Johnny Altinger was a 39-year-old professional in the oil industry in Edmonton, Canada when he presumably sent emails to his friends saying he was going to Costa Rica with a new girlfriend named Jen. One friend said she received six copies of the same strange formal message. And then while on MSN messenger, his name popped up and by his name it said: “I’ve got a one-way ticket to heaven and I’m never coming back.” Johnny’s friends were concerned.
[Edmonton journalist Steve Lillebuen wrote the book: The Devil’s Cinema: The Untold Story Behind Mark Twitchell’s Kill Room]
Police discovered that Altinger had been lured by who he thought was a woman on the website PlentyofFish. It turned out to be aspiring indie filmmaker Mark Twitchell who was obsessed with the TV show Dexter about a serial killer. Twitchell had written a script for a short film about luring a man to his garage using a fake dating profile and murdering and dismembering him. Twitchell admitted to killing Altinger (in self defense) but that the document he wrote on his computer “SKConfessions” (SK for serial killer) was a fictionalization of the events. Twitchell was sentenced to life in prison. It’s been reported that in May 2013 Twitchell purchased a flat-screen television for his private cell and has access to more than 60 channels including the one that runs Dexter reruns. Dateline NBC will air its investigative report on the murder of Altinger on March 26 at 8pm.