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Body parts suspect the focus of international manhunt. [cbc.ca] The search for Luka Rocco Magnotta, the 29-year-old suspect in the grisly slaying and dismemberment of a victim whose body parts were sent in the mail, has now spread beyond Canada. [thestar.com] Who is Luka Rocco Magnotta? Luka Rocco Magnotta dated Karla Homolka (Canadian serial killer), police confirm. [nationalpost.com]
posted by Fizz (95 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Karla Homolka, for those that don't remember her full story.
posted by joe vrrr at 9:39 AM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


I've followed this story since it broke early Tuesday and it just gets more and more bizarre. It's been a hell of a week with regards to fucked up news stories: zombie face-eating cannibal, now this.
posted by Fizz at 9:42 AM on May 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


It's natural for couples to form over a shared interest.
posted by Trurl at 9:43 AM on May 31, 2012 [12 favorites]


I'm going to watch My Little Pony episodes for the rest of the week. The world scares me.
posted by Fizz at 9:48 AM on May 31, 2012 [15 favorites]


I'm going to watch my eyelids for the rest of the week. My Little Pony scares me, too.
posted by IAmBroom at 9:55 AM on May 31, 2012 [6 favorites]


Or just stare at this wonderful JCPenney's ad, until I believe the whole world is full of love & tenderness.
posted by IAmBroom at 9:55 AM on May 31, 2012 [8 favorites]


So, Natural Born Killers, the sequel?
posted by Old'n'Busted at 9:59 AM on May 31, 2012


Oh man. The news this week really creeps me out. And I'm reading Devil in the White City. Too much homicide.
posted by chatongriffes at 10:00 AM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


I remember someone on the old Plastic.com site who claimed she was almost certain to groom another pet killer as soon as she was released - a serial killer who uses sadists she manipulates into full-blown murderers as her weapon of choice. Even though the relationship was supposed have taken place in 2007, it would be interesting to see if they were still in contact with each other.
posted by Slap*Happy at 10:01 AM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh my Lord, I don't know why I went looking for the video. Horrific. I need a hug.
posted by phaedon at 10:11 AM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh my Lord, I don't know why I went looking for the video. Horrific. I need a hug.

"Is that a car accident!?"

rubber neck turns
posted by Fizz at 10:14 AM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Fizz: "I'm going to watch My Little Pony episodes for the rest of the week. The world scares me."

IAmBroom: "I'm going to watch my eyelids for the rest of the week. My Little Pony scares me, too."

I'm gonna gouge my eyballs out so I don't have to see anything ever again. EVERYTHING SCARES ME.
posted by symbioid at 10:17 AM on May 31, 2012


Shitty metal & punk bands and the producers of Law & Order must be sporting such boners right now.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:18 AM on May 31, 2012 [7 favorites]


After 9-1-1, I had to turn off all news and huddle around my VCR with stuff like "Singin' in the Rain" while reading brainless-bimbo-wins-the-Duke romance novels..... pardon me while I go dust 'em off.....
posted by easily confused at 10:21 AM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]




I read that the rumour about this guy dating Karla was *started* by this guy. He started it by denying the rumour, as in "Those rumours about me dating Karla Homolka weren't true." But there never were rumours until he started saying that. To everyone.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 10:22 AM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


I like how he's described as a low budget porn actor, as opposed to a big budget porn actor? "I will not get it up for less than eight million and five percent of the back end!"
posted by Keith Talent at 10:28 AM on May 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


Good luck, any other news story in Canada.
posted by Theta States at 10:34 AM on May 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


Luka Rocco Magnotta dated Karla Homolka

"Mickey and Mallory know the difference between right and wrong...they just don't give a damn."
posted by trackofalljades at 10:37 AM on May 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


I heard the start of this from a few of my friends tweeting "hey, anyone know what's happening at 130 Albert St.?" since they work nearby. Next thing you know there's a report of a FOOT.
Then a HAND.

