and tastelessness and don't mind telling about bad upbringing and low morals , while guys are less articulate and just shrug and mumble (unless its a daughter or step-daughter, then we swing into action, lol).

If PS is not currently suffering from a terminal illness, he should last at least the average age of 75 for a man in this country, which suits me just fine....the longer the better.
Wes J.

Anonymous said...

If truly Rachelle knew about mistreatment at the previous prison, why wait til NOW to disclose it---why not at the many press events?

And if she lived with him for these past years and there was a substance abuse issue--and clearly there was one-- what did she do about it?

These reporters are candy-asses for not asking these obvious questions!

Anonymous said...

I doubt PS has anything left musically or otherwise. He is a has-been plain and simple. The long, lonely days ahead will spell it out for the blustering fool.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Charles Manson is going to try to make PS his bitch? Would love to be a fly on the wall as Manson - with his swastika tattoo - tries to convince Jewish PS to produce his new 'album'. I would expect Spector to tell Manson to 'FO', and in return Manson will try to kill Spector.

shari said...

Corcoran....is that where Manson is?? Perhaps a duo medley could be arranged.

Christine said...

SEDONIA SUNSET always has it nailed, what a great comment.

Anonymous said...

If anyone is suffering from Doron Weinberg withdrawal, and live in California, they can head on up to the Redwood City courthouse, where he is representing alleged pedophile Dr. William Ayres. We spotted Caligirl in the courtroom today and we can't wait for her report !! Thanks for coming Caligirl.

Anonymous said...

Several months ago, I wrote that Charles Manson was at the Special Needs wing at Corcoran. I wondered if Phil Spector would be sent there and placed in the same unit.

David From TN

CaliGirl9 said...

I'm shocked. That's a mean place.

CaliGirl9 said...

The more I think about it, the more I think that prison officials didn't find Phil to be as frail as we all thought he was ...
I suggest a good drug addiction instead of listening to this most distasteful trial.
(Caligirl goes to bed mumbling to herself.)

stroopman said...

Corcoran is a tough joint; the SATF ("Substance Abuse Treatment Facility") is medium security; don't know what the "special needs unit" is, but the SATF has dormitory-style housing in a converted gymnasium. Will PS be in a cubicle with bunkmates, one wonders? I agree with CaliGirl that the classification authorities found him more fit than anyone would have expected, given his catatonic shuffling and tremors during the trial. "Can't judge a book by its cover," or its wig.

ritanita said...

I got the video tour of Corcoran on Lockup a while back. I think they showed the special needs unit (where is a rerun when you need it?).

My memory of seeing the "joint" was that it was a dismal place.

Anonymous said...

This man is acclamating to his situation....so much for the poison pill. Can you imagine nearly 7,000 men just in the Special Needs section alone? That's the number you'd fit in a smallish coliseum.

If I remember the Charles Manson story correctly, he sent his crew to the Polanski/Tate house because it was the previous residence of Doris Day's son Terry Melcher....who was a music producer!

Anonymous said...

I think this will be the last we will hear about him for some time.

As if his Trial Bride will take a shabby apartment and visit him regularly, and spout off to defend him. However, my guess is that somehow she is still dependent on him financially, must be, and so we probably have not heard the last of her, while she is working on her singing career. I have loved the gossip.

IF he is involved in the civil trial, there are miles to go.
I truly cannot imagine him in prison surviving emotionally. But then, waving guns around has its consequences, which clearly he didn't 'get'.
Ritanita: any prison must be a dismal place, which is why most of us keep our lives clean and on the right or correct side of the law, and don't allow our crazies to kill others, if I am making sense. Somehow this guy, Philip, never got or accepted the treatment he needed, and somehow along the way he was allowed to keep weapons in his possession.

Now, some states? are ssying alcohol and concealed weapons are allowed in state parks, or national parks. Not going on a thing about owning weapons, but clearly some should not have them.
And alcohol/drugs/weapons are not a great mix.

And let's all remember, as we delight in Spector's misery, the story really is about Lana. He may be in misery, hopefully, but he is not in a box in a vault.

So, today, I want to remember Lana.
The last of the abused women in this crazy man's life.

Anonymous said...

Amen to that last sentence, Anon.

Anonymous said...

So glad PS has got a single cell to himself and will be getting a TV, iPod and email access soon. At least he'll have something to do until he is inevitably freed on appeal.

shari said...

to anon 6-24-1:39 pm......He is ONLY ASKING for these items...he hasn't gotten them, and as far as I know...most prisons will NOT allow e mail access. He will never live to see any freedom on appeal.

Anonymous said...

From the small amount I know about what it must be like to be in prison, one of the main things is lack of privacy and beyond that lack of any personal possessions to speak of. I have heard that if you do have something you value, say an Ipod, that it is quickly either destroyed or taken. As for internet, there is some program in a number of federal prisons at least, where prisoners can request you to be on their email list. It is probably not the other way around. I think this is monitored heavily, no attachments etc.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't substance abuse come out in the trial? Once Phil is clean can he be transfered to another facility? He must have been having halusinations about sleeping nude on the floor and eating out of a bowl with his hands.I think the Spectors think Phil should have room service. They need to get it in their heads it's PRISON. He doesn't deserve special treatment.

