Twitchell website taken down
A website that flogged the artwork of Mark Twitchell, the aspiring filmmaker who lured and killed a man in a south Edmonton garage, was taken down Thursday afternoon, a day after media reports surfaced about its existence.
Twitchell is serving a life sentence in a Saskatchewan penitentiary with no chance of parole for 25 years for stabbing and dismembering Johnny Altinger in October 2008.
The website was purportedly set up for Twitchell to blog and sell his pencil sketches of people such as screen siren Angelina Jolie and rocker Meat Loaf.
Edmonton police Det. Bill Clark said he was dismayed when he first heard about the site.
"It's typical Mark Twitchell where everything is about him," he said. "It appears he's trying to benefit from his notoriety."
The person behind the website claims he's known the convicted killer for six years, ever since playing a minor role in one of Twitchell's films.
A linked page identifies him as Mark Strong of Calgary. Strong has not replied to a request from CBC News for an interview.
"It's hard to believe there are people out there who'll provide these guys with the necessary means to continue with this type of behaviour," said Clark.
The Criminal Notoriety Act prevents prisoners in Alberta and Saskatchewan from profiting from their crime.
An Alberta Justice spokesperson couldn't say whether the website violates the act.
Corrections Canada is investigating, but is restricted in what material can be confiscated.
"Basically it comes down to whether or not allowing such materials to leave our institution would jeopardize safety and security of individuals," said Chris McLauchlan.
Clark is also speaking with the Crown prosecutors' office.
"There's so many ways for these guys to communicate now," said Clark. "If he can get his message out of the prison then it can be posted everywhere and how can we stop it?"
The website went through a series of changes Thursday.
An early version of the website stated proceeds from the sale of Twitchell's drawings will go to his daughter, while a later version insisted Twitchell won't get any money from the sale of his artwork.
By mid-afternoon Thursday the site was removed entirely.