Janet Leigh’s 1960 “Psycho” shower scene is one of the most famous and terrifying horror flick scenes of all times, but according to Thursday, September 26 reports from Hollywood News Daily an investigation that conducted by author Robert Graysmith reveals some of the hidden truths behind the grisly murder scene filming.
The Hitchcock star, deceased actress Janet Leigh stated in a former interview that after filming the horror film she suffered psychologically for several years.
But, truth be told according to reports Janet Leigh actually never even appeared in the violent murder scene, except for the close up shots.
The gruesome scene was actually filmed by body double Marli Renfro. Renfro was a stripper and Playboy bunny from Dallas and worked part time on the set as assistant to Leigh.
What ever happened to Renfro?
Decades ago Renfro was allegedly reported to have been murdered by a 34-year-old man working as a handyman by the name of Kenneth Dean Hunt.
The case was left unsolved for over a decade with the only reports coming from the AP 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”.
The mystery murder case was further investigated by journalist Robert Graysmith who wrote Zodiac, the classic account of the 1970s serial killer who terrorized San Francisco.
Graysmith discovered that the “Psycho” body double, Marli Renfro was also known as Myra Davis with later press reports explaining that this was Refresh's real name and that the two were confused as two separate people, but in fact they were one and the same, and that oddly enough Renfro was still alive.
“Everyone confused them – - even a murderer,” Graysmith revealed. “I discovered Marli was still alive.
Trivia fact: Marli Renfro was paid $500 for the job as Janet Leigh’s body double and later appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's' 1962 film “Tonight for Sure”.
The 75 -year-old former actress later married and is now known as Marli Renfro Peterson, and resides in the Mojave Desert since 1970.
Did you know that Janet Leigh used a body double in the famous "Psycho" shower scene?
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