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A story from todays news:
Canadian police are demanding to know why a murderer who modelled his gruesome killing on the TV show Dexter has been given unfettered access to the ultra-violent crime series in jail.
Mark Twitchell was jailed in 2011 for luring Johnny Altinger to a "kill room" where he murdered and dismembered him in a scene investigators said was loosely based on Dexter.
A second would-be victim managed to escape and police later found a hit list of more intended victims on the 33-year-old filmmaker's computer.
Dubbed the "Dexter Killer" during his high-profile trial, Twitchell is now watching reruns of Dexter on a flat screen TV in his maximum security cell, the National Post reports.
Twitchell has reportedly watched every episode of the show since he was put behind bars and has continued to praise its "innovative writing" in letters cited by the newspaper.
"He's reliving his fantasy whenever he's watching that show," the co-head of Edmonton's homicide unit, Bill Clark, said. "It’s ridiculous to think that he would be allowed to do that. Maybe he's refining his skills?"
Crime victims groups have also vented their anger but a law expert told the newspaper Twitchell has the legal right to watch the show.
Others have argued it may even help his rehabilitation as long as it does not increase his desire to reoffend, the newspaper reports.
Dexter is a TV and book series about a police blood-spatter expert who kills people in his spare time.
The original source is more comprehensive, including:
In 2011, a jury found he murdered Johnny Altinger, a former White Rock, B.C., resident, in a “kill room” modelled on the Dexter series. Another man, Gilles Tetreault, was also lured in the same way as Altinger, but managed to flee. A hit list of more intended victims was found on Twitchell’s computer at the time of his arrest.