Dexter Spawns A Copycat Killer

By Elaine B

It’s been an odd couple of weeks for fans of Dexter. First there was that incredible killing scene two weeks ago and Miguel’s confirmation that he felt “fantastic!” after. Did anyone beside me wonder if the scene could have been even more shocking? With that sort of intense bond between Dexter and his fledgling, had Dexter and Miguel wound up on the floor of the killing room lip locked in a scene as erotic as anything Russell Davies could have imagined for Queer as Folk, would it have been so far-fetched? Yes, that moment was as erotically charged as anything seen on more explicit shows, and intentionally so.

So it might not be such a huge surprise that in a case in which life becomes a reflection of fiction, a wannabe Dexter created every crime producer’s nightmare. Mark Twitchell, a twisted script writer and would-be filmmaker in Edmonton, Canada, turned a garage into a killing room and tried to lure victims there via online dating postings. Needless to say, hearing that he may have killed someone, this did not set well with Melissa Rosenberg, Dexter’s executive producer, who heard about the killing while being interviewed about her script for Twilight.

In an article in the Nov. 10 Edmonton Journal, a shocked Rosenberg insisted there has never been any intent to “glorify” Dexter’s killings. “Every time you think you’re identifying with Dexter and rooting for him, for us it’s about turning that back on you and saying: ‘You may think that he’s doing good, but he’s a monster. He’s killing because he’s a monster.'” Yes, that’s true — how else to explain the revulsion of seeing last season’s room full of dismembered bodies pulled from the deep? But Dexter is a monster in control. What he has created with Miguel is turning a psychopath into a man on a mission, and that’s a very different sort of monster. Hopefully, Miguel, like Twitchell, will find himself limited to one kill before he is stopped.

As for Twitchell, there is no body of a victim, but police are confident they do not need one since an earlier attempt at a killing may have produced a witness — an intended victim,  who fortunately escaped — and Twitchell’s film script hints at exactly what he did.

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