Spector Refresher – I Dispute That!
Posted by thedarwinexception on August 1, 2008
Before we begin our refresher course on the testimony in the first round of California vs. Spector, we should take a look at the bare facts – sort of a “what we know that is not in dispute” and go from there. This is a “what the prosecution and defense agree on” overview.
So, of course, this shall be short. There’s a few things that everyone can agree on, up to the moment the gun was fired – after that, everything is up for grabs, especially from the people in closest proximity to the gun.
But, what we do know, and what is not in dispute is the following:
Lana Jean Clarkson was a 40 year old actress who had recently taken work as a hostess at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, California. Mostly known for her work with Roger Corman, in 1985 she played the title character in his film “Barbarian Queen”, often referred to as “the original Xena” and gained a cult following of devoted fans. She had also recently produced her own promotional reel entitled “Lana Unleashed’, which she hoped would showcase her comedic talents. She had started her stint at the House of Blues in early January 2003.
It was here, shortly before her shift for the night ended in the early morning hours of February 3, 2003 that she met Phil Spector. Lana did not recognize Spector as the renowned music producer he was, and on first being introduced to him, thought that he was a woman. After her shift ended, Spector had invited her back to this home in Alhambra “The Castle”, as he referred to it. It was here that she met her death, when Spector’s 38 special Colt Cobra revolver was discharged inside of her mouth.
Spector had arrived at the House of Blues chauffeured by his part time driver, Adrian De Souza. De Souza had earlier driven Spector and his old friend Rommie Davis from her home to dinner, then had driven her back home.
De Souza then brought Spector to the restaurant “The Grill on the Alley”, where Spector met up with another female friend, Kathy Sullivan, who was a server at the “Grill on the Alley”. After her shift was complete, Sullivan accompanied Spector to Trader Vic’s, Dan Tanna’s, then to the House of Blues. Sullivan was driven home by Spector’s driver, and Spector invited Lana Clarkson back to his home when she was through with work. Clarkson agreed.
Spector left a $450.00 tip. Maybe because Euphrathes Lalondriz, the head of security at the House of Blues, instructed Clarkson to treat Spector as “golden” and “like Dan Ackroyd,” referring to one of the founders of the club.
But those are the facts as we know them and that are not in dispute. Everything else is up for grabs – even the physical evidence and the body as it was found. It was either moved or it wasn’t, the gun was in the mouth or in front of the mouth, the bruising on the body was because of a struggle or because of blood thinning medications, Lana was happy, Lana was depressed, Phil had a history or violence, or a history of being with women willing to lie on the stand to get back at him.
We are not even sure if Spector’s driver, Adrian DeSouza, can speak English well enough to understand a sentence shouted out in the heat of the moment.
All the rest of the evidence is open to argument, interpretation and spin. And a well paid “expert”, of course.
So, all we can really start with is that Lana Clarkson died in Phil Spector’s home in the early morning hours of February 3, 2003, and that Phil had enough money to hire experts to muddy the evidence up a bit.
Tomorrow: Other spurned women testify to their own encounters with Spector.