Talk about taking things a little too serious. A wannabe serial killer whose crimes were influenced by the series Dexter has been given unlimited access to the show from his cell in a maximum-security prison, it was revealed today.
Mark Twitchell, from Edmonton, Canada, was jailed in 2011 for the murder of Johnny Altinger – who he met after posing as a woman on dating website Plenty of Fish.
He then lured him to a ‘kill room’ where he murdered and dismembered him, just like on the TV show which he later said inspired him.
Dexter is a popular TV and book series about a police blood-spatter expert who kills people in his spare time.
Dexter is a popular TV and book series about a police blood-spatter expert in Miami who kills people in his spare time
But the former filmmaker – who was dubbed the ‘Dexter Killer’ – is allowed to watch the violent program from inside the maximum security wing of Saskatchewan Penitentiary.
ANational Postinvestigation found that while Twitchell was prevented from watching the show while awaiting trial in the Edmonton Remand Centre, he has not faced similar restrictions at the federal prison.
The 33-year-old is believed to have bought a flat-screen TV for his own cell and has access to 60 cable channels.
According to sources, Twitchell has watched every episode of the four Dexter seasons he missed while he was on trial. He admitted as much in prison letters and praised the show for its ‘innovative writing’.
The convicted murderer had been a young father and aspiring Hollywood filmmaker in 2008 when he wrote and directed a short horror film about luring men off dating websites – a script loosely based on Dexter.
He assumed the fictional character’s identity online and wrote in detail about wanting to become a serial killer. He also had a list of intended victims.
It goes on to describe in detail his extensive planning of the murder, failed first attempt, and successful second attempt at murdering a man by luring him to his garage using fake online dating profiles.
During his trial, Twitchell admitted to killing Altinger and authoring the document. However, he contended that he acted in self defense and that much of the document was a fictionalization of the events so he could make a more compelling novel.
He was found guilty of the murder of Johnny Altinger in 2011 and is eligible for parole in 2033.
A spokesman for the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) said he couldn’t discuss an individual inmate due to privacy legislation, but stated generally that management takes all reasonable steps to restrict access to material, especially any that may impact on safety.
‘All (TV) channel packages are subject to approval by CSC and federal inmates incur the cost associated with television programming,’ he said.
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