The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock's Shower: A Murder that Became a Real-life Mystery, a Mystery that Became an Obsession

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Thorndike Press, 2010 - Performing Arts - 537 pages

Marli Renfro wasn't famous, but she played a part in one of the most iconic scenes in American film -- as Janet Leigh's nude body double in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." Only hours after seeing the film, a young man dubbed the "Psycho Killer" took the life of his first victim. Then Marli inexplicably vanished, leading to reports that she'd been murdered. For Robert Graysmith, Marli's fate became an obsession -- a personal love note to a beautiful dead girl.

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In 1988, Marli Renfro - Janet Leigh's body double in 'Psycho' - was raped and murdered by a serial killer with a fetish for the classic Hitchcock shocker. But as Robert Graysmith investigated Marli's ... Read full review

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A big disappointment. The only real mystery is why the author is trying so desperately hard to create a mystery where none exists. He basically tries to splice together two stories that are only ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Robert Graysmith's career as an editorial cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle led to his access to and interest in the details of the Zodiac murders in the San Francisco area during the late 1960s and 70s. His extremely popular book Zodiac (1986) was reprinted 13 times and translated into French. This exhaustive study of the unsolved crimes received refreshed popularity in 1990, when the New York police blamed it for the copycat killings that were occurring at that time in New York, accusing it of being "a textbook." Other nonfiction works about criminal investigations by Graysmith include: The Murder of Bob Crane (1992), about the death of the star of Hogan's Heroes; and Unibomber: A Desire to Kill (1997).

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