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.
MELBOURNE — With my first draft of the book on the Mark Twitchell case completed this week, I wanted to revisit a legal decision that had a major impact before and after the first-degree murder trial.
Back in mid-June, about two months after Mark Twitchell was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Johnny Altinger, the Crown stayed an attempted murder charge related to his first alleged victim.
This decision to drop the second charge may seem odd to those who have followed the case closely. Detectives were adamant they had gathered a mountain of evidence — much of it revealed during the murder trial while even Twitchell himself admitted on the witness stand to committing the attack.
So why abandon it? The reasons can actually be found within the various pre-trial motions that set a path through the legal system that was pretty hard to change once it was decided upon.
In preparing the case for trial, the Crown had argued in court for both the attempted murder and first-degree murder charges be heard simultaneously as they were part of the same “transaction” of allegedly becoming a “serial killer.”