The real reason Showtime’s “Dexter” and the “Dexter” novels on which they are based are so creepy is because they aren’t that far from the frame of reality. Granted, most sane people wouldn’t have such disregard for human life in the name of preserving justice but we all have that thought in the back of our minds that someone might be out there thinking to themselves, “Hmmm, gutting a person like a fish in a Saran-wrapped room, now there’s a capital idea. Where’s my Pocket Fisherman?”.
That person that we all think about, consciously or subconsciously, is Mark Twitchell, a convicted serial killer who dispatched his victims in the same manner as the stab happy Dexter Morgan, played by Michael C. Hall. Don’t worry, though. He’s locked up in a Canadian prison on a life sentence but you won’t believe what the prison is letting him do with his spare time. He’s allowed to watch his favorite show “Dexter” in his cell whenever he wants.
The National Post discovered that Twitchell is allowed to watch reruns of the show he missed because he was being tried for first-degree murder. Police investigators said that the man bound his victims in the same fashion as Dexter by luring his victim into his garage, dismembering the body and tossing the bloody remains into a sewer. Not only that but he can watch it in his prison cell on a flatscreen TV that he purchased along with whatever else is playing on the 60 other cable channels he can access.
Granted, there’s not much harm he can do if he’s in one of Canada’s tightest maximum security prisons but it does feel more than a little wrong to let the man watch anything more harmful than a “Dora the Explorer” rerun. And because I believe God has a really sick sense of humor, I’ll bet his cable connection never gets interrupted because it “lost the signal.”