Edmonton police are slamming the door on killer Mark Twitchell's efforts to revive his filmmaking career while in prison.
Twitchell is serving a life sentence at the Saskatchewan Federal Penitentiary in Prince Albert for the 2008 Dexter-like murder of Johnny Altinger in a south Edmonton garage.
During the investigation Ëdmonton police seized hours of film footage shot by Twitchell, material he is now trying to reclaim.
Staff Sgt. Bill Clark, who helped build the case to convict Twitchell, said it's a request police have refused.
"You shouldn't benefit in any way whether it's making you feel good, feeding your ego or making money," he said. "He shouldn't be allowed to benefit in any way at all."
The footage on several hard drives was seized from Twitchell's St. Albert home, north of Edmonton, after Twitchell's arrest.
Police quickly scanned the footage thinking Twitchell may have filmed the murder, but after finding nothing, placed the footage in storage.
"We have hours and hours of film footage," said Clark. "All of it to this day hasn't been truly gone through.
"We had such overwhelming evidence it wasn't something we needed for the court case."
A friend of Twitchell approached police last summer to retrieve the material, but was denied, said Clark.
However since the footage was never used as evidence, police might eventually have to return it if ordered by a court, said Clark.
Even if Twitchell eventually wins the footage back, it won't help him revive what little career he had, said Clark, who described the material as "Mickey Mouse."
"It's something a kid could make with a hand(held) camera in Grade 1."
"He portrays himself as some great filmmaker," Clark said. "Let me tell you. He took a little film course at NAIT."
A website that flogged Twitchell's pencil sketches of celebrities such as screen siren Angelina Jolie and rocker Meat Loaf was taken down in May 2011.