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'Horrifying' if killer inspired by Dexter, says actor

The actor who portrays a vigilante serial killer on television says it's horrifying that his character might have inspired the so-called Dexter killer.

Edmonton murderer Mark Twitchell claimed inspiration from TV character

The actor who portrays a vigilante serial killer on television says it's horrifying that his character might have inspired the so-called Dexter killer.

Michael C. Hall spoke about the Edmonton murder case with Jian Ghomeshi, host of the CBC Radio show Q.

Hall was asked about the impact of his show Dexter on pop culture, considering its connection with convicted killer Mark Twitchell.

"I don't know. All I can say to that it's horrifying to entertain the notion that something you did inspired that."

"I immediately find myself saying, 'Well, he would have found something else to inspire him,' but I don't know. To be perfectly honest, it's a troubling thing to consider."

Hall told Ghomeshi he wouldn't stop making Dexter because someone had become fixated with the character in a negative way.

"I try to tell myself that their fixative nature would have done it one way or the other, but it seems that Dexter had something to do with it. It's horrifying." Twitchell's fondness for the show Dexter was well documented during his trial.

Twitchell even had a Facebook profile under the name of Hall's fictional TV character.

Twitchell is serving a life sentence for killing Johnny Altinger in 2008.

That interview aired Thursday.

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