The estranged family of ‘probably dead’ serial killer Michael Myers say they ‘want answers’ after a succession of films showed him being hit, manhandled and shot dead several times over by police and his regular psychiatrist Dr Sam Loomis.
The US version of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has confirmed it is looking into video evidence collected from films such as Halloween , Halloween 2, Halloween 4 –The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5 – The Revenge of Michael Myers , Halloween 6 – The Curse of Michael Myers and Halloween 7 - Michael Myers makes Pumpkin Soup, which allegedly feature damning scenes, including one in which Myers is shot six times in the back causing him to fall from a balcony.
Myers’ mother Susie, who abandoned the infant Michael after he outgrew his pram, freely admits her son was ‘no angel’ and indeed ‘revelled’ in his role of bogeyman to the small community of Haddonfield, Illinois, on the night of 31st October 1978. But Mrs Myers insists police overstepped the boundaries of what constitutes ‘reasonable force‘ in trying to apprehend him.
The inquiry is likely to focus on footage obtained from Halloween 2 which shows an unarmed Myers walking calmly away from officers in the direction of Haddonfield General Hospital where his sister, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, was receiving treatment for knife wounds that he had inflicted. Minutes later Myers collapses and ‘dies’ after being turned into a human fireball courtesy of some hospital oxygen cylinders. A bunch of grapes and a copy of TV Quick were later recovered from the scene.
Other footage, available widely on DVD and Blu-Ray formats, shows a group of ten officers pumping several live rounds into Myers who spiritedly refuses to die, but sustains a badly-damaged toenail after falling into a nearby well. An eleventh officer,
James P McDowell, has been suspended on full pay after admitting to using his baton to ‘subdue’ Myers about the face and head as he tried to climb out of it.
Police maintain that they opened fire when Myers, who had embarked on several lengthy killing sprees which resulted in the deaths of numerous hot teenagers wearing negligees and a multi-million dollar movie franchise, demonstrated body language that was ‘aggressive’.
Susie Myers said ‘My son may have been a deranged lunatic with some unresolved childhood issues and an almost supernatural kind of strength, but any right-minded person can see those murders were a cry for help. Thirty years on, and despite being estranged, we’re still seeking closure.
‘Assuming Michael definitely is dead - that is.’
Meanwhile, DS Leo Parnia of Haddonfield County Police, offered his sincere condolences to Mrs Myers but insisted that it is perhaps understandable for officers to instinctively lash out when confronted with an indestructible homicidal maniac wearing a back-to-front William Shatner mask.
‘Besides - how were we to know he had a dodgy ticker?’