Film on Bob Crane's Fetishes Has Family Divided

ByABC News
October 17, 2002, 7:09 PM

— -- 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.