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Phil Spector abandons wall of hair in prison

By Dean Goodman
June 10, 2009

One of the biggest mysteries to emerge from convicted murderer Phil Spector’s two trials has just been solved. Yes, they were wigs delicately perched on the head of the infamous “Wall of Sound” music producer. But he’s not completely bald. 


A pair of mugshots released on Wednesday by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows a gaunt Spector with unkempt,stringy hair hanging from the back and sides, but nothing on top. CDCR regulations forbid wigs and hairpieces unless they are “deemed medically necessary.” Spector will also have to ensure his remaining tresses are kept in “a neat, plain style, which does not draw undue attention to the inmate.”

Of course, it was never really a surprise that Spector was bewigged. But mainstream media reports during the trials generally sidestepped the issue even as some of his designs appeared to breaking their own laws. He is pictured below last month at his sentencing, in 2007 and in 2005. (from left)


phil2005Spector, 69, was forced to abandon his wild plumage last week when he was transferred to North Kern State Prison in Delano, Calif., shortly after he was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of a Hollywood actress in 2003. He is expected to be evaluated at the facility for at least two months before he is sent to his new home in the California prison network.


Strangely enough, he doesn’t look too bad bald. Then again, those wigs were just hideous. I wonder if it’s set in yet that he’s going to be in prison until 2028?

Posted by JC | Report as abusive

After seeing how tall he was in his police picture, I would have to guess that he has always had a bad case of “little man” syndrome.

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