I'm pretty sure a zombie movie starts in the same fashion.
Now that this guy has disappeared, we're terrified he will manifest a dark portal underneath our bed and start with a deep gurgle sound before he pulls us all under.
posted by Theta States at 10:40 AM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Shitty metal & punk bands and the producers of Law & Order must be sporting such boners right now.

Which L&O? SVU, Criminal Intent, L.A.? I think this is something better suited for Criminal Minds. Dr. Spencer Reid to the rescue!
posted by Fizz at 10:42 AM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Is there a way for react to this story (and the face-eating story, while we're at it) that doesn't just devolve into lulz? I mean, I'm all for gallows humor, but every time I see someone joke about this sort of thing, I die a little.

Maybe this is more appropriate for MetaTalk. Or Ask MeFi.
posted by Cash4Lead at 10:45 AM on May 31, 2012 [8 favorites]


s/Is there a way for react/Is there a way to react
posted by Cash4Lead at 10:46 AM on May 31, 2012


I can at least assure that everyone in Canada is simultaneously stunned, cracking jokes, and entirely terrified.
posted by Theta States at 10:49 AM on May 31, 2012 [8 favorites]


I'm all for gallows humor, but every time I see someone joke about this sort of thing, I die a little.

Often people use humour as a way to work through these types of stories. It places some distance between us and the horror. It may not always be appropriate but I can certainly see how it happens.
posted by Fizz at 10:51 AM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Theta States: That sounds like the best approach.

MetaFilter: Simultaneously stunned, cracking jokes, and entirely terrified.
posted by Cash4Lead at 10:51 AM on May 31, 2012


Why is it that porn actors seem to like cutting up Asian people so much?
posted by XMLicious at 10:55 AM on May 31, 2012




Apparently the internet is to blame.
posted by mazola at 11:01 AM on May 31, 2012


Is there a way for react to this story (and the face-eating story, while we're at it) that doesn't just devolve into lulz?

It's a defense mechanism. The alternative to laughter is to seriously contemplate something that is really unpleasantly awful.
posted by localroger at 11:08 AM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


The Karla Homolka link is bizarre. The Montreal police seem to be saying that it is likely that he did know her and/or date her, but the Toronto Star reporter who interviewed him about it a few years ago seems pretty confident that Magnotta invented the same "dating Homolka" rumour that he then denied during the interview in order to get attention.

The cops and the reporter both seem to be going with their gut on the matter, though, and don't actually have any evidence (though, the police are holding back a lot of information at this point, so maybe they do have evidence that Magnotta and Homolka were connected in some way). It's a weird bit of information that may or may not be true and may or may not actually have any bearing on the case.
posted by asnider at 11:12 AM on May 31, 2012


The Wiki article on Karla Homolka is a hell of a lesson on the inadequacies of ethics, law, science and politics. She and Bernardo really threw us for a loop.

We may never figure her out, but it's a great opportunity to learn about ourselves.
posted by klanawa at 11:14 AM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Apparently the internet is to blame.

I'm pretty sure that Christie Blatchford is a professional troll. She is, after all, the same woman who was "mortified and appalled" by the fact that she saw some young boys greet each other with hugs and decided that, clearly, all of the men in Toronto are a bunch of sissies.

The point: Don't take her articles seriously; you'll end up breaking your nose from too much face-palming.
posted by asnider at 11:17 AM on May 31, 2012 [4 favorites]


I thought I was having a bad work day but I have recalibrated.

A day in which you do not get a severed human foot in the mail? Not such a terrible day after all.
posted by madamjujujive at 11:21 AM on May 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


Brought to you by the same country with a dozen mystery feet washing up on its shores.
posted by thewittyname at 11:22 AM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


"I will not get it up for less than eight million and five percent of the back end!"

So he's into *that* kind of porn...
posted by bpm140 at 11:23 AM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Or just stare at this wonderful JCPenney's ad, until I believe the whole world is full of love & tenderness.

