Psycho II

Psycho II (1983)

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Mary is really the daughter of Sam Loomis and Lila Crane from the first Psycho. Sam is dead, but Lila intends to make Norman go insane again by dressing up as his mother, and by calling him and pretending to be his mother. Eventually Norman does go insane again and kills Lila. Mary (not knowing what's happened to Lila) tries to dress up as his mother and convince him that it's all a lie, but Norman forces her down to the coal cellar, where Mary discovers Lila's body. Mary threatens to kill Norman, but as she does, the police break in and shoot her. Mary and Lila end up being blamed for the murders and Norman is set free. Later on he's visited by a woman called Miss Spool, the sister of Norma Bates, who claims to be Norman's real mother. He kills her with a shovel and takes her up to his mother's room, where she becomes his new "Mother".

DaveJB

Visible crew/equipment: When Dr. Raymond leaves with Mary in his car after talking to Norman, when he drives off the entire crew and equipment can be seen reflected in the side of his car. (00:41:50)

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Norman Bates: Just, don't let them take me back to the institution.

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Question: Spoiler alert: this question gives away much of the first "Psycho" movie. In the original Alfred Hitchcock "Psycho" we witness Norman Bates murdering Janet Leigh/Marion Crane and Martin Balsam/Milton Arbogast, and very narrowly missing killing Vera Miles/Lila Crane. At the end of the movie we discover that Norman Bates had murdered his mother and her lover ten years previously. We are also told that he had killed two female guests at Bates Motel. Norman Bates is therefore guilty of six murders and one attempted murder. In Psycho II we find out that, after his crimes were discovered, Norman Bates was placed in a secure psychiatric institution for the criminally insane. This does seem plausible. But with such a criminal record, would he ever be released from incarceration?

Rob Halliday

Answer: Norman was found "not guilty" by reason of insanity. Therefore, once he is deemed to be no longer a danger to himself, or to others, and is released from the mental institution, there is no crime he can be sent to jail for (i.e. he has no criminal record for the murders). I haven't done enough research to tell you if a serial killer in recent times has ever been found not guilty by reason of insanity and subsequently been released, but there are numerous accounts of people being released from mental institutions after committing murder that are then considered free.

Bishop73

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