UPDATE: June 6th, 2009
Rachelle Short on YouTube speaking to the Associated Press. One has to wonder how dim the bulbs are in Rachelle and Spector's brains after hearing Rachelle talk about the guilty verdict: "... We did not expect this at all. This came as a total shock and total surprise."
June has brought the Los Angeles area some much needed rain and a bit of gloom as well as Rachelle Short (Mrs. Phil Spector) in front of the camera. The good news is, TMZ was the first to break the story that Phil Spector has been moved out of the LA County Jail system and handed over to the State's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Phil's first stop on his way to serving a life sentence is North Kern County State Prison, right outside Delano, which is 30 miles north of Bakersfield, California. That's a boring, 90 minute drive up Interstate 5 to the 99. He will be there for some time under evaluation until a more permanent location is chosen. Our own CaliGirl9 (who knows way more about the California DOCR than I do) weighed in earlier on where he might go, and I've re posted her thoughts, here:
I'd like to throw a new wrinkle into the "where will he go?" question. Back in the days of Court TV, we had a thread going about just this thing. To summarize: he'd first be taken to the county jail, and then likely within 30 days, be transferred to a SoCal intake center (Chino is one). After an evaluation as to which facility would be best, Harv would then be transferred to another facility. I'm still going with my guesses of Vacaville (California Medical Facility), Pleasant Valley (where he might catch valley Fever, a common occurrence) or Soledad, in that order. Corcoran is too tough a place for him, even with the protective housing unit. So it's unlikely he'll be producing music with Charlie Manson. Unless Harv is being treated for drug abuse, in which case he'd end up in Corcoran's drug treatment facility. But I still think CMF's the place. Edmund Kemper is there.
First off, I want to thank all the loyal T&T readers who sent me emails or left comments alerting us to the latest news reports about Spector and the Trial Bride.
Ever since her husband was sentenced to 19 years to life on May 29th of this year and the gag order imposed on her by Judge Larry Paul Fidler during the first trial lifted, Rachelle has been talking to any reporter or gossip show willing to listen. I missed it, but I hear she first showed up on the TV show, Inside Edition. According to Michelle Blaine, in this interview she claimed Spector's empire was worth around 50-million. If Donna Clarkson's attorney's were not aware of the show before, I bet they have a copy of the taped show now. In subsequent reports and interviews, she claimed that Spector is suffering financially and that he would have to take out loans to fund an appeal. (I wonder what "bank" would fund that cause?)
UPI also put out a report online, but it's not clear if this is just a rehash of the Inside Edition interview. It's interesting that UPI reports Rachelle said, "I handle and run all of his businesses. I'm like his protector." One wonders if Spector really has lost his mind if he put a former Jerry's Deli waitress in charge of his supposedly 50-million-dollar empire.
The next interview to show up on the net was one with Miriam Hernandez, of Local ABC Channel 7. I have to add that Miriam Hernandez is a beautiful woman. Tall, slender and each time I saw her down at the Criminal Court building, she was the epitome of a polished professional woman, impeccably dressed. In a section of this video, you can see Rachelle playing that famous white piano. Fortunately for the viewing public, the sound is muted in that area of the tape.
The latest interview with the most interesting information was with Harriet Ryan of the Los Angeles Times. I have to hand it to Harriet; she's the real McCoy and an excellent reporter. I have no idea how she sat through that interview and kept a straight face the entire time.
During his first trial, Spector spent about six months working with famed film producer Vikram Jayanti to produce a documentary on his work. Until recently, the video of the taping could not be seen by anyone in the US. I haven't seen it yet, but I don't think the information in it will be much different that the article that came out in the UK's Daily Mail back in September, 2007.
I personally don't think Rachelle's time in the sun will last very long but who knows, she just may do something tabloid newsworthy in the future. In the mean time, she joins a long list of women who are married to men behind bars, standing behind them through the lonely days (and nights) ahead. It's the perfect arrangement when you think about it. She has all the financial perks (if there are any left) and she no longer has to keep an (alleged) diary of Spector's antics as insurance against future harm.
Thank you T&T reader for the latest from the Associated Press. The reporter who interviewed her is not identified. There is also this interview with Abbey Hood of the Beverly Courier. Here's also a YouTube video about North Kern State Prison.