From cocaine indulgence to chanting to fire alarms, calls to Prince's estate were both routine and bizarre
One woman called from Germany, insisting Prince needed her help with an out-of-control cocaine habit. Another said she needed a message delivered to the musician about their son. A third was found walking around the parking lot of Paisley Park, banging a drum and chanting.
And then there were the routine matters: a fire alarm, an allergic reaction, a suspicious person that turned out to be Prince’s driver.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office released five years of call logs to Prince’s studio and estate Tuesday, ranging from run-of-the-mill issues to outlandish claims and attempts to reach the pop music icon. Taken together, they offer a glimpse of life for those inside of — or trying to slip into — his singular orbit.
The calls are just that — people who called authorities about an incident involving Paisley Park, substantiated or otherwise. Of the 47 calls for service logged since 2011 — including the April 21 call about his death — only five required written reports. But in light of the attention surrounding Prince’s death, the Sheriff’s Office compiled and released log notes on every call.
Roughly half were for routine matters — nine fire alarms (a few caused by fog machines), a half-dozen suspicious persons and trespassers, a few parking issues.
In January, a deputy spoke to a woman who had run through the gate after a car drove through. The chef intercepted her. She said Prince had hired her to help sell CDs. She was carrying a black tambourine with his symbol on it and said she was going to wait outside until he came to get her, even if it killed her (she was taken to a hospital on a mental health hold).
She was one of a handful of people who made improbable claims about Prince to authorities. One woman called in February 2014 to report that she was listening to a Prince record and heard “private information that only she could hear.” Thereafter, she said, she started getting phone calls from a man who identified himself as Prince.
The dispatcher advised her to tell the man to stop calling.
In January 2015, another woman called saying she needed them to get a message to Prince because their son was having heart surgery (his only known child died as an infant). After reviewing her prior call logs, the dispatcher told her they would do no such thing.
She was not the only one to claim to have a child with Prince. The day he died, a woman claimed to have a 17-year-old son with him and that she wanted the boy to attend the funeral. The dispatcher left a message for Paisley Park staff.
One potentially serious incident in May 2013 warranted a write-up. A woman in South Carolina reported getting a call after 2 a.m. from a number she didn’t recognize, in which another woman told her she had been raped and then hung up.
The number registered to Paisley Park. Deputies searched the outside and saw no sign anyone was there. The building was locked — only Prince had the key — and no one recognized the phone number in question, which always went to a busy signal when called.
Deputies couldn’t reach the woman who was said to have described the rape, and the case was ultimately marked “unfounded.”
Other matters turned out to be far more mundane — insofar as possible at a superstar’s home. In July 2012, a deputy looked into a suspicious vehicle that pulled into Paisley Park.
“Checked and it was Prince,” the call log read. “No issues.”
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