I'm just going to focus on this derail and say that the cynic in me says, "Duh, of course they are going to feature same-sex couples on mothers'/fathers' days; twice the revenues!"
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 11:31 AM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


The cops and the reporter both seem to be going with their gut on the matter, though, and don't actually have any evidence (though, the police are holding back a lot of information at this point, so maybe they do have evidence that Magnotta and Homolka were connected in some way).

The police were keeping =very= close tabs on Homolka. One of the reasons she emigrated.
posted by Slap*Happy at 11:32 AM on May 31, 2012


I read that the rumour about this guy dating Karla was *started* by this guy. He started it by denying the rumour, as in "Those rumours about me dating Karla Homolka weren't true." But there never were rumours until he started saying that. To everyone.

A CBC reporter was just interviewed on CNN. He said that, indeed, it was just a rumor started by Magnotta that he dated Karla Holmolka. The reporter also said that police suspect that the victim is a former lover of Magnotta.
posted by ericb at 11:36 AM on May 31, 2012


Luka Rocco Magnotta dated Karla Homolka (Canadian serial killer), police confirm. [nationalpost.com]

The headline of that article is" Luka Rocco Magnotta ‘could have been good friend’ of Karla Homolka, police say. That's far from saying he dated her.
posted by ericb at 11:38 AM on May 31, 2012


This is definitely the strangest, most disturbing news story I've ever read an it keeps getting stranger and stranger with each development.

I had always read that "snuff" films were just an urban legend and that they didn't actually exist. Sadly, it looks like that is no longer the case
posted by EvilPRGuy at 11:47 AM on May 31, 2012


The headline of that article is" Luka Rocco Magnotta ‘could have been good friend’ of Karla Homolka, police say. That's far from saying he dated her.

From a Google News search , it seems this article originally headlined a police confirmation but was then changed. Lots of conflicting reports in Canadian press in the last few hours about whether it has been confirmed by police or not
posted by Bwithh at 12:00 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Fizz: "I'm going to watch My Little Pony episodes for the rest of the week. The world scares me."
To preserve the integrity of this solution , I strongly advise you not to delve too much into My Little Pony fan fiction online - avoiding anything labelled "GRIMDARK" for instance
posted by Bwithh at 12:05 PM on May 31, 2012


I had always read that "snuff" films were just an urban legend and that they didn't actually exist. Sadly, it looks like that is no longer the case

Do yourself a favor and DON'T watch Nicolas Cage in 8mm.
posted by Fizz at 12:15 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


On a cheerier note a San Antonio woman dismembered her 3-week old son this week and ate his brain. Oh, wait.
posted by Blue Meanie at 12:21 PM on May 31, 2012


1 Ice Pick 1 Lunatic = 1 Goatse 1 Rickroll (link totally SFW, but you should not watch it anyway)
posted by charlie don't surf at 12:29 PM on May 31, 2012


Magnotta has also been the subject of an international social media campaign for allegedly killing kittens, videotaping their deaths and posting the videos online. Animal rights activists around the world mobilized to identify him and offered a $5,000 reward to bring him to justice.

Assuming this is the same kitten killer, wasn't there a metafilter post about this long ago?
posted by cell divide at 12:35 PM on May 31, 2012


For any other idiots out there who made the same mistake I did and followed that Christie Blatchford link, Jesse Brown over at Maclean's has dismantled it in passing in a single graf:
In today’s National Post, Christie Blatchford, looking for someone to make her feel morally outraged, chooses the anonymous commentators who are blase and cynical about the posting of the murder clip. She extends culpability to the Web itself, which “emboldens psychopaths.” Sure, she allows, the Net can fuel revolutions, but it also “nourished” Magnotta. Maybe it did, but Internet fame was just a snack. Thanks to journos like Blatchford, who not only watched the video but who recounts it in gory detail to her readers, Magnotta is now feasting.
On the plus side, I'm hoping someone can lure the Blatch over to YouTube. If we can convince her to spend the rest of her days transcribing lunatic YouTube comment threads, it'll save the whole country from ever again having to hear her pontificate on anything else ever again.
posted by gompa at 12:59 PM on May 31, 2012 [4 favorites]


