Devil’s heading west, then east

VANCOUVER — While on tour for The Devil’s Cinema I’ve often been asked what it was like to sit across from Mark Twitchell and look the “Dexter killer” straight in the eye.

To be honest, I expected it to be like in the movies, where Twitchell would leer into the room, a deep chill running down my spine. But the reality was quite the opposite, which in its own way was also chilling: our conversations started with a few laughs.

I spoke a bit about this on Global BC’s Noon broadcast on Friday, and CKNW radio today. Twitchell has an odd sense of humour and is quite outgoing and dare I say even likable — qualities that allowed his dark side to go undetected by those closest to him, like a cloak that hid his true self from everyone he knew.

Vancouver has been an interesting place to talk about the book. While Twitchell remains the main interest of most people, I’m glad the media here has been mentioning his murder victim Johnny Altinger.

The former White Rock, BC resident (just south of Vancouver near the American border) had moved to Edmonton in seek of new opportunities and the book tells the story of how he lived, not only his tragic death.

The tour takes me next to New York City, where I’m sure this strange case’s big connections to Showtime’s Dexter will be top of mind.

More soon …

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