Date: April 13, 2009
Music producer Phil Spector, who worked with acts ranging from the Beatles to the Ramones, was convicted on Monday of murdering actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion following a night of drinking in 2003. This was the second trial for Spector, following a hung jury in 2007. The trials received as much as attention for Spector’s bizarre looks—including an occasional foot-long shock of hair—as the tragic incident itself, and the mug shot, taken immediately after the jury’s verdict, deomonstrates why. “This is a frame-up,” Spector told Scott Raab, author of
Real Hollywood Stories, in his last interview before the conviction. “She kissed the gun. I have no idea why.” Adds Raab: "He's very shy and lonely. Tiny, fragile. Timid." Spector faces at least 18 years in prison. He will be sentenced on May 29.