Steve Lillebuen

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Steve Lillebuen
Born Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Occupation Journalist
Nationality Canadian
Period 2000s to present
Subject True crime, news
Notable works The Devil's Cinema

Steve Lillebuen is a Canadian author and journalist. He divides his time between Australia and Canada.


Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Lillebuen graduated from the University of Alberta [1] with a Bachelor of Arts in literature and media studies.[2] As a university student, he served as an editor and writer for The Gateway, the campus newspaper.[3]

In 2004, Lillebuen founded the Gateway Alumni Association (GAA), an official chapter of the University of Alberta's alumni association, and served as its first president.[3][4]

Career in Journalism[edit]

Lillebuen has been widely published across Canada and Australia as a journalist at news wire agencies The Canadian Press and Australian Associated Press.[1][2][5]

In 2007, he co-founded the Edmonton edition of Metro, a division of the international freesheet media company, and served as a managing editor and senior reporter.[2][6]

He later joined the Edmonton Journal as a police reporter.[2][7] While at the newspaper, he covered homicides and major crimes across Alberta and northern British Columbia, including the case of Mark Twitchell.[2] The criminal investigation and first-degree murder trial drew substantial media attention [8] due to its connections to Dexter Morgan,[9] a fictional serial killer and bloodstain pattern analyst featured in the Dexter television program and series of books.

The Mark Twitchell case and trial became the focus of The Devil's Cinema, Lillebuen's first book, after he left the newspaper.[1][5][7]

The book won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Non-Fiction.[10][11] It was also shortlisted in Australia for the Ned Kelly Award.[12]



  1. ^ a b c Cummings, Jeff. "More shocking details in Twitchell book: Author". The Toronto Sun. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bio – Steve Lillebuen". Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Murray, Tom. "Student newspaper marks 95th anniversary". ExpressNews. Archived from the original on 2011-09-19. 
  4. ^ "Gateway Alumni Association". Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Author Bio – McClelland & Stewart". Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Anne McDermid & Associates". Archived from the original on 2011-09-30. 
  7. ^ a b Morrison, Keith; Sturla, Vince (producer) (2011-09-30). "Deadly House of Cards". Dateline NBC. 
  8. ^ McConnell, Rick. "Sensationalism stirs up storm of debate". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Hiltz, Robert. "NBC's Dateline to showcase Edmonton murderer". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Book about 'Dexter killer' wins Arthur Ellis Award". CBC News. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Melbourne true crime author wins in Canada". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Clark, Blanche (6 August 2013). "Twisted 'Dexter Killer' Mark Twitchell's charm left crime writer Steve Lillebuen 'chilled to the bone'". Herald Sun. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 

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