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India's very own Norman Bates: Kolkata man who lived with the dead bodies of his sister and two dogs is no more
I'm sure most of you would be familiar with the name `Norman Bates', a fictional character penned by Robert Bloch as the main antagonist of his 1959 novel, Psycho. The character was later portrayed onscreen and immortalised by Hollywood actor late Anthony Perkins in the 1960 movie with the same name – Psycho – directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Norman Bates' character, inspired by Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein, suffered severe child abuse at the hands of his mother Norma. On reaching adolescence, Bates turns out to be an acute patient of schizophrenia, who lives with the corpse of his dead mother (whom he had murdered himself) and talks to her mortal remains as if she were a living person.

A similar real-life case had come to light almost two years ago in Kolkata and featured as headlines in prominent newspapers. In the second week of June in 2015, Kolkata resident Partha De was found to be living in the posh Robinson Street area of the city along with the corpse of his sister, Debjani and two pet dogs. He had reportedly been living with the skeletal remains for six months. A DNA test later revealed that the skeleton was indeed that of his sister.

De was later admitted to a state-run mental hospital. However, despite garnering a lot of media attention, he wasn't charged with any serious offence since his only fault was that he had not performed the last rights of his sister, who had been earlier working as a music teacher.

But now, on Tuesday, the same man, 46-year-old Partha De, a software engineer by profession was found dead under mysterious circumstances. According to the police, De's body was found in charred condition inside a bathroom. Half a bottle of petrol and a couple of matchsticks were also found near the body which was recovered from a residential apartment at 15, Wattgunge Street.

Ironically, De's father, Arabinda De had also died in similar circumstances. He had set himself on fire in the bathroom in June, 2015 at the age of 77. Coincidentally, this had also led to the discovery of the dead bodies of his sister and two Labrador dogs. Reportedly, he even used to feed them after their death.

A former employee of software giant TCS, De had spent some time living abroad before returning back to India.

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