To view it, I saw the title of this book in a catalog so I added to my list to read. What if Marli was still alive? Her stories are boring and she has nothing important to say about her life. For over forty years Robert Graysmith kept her photos, as obsessed as the detective in Laura who fell in love with a dead woman's picture. When Graysmith started to do research to write a book about her, the information he found on her was that she was dead, murdered by a serial killer, like the character she played in Psycho. The twist at the end when he discovers that his lifelong obsession is actually still alive, however, was most captivating. Instead of this rambling tale, Graysmith should have written a number of short stories rather than trying to tie all of these unrelated vignettes together into one book. He changed his name to Graysmith in 1976.
Some authors can really make this kind of thing work to expound on the basic story and make it come alive but, unfortunately, at least in this instance, Robert Graysmith is not one of them. Janet Leigh didn't feel comfortable being nude in the movie so they used a body double named Marli Renfro. I didn't need to know this. She has lived in the Mojave Desert since 1970. Robert Graysmith was a young man who was obsessed with the sexy images of Marli Renfro. But as I finally wrote the vivacious redhead's story after all the rumors and reports in print said that she had been murdered, a nagging doubt entered my mind. I'm sorry I was ever introduced to Marli Renfro.
His descriptions of the late 1950's and early 1960's read like a B movie script, lots of hyperbole but the true, living sense of the period never arose from the morass of words. We dread what is to come. I couldn't read past her being a Playboy Bunny. It's almost as if all the stuff about Hitchcock and Psycho and Sonny Busch on his murdering spree is padding for the life story of Marli Renfro! I gave it three stars instead of one because I'm a film nerd who enjoyed the Hitchcock trivia. Interesting title; interesting premise; and what seems to be a very well-researched mystery book. And you do get a bit of a true crime story in the tale of Sonny Busch and his mother who live close to the Psycho film set, and Psycho does set Sonny off on a bit of a killing spree but he never really I just finished this one, and although it was interesting, I think it was marketed the wrong way. The tension of the book is supposed to be supplied by the fact that, at roughly the same time as the film and her career took place, a serial killer was at loose in the area.
I mean, it's been almost fifty years and he is still oogling her men's magazine erotic photos. He may be right, and the movie was a defining moment in Janet Leigh's and Tony Perkins' careers. I have been married for over 41 years to Stan. To view it, Initially, when I started reading The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock's shower, I was under the impression that Marli Renfro, the prime focus, was in fact murdered by a Norman Bates-like character. I found it a tremendous cultural loss.
I would probably give this 3 stars if at times I didn't get completely lost in inexplicable details of serial killers. That allowed me to finally complete the book. All the research on the making of Psycho comes from books I've already read. She wasn't killed but rather a stand in for Janet Leigh was. But this book basically only made me want to go out and buy other books he mentions, rather than keep reading this one. It wasn't revelatory or interesting, nor was it dramatic. Click on a label link labels can be found at the bottom of each post to find other movies from that year, the star, that director or genre and so on.
She was beyond a real life woman and had become a sex goddess. Except it wasn't Janet Leigh in the shower, it was Marli Renfro, a nude body double. But Graysmith's obsession with her led him to believe otherwise. It wasn't until 1988 that she received her most notoriety when she was found to be brutally raped and murdered by a serial killer. It's a biography of Marli Renfro, which is fine, except that it has basically nothing to do with murder whatsoever. I suspect Graysmith was trying to create a book that was a big tapestry containing several elements, but it doesn't work -- the separate elements simply don't jell. A couple of pictures of an aged Renfro look remarkably like Frances Fisher.
He was often repetitious and the Busch story was really unrelated. It's about Marli Renfro, the woman who worked as a body double for the Hitchcock film Psycho, specifically the famous shower scene. Sonny Busch was a serial killer and rapist with a mother fixation. He'd had an obsession with Marli for a long time, and it would probably have been better if he just wrote a biography about her. Today you can count on the fingers of one hand the number of the original cast and crew of Psycho who are still alive and can say what really went on. What if Marli was still alive? You learn about the photographers who specialize in female nudes and the glamour girls who posed for covers and a little bit about how Las Vegas was created and information about the nudist movement, and how Marli was involved with that. Universal Pictures One of the reasons I was excited about reaching the U.
The only real mystery is why the author is trying so desperately hard to create one where none exists. If you go in with limited expectations then you may find it worthwhile. If you never saw it, you likely have heard of it. New York Times bestselling author, Robert Graysmith, best known for his books on the Zodiac killer and Jack the Ripper, takes on the mystery of Janet Leigh's body double from Psycho. If you go in with limited expectations then you may find it worthwhile. Definitely not the best true crime story out there.
Again, I kept waiting for all of these tangents to tie together at the end, and disappointingly enough, they don't. Just an obsession about a murder Initially, when I started reading The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock's shower, I was under the impression that Marli Renfro, the prime focus, was in fact murdered by a Norman Bates-like character. He states Renfro is in no way pretentious or vain. Marli Renfro was Janet Leigh's body double in Psycho. During this single year Marli worked with Hugh Hefner, dated Lenny Bruce, attended nudist camps with nudist queen Diane Webber and rode stallions along the Malibu Beach with Steve McQueen. When did the Marli Renfro case become an obsession for you? He may be right, and the movie was a defining moment in Janet Leigh's and Tony Perkins' careers. But this book wasn't worth my time.
For more Non-Fiction, go to For more mystery reviews, go to. Graysmith went on and on raving about her in soft porn tones. And the great connection between this pathetic worm and Marli Renfro? Graysmith was able to come up with, that I haven't been able to find out through the numerous articles and photos, and conversations I've had with the grandchildren of Henry Buschs' second victim, Margaret Briggs. Some authors can really make this kind of thing work to expound on the basic story and make it come alive but, unfortunately, at least in this instance, Robert Graysmith is not one of them. Graysmith has produced a truly unique book —one that falls between stools in the most intriguing of fashions.