There's an exhausting article on The Daily Beast about a Brooklyn man accused of real estate fraud. Why do we care about that on a movie website? Well, because Thomas Prusik Parkin has been recreating his own version of Psycho for the past six years dressing up as his dead, elderly mother to gain control of a $2.2 million Park Slope brownstone, $115,000 in Social Security, and other big government cheese.
The real-life Norman Bates told detectives after being arrested, "I held my mother when she was dying and breathed in her last breath, so I am my mother." There's a giant case built against the 51-year-old man, including a movie that Alfred Hitchcock would be proud of, showing the disturbed Parkin wearing an obviously fake blonde wig, lipstick, and sunglasses. "The hands to me did not look like a female’s hands,” Vincent Verlezza — D.A. Financial Investigator — said. Somewhere Seinfeld is screaming about man hands and loving it.
You can read Parkin's entire sob story on The Daily Beast. Parkin is currently undergoing his trial, has pleaded not guilty, and faces up to 25 years in prison. Check out Parkin in action below and feel lucky that your mommy loved you enough as a child therefore not triggering any weird cross-dressing retaliation.