Dean Koontz's Mr. Murder (1998) (part 9 of 11)

Back in Lancaster, there’s a “comical” dispute as detectives Lowbeck and Del Rio interview the two women from the bookstore and the bank teller at the same time. (Is it really common practice for the police to interview multiple witnesses together? Even when they’re telling conflicting stories?) The old lady insists he left on a motorcycle, while the teller insists he left in an SUV, making a point to guess that it was an “Explorer or something”. The two witnesses are also in disagreement about whether or not he had his family with him.

Then the teller produces Marty’s withdrawal slip [?] as proof that it was him. I mean, it’s not like the police would confiscate this as evidence or anything. The old lady, however, is still conveniently clutching the book Alfie signed and holds it up. Lowbeck compares the signatures and finds that they don’t match, and what’s more, Alfie’s signature looks to have been written by a seven year old learning how to write in cursive for the first time. “The Xerox Mr. Stillwater,” Lowbeck says, slowly starting to develop a hunch that Marty’s telling the truth.

Dean Koontz's Mr. Murder (1998) (part 9 of 11)

Wow, which one is the real Marty?

We cut back to Alfie, who now has blood stains all over his shirt, which I take as more evidence that he’s killed Marty’s parents. (Because, in a horror film, you certainly want to be subtle about who’s been murdered.) Alfie is looking at a videotape of Marty and his family having a picnic. On the video, Marty does his signature Fonzie move and Alfie attempts to imitate it. We get more painful family bonding as Marty and his family sing together. The song they sing, oddly enough, is the country standard “King of the Road” by Roger Miller, which isn’t even remotely appropriate for this movie, so I can only assume it was picked because the rights to use it were very, very easy to get.

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Multi-Part Article: Dean Koontz's Mr. Murder (1998)

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