ALHAMBRA, Calif. – "I bought myself a beautiful and enchanting castle," Phil Spector once said, "in a hick town where there is no place to go that you shouldn't."
The famed record-producer-turned-murder-suspect stood silently with his wife Rachelle by his side Thursday as the jury in his murder trial toured the eerie foyer of his 1926 castle, where actress-model Lana Clarkson met her death four years ago.
The storied castle sits high atop a hill in this middle-class town eight miles from downtown Los Angeles.
The jurors, who have been extremely attentive throughout Spector's monthslong trial, were true to form on this scorching Thursday morning.
They, the lawyers and Spector himself arrived at the mansion in several vans shortly before 10:30 a.m., and then stayed for about a half-hour.
According to the single pool reporter permitted to attend, some members of the jury actually sat in the replica chair in which Clarkson's body was found ... flanked by two large suits of armor, her purse slung over her shoulder.
Other jurors wanted to sit in the "prop car" placed outside the mansion, where Spector's driver had waited to drive the 40-year-old Clarkson home.
Courtroom observer and famed crime author Dominick Dunne said the tour was a necessary component of the trial.
"I'm all for jurors visiting a crime scene," he said. "When Lana went into that house, she didn't know there were guns in the house. They're gonna see the chest between the two chairs, the matching French chairs ... the one where she died.
"They will see the chest with the drawer open with the holster in it that had the gun that killed her. You get a sense of how many feet away it was — because it's a very small space, the foyer of this mansion."
Few people know the unsettling details of that fateful night ... that Clarkson seemed reluctant to make the trip with Spector from the House of Blues, where she worked, to the "Pyrenees Castle," as it's known.
Clarkson, according to court records, quietly told Spector's driver, "I'm only staying for one drink." Spector allegedly screamed at Clarkson, "Don't talk to the driver."
The ride to the mansion would be her last.
Prosecutors say Spector killed Clarkson when she tried to leave his home. Defense lawyers say she killed herself.
There are 88 stone steps that take you to the entrance of the 10-bedroom chateau. An employee long ago said the eccentric Spector enjoyed watching people make the long trek to his doorway.
But on the night Clarkson died, the towering actress had to assist the diminutive and apparently inebriated Spector up those steps, holding on to his arm and shoulder.
Only Spector knows what truly happened on the night of Feb. 3, 2003. But the stories of him in his den could fill a book.
It's been written that he once ran through his hilltop expanse in a Batman outfit, that he kept a glass coffin in the basement, that he long ago threatened his then-wife Ronnie Spector that he would kill her and display her like Snow White.
According to associates, Spector was known for changing outfits four times a day ... and toting a different gun to accessorize each outfit.
So as the jury studied the crime scene in groups of six, they were left to ponder what has been revealed in court about Spector's alleged "weapons obsession" and the events of the night Clarkson died of a bullet wound through her mouth.
The jury only saw scant signs of Spector's magnanimous career in the mansion ... two works of art hanging on the walls: one by Picasso, and an original sketch by John Lennon, on whom Spector once allegedly pulled a gun.
There was no testimony during the jurors' tour. Exhibits that were already shown in the courtroom were strategically placed around the mansion to help them identify areas of the crime scene.
The jury had to try to visualize the gunshot wound to Clarkson's mouth ... the broken teeth on the floor ... the leopard purse hanging from her shoulder, as if she was trying to leave when she was shot. In the bathroom, they had to imagine the bloody cloth and wet hand towel. There was also blood on a door handle and stairway and railing on the night of the murder, but on Thursday the jurors were not permitted to go upstairs.
To hear Dunne tell it, this is one of the world's most attentive juries. Their attention to detail has been "amazing," he says. Dunne says he's sorry there are only three women on the jury, because, having observed the proceedings from day one, and having studied the jury intently, he has formed some strong opinions.
"My feeling is that the jury as a whole does not like Phil Spector," Dunne said. "The language that he uses that has been quoted in the trial to describe women is seriously unattractive, and I think that does as much damage as anything else."
Says Spector, 67, "I'm being targeted because I'm Phil Spector and I live in a castle."
Spector gained fame with his "Wall of Sound" music recording technique on hits such as "Be My Baby" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling." Clarkson found modest fame as the star of a cult movie, "Barbarian Queen," in the 1980s, but was working as a nightclub hostess at the time of her death.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.