- The Washington Times - Monday, May 6, 2013

A wannabe serial killer whose crimes were influenced by Showtime’s hit series “Dexter” has been given unlimited access to the show from his cell in a maximum-security prison, The Daily Mail reports.

Mark Twitchell, from Edmonton, Canada, was convicted in 2011 for the murder of Johnny Altinger - who he met after posing as a woman on a dating website, The Mail reports. He then lured him to a “kill room” where he murdered and dismembered him, just like on the TV show which he later said inspired him, The Mail reports.

Twitchell, dubbed the “Dexter Killer,” was prevented from watching the show while awaiting trial in the Edmonton Remand Centre, but he is now allowed to watch from his cell at Saskatchewan Penitentiary.

The 33-year-old father was an aspiring filmmaker prior to his conviction. According to The Mail, he wrote and directed a short horror film in 2008 about luring men off dating websites.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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