Karen Crane, Bob's younger daughter by his first marriage, says while she was growing up, she had no idea about her father's after-hours encounters. "There was a lot going on I didn't know about, and as well I shouldn't have. So he was right in keeping it a secret."
Karen has no interest in seeing Autofocus. "I haven't seen it. I won't see it. I don't need to see it. My dad was an absolute typical family man at home. I just have wonderful memories of my dad. And they never would have made a movie about my Dad as a nice family man."
But Bobby Crane, Bob Crane's eldest son from his first marriage and Karen's big brother, has said Autofocus captures the essence of his Dad. He served as a paid consultant, and even has a small role in the film.
"Bobby accepted $20,000 to sell out his father's life … to say this totally untrue, unflattering portrait of his father is OK for $20,000. They offered me that deal and I said, 'No.' I said, 'I only want the truth out there.'"
Those are the words of Scotty Crane, Bobby's half brother … the only child born to Pat and Bob Crane. He was just 7 years old when his father was murdered. He and his mother are speaking out because of their issues with Autofocus. "The film … is so outrageous and is such a distortion of my husband's life and what he really was, I have to speak out," says Pat.
Pat and Scotty's strenuous objections to Autofocus may seem minor to outsiders. They're upset by the film's suggestions that Bob had had a penile implant — not so, they say; that Bob dabbled in rough sex — never, they say; and that Bob was a dark and troubled man — not in the least, they say.
"They can say that he slept with women," says Scotty. "They can say that he photographed and videotaped women. They have to make it clear that he was just having a fun time with a lot of different women."
Paul Schrader says his movie is not supposed to be a literal retelling of Bob Crane's life. "Certainly when you create a fiction you have to manipulate reality," he says.
But for Scotty, Schrader's manipulations amount to unforgivable untruths, especially about his father's sex life.
"I can't emphasize it enough how much this wasn't a dark secret of Bob Crane's," he says. "Our family photo album was a bit like, 'Oh here's Scotty in Disneyland, here's you know, my wife and I in Mammoth on a ski trip, oh and here's some chick I banged in Austin.' Yes, he was this 'sex maniac' — but he's still a likable guy. He was very open with it."
A Son's Tribute — BobCrane.com
No one is more open with Bob Crane's sexcapades than Scotty is. In fact, he's taken some of his father's X-rated photos and videotapes … and posted them on a Web site, BobCrane.com.
"BobCrane.com is just evidence that what this film says is untrue."
Schrader doesn't buy Scotty's reasoning. "He's selling Daddy's dirty pictures for some complex reason. He'll tell you it's because he wants the truth to be known. But I don't know … something rings hollow in there."
You might expect Pat Crane to be upset that her son has a Web site that graphically depicts her husband's infidelity — but you'd be wrong. How does she feel about the images on BobCrane.com? "Very good," she says. "I gave the tapes to Scott with my blessing."