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Truth About The Psycho Stand-In Revealed!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2010 by johnkaryus

So much weirdness surrounds classic films. Its like they are too powerful to exist meerly on the screen. They leak and ooze into our public consciousness.

I never knew this weirdness about the body double/stand in from the Psycho shower scene. You learn a new one every day!! I love this movie with all my heart…sounds like somebody out there loved it even more!

From The National Enquirer, brought to my attention by filmmaker Donald Farmer

New investigation into the murder of Janet Leigh’s shower scene body double in Alfred Hitchock’s Psycho reveals amazing truth!

Despite late star Janet Leigh‘s contention she suffered psychologically for years after being butchered onscreen in the infamous shower scene in Psycho she never actually appeared in the scene. The nude body in which a knife appears to cut her savagely via the screeching violins of Bernard Hermann and cinematic editing was actually that of a body double.

A Dallas born stripper, Marli Renfro, an early Playboy bunny, had doubled for Leigh in the nude shower shots had all but disappeared until a 2001 Associated Press report. The story reported a 34 year-old handyman had been sentenced for raping and strangling her in 1988 but the case had gone unsolved for over a decade.

The AP report stated that Kenneth Dean Hunt, the handyman, had been convicted of “killing two women, including an actress who was a body double for Janet Leigh in the film Psycho”.

This actress was called Myra Davis; later press reports explained that this was Renfro’s real name.

But journalist Robert Graysmith who wrote Zodiac, the classic account of the 1970s serial killer who terrorized San Francisco, was intrigued by the varying accounts and coincidental dynamic of cinematic fiction and supposed fact.

Probing deep in the decades old mystery Graysmith made two discoveries: Renfro and Davis were two separate people; and more importantly Renfro was still alive.

In his new book The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock’s Shower, Graysmith reveals that while Renfro was Leigh’s body double in the shower scene, Davis was actually her lighting stand-in.

Graysmith alleged that Kenneth Dean Hunt was a Psycho obsessive who wanted to kill Leigh’s body double but got the stand-in by mistake.

“Everyone confused them – – even a murderer,” Graysmith revealed. “I discovered Marli was still alive.

“She’s been so busy‚Ķ living life to the full that she had no idea she was meant to be dead.”

Reprinted without permission, but since its a plug for everything mentioned, I’m pretty sure its ok.

I figured anyone reading this has seen Psycho a million times, and it would be redundant to put the shower scene or something here. So I found this fan made modern trailer for Psycho. Kinda cool if you’re bored enough: