Born in EdmontonAlberta,  Twitchell was an aspiring filmmaker who dreamed of making blockbuster movies. John Brian "Johnny"
Edmonton craigslit was a year-old male who worked as an oilfield equipment manufacturer at the time of his disappearance. After growing more and more suspicious, several of Altinger's friends broke into his condo only to find his passport, dirty dishes and no indication anything had been packed.
Twitchell was arrested on October 31, and charged with the first degree murder of Altinger on the same day. The key piece of evidence presented by the Crown at Twitchell's first degree murder trial was Edmonton craigslit document, entitled "SKConfessions"  where the SK stood for Serial killerwhich was recovered from Twitchell's laptop despite being deleted. The document begins with the passage:. The names and events were altered slightly to protect the guilty.
This is the story of my progression into becoming a serial killer.
It goes on to describe in detail the author's extensive planning, failed first attempt, and successful second attempt at murdering a man by luring him to "Edmonton craigslit" garage using fake online dating profiles.
It also describes the process of dismembering the victim's body and his numerous attempts to dispose of the remains. During his trial, Twitchell admitted to killing Altinger and authoring the document. However, he contended that he acted in self-defense and that much of the document was a fictionalization of the events. He claimed that the mindset of the narrator, which portrayed the killing as deliberate and intentional, was sensationalized in an attempt to make a more compelling novel.
Twitchell, convicted of first degree murder in the online luring death "Edmonton craigslit" Johnny Altinger, still faced an attempted
Edmonton craigslit charge for his alleged attack on Gilles Tetreault.
He was able to escape with his life.
Crown prosecutors had not immediately decided if they would pursue the charge of attempted murder upon securing a conviction Edmonton craigslit first degree murder since a conviction of attempted murder would not add to the life sentence Twitchell had already received. The attempted murder charge against Twitchell was finally dropped.
The decision to drop the second charge may seem odd to those who have followed the case closely. Detectives were adamant they
Edmonton craigslit gathered a mountain of evidence — much of it revealed during the murder trial — while even Twitchell himself admitted on the witness stand to committing the attack. In preparing the case for trial, the Crown had argued in court for both the attempted murder and first-degree murder charges to be heard simultaneously as they were part of the same "transaction" of allegedly becoming a serial killer.
Under Canadian law, charges can only be heard together if they are strongly linked in some way. He ordered the charges to be severed and heard separately. Extensive media coverage of the created debate both inside and outside of the courtroom with observers arguing in favour and against the media reporting on "sensational" details of the crime. Prior to the criminal trial Edmonton craigslit place, Crown prosecutors and the defense also sought vast publication bans and sealing orders over the police evidence, preventing the media from reporting on the details of the case until the jury would hear it during the future trial.
When the bans were lifted, a substantial media presence attended and reported on the trial, including American "Edmonton craigslit" programs Dateline NBC and 48 Hours. After his first degree murder conviction, Twitchell used the extensive media coverage of his case as grounds for an appeal.