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PHIL Spector's ex wife was spotted with a strikingly similar hair do to the convicted murderer - as she spoke for the first time since their divorce to claim she still cares for him.

Spector, who is behind bars for the murder of Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson, is known for his flamboyant hairpieces and even showed up to his murder trial wearing an outrageous beehive-style wig.

12Rachelle Short was spotted for the first time with her new hairCredit: Jeff Rayner/Coleman-Rayner 12Rachelle looked similar to Spector who sported this hairdo in court in 2005Credit: AP:Associated Press

Now, over a decade later, his ex-wife Rachelle Short appears to have taken a page out of his stylebook.

The Sun obtained exclusive new photos of Rachelle – who still lives at the disgraced Wall of Sound’s “murder mansion” in rural LA – looking spookily similar to her one-time spouse.

The aspiring singer and pilot, 40, also spoke out to claim that she still cares for Spector, 80, even though he refuses to communicate with her following their divorce last year.

In an exclusive interview, Rachelle said: “I have no association with my ex-husband at all now.

12Rachelle says Spector no longer talks to her Credit: Jeff Rayner/Coleman-Rayner 12She spoke out for the first time since her divorce Credit: Jeff Rayner/Coleman-Rayner 12Rachelle grinned as she got out of her car Credit: Jeff Rayner/Coleman-Rayner

“He refuses to speak to me, I would speak to him if he didn’t refuse.

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

“I have no idea if he will ever get out of prison, I have no attachment to that, I’m just trying to move on and do good things with my life.

“Phil is in the past, it was his choice and I did the best that I could. I still care for him.

“I have no idea where he is at this point, I wish him the best and I hope he is well and healthy.

“There is no ill will, 17 years with somebody is a long time and you can’t just dismiss that.”

12Rachelle and Spector on their wedding day in 2006Credit: Jeff Rayner/Coleman-Rayner 12Lana Clarkson was found dead at Spector's home in 2003Credit: Reuters 12Spector was jailed for her murder in 2009Credit: Reuters

Waitress-turned-singer Rachelle was spotted at a Starbucks near Spector’s creepy Pyrenees Castle mansion in Alhambra, California, where she continues to live.

She wore a black jacket over a grey top, with black pirate pants and sneakers as she spoke on the phone and sipped her coffee.

These days her hair is a much darker shade than the glossy blonde locks she sported while backing Spector during two trials over the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.

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.

12Spector looks unrecognizable in this 2013 mugshot Credit: AP:Associated Press 12Spector has been behind bars for over 10 years and is due for parole in 2025Credit: The Mega Agency

Following the second trial – the first ended in a hung jury – he was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison in 2009. He won’t be eligible for parole until 2025.

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

He accused Rachelle of purchasing a $350,000 airplane, an Aston Martin and a Ferrari, expensive plastic surgery, expensive jewelry and two homes for her mom while only giving him $300 a month to survive in jail.

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

The 10,590-square foot property, which boasts 9 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, first went on the market in March last year for $5.5 million.

12The property where Lana was murdered Credit: Jeff Rayner/Coleman-Rayner 12Spector shot Lana in the mansion on February 3, 2003Credit: Getty - Pool

Since then the asking price has been dropped several times and is now at $4,428,000.

Rachelle even had to take the property off the market for several months after the coronavirus outbreak first swept through California in March.

Although it is now being listed again, surging Covid-19 cases in the state mean that she cannot show the mansion to potential buyers.

Rachelle said she hopes things will start to “calm down” soon so she can sell the property.

She added: “All the feedback that we have got about the property has been very positive.

“I’ve lived there 17 years and have done a lot of work to restore it.

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“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.”

Describing herself as a “free bird”, Rachelle said she does not know where she will move to next but plans to spend more time with her family in Pittsburgh.

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Isaias track: Dangerous tropical storm bears down on NYC, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Tropical Storm Isaias is packing dangerous winds and heavy rain as it rapidly heads toward the Tri-State after making landfall as a hurricane near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

The hurricane's eye crossed over the coast just after 11 p.m. on Monday with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (136 km/h).

At 5:00 a.m. the center of Tropical Storm Isaias was located over northeastern North Carolina moving toward the north-northeast near 28 mph (44 km/h), and it's moving faster while heading up the coast.

On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will to move into Virginia this morning, near or along the coast of the mid-Atlantic states by this afternoon.

The primary threat from Isaias will be the torrential rainfall, but we also expect wind gusts up to 50 mph.

