This is an angle I explored in-depth while researching and writing The Devil’s Cinema. Last night, I also shared this excerpt from a prison letter Mark Twitchell sent me, where he responds to my questions about his links with Dexter and his crimes.
Wannabe serial killer Mark Twitchell remains a topic of great interest with Dateline NBC revisiting the case in a rerun of “Deadly House of Cards” this Saturday evening.
I was interviewed at length about my research into the case for the two-hour special, but couldn’t share any of the exclusive details. Instead, that information all ended up in The Devil’s Cinema, my narrative non-fiction account of the entire case and trial.
There have been a few developments since the episode first went to air. No word yet on if this is simply a rebroadcast or if the producers are tacking on an update at the end of the episode.
MELBOURNE — The Devil’s Cinema has been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award in true crime writing for its portrait of would-be serial killer Mark Twitchell and his “life lived as performance.”
The judges of Australia’s top crime writing prize have a lot of great things to say about the book:
Lillebuen delves into difficult psychological ground, but manages to portray a life lived as performance. … Well judged and chilling. A highly detailed narrative about a puzzling subject. … The depth of research and analysis results in giving credibility to a story so bizarre it might otherwise be relegated to a work of fiction.