I've been morbidly fascinated by this story. The whole thing is deeply strange - even moreso when you consider the tangled rumours that have been spun and seemingly contradict one another. For instance, I read that Homolka was married to a guy named 'Luka Magnotta'. This would imply that this guy's identical alias was intentionally created to confusingly and erroneously further link him to Homolka.

phaedon - you actually watched the video? When a website specifically dedicated to gore says that it's the most disturbing thing you'll ever watch, it's probably a good indication that it'll give you nightmares for some time to come. I too went looking for it but couldn't bring myself to watch, much as I was very curious to see what this shitshow looked like.

It's like a fusion of Seven, American Psycho and The Usual Suspects. Nothing would further surprise me in this case.
posted by jimmythefish at 1:23 PM on May 31, 2012


It's like a fusion of Seven, American Psycho and The Usual Suspects. Nothing would further surprise me in this case.

What if it suddenly became like The Mighty Ducks, in that he redeems himself through coaching a lovable band of misfits through to the championships?

Hopefully leading to a climax where a referee shrugs his shoulders and says, "well, there's nothing in the rulebook saying that a serial killer can't coach a hockey team"?

WHAT THEN, MY FRIEND
posted by Sticherbeast at 2:13 PM on May 31, 2012 [9 favorites]


WHAT THEN, MY FRIEND

Then all of Canada will be simultaneously stunned, cracking jokes, and no longer terrified.
posted by asnider at 3:04 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


What if it suddenly became like The Mighty Ducks, in that he redeems himself through coaching a lovable band of misfits...

Now this, this is the kind of humor that gets me through fucked-up news stories.
posted by overglow at 3:13 PM on May 31, 2012


CBC radio has been all over this like fur on a bear since Tueday but somehow neglated to report, at least while I was listening, the Karla connection. The mind boggles really if it turns out they were actually dating.
posted by Mitheral at 3:14 PM on May 31, 2012


I'm just going to assume that this is where my policy of never clicking on the links pays off huge dividends.
posted by b1tr0t at 3:17 PM on May 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


MetaFilter: never click on the links
posted by mazola at 3:23 PM on May 31, 2012 [8 favorites]


I'm just going to assume that this is where my sticy policy of never clicking on the links pays off huge dividends.

I've heard from several fairly hardcore/desensitized sources that it's the worst thing you can ever watch. So, yeah, good idea.
posted by jimmythefish at 3:24 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Now I'm scared of all the links in this thread. Which one shall I avoid?
posted by dabitch at 3:59 PM on May 31, 2012


WHAT THEN, MY FRIEND

I hear braised duck pairs well with fava beans and a nice chianti.
posted by jimmythefish at 4:22 PM on May 31, 2012


Between the kitten killing video, bragging about dating the serial killer, the criminal history, the general off-ness, etc. this is about the least surprised I've ever been to find out someone was a murderer. What I'd like to know, however, is why nobody did anything about this guy. With everything he's done and conveniently posted online, it was obvious he'd eventually kill someone, and all of that information was compiled in several places before any of this occurred. Why he wasn't brought in for animal cruelty or something I'll never know - was there not enough evidence? Could they not find him? Whatever it was, I hope it was a good reason, because failing to act might have contributed to the death of at least one person already.
posted by Mitrovarr at 4:56 PM on May 31, 2012


I too went looking for it but couldn't bring myself to watch

I found it. I haven't watched it.

Ten years ago when the Taliban-related beheadings were uploaded onto the Internet, I watched them and discovered a unique feeling of horror. I mean, I had seen unpleasant things. That wasn't new. But this was a unique fusion of elements: It was murder. It was contemporary, not historical footage. And the perpetrators weren't caught. They were alive and well and walking around in my world, probably searching for another victim right at that moment.

It was a valuable experience, watching those videos to learn about an aspect of the world that I might not otherwise see, and feeling those emotions. Not a pleasant experience, but I think a valuable one. Now, I don't know if watching this "1 Lunatic" video would just repeat that experience, or if it would be something different. The description of what's depicted on this video is very, very graphic and I'm not sure I want to see those things, even if it would have value.

