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Devil’s tour is on, Twitchell drops appeal

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.


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At Last: Devil’s Cinema Book Launch

EDMONTON — In The Devil’s Cinema, released March 27, I set out to capture how a handful of very different people have met in a strange world of Dexter, Star Wars, and Internet addiction — resulting in a chilling, real-life crime.

But I am sworn to secrecy on revealing any further details about my research, and what exactly has been written, until the official book launch:

The Devil’s Cinema
Hosted by LitFest
7.00 pm
Wednesday, March 28th
Garneau Theatre (87 Avenue, 109 Street)
Edmonton, Canada

I’m thrilled that fellow author Todd Babiak will be joining me on stage as host for this event, which is presented by LitFest, Canada’s non-fiction literary festival.

Many have likely heard of the Mark Twitchell case from media coverage. But Edmonton residents are closest to the story and will therefore get the first chance to hear exclusive details before everyone else.

All will be revealed. Shortly.

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Screenplay for Murder: Afterword

EDMONTON — This weekend’s CBS 48 Hours Mystery episode on the Mark Twitchell “Dexter” case — titled “Screenplay for Murder” — is the latest true crime show to cover the story, but it is certainly not the last word.

On March 27, my book on the case, The Devil’s Cinema, will be released across the USA and Canada:

There will be more to say about what’s inside the 352-page narrative in a few short weeks.

Until then, pre-orders are available:




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