AccuWeather says much of the region could get 2 to 4 inches of rain with locally higher amounts. The heaviest rainfall for the immediate New York City area should happen during the afternoon on Tuesday.

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The storm set off flooding and sparked five home fires in Ocean Isle Beach, Debbie Smith, the town's Mayor, told WECT-TV. Firefighters from the town's fire department were battling the blaze with assistance from Horry County firefighters in South Carolina, Tony Casey, a spokesperson for Horry County Fire Rescue, told The Associated Press. About 80 miles (128 kilometers) north of Ocean Isle Beach, about 30 people were displaced due to a fire at a condominium complex in Surf City, news outlets reported. It is not clear if the fires were connected to the storm. No injuries have been reported. Duke Energy reported hundreds of thousands of power outages as heavy rains and winds battered areas including Wrightsville, Kure, and Carolina beaches in Wilmington, North Carolina. Coastal shops and restaurants closed early, power began to flicker at oceanfront hotels and even the most adventurous of beachgoers abandoned the sand Monday night as Isaias reached hurricane strength before hitting the coast. The National Hurricane Center warned oceanside home dwellers to brace for storm surge up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) and up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain in spots.

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Communities on the east in North Carolina prepare as Tropical Storm Isaias is set to make landfall there.

Authorities in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, ordered swimmers out of the water to avoid rough surf and strong rip currents. By nightfall, power began to flicker at beachfront hotels as Isaias crossed the last bit of warm water on its path toward the U.S. mainland. Still, on this part of the South Carolina and North Carolina coasts that has been affected to varying degrees by seven tropical storms or hurricanes since 2014, residents weren't panicking. "It's just going to be a lot of wind and high tide," said Mike Fuller, who has lived along the coast for more than a decade. As the storm neared the shore, a gauge on a pier in Myrtle Beach recorded its third highest water level since it was set up in 1976. Only Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 pushed more salt water inland. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urged those evacuating to turn to shelters as a last resort, citing coronavirus risks and the need to operate shelters at reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.

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ABC's Rob Marciano reports on Tropical Storm Isaias.

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Meanwhile, officials in the Bahamas cleared people out of Abaco island who have been living in temporary structures since Dorian devastated the area, killing at least 70 people. Bahamian officials said they were concerned about a Category 1 storm hitting amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"The center of COVID-19 now is in Grand Bahama," the island's minister, Sen. Kwasi Thompson, told government-run ZNS Bahamas. "No one wanted to see a situation where we are now facing a hurricane."

The Bahamas has reported more than 570 confirmed COVID-19 cases and at least 14 deaths. It recently barred travelers from the U.S. following a surge in cases after it reopened to international tourism.

Paula Miller, Mercy Corps director for the Bahamas, told The Associated Press that people on the island were still standing in line for gas on Saturday ahead of the storm. The area was still recovering from Dorian, complicating preparations for this one."

Authorities closed Florida beaches, parks and virus testing sites, lashing signs to palm trees so they wouldn't blow away. Officials also adapted their shelter policies to the pandemic, providing spaces where people could stay safely apart from each other to prevent the spread of the virus. In Palm Beach County, about 150 people were in shelters, and they were wearing masks, said emergency management spokeswoman Lisa De La Rionda.

The county has a voluntary evacuation order for those living in mobile or manufactured homes, or those who feel their home can't withstand winds. In Indian River County, north of West Palm Beach, Florida, emergency shelters were clearing out Sunday after Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm. Officials told TCPalm newspapers that 38 people registered at three schools used as shelters.

Those areas now must be cleaned to ensure no traces of the coronavirus remain as teachers and staff report Monday to prepare for the upcoming school year. No one checked in with COVID-19 symptoms. Temperature checks were done at the door, officials said, and isolation rooms were designated in case anyone came in with symptoms.

Isaias caused destruction and two deaths as it uprooted trees, destroyed crops and homes, and caused widespread flooding and small landslides in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. One man died in the Dominican Republic. In Puerto Rico, the National Guard rescued at least 35 people from floods that swept away one woman, whose body was recovered Saturday. Isaias then snapped trees and knocked out power as it blew through the Bahamas on Saturday.

Officials in the Bahamas opened shelters for people in Abaco island to help those who have been living in temporary structures since Dorian devastated the area, killing at least 70 people in September 2019.

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As Hurricane Isaias swirls toward Florida, 400,000 people are without power in Puerto Rico.


If you were wondering, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the proper pronunciation is ees-ah-EE-ahs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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