CALGARY — A whirlwind Alberta trip has taken me to Edmonton, Calgary and seen a few dozen media appearances across the province as the tour of The Devil’s Cinema, my true crime account of the Mark Twitchell case, continues.
One of the big reveals during on the tour so far has been discussing my year-long contact with the convicted murderer as I researched this book — and also my reveal at the official book launch that Twitchell has now abandoned his appeal of his first-degree murder conviction.
This means that Twitchell, responsible for one of the most bizarre crimes in recent memory, will have to serve his full term of 25 years to life in prison.
So why did he decide to drop the appeal?
Well, as he explained in one of his prison letters to me during my research, he knew he had no hope of winning:
“Ultimately, any appeal I were to pursue would prove futile,” Twitchell wrote.
“Part of me wants to pursue it to simply get all of this out on the official record, if for no other reason. But without a realistic expectation of a favourable outcome, it’s not worth dragging this all up again.”
I’ll post more about the book tour later.
But there’s been a great response from the public, readers, and keen interest on how I was able to piece together a narrative of detectives, a killer, and his many victims:
The Devil’s Cinema is now available in hardcover and as an eBook at most bookstores and online retailers.