What causes Killer Kane to shift his attention from Loretta to Max?

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After being released from prison on parole, Max's dad, the notorious Killer Kane, kidnaps him and takes him to Iggy and Loretta Lee's apartment. Loretta is no angel herself, but even she draws the line at kidnapping your own child and tying him up, as Killer does with Max. So she tries to help Max escape. But Killer catches her in the act and tries to strangle her. As Loretta struggles for breath, Max desperately tries to free himself. To get his dad to stop strangling Loretta, he tells Killer Kane that he witnessed him murdering his mother in the exact same way. Killer then immediately turns his attention to Max. He is now determined that his son should suffer the same fate as his late mother.

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