For me, as an attorney, I think about jurors. It's one thing for the judge, prosecutor, defense attorney to have to watch crime videos. After all, we signed up for this job. But the jury was conscripted. Those are lay citizens who were minding their own business, living their lives, when suddenly their government told them, "You need to sit here and watch this video recording of a person being murdered." That's an aspect of jury service that didn't exist a hundred years ago.
posted by cribcage at 5:40 PM on May 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


You think they didn't have murder on film 100 years ago? (Warning, grafic animal death)
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 6:43 PM on May 31, 2012


The Canadian community site Bestgore claims to have outed Luka to the police as the author of the video but were not taken seriously at the time - the video was originally posted to Bestgore and some resourceful members of the site made the connection between it and the cat abuse videos that Luka previously posted - several similarities in the style, music, silhouette, etc. The person running the site was subsequently interviewed by the newspapers, and well, the comment / forum posts history is still there, so there's not much doubt of that.

After police raided Luka's apartment it was plain to see the video was indeed taken there.

What I found most interesting is the first step of how Luka was outed in the first place as the author of the cat abusing videos, apparently the story is he posted pictures online (of said abuse) and the JPGs contained EXIF data, which had the serial number of the camera he used... which internet vigilantes used to trace his identity by tracking down the sale of the actual camera.

It's getting a lot harder to hide in this world. Some vigilante will end up hunting you down.

What was most disturbing about the video (as opposed to all the other horrific videos you can find on the internet) was the motivation behind it. Common fare are terrible traffic accidents - but that's ok, because, well, it wasn't intentional, shit happens. Other than that, there's wars - civil war in Syria, drug wars in South America... to a degree, that's understandable as well. You can understand why it happened. But this video that Luka posted, it was the work of a mentally insane person: what he did, was purely for pleasure.
posted by xdvesper at 6:47 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


The video of the murder was reported to the Toronto Police, who mocked the guy reporting it and did nothing.

Compare this to the efforts here.

Just so you know who they work for.
posted by mobunited at 7:27 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sure this is scary and creepy, but in the end there's nothing strange about psychopathy. It is a mental condition that is scientifically explainable and has real causes. The question is how we as a society want to deal with these cases, through appropriate measures of deterrent but also understanding.
posted by polymodus at 7:45 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


Too soon!
posted by mazola at 8:34 PM on May 31, 2012


Sometimes the world makes bad machines. Magnotta is a bad machine, Homolka is another, as is Pickton, as is Breivik. I do not know what we can do with them other than turn them off. We don't do that, and I understand it intellectually, but then, really, I kind of don't.
posted by moneyjane at 12:19 AM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


I have zero desire to search that video. I also saw bits of a Taliban beheading video, and I never, ever, ever want to even accidentally see something like that again.
posted by molecicco at 1:51 AM on June 1, 2012


The video of the murder was reported to the Toronto Police, who mocked the guy reporting it and did nothing.

Look, I watched a couple seconds of the video and it looked real enough to me, but I have the benefit of knowing in advance. It also happened in Montreal, so I'm not sure what Toronto police are going to do about it. I'm pretty pissed off about how the Canadian police have acted in the protest situation you linked to, but frankly I'm going to cut them some slack here on thinking that was some sort of internet gag because it's not like there's a ton of precedent in this type of shit in Canada--a guy doing this shit and posting it to the internet? At least this idiot has been identified early and is much more likely to get caught than a guy like Bernardo or Pickton.
posted by Hoopo at 3:00 AM on June 1, 2012


At least this idiot has been identified early

Assuming he is not involved with other, unpublicized crimes, that we don't know of yet, that is. But considering his publicity obsession, I think that is a pretty fair assumption.
posted by molecicco at 3:03 AM on June 1, 2012


Let's not forget the whole assumption that he's guilty!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 4:48 AM on June 1, 2012


update: they think he is in france
posted by molecicco at 4:56 AM on June 1, 2012


Forecast: Warmer, with a chance of scattered cannibalism through the week.
posted by nikzhowz at 7:48 AM on June 1, 2012


It also happened in Montreal, so I'm not sure what Toronto police are going to do about it.

