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‘A Criminally Good Canadian’

MELBOURNE — The Devil’s Cinema has been shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award — Canada’s top prize in literary crime writing.

And the non-fiction award nomination did not go unnoticed across Canada or here in Australia (“A Criminally Good Canadian” via Fairfax newspapers).

It’s such a great honour to be nominated and recognised in this way. Best of luck to my fellow nominees, who have now given me a great stack of fascinating crime books to read.

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Final Thoughts on ID’s Final Cut

MELBOURNE — There was a telling moment during Investigation Discovery’s Final Cut episode “A Script to Die For,” one that revealed how some attention on the Mark Twitchell case has remained too focused on all the gory details.

Crown prosecutor Avril Inglis, who secured a first-degree murder conviction in the “Dexter Killer” case, seemed intent on steering the conversation away from the brutality of Johnny Altinger’s demise.

“I think it’s very easy to get lost in the sensational aspects of it,” she said in the episode.

“We see Hollywood movies and TV shows about murders all the time, but Mr Altinger was a real person who had a real life and it was an absolute tragedy what happened.”

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Investigation Discovery: Final Cut

MELBOURNE — Tonight will be the debut of a Final Cut episode on Investigation Discovery titled “A Script to Die For” on the Mark Twitchell “Dexter Killer” case, according to my Internet TV guide.

I was interviewed at-length for the program due to my extensive research on the case in writing The Devil’s Cinema, including interviewing and meeting Twitchell, his film crew, the detectives, and those closest to the victims.

But I’m going to miss seeing the episode broadcast tonight as I don’t have access to American cable. Too bad.

The episode focuses on Hollywood and connections with major crime cases.

I do wonder if the producers had time to include actor Michael C. Hall’s recent comments on having a real-life murder case tied so closely to the film industry.

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