A crazy bit of news just crossed the wire via Canada.com saying Canadian filmmaker Mark Twitchell, 29, was charged Saturday with the first-degree murder of Johnny Altinger in what police believe is a case of life imitating art. He is set to appear in court today, Monday, November 3.
Apparently police seized a script for a film called House of Cards written by Twitchell about a killer who lured a man to his death, which is incredibly similar to how Twitchell allegedly lured Altinger on October 10 to a garage where he made movies on the promise of a date with a woman he had met online. Twitchell’s “film was about luring a fellow from the Internet, duct-taping him to a chair, killing him and cutting him,” Detective Mark Anstey of the Edmonton Police Service said.
“Mr. Altinger had e-mailed a friend the directions where he was told to go to and the friend kept that e-mail and that’s the only reason we found that garage,” Detective Anstey told public broadcaster CBC.
The police have not yet found the body and are apparently looking for a second man believed to have escaped from the garage a week before Altinger went missing. Witnesses told police he was attacked by a man in a hockey mask as he fled.
Twitchell’s filmography on IMDB says he wrote, directed, acted and produced a film called Star Wars: Secrets of the Rebellion. The plot synopsis as apparently written by Twitchell reads as: