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Originally Psycho was to make its broadcast debut on network television in the fall of 1966. However, right before it was to air, a woman, the daughter of Charles H. Percy, a Republican Senator from Illinois, was stabbed to death by an intruder. Because of the circumstances, the movie was removed from the network schedule, and did not air on television until 1970.
Alfred Hitchcock went to great lengths to keep the ending to Psycho a secret. He purchased the rights to the novel anonmously, and then went and bought every copy of the book he could find, trying to take it out of circulation. He even insisted that audiences should only be allowed to see the film from the start. This was unheard of as people are usually allowed to enter a theater at any point during a movie.
Psycho was based on serial killer Ed Gein. While Gein was hardly the most prolific serial killer, his gained his infamy because of the necrophiliac aspect to his crimes. He skinned and exhumed the corpses, and then decorated his home with parts of the corpses, and used the corpses to make clothing and furniture.