Phil Spector Murder Trial: The Inevitable Gory Dead Woman Photos

Phil Spector Murder Trial Lana Clarkson pictures photos forensic HeroldThe terrible thing about murder trials is that there's always someone trying to bring the mood down, like the forensic analyst who insisted on showing everyone at the Phil Spector murder trial all sorts of gory photos of Lana Clarkson's dead body.

Yesterday Lynne Herold, the chief analyst of the forensic evidence against Phil Spector, took to the stand in the ongoing Phil Spector murder trial to provide the courtroom with the most graphic reminder of what happened to Lana Clarkson yet – a number of close-up photographs of her dead body and injuries sustained by the gunshot wound that killed her. It's horrifying images like this that a) act as a sharp wake-up call to the severity of the charges against Phil Spector and b) make us wish that Lana Clarkson was wearing one of Phil Spector's hilarious lesbian wigs when she died so at least we could make a sodding joke about it.

The Phil Spector murder trial is almost at the halfway stage now – forensic scientist Lynne Herold is the last witness that the prosecution against Phil Spector will call, after which the defence will step in and try to somehow prove that Lana Clarkson committed suicide in Phil Spector's LA castle. But the prosecution has done a pretty good job of accusing Phil Spector of murder.

If there wasn't a procession of women claiming that Phil Spector had pointed guns at them, then drivers were happy to claim they heard Phil Spector say "I think I killed someone" or coroners were calling the case murder or Phil Spector's guns were shown or bits of Lana Clarkson's saliva were found on Phil Spector's privates, all of which pointed to a grisly murder. But you know what's missing from that list? All kinds of explicitly gruesome photos of Lana Clarkson's body slumped in a chair with blood oozing from her mouth and nose. The Telegraph reports:

Most of the pictures have been seen before but the testimony accompanying them, from Lynne Herold, the chief analyst of the forensic evidence against Spector, provided the most graphic and disturbing descriptions yet of the alleged murder. Dr Herold detailed the clotted blood on Miss Clarkson's face, stringy blood, blood spatter and bodily fluids on her body and clothes as the photographs, often in groups of four, were displayed on the screen.

The pictures of Lana Clarkson weren't just to freak people out, though – there was science behind it. Lynne Herold pointed out smears of blood on Clarkson's face, claiming that someone had attempted to clean her up before the body was found. In addition, Herold pointed out that blood spatter from a gunshot wound typically travels for no more than two to three feet – contradicting claims by Phil Spector's forensic scientist Dr Henry Lee, who claims that blood can travel up to six feet. Lee's claim is thought to be key in the defence of Phil Spector, so expect lengthy cross-examinations when the time comes to it.

So, in the face of all these claims against Phil Spector – plus an argument against a key defence argument – it'll be interesting to see how well Phil Spector's defence can rally together. Because frankly the 'Phil Spector is short and she was a nutter anyway' argument might not win over many of the undecided at this point. 

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Jurors Shown Gory Photos In Spector Trial – Telegraph

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  1. says

    To: Stuart Heritage,

    Just to let you know…I was very impressed on how you handled this grizzly day of those horrifying photos of Lana Clarkson. Equally impressed was your closing statement repeated here:
    “So, in the face of all these claims against Phil Spector – plus an argument against a key defence argument – it’ll be interesting to see how well Phil Spector’s defence can rally together. Because frankly the ‘Phil Spector is short and she was a nutter anyway’ argument might not win over many of the undecided at this point. ” Amen

    Edward Lozzi, former publicist and long time friend of Lana Clarkson

  2. says

    An Open Letter From Phil Spector
    Sunday July 26th


    I had no voice the day I was sentenced in court on May 30th 2009 due to throat papalomas I had removed 3-days earlier on the 27th.of May. It left me with no voice. I was indeed very upset because when I was asked to address the court, I could not speak for I had no voice. What I wanted to say follows: Be it known that I, Phillip Spector had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the death of Lana Clarkson. And irrefutable science and five of the greatest, most famous forensic scientists all swore under oath that Ms. Clarkson died of a self inflicted gun shot wound, a suicide. They swore by irrefutable science. And while juries and judges lie and make mistakes, science and DNA do not. When their scientific findings and words were ignored is a mystery to me, and hopefully will not be ignored by the appellate court. And I shall return.

    But let it also be known that there IS a murderer in the court room and it is NOT Phil Spector, it is Alan Jackson. During the trial he murdered the truth, ,he murdered the constitution, he murdered the law, and he murdered my reputation, and he should not go unpunished for his dastardly deeds. He used his five little “groupies” women, one of whom recently overdosed and died from drugs, and could not be here to testify to slander and lie about me, and victimize me so that he could get his conviction without any scientific proof whatsoever. That’s because he had none. He lied and cheated and double crossed that before along with his cohort Truc Doe whenever they got to it, yes my friends, HE is the real murderer. But, what goes around comes around. And the appellate court will see through his chicanery and smoke and mirrors, and false law and overturn my conviction, and then I will be back stronger than ever, a free man as I should be. Until then, POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

    Steven, I would like this published verbatim from the beginning of this letter to the end. And tell Chris Paven to also put it on my website.



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