Phil Spector – a sad tale

Music legend Phil Spector was convicted yesterday of murder – as you may know – when what is said to have been a game of Russian Roulette (how did that ever become a ‘game’?) claimed a woman’s life. She was the sixth such woman that we know of on whom Spector inflicted this behavior over a period of years. We’ll probably never know the full truth of what happened five years and one mistrial ago.

It’s tempting to make all sorts of comments about media has-beens with strange behaviors around much younger women. Or we could explore those fantasies of frightening themselves and others, power trips and so on, that Spector seems to have enjoyed.

And that would be to miss a vital point – that Spector and others like him, wrestling with psycho-dramas of anger and sexuality, have easy access to guns in this culture.

Perhaps in Europe, where guns are far more restricted, he’d still have been dangerous, but he wouldn’t have been able to blow off someone’s head on a whim, and so probably would have just been obnoxious rather than deadly.

The man with a gun thinks he’s living out the potent hero archetype, where the simple truth is he just has the money, and the freedom from restriction, to get a deadly weapon and bring it into his own personal emotional swirl. There it acts as a stage prop to ramp up his confusions.

The unstable, the anxious, and the paranoid are problematic enough as it is, but allowing them easy access to guns just doesn’t seem sensible. It’s like giving whiskey and car keys to teenagers and then expecting them not to get into trouble.

If we are to reach peace as a civilized nation we are going to have to address this issue – and others like it – with care and compassion; and quoting a political document written in 1776 may not provide the answers we need.

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About Dr Allan Hunter

Dr. Allan G. Hunter was born in England and completed all his degrees at Oxford University, emerging with a doctorate in English Literature in 1983.  For the past twenty years he has been a counselor and a professor of literature at Curry College, Massachusetts.  He is the author of seven books, including Stories We Need to Know; Reading your Life Path in Literature, (Findhorn Press: 2008), and most recently of The Six Archetypes of Love: from Innocent to Magician, (also from Findhorn).  He has written two books on using writing for self-exploration, The Sanity Manual and Life Passages (both from Kroshka/Nova Science Books).  He works with individuals and organizations to show how at any one time there are six archetypes that we can choose to live, and how we routinely stay in one of these because we don’t know what we’ll be like if we allow development to happen. His insights have been enthusiastically received by Business groups, Human Resources professionals, Counselors, and Educators and they offer a new way to understand personal and professional growth – one based in 3000 years of the western world’s cultural history. To learn more go to or