This is the mansion where legendary music producer Phil Spector murdered actress Lana Clarkson 2003 by putting a gun in her mouth and pulling the trigger.
The images have emerged after Spector’s death last week from coronavirus, and provide a rare peak inside the mock castle home where Spector kept a suit of armour alongside mementos from his musical career.
Spector became increasingly reclusive and unstable as he aged after producing hits including You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.
On February 3 2003, he invited Clarkson – who had appeared in B movies including Barbarian Queen and Amazon Women on the Moon – to the home after meeting her at restaurant House of Blues.
Clarkson agreed and they travelled to the home, which is modelled on a Pyreneean Castle, in Spector’s limousine.
The chauffeur waited outside and saw Spector running out a back door of the home covered in blood. ‘ I think I killed someone,’ he said.
His lawyers went on to claim that Clarkson was suicidal and had shot herself while sitting on Spector’s fake Louis XIV chair. According to his defense team, the bullet was fired at the moment the actress ‘kissed the gun’.
Doctors found bruising on Clarkson’s tongue suggesting Spector had forced a gun in her mouth and fired off a shot.
The mansion, where Spector executed B-Movie actress Lana Clarkson, was built and decorated with medieval effects, with multiple suits of armor on display
An ornate wooden bureau included a table with four framed shots of Spector with his ex-wife Rachelle Short; it was where Spector kept the firearm he used to shoot Clarkson
Photographs have surfaced of the Alhambra mansion where legendary music producer Phil Spector killed B-Movie actress Lana Clarkson
Clarkson accompanied Spector back to his mansion from the House of Blues in West Hollywood. Shortly after they entered the home, the music producer emerged from the front door covered in blood and told his chauffeur, ‘I think I killed someone’
Spector, who was known in the music industry for perfecting the Wall of Sound recording method, bought the home in the Alhambra neighborhood in Los Angeles in 1988.
The nine-bedroom, 8,600 sq. foot home abode, which was named Pyrenees Castle, was kept secure by a large gated entrance.
The mansion was built and decorated with medieval effects, with multiple suits of armor on display.
The shots were taken in 2010 following Spector’s 2009 conviction. An ornate wooden bureau was where Spector kept the firearm he used to shoot Clarkson. The area also housed four framed shots of Spector with his ex-wife Rachelle Short.
The home has 35 total rooms, including one earmarked for iguanas, where he housed three lizards, named Godzilla, Laurel, and Hardy. The home also includes 10 bathrooms, a pair of kitchens, four garages and a hair salon.
Spacious: The nine-bedroom, 8,600 sq. foot home abode has 35 total rooms
Secure: The Alhambra home was kept secure by a large gate
Some of the areas, such as an office and a refrigerator, were cluttered with magnets, images and memorabilia. Inside the house, a short table was decorated with trophies, plaques and a lamp.
Music memorabilia seen in the southern California home include a guitar once owned by John Lennon, a platinum record and a vintage jukebox.
Other rooms seen in the shots include a stocked bar and a gaming room complete with a billiards table.
A set of sculptures were placed outside the estate.
Also released were a number of photos of Spector’s ex-wife Rachelle Short, who he married in September of 2006 while he was free on $1million bail; he filed to divorce from her in 2016.
Short, a singer and actress, told The Sun,’ I loved my husband and was proud to be his wife and it was unfortunate circumstances which led to this situation.
The home was chock full of music memorabilia, including this vintage jukebox
Music memorabilia including a guitar once owned by John Lennon, a platinum record and a vintage jukebox were seen in the Southern California home
Images have surfaced providing a glimpse into the life of convicted murderer and revolutionary music producer Phil Spector
Among the photographs was this image of Spector’s messy workstation
She said of the home: ‘I’ve lived there 17 years and have done a lot of work to restore it. There was a lot of love that went into making that house a home, I have such a personal attachment and love for it. But sometimes you have to move on and create new memories.’
Clarkson’s mother Donna issued a statement in the wake of Spector’s death, saying, ‘Lana Clarkson was a warm, compassionate, kind, loving woman who would be 58 years old now.
‘Her energy, brightness and love of life have sustained her family since her murder 18 years ago.’
Spector maintained that Clarkson had shot herself, an argument that was supported by the testimony of key defense witness Punkin Laughlin, Clarkson’s best friend for 10 years.
Other rooms seen in the shots include a stocked bar and a gaming room complete with a billiards table
Among the released pictures was this image of Spector’s billiards table
An image of a set of sculptures placed outside the estate was among the images released
In a bombshell interview, Laughlin maintained that Clarkson was in a ‘fragile’ and ‘suicidal’ state in the days before her death.
And repeating what she told a Los Angeles jury in 2007, she told DailyMail.com: ‘Two days before she died Lana called me and was crying her eyes out for an hour. She said, ‘I’m going to get a f**king gun and blow my f**king brains out. I don’t want to live anymore. And two days later she’s dead with a gunshot wound to the mouth.’
The prosecution, pointing out to the court that Clarkson had bought multiple pairs of shoes in the days before her death, argued that she was not suffering from suicidal ideation.
According to expert testimony people rarely kill themselves on the spur of the moment, and almost never at the home of a stranger.
The jury also heard from several other women who claimed Spector had threatened them with guns in the past when they had spurned his advances.
When he was finally indicted for murder, Spector lashed out at authorities, angrily telling reporters: ‘The actions of the Hitler-like DA and his storm trooper henchmen are reprehensible, unconscionable and despicable.’
Inside the house, a short table was decorated with trophies, plaques and a lamp
A number of personalized items, including director’s chairs, sat in a room in the home
Among the items photographed was a platinum record for the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, which Spector produced
Awards and accolades from Spector’s time in the music industry were on display at the home
Also released were a number of photos of Spector’s ex-wife Rachelle Short, who he married in September of 2006 while he was on bail
Spector and Short wed while the gun-mad record producer was free on $1million bail
Short told The Sun of her relationship with Spector,’ I loved my husband and was proud to be his wife and it was unfortunate circumstances which led to this situation’
The former couple was seen celebrating the holidays in this shot
Missed: Lana Clarkson’s mother Donna issued a statement in the wake of Spector’s death, saying, ‘Lana Clarkson was a warm, compassionate, kind, loving woman who would be 58 years old now. Her energy, brightness and love of life have sustained her family since her murder 18 years ago’