Call the Montreal Police, who had complaints about this person killing cats, but also did nothing.

I'm pretty pissed off about how the Canadian police have acted in the protest situation you linked to, but frankly I'm going to cut them some slack here on thinking that was some sort of internet gag because it's not like there's a ton of precedent in this type of shit in Canada--a guy doing this shit and posting it to the internet?

No. No fucking slack will be given. While Toronto cops seemed to think it was worth their time to use everything at their disposal to get one young woman at the G20, they could not even pass along a video of a murder.

And it's not just there. We now know this person told the Sun in the UK that he planned to escalate his crimes.

So I want you to put this together. The law enforcement community was warned multiple times that:

1) A man was killing cats, and filmed himself doing so.
2) Then, the fact that he wanted to kill human beings.
3) Then, that he most likely killed a person and posted it online.

As a bonus, it was trivial to see that he was a frequent traveller who openly talked about shedding his identity and wanted to be linked to a known serial murderer.

No. There is no fucking excuse for this failure in a world where, when some Starbucks windows might be broken, the police are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to make an example of the perpetrators, and to grind through all the social/crowdsourced media necessary to collect evidence. Doing something about this did not even require the privacy invasions we fear when the police go online; this man was extraordinarily brazen, and the police did not give a fuck.
posted by mobunited at 9:45 AM on June 1, 2012 [5 favorites]


localroger (and others): while I appreciate that the alternative to lull is contemplating something deeply disturbing, I think we actually do need to do that as a society. This is not fiction - neither this case nor the "bath salts" case; it is real. No amount of comparing it to fictional horror movies will helps us actually come to terms with a society that contains this kind of behaviour.

We need to ask deep questions of ourselves I think. We need to examine the ways in which we are collectively culpable in these kinds of crimes, the ways in which our social institutions have been so degraded that people are left on their own to become victims or perpetrators of these kinds of crimes.

It feels to me that, at the heart of it, situations like this are rooted in loneliness and alienation. The serious conversation to have is about what we can collectively do through community and social institutions to build belonging.

Crimes like this are committed by loners, and the victims are often outsiders too. That makes it easy to take a detached view of things, compare it to Hollywood or other voyeruristic experiences. But people, this is US, and unless WE talk about it, it is not going to get better.
posted by salishsea at 10:18 AM on June 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


There has been some excellent discussion here about the horrible cases being discussed.

Here is something odd I noticed, did anyone else notice it? Hormolka and Lucca have strangely similar facial features and more disturbingly, practically the same facial expression!

There are a lot of alienated people as salishsea pointed out. We do need to talk about that as a society. I think some people just bail out of even sub-cultures. Just opt out. I think others might just be plain evil. We have a lot of that surfacing right now. People who kill for the Hell of it, people who eat others. I don't think it's curable once it starts.
I also don't know if beyond the torture and killing of animals, if there is a way to tell.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 11:28 AM on June 1, 2012


I think others might just be plain evil. We have a lot of that surfacing right now. People who kill for the Hell of it, people who eat others. I don't think it's curable once it starts.

I don't agree with this at all. The cases where people are eating other people have more to do with psychosis, whether drug induced, like in Miami and Maryland; or organic, like in Connecticut. People killing for the hell of it? Well, that's been around since there've been people. It's not "surfacing right now". It's not "plain evil", it's sickness, lack of empathy, organic. Calling it evil is about the most useless thing you could do, next to praying.
posted by dave78981 at 11:37 AM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh and that distant stare you're talking about? THAT'S psychosis.
posted by dave78981 at 11:38 AM on June 1, 2012


