Dexter copycat killings???
by Debra McDuffee, posted Nov 10th 2008 10:38AM
Just when you think you've seen it all, a newspaper article like this comes across your computer screen, thanks to TV Squad commenter Robert Getch. It seems as though an Edmonton filmmaker has been arrested for murder, in what looks to be a Dexter copycat killing. Creepy.
Apparently, the murder that Mark Twitchell committed mimicked the same one in the movie script he had created, which was found in his home by the police, about a cheating husband who gets murdered because he falls for an internet dating scam. Twitchell is supposedly an avid Dexter fan, which clearly explains why he decided to kill the cheating bastard, Dexter style. Can Twitchell really be blamed for the murder, since Dexter basically planned it?
It gets creepier, folks...
The elements of Twitchell's film script, on which the real killing was based, continue to show similarities to Dexter: the killer worked for the police force and decapitates his victims with a power saw (which I don't believe we've seen from Dexter this season, but we did in seasons past).
So the question is this: who is to blame for this murder, the actual killer, Twitchell, or the producers of Dexter? C'mon, Dexter is fiction, people, and just because a psycho decides to kill in the style of the main character doesn't remove personal responsibility from the actual murderer. It will be interesting to see what defense is used when Twitchell goes to trial. Or will Melissa Rosenberg, Dexter's executive producer, be blamed?