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Braums murdered that girl as a child, and so his parents faked his death because they were either afraid of him or too afraid to lose their son, (probably a bit of both). So they raised him in secret in a sort of pseudo-denial, so that they wouldn't have to lose their son for something he did when he was 8. Stacey Menear (The Boy Writer) "explained" the ...


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Now, why was there a doll and why were his parents (in my interpretation) forced to live with it treating it like their real son? I came away from the movie with a very specific impression as to why the doll and the pretense. It was a way to atone to their child for hiding him away from the world. It seemed to me that while they decided it was a good thing ...


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