Anonymous said...

Note to Rachelle: time to crawl back in hole you came out of.

Sprocket said...

The unit Spector is housed in is not just for substance abuse inmates. High risk, high profile inmates also get on this unit. Think, Robert Downey Jr.

Supposedly, Spector is on several medications for his (unverified) bi-polar disorder. Some of these medications were discussed in the first trial through the urinalysis sample taken at the Alhambra Police Station.

Anonymous said...

Note to the Associated Press: What is up with Linda Deutsch writing puff pieces on a killer and his scummy contract bride, slow news day?

Anonymous said...

Spector is not in the same prison as Charles Manson. There are two prisons in Corcoran, and Manson is in the other one. This still seems like a pretty dreary and dismal place though.

Ray

Nora said...

Right, and if you noticed him during the trials, he shakes and I think the explanation was that it was a side-effect of some drug he was taking.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Sprocket for the updates on Phil. CNN has a nice article about his new digs. I wonder if Rachelle is going to move near him?

Janet said...

Actually, Rachelle could move to Fresno and go to work at the prison itself! There are currently two openings she might qualify for:
http://jobs.spb.ca.gov/wvpos/more_info.cfm?recno=401484
http://jobs.spb.ca.gov/wvpos/more_info.cfm?recno=401327
just trying to help.

Anonymous said...

Can you tell me how far away the prison he's in is from his castle? I live in Texas.

Anonymous said...

Corcoran is around 200-250 miles from Alhambra. Rachelle might consider moving to Fresno (as some of the Manson followers did after he was moved there)... the cost of living is much lower than in So Cal. RS can get together with the Manson followers, and they can commiserate about how "badly" their murdering loved ones are being treated in prison.

CaliGirl9 said...

The Department of Corrections won't hire a family member to work in the same facility. Too bad for the Trial Bride!

Google maps say that it's 3 hours, 10 minutes from Alhambra to Corcoran. However, the city of Corcoran is right off Hwy 99 and the correctional facility is closer to I-5. It's a boring but not at all complicated drive straight up I-5 from the Los Angeles area.

Anonymous said...

Your a clever Wag Janet. Love your wittiness.

Clueless Chelle said...

Cali girl, or anyone else who is knowledgeable on this:

Since clueless Chelle made these claims that Phil was forced to sleep naked on the floor for two nights and eat food out of a bowl like a dog...what, if anything can the Prison do if (ahem, WHEN) they find these are outright lies on the Spectors part? Oh--and if these claims had any basis, wouldn't the Spectors have filed some lawsuit already???

Also Ferg mentioned on average it's 73 days at Kern before an inmate gets transferred-anyone else out there think that less than 30 seems a little priveledged because he's Phil Spector? Or maybe because they tired of his wig wearing whining?
:)

Oh Cali, I tried calling to find out about the mail and was given a very strict sorry, not for the public kinda answer.

Chelle launched her new site.
Can't mention the link. We all know what it already is.

This time around: Completely barfworthy.

Shows her as a smiling toddler, on to a pic of her and Phil and brags about her trombone playing skills. Claims her music will be unleashed...more like foisted..upon the world shortly. How she loooooves treats from Cold Stone Creamery and coke from Mc Donalds because for some reason she says their coke always tastes the best.

This AIRHEAD runs Phil's entire empire?? Is he that out of it????

The site indicates she has a lawyer for some reason, no other way to contact her. LOL. Probably because she wants to avoid endless emails reminding her of what she really is!

CC

Anonymous said...

I just looked at Rachelle's site. My goodness this must be Wonder Woman.Who is Mother Bertha? Is that her company? She is so full of herself I don't see what keeps her from blowing up. I feel sorry for the animals left in her care.Does anybody believe she is in charge of Phil's business for real?

John said...

Anon at 2:30 pm:

"Mother Bertha" is the name PS gave his music publishing company after the name of Bertha Spector, his mother. Thank you so much for your comment. Please check out Michelle Blaine's blog in the next few days as I am guest blogging on this very subject; including a provocative post from a very loyal supporter who is fed up with RS's antics. I believe this only scratches the surface.
RS has got to go. She isn't helping anyone, not even herself look even remotely plausible.

Clueless Chelle said...

Hey everyone, check out the newest post on Michelle Blaine's blog. Clueless Chelle never fails to amaze and disgust me! Her latest edition of her "website" is pathetic!

CC

Anonymous said...

Sprocket
What is happening in the Clarkson civil case against Spector? Do you know if Spector testify or refuse to testify?

Ray

Ashley said...

Rachelle Spector's website is now running. God does she give enough interviews?

Anonymous said...

You've gotta love this.....Phil Spector and Charles Manson. I am not sure I believe it though; I am pretty sure I read that Spector and Manson are not in the same facility, I doubt that a guard would deliver that message, and I doubt the Phil would be able to just "drop by" Manson's cell. Maybe someone with some knowledge of the California penal system could provide some more info.

Ray

Sprocket said...

Spector and Manson are in totally separate facilities. Does anyone really believe that a guard delivered a message from Manson to Spector?

You have to consider the source of the story: Rachelle Short Spector.

Remember the, "it's his real hair" story from the first trial?