The Devil's Cinema
|The Devil's Cinema|
|Publisher||McClelland & Stewart|
|Publication date||March 2012|
|Media type||Print (hardcover and eBook)|
The Devil's Cinema: The Untold Story Behind Mark Twitchell's Kill Room (McClelland & Stewart, ISBN 978-0771050336) is a non-fiction book by journalist and author Steve Lillebuen. The book is written as a narrative and features real characters and real events.
The book is set in Edmonton, Canada, and follows several detectives working on a missing persons case and the intersecting lives of Johnny Altinger and Mark Twitchell, an aspiring filmmaker who is under investigation for luring strangers to his "kill room," which police believe is designed to replicate elements and methods used by fictional serial killer Dexter Morgan.
Twitchell's arrest and trial attracted substantial media attention since his crimes were inspired by Dexter, the television series. ABC's 20/20, Dateline NBC, CBC's The Fifth Estate, and many newspapers around the world covered the story, from England's The Guardian to Australia's The Age.
Steve Lillebuen had been an Edmonton Journal crime reporter when Twitchell was arrested, leading to a three-year project on writing and researching the book. He also spent a year corresponding with Twitchell after he called the author from prison to volunteer for an interview.
- Mark Twitchell: a young businessman and filmmaker who aspires to be the next George Lucas.
- Johnny Altinger: a pipeline worker who loves computers and motorcycles.
- Gilles Tetreault: a new arrival to the city of Edmonton.
- Mark Anstey: primary investigator in charge of solving the Altinger disappearance.
- Bill Clark: detective tasked with interrogating major suspects.
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