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Chilling to-do list among Twitchell evidence

Evidence gathered in the investigation of Mark Twitchell — an aspiring filmmaker in Edmonton accused of killing a stranger — included chilling to-do lists written on Post-it notes, a jury was told Thursday.

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Evidence gathered in the investigation of Mark Twitchell — an aspiring filmmaker in Edmonton accused of killing a stranger —included chilling to-do lists written on Post-it notes, a jury was told Thursday.

Twitchell, 31, is accused of killing Johnny Altinger in October 2008 after luring him to his garage through an internet dating service. His first-degree murder trial started this week in Edmonton Court of Queen's Bench.

The Crown alleges Twitchell beat Altinger with a copper pipe, stabbed and dismembered him in a rented garage before tossing his remains down a sewer.

The list — which was shown to the jury Thursday — included such items as "kill-room clean sweep," "destroy wallet contents," and "return addy of vic" (return address of victim).  

Mark Twitchell is shown in a court sketch at the start of his first-degree murder trial Wednesday. CBC

The jury was also shown photos of the garage rented by Twitchell. Several photos show a blue substance called Luminol on the concrete floor and on a table. Luminol is used by police to detect traces of blood after it has been cleaned up.  

The jury was shown photos of Twitchell's laptop, which was covered in Spiderman stickers and a picture of Twitchell's arm which bears a tattoo of the crest of the Star Wars Rebel Alliance, from the popular movie series.

The jury viewed photos of a number of items seized from Twitchell's car and home including Japanese-style swords, a handcuff key, a drawing and design for a metal chair, and a goalie mask.

A book about Dexter was also seized from Twitchell's car. Dexter is the main character in a television show about a serial killer who murders other serial killers. The character takes pride in committing perfect crimes and has meticulous attention to details.

The Crown will introduce a 30-page document found on Twitchell's computer that police believe details Altinger's death. The document is titled "This is the story of my progression into becoming a serial killer."

With files from the CBC's Janice Johnston and Briar Stewart

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