The program is reported to have won the nightly US television ratings battle with 5.44 million viewers.
And there’s obviously far more to be told of this true crime story when my book, The Devil’s Cinema, is released in February across Canada and the USA in hardcover and as an eBook (pre-orders available).
EDMONTON — Just a reminder that my true crime book on the Mark Twitchell case will be featured tonight on Dateline NBC.
I’m interviewed at-length on the two-hour special (called Deadly House of Cards) to discuss my background from police reporter to book author, following the case closely as it unfolded from a hush-hush homicide investigation into a criminal trial that was broadcast around the world.
I was interviewed extensively by the program, detailing my initial reporting as a police reporter at the Edmonton Journal to conducting years of research as I completed the upcoming true crime narrative.
In April 2011, aspiring filmmaker Mark Twitchell was convicted in the first-degree murder of Johnny Altinger, a crime that blended reality and fiction, and became known as the “Dexter” slaying. Elements of one of Twitchell’s own movie scripts (House of Cards) had been re-enacted in real life in a plot that drew inspiration from Dexter Morgan, the fictitious serial killer profiled on the Showtime television series.
Twitchell is currently serving a life sentence in Saskatchewan and is not eligible to apply for parole for 25 years. He is appealing his conviction.
The book will cover the entire case and trial, focusing on the lives of both Twitchell and Altinger, as well as the police investigation that unravelled the bizarre motive. It will be published across USA and Canada by McClelland & Stewart and Random House.