Soap-box rant #134.
The only reason I'm writing about this (in a rare for me, "rant" form) to begin with is because y'all out there, T&T's loyal readers keep sending me every story that hits the news with Spector in it, wanting to know if I've seen it and what do I think.
What do I think? To tell the truth, I'm sick of it. Are y'all as sick of it as I am? It will not be soon enough if I never see another mainstream media story (the Associated Press again) about Phil Spector and his latest antics, IN PRISON. That's right, PRISON. Spector is again complaining about being, IN PRISON.
For those of you who have been living in a cave, Phil Spector was found guilty of second degree murder in the death of actress Lana Clarkson on April 13th. He was sentenced to 19 years-to-life on May 29th, 2009.
So here's the latest. Someone in prison made the mistake of giving Spector pen and paper, and now he's writing every single one of his suck-up-fawning-hanger's-on about how terrible things are and how afraid he is, IN PRISON. Apparently, delusional Spector, who is currently housed in the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison near Corcoran, thinks there is someplace "better" that the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDC&R) should have placed him because he is in fear for his life. A "better" PRISON with people that are "just like him." Wake up Phil. You are where you belong, among murderers just like yourself.
So this Spector "admirer," (who probably wet himself when Spector wrote him back) passes Spector's letters onto Spector's publicist and suddenly,the Associated Press is reporting everything in these letters as the hottest news since sliced bread. You have to wonder how professional the Associated Press is, when they print Spector's letters from PRISON as news.
Once this story hits the press, California prison officials now have to do an investigation. With our state as broke as it is, unnecessary man hours are spent investigating Spector's latest written antics. And then they have to issue a press statement, dispelling the ramblings of the disgruntled music producer. And that's exactly what happened. Hours later, the Associate Press publish a statement issued by the DOC&R, that prison officials spoke to Spector and he states he's not fearful. Did the AP get two news stories out of a few rambling, delusional letters?
Let me address the "former Playboy" model label for Rachelle. There's something to be said about "stretching the truth" to it's limits. Rachelle did appear topless in Playboy, but not because Playboy photographed her. What she did was, she sent in a black and white topless photo of herself to Playboy and it was published in their "Grapevine" section. I wrote about that during the first trial! While her photo did appear in Playboy, she was never a model that Playboy "chose" to photograph.
And who cares how many times per week, or how many miles Rachelle drives to visit her CONVICT husband? If she's on the road, at least she's not in front of a camera, protesting his innocence.
I do know there was a hearing in the civil case on Thursday, August 2oth, in Pasadena. I was still too sick from the flu to go find out Judge Jan A. Pluim's rulings on the latest motions.
Phil Spector in pictures, courtesy the LA Times.