Lila Crane

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Lila Crane


Lila Crane works at Music Makers Music Store in Phoenix, Arizona. Her sister is Marion Crane.

During the events of Psycho (1960) played by Vera Miles

Lila walks into Sam Loomis' store and asks to speak with Sam. She asks him if Marion is there and says Marion is missing. Sam sends Bob Summerfield away for lunch. Arbogast walks into the store and tells Sam that Marion stole 40 thousand dollars. He tells him and Lila that be believes Marion is in town somewhere and leaves. Later, Arbogast calls Sam's store and asks to speak with Lila. He tells her that Marion was at Bates Motel and he was going back to the motel and will see her in an hour.

Sam and Lila go to speak with Deputy Sheriff Al Chambers and he tells Al that Arbogast went to the motel to speak with the woman who lives there and Mrs. Chambers assumes he means Norman got married. He and Lila tell the rest of what happened and Al tells them he thinks Arbogast found out where Marion and the money went and went after her. Al calls Norman Bates and Norman tells him Arbogast went to the motel and then left. Al hangs up the phone and tells Lila that Norman's mother has been dead for ten years. He tells her that Norman's mother poisoned her new husband and then herself. The next day, Lila and Sam drive to the motel and get a room from Norman. They sneak into the room Marion was at and search it and find a piece of paper with the number 40,000 on it. Lila goes to the house while Sam goes to keep Norman occupied. She goes into Norman's mother's room and finds the bed appears to be still in use. She goes into his room and finds it has a mixture of toys and adult items. Lila sees Norman running to the house and hides in the fruit cellar. She finds what appears to be Mrs. Bates sitting in a chair, but when she turns the chair around, it is the mummified corpse of Norman's mother. She screams and Norman, dressed in a dress and wig and carrying a knife charges at her. Sam grabs Norman and stops him.

Later at the County Court House, Dr. Richmond explains to Lila, Sam, Al, Deputy District Attorney Alan Deats and Chief of Police James Mitchell that he knows what happened, but it wasn't Norman who told him. He explains that Norman, as his mother, murdered not only Marion and Arbogast, but also two young women. He says that Norman became troubled after his father died and murdered his mother and her new husband when he became jealous. He then started murdering women who he became attracted to as his jealous mother. He ends the conversation by saying Norman's mother has become the dominant personality and Norman no longer exists.

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