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From city to country, the next book project

March 1st, 2015 · By Steve Lillebuen

I’m deep into the research phase of my next book, a journey which has taken me from the leafy suburbs of Melbourne, past the bluestone steps of the courthouse, and into the bush.

This is one of my favourite parts of the book-writing process. Every day, I learn something new, uncover a lost detail or compelling fact.

And the people I’ve met so far on this journey are some of the most genuine, compassionate people you’ll ever meet, who take such pride in their communities. It’s made the research phase even more enjoyable.

I can’t wait to share this all with you. The time will come, but not quite yet!

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Ratings: Dateline’s Deadly House of Cards

July 20th, 2014 · By Steve Lillebuen

It looks like Dateline NBC’s rerun of “Deadly House of Cards,” which featured my narrative non-fiction book on the Mark Twitchell case, has resonated with millions of people.

Preliminary ratings data has placed the two-hour special at the top of the list for Saturday night US broadcasts. And many viewers shared their reactions about the case on social media:

Some viewers were shocked by the connections between the real-life serial killer investigation and both Hollywood and the Dexter television series.

This is an angle I explored in-depth while researching and writing The Devil’s Cinema. Last night, I also shared this excerpt from a prison letter Mark Twitchell sent me, where he responds to my questions about his links with Dexter and his crimes.


Mark Twitchell has always denied that he is a murderer. It’s clear from this letter that he also seeks to downplay his fascination with Dexter too.

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Dateline NBC: Deadly House of Cards

July 19th, 2014 · By Steve Lillebuen

Wannabe serial killer Mark Twitchell remains a topic of great interest with Dateline NBC revisiting the case in a rerun of “Deadly House of Cards” this Saturday evening.

I was interviewed at length about my research into the case for the two-hour special, but couldn’t share any of the exclusive details. Instead, that information all ended up in The Devil’s Cinema, my narrative non-fiction account of the entire case and trial.

There have been a few developments since the episode first went to air. No word yet on if this is simply a rebroadcast or if the producers are tacking on an update at the end of the episode.

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