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Winner of 2013 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Nonfiction

“A well-written and researched exploration of a very dark side of a young would-be filmmaker who is perhaps a tad over-influenced in his life and actions by the fictional TV character, serial killer Dexter Morgan. The horrific crimes and the trial of Edmontonian Mark Twitchell is deftly presented by Steve Lillebuen in a book that is a well-paced, hard-to-put-down, real-life thriller.”
—Jury citation for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Non-fiction

"A compelling and frightening account. . . . Lillebuen creates a fascinating and detailed narrative, from the killer's and victim's early lives to the dramatic and bizarre courtroom trial. With its ties to online communities, dating sites, pop culture and modern filmmaking, The Devil's Cinema is a terrifying and intriguing account of murder in the digital age." 
Winnipeg Free Press

"Remind[s] us how the borders of human interaction and connective technology have shifted so drastically, and in so little time. . . . "
—Edmonton Journal

About the Author

STEVE LILLEBUEN is an experienced crime reporter whose work has been published in a wide range of respected media, including the Edmonton Journal, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post, the Sydney Morning Herald, and around the world through The Associated Press and its related agencies. He currently divides his time between Edmonton and Australia.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771050356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771050350
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,002,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Devil's Cinema is a generally factually accurate `true crime' text that is critically marred by a misplaced focus and omissions that seem intended to sculpt an image of a wanna-be serial killer, Mark Twitchell, in a dark and sinister light. That is unfortunate, because Twitchell's tale is a comedy, albeit one with a very dark and absurd character.

As a fair warning; I have considerable personal familiarity with the evidence and court proceeding in which Twitchell was convicted of first degree murder. I attended the majority of the trial, and am very familiar with the evidence in play. I cannot comment on the manner in which the police investigation is depicted, nor the reaction of Twitchell's family and acquaintances. I also have no personal knowledge of the one victim, Johnny Altinger, and his character or circumstances.

I believe an outline of the facts is helpful, since the Amazon book description is sketchy. In 2008 Mark Twitchell decided to become a serial killer. His scheme was to lure men to a rented garage where he had prepared a `kill room', the bait being online ads for attractive women interested in casual sex. Twitchell would incapacitate his victims, force them to disclose financial and personal information, after which they would be killed and dismembered. Twitchell's plan was to conceal their disappearance by maintaining an online presence as the victim, telling acquaintances of an impulsive trip abroad.

Twitchell was clearly obsessed with and inspired by the "Dexter" television series and novels. His scheme incorporated many motifs from that fiction.
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I hadn't heard of Mark Twitchell until I stumbled across his case while reading through various news articles about Luka Magnotta. I saw that he had written a document (which he later tried to delete, but was recovered by authorities) called S.K. Confessions that detailed his actions leading up to, during, and after the murder he committed. I read S.K. Confessions and was admittedly mesmerized. It gave so much insight into how an outwardly normal, 31 year old man could transform from a squeaky clean guy with a wife and a kid (and a budding film career) to a completely psychopathic murderer. In reality, it wasn't so much a sudden transformation, but a progression into accepting one's own dark psychopathic fantasies--then finally crossing the boundary and murdering someone.

S.K. Confessions made Twitchell sound human and relatable, not unfamiliar or disconnected as you might expect someone with psychopathic tendencies and a desire to commit murder to be. Granted he's a pathological liar, a killer, and not someone you'd want to invite into your life, but the document he created (and others) demonstrates perhaps the most insight we'll ever have into troubled minds. I wanted to learn more so I picked up The Devil's Cinema.

The Devil's Cinema does a great job of showing every perspective. Unexpectedly, it provides a lot of insight into the innocent victim and his last days leading up to his senseless murder. The beginning, which relies heavily upon the perspectives of the detectives investigating the case drags a little bit, but it quickly picks up once Twitchell's perspective becomes dominant.

I won't spend too much time generating much more praise about the book.
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I've read many many true crime books and I'm always left with the question "but WHY did he/she do it? What makes a killer do it?" The Devil's Cinema comes as close to answering the question of how one person can take another's life in cold blood as is probably possible to us non-serial killers. It tells the story of the lead up to the death of Johnny Altinger by exploring the spiral into madness of his killer Mark Twitchell. It parallels Mark's life with his victims for the year before the crime, explaining how they both arrived at that fateful night in the garage.

The book is very well researched and reads like a novel, with excellent characterization and a well constructed story told from from multiple angles. Even the court room drama, which I find is where many decent true crime books fall apart, is gripping. The personal communication the author had with Twitchell, while adding compelling insight into his mind, is far from the only voice in this book.

Most importantly Lillebuen is very respectful to the victim, and Johnny features prominently in the story, allowing the reader to get to know the gentle kind man his friends and family so adored. It makes it all the more heartbreaking to learn how Twitchell disrespected him so much before and especially after death. The book could have easily sold out to the gore and horror of that night in the garage, but Lillebuen manages to retain dignity for the victim while still allowing the reader to discover what a twisted mind Twitchell truly has.

I highly highly recommend adding this book to your true crime collection!
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