Phil Spector’s ex-wife Rachelle Short ‘leaves murder mansion as home is finally being sold’ after producer’s death


PHIL Spector’s murder mansion is finally being sold after two years on the market – as his ex-wife appears to have moved out of the notorious California estate, The Sun can reveal.

The nine-bedroom, 10 bathroom property in Alhambra – named Pyrenees Castle – was bought back in 1998 by the record producer, who died on Saturday from coronavirus complications.

Recording producer Spector died on Saturday, weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19

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Recording producer Spector died on Saturday, weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19Credit: Alpha Press
The mansion was originally on the market for $5.5million after his wife Rachelle filed for divorce

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The mansion was originally on the market for $5.5million after his wife Rachelle filed for divorceCredit: Splash News
Phil, who died aged 81, was a famous pop producer who worked with everyone from The Beatles to The Ronettes

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Phil, who died aged 81, was a famous pop producer who worked with everyone from The Beatles to The RonettesCredit: Alpha Press
The medieval-style home is equipped with a full suit of armor and a sword (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)

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The medieval-style home is equipped with a full suit of armor and a sword (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)Credit: Coleman-Rayner
One of Phil's home offices had papers all over his desk and walls (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)

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One of Phil’s home offices had papers all over his desk and walls (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)Credit: Coleman-Rayner

At the time of his death, Spector was serving a 19-year prison sentence for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who he shot dead at the mansion in 2003.

Police discovered her slumped in a chair in the foyer of the lavish home, dead from a single bullet wound to the head.

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The home was originally listed at $5.5million in March of 2019 as part of his divorce settlement with ex-wife Rachelle Short, who he married in 2006 while he was in jail and awaiting trial.

But the mansion lingered and after a number of price cuts it was finally listed for $3,998,000.

The news of Rachelle Short’s exit comes as photographs have revealed the glam interior of the lavish mansion – which contains a letter from Richard Nixon to Phil, dated 1963.

Snapshots of the mock-castle mansion were taken in 2010 – one year after Phil’s conviction.

Pictured is a letter from Richard Nixon to Spector, dated 1963 (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)

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Pictured is a letter from Richard Nixon to Spector, dated 1963 (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)Credit: Jeff Rayner/Coleman-Rayner
Spector loved suits of armor and had several displayed around the house (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)

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Spector loved suits of armor and had several displayed around the house (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)Credit: Coleman-Rayner
Pictured is Phil's timber bar (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)

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Pictured is Phil’s timber bar (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)Credit: Coleman-Rayner
John Lennon's guitar was given to Phil Spector by Yoko Ono (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)

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John Lennon’s guitar was given to Phil Spector by Yoko Ono (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)Credit: Coleman-Rayner
The mansion was nicknamed Pyrenees Castle (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)

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The mansion was nicknamed Pyrenees Castle (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)Credit: Coleman-Rayner

Los Angeles realtor Tim Durkovic confirmed to The Sun the home is now in escrow as new buyers look to seal the deal and pick up the property – and its past – for an undisclosed amount.

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The home was originally listed at $5.5million in March of 2019 but the mansion lingered and after a number of price cuts it is now listed for $3,998,000.

Phil’s ex-wife Rachelle Short is believed to have vacated the home already.

Rare photos of the home in 2010 reveal how the remote chateau was filled with the Beatles producer’s personal possessions.

The medieval-style home – equipped with 35 rooms – had a full suit of armor, a sword, a fully-stocked bar and a games room with pool table.

Phil filed for divorce from Rachelle in 2016 (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)

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Phil filed for divorce from Rachelle in 2016 (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)Credit: Coleman-Rayner
Phil Spector's pool room is pictured in 2010 (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)

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Phil Spector’s pool room is pictured in 2010 (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)Credit: Coleman-Rayner
A Yamaha keyboard is displayed in Phil's home, alongside two chairs with the late producers name (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)

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A Yamaha keyboard is displayed in Phil’s home, alongside two chairs with the late producers name (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)Credit: Coleman-Rayner
Phil left his officer cluttered with papers (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)

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Phil left his officer cluttered with papers (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)Credit: Coleman-Rayner
Yoko Ono wrote this letter to Phil (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)

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Yoko Ono wrote this letter to Phil (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)Credit: Coleman-Rayner

It also included an Iguana Room – with a large aquarium and home to three lizards – Godzilla, Laurel, and Hardy.

Music memorabilia was also displayed across the 8,600 square foot home.

One of his belongings, was a photo frame commemorating legendary Beatle George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’, which was co-produced by Phil.

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A keyboard, a jukebox and John Lennon’s favorite Gibson guitar were also spotted throughout the home

The home was designed by architect John Walker Smart in 1925.

The house went on the market after Spector filed for divorce in 2016

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The house went on the market after Spector filed for divorce in 2016Credit: Splash News
Rachelle is now believed to have vacated the home in Alhambra, California

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Rachelle is now believed to have vacated the home in Alhambra, CaliforniaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Photos were displayed of Phil and his third wife Rachelle (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)

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Photos were displayed of Phil and his third wife Rachelle (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)Credit: Coleman-Rayner
Rachelle is pictured in this recent candid photo (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)

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Rachelle is pictured in this recent candid photo (Photo Credit: Coleman-Rayner)Credit: Jeff Rayner/Coleman-Rayner

A recent visit confirmed that overgrown palm trees, evergreen trees and weeds surround the home, with one large tree having crashed through a fence.

A neighbor, who wishes not to be named, told The Sun: “There are too many overgrown trees, it’s annoying.

“We heard the property is in escrow and are happy it’s finally being sold, hopefully somebody can look after it more.”

The neighbor added it was “upsetting” Spector had passed away, and said he hadn’t seen Rachelle in a number of weeks – while the house appeared to be quiet after news of his death.

The aspiring singer and pilot, 41, previously spoke out about the property and said the feedback from potential buyers had been “very positive.”

The couple parted ways in 2016, after Spector filed for divorce from jail

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The couple parted ways in 2016, after Spector filed for divorce from jailCredit: AFP – Getty
Damage to the fence can be seen after a tree collapsed on top of it

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Damage to the fence can be seen after a tree collapsed on top of it Credit: The US Sun’

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Rachelle said: “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.”

She also claimed that she still cared for Spector, 81, even though he refused to communicate with her following their divorce.

Rachelle, 41, spoke out before her ex's death and said she still cared for him

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Rachelle, 41, spoke out before her ex’s death and said she still cared for himCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Rachelle said: “I loved my husband and was proud to be his wife and it was unfortunate circumstances which led to this situation.”

Let It Be producer Spector and Rachelle, then 26, married in September 2006 while he was on bail for the killing.

Spector claimed that 40-year-old Lana had killed herself in the foyer of his mansion but prosecutors successfully argued that he was a “demonic maniac” who liked to play Russian roulette with women’s lives.

In 2016, Spector filed for divorce from the California Health Care Facility in Stockton, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

When the divorce was finalized the couple agreed to sell Pyrenees Castle and split the proceeds.

The Sun has reached out to Rachelle Short for comment.




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