It is sickness and I guess the point I am making is that it is not simply an individual sickness. There is a social role in this and there is a social culpability that contributes to these acts. I think the defense me banishment of humor and ironic muddling about is a part of that problem because it contributes to detachment and alienation in the long run.
posted by salishsea at 12:11 PM on June 1, 2012


If we are going to have a conversation about these kinds of crimes, as a society, then I think the first thing to note is that they aren't as uncommon as many people think. The ones that get reported in any newspaper (let alone NYTimes, CNN, etc.) are just a small fraction. I have seen cases every bit as gruesome as this—yes, involving serial murder, dismemberment, etc.—that went either unnoticed by the media or else got a brief mention in the local papers.
posted by cribcage at 1:28 PM on June 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


Canada Police: Body Parts Victim A Chinese Student
The man killed in a videotaped attack that was discovered after body parts were mailed to Canada's top political parties was a Chinese student, police said Friday, as authorities in France searched for the suspect, a Canadian porn actor.

Montreal Police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere identified the victim as Jun Lin, 33. Police have said he dated Luka Rocco Magnotta, who is now on Interpol's equivalent of its most-wanted list.

A senior French police official said he is sure Magnotta is in France and that Magnotta has been there in the past. Another French police official said Magnotta apparently flew to Paris from Montreal last weekend, before the case emerged.
posted by ericb at 4:36 PM on June 1, 2012


So it turns out that he was neither a gay porn star, nor a model, and definitely had zero ties to Ms. Homolka. [link]
posted by empatterson at 6:58 PM on June 1, 2012 [2 favorites]




Okay, I'm really not much of the dark-humor sort when it comes to tragic events, but this headline made me laugh despite myself:

Transatlantic hunt for Canadian suspect in grizzly murder
posted by taz at 3:51 AM on June 3, 2012 [1 favorite]




arrested in berlin?
posted by molecicco at 8:08 AM on June 4, 2012


better link, in german
posted by molecicco at 8:31 AM on June 4, 2012


taz: "Transatlantic hunt for Canadian suspect in grizzly murder"

FOR THE LOVE OF FUCK, WHEN DID ALL THE COPY EDITORS GET FIRED WORLDWIDE?

Oh, yeah, the Internets. Nvr mined. Carrion.
posted by IAmBroom at 10:29 AM on June 4, 2012 [3 favorites]


Apparently, he was arrested while reading about himself on the Internet. Given the narcissism that he appears to exhibit in the many, many videos of him that have popped online recently, this is unsurprising.
posted by asnider at 12:52 PM on June 4, 2012


1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick perpetrator was clearly a very disturbed individual. This might get weird, now that it may tale up to a year before he leaves Germany.....
posted by dabitch at 2:06 PM on June 4, 2012


This is a good recap of the circumstances of his capture. In German, but that shouldn't really matter.
posted by Flashman at 8:07 PM on June 4, 2012




Oh, fuck.
Police say an apparent hand and foot were mailed to two Vancouver schools Tuesday afternoon but say it's not clear if the packages are connected to the dismemberment of a Montreal student.

Vancouver Police Department deputy chief Warren Lemcke told reporters Tuesday afternoon a package containing what appears to be a human hand was opened by a staff member at False Creek Elementary School just after 1 p.m. PT.

He said another package containing what appears to be a human foot was found by staff members at St. George's School, a private boys' school, later in the afternoon.
God knows where that poor guy's head was sent.

At this point, I'm not surprised that Magnotta was caught looking at stories about himself and that he isn't fighting extradition. He's putting on a show for the whole world, because 70 Facebook pages just aren't enough.
posted by maudlin at 5:16 PM on June 5, 2012


Yeah, my first thought, too, was "Oh Christ, his head is still out there somewhere."
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 7:15 PM on June 5, 2012


So last Tuesday body parts were delivered to the Liberal and Conservative HQs in Ottawa, and exactly a week later two more such parcels were delivered in Vancouver. This is just a shocking indictment of the speed and efficiency of Canada Post.
posted by Flashman at 8:35 PM on June 5, 2012 [2 favorites]




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