Luka Rocco Magnotta (born Eric Clinton Kirk
Newman; July 24, 1982) is a Canadian pornographic actor and model
accused of killing and dismembering Lin Jun, a Chinese international
student, then mailing his severed limbs to political parties and
After a video allegedly depicting the murder was
posted online, Magnotta fled the country, becoming the subject of an
Interpol Red Notice and prompting an international manhunt. He was
apprehended at an Internet café in Berlin while reading news about
He was previously sought by animal rights groups
for allegedly uploading videos of himself killing kittens.
Eric Clinton Kirk Newman was born in July 24, 1982
in Scarborough, Ontario. He attended I. E. Weldon Secondary School in
Lindsay. He legally changed his name to Luka Rocco Magnotta on August
In 2003, he began to appear in gay pornographic
videos, occasionally working as a stripper and a male escort. He
appeared as a pin-up model in a 2005 issue of Toronto's fab magazine
using the pseudonym "Jimmy". In 2007, he was an unsuccessful
competitor in OUTtv's reality series COVERguy. Magnotta had multiple
cosmetic surgeries and auditioned for Slice network show Plastic Makes
Perfect in February 2008.
In 2005, he was convicted of one count of
impersonation and three counts of fraud (against Sears Canada, The
Brick, and 2001 Audio Video) after impersonating a woman to apply for
a credit card and purchasing over $10,000 worth of goods. He pleaded
guilty and received a nine-month conditional sentence with 12 months
Magnotta declared bankruptcy in March 2007, owing
$17,000 in various debts. The bankruptcy was fully discharged in
Rumors emerged in 2007 claiming Magnotta was in a
relationship with Karla Homolka, a high-profile Canadian murderer,
though he denied this in an interview with the Toronto Sun. During the
murder investigation, Montreal police initially announced the pair had
dated but subsequently retracted the statement and acknowledged that
they had no evidence to corroborate the claim.
Many profiles on various internet social media and
discussion forums were created over several years to plant false or
unverified claims about Magnotta. Magnotta himself repeatedly
dismissed such accounts as hoaxes and part of a campaign of cyber
stalking against him. According to police, Magnotta set up at least 70
Facebook pages and 20 websites under different names.
Murder of Lin Jun
Lin Jun (Chinese: 林俊; pinyin: Lín Jùn) (30 December
1978 – May 2012) also known as Justin Lin, was an international
student from Wuhan and an undergraduate in the engineering and
computer science faculty at Concordia University. He worked part-time
as a convenience store clerk in Pointe-Saint-Charles. Lin had been
studying in Montreal since July 2011. Lin moved into a Griffintown-area
apartment with a roommate on May 1. He was last seen on May 24, 2012
and his friends reported getting a text message from his phone at 9
PM. His boss became suspicious when he didn't show up for his shift
the next day. Three of his friends went into his apartment on May 27.
He was reported missing to police on May 29.
On May 25, 2012, an 11-minute video titled 1
Lunatic 1 Ice Pick was uploaded to Bestgore.com depicting a naked male
tied to a bed frame being repeatedly stabbed with an ice pick and a
kitchen knife, then dismembered, followed by acts of necrophilia. The
perpetrator uses a knife and fork to cut off some of the flesh and
gets a dog to chew on the body.
During the video, the 1987 New Order song "True
Faith" plays in the background, and a poster for the 1942 film
Casablanca is visible on the wall. Canadian authorities were able to
obtain a "more extensive" version of the video and confirmed that
cannibalism may have been performed. Materials promoting the video
appeared online at least 10 days before the murder took place.
On May 26, an attorney from Montana attempted to
report the video to Toronto Police, his local Sheriff, and the FBI,
but the report was dismissed by officials. Bestgore viewers also
attempted to report the video. Police later confirmed it as authentic
and identified the victim, an Asian male, as the same one whose body
parts were sent to Ottawa.
At 11 AM on May 29, 2012, a package containing a
left foot was delivered to the national headquarters of the
Conservative Party of Canada. The package was stained with blood and
had a foul smell. It was marked with a red heart symbol. Another
package containing a left hand was intercepted in a Canada Post
processing facility, addressed to the Liberal Party. A janitor
discovered a decomposing torso inside a suitcase, left in a garbage
pile in the alley behind an apartment building in the Snowdon area of
Montreal. He first saw the suitcase on the 25th, but it was not picked
up due to the large amount of garbage that day.
After searching the scene, police recovered human
remains, bloody clothes, papers identifying the suspect, as well as
"sharp and blunt objects" from the back alley. Footage from
surveillance cameras inside the building showed a suspect bringing
numerous garbage bags outside, and the images matched a suspect
captured on video at the post office in Côte-des-Neiges.
At 23:33 EDT (03:33 UTC), police searched apartment
208, which Luka Rocco Magnotta was renting. He moved in four months
prior, and his rent was paid up to June 1. The apartment had been
mostly emptied before he left. Blood was found on different items
including the mattress, the refrigerator, the table, and the bathtub.
"If you don't like the reflection. Don't look in the mirror. I don't
care." was written in red ink on the inside of a closet.
On May 30, 2012, it was confirmed that the body
parts belonged to the same individual, later identified as Lin Jun.
The suspect in the case was quickly identified as Magnotta, who had by
A note was found with the package sent to the
Conservative Party, stating that a total of six body parts have been
distributed and that the perpetrator would kill again. Notes were also
included in the other three packages, but police declined to disclose
their contents, citing concerns about possible copycats.
On June 5, 2012, a package containing a right foot
was delivered to St. George's School and another package containing a
right hand to False Creek Elementary School in Vancouver. Both schools
opened as normal the following morning. It was confirmed that both
packages were sent from Montreal.
On June 13, the four limbs and the torso were
matched to Lin Jun using DNA samples from his family. On July 1, his
head was recovered at the edge of a small lake in Montreal's Angrignon
Park after police received an anonymous tip.
Lin's body was cremated on July 11 and his ashes
were buried on July 26 at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery in Montreal.
An arrest warrant for him was issued by the Service
de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), later upgraded to a
Canada-wide warrant by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP),
accusing him of the following crimes:
1.First degree murder;
2.Committing an indignity to a dead body;
3.Publishing obscene material;
4.Mailing obscene, indecent, immoral or scurrilous material; and
5.Criminally harassing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and
several (unnamed) members of Parliament.
On May 31, 2012, Interpol issued a Red Notice for
Magnotta at the request of Canadian authorities, and for several days
before and after his arrest his name and photo were displayed
prominently at the top of the homepage of the Interpol website. The
Red Notice requested that Magnotta be provisionally arrested pending
extradition back to Canada by any Interpol member state.
Magnotta flew from Montreal to Paris on May 26,
using a false passport under the name Kirk Trammel. His cell phone
signal was traced to a hotel in Bagnolet, but he had left by the time
police arrived. Pornographic magazines and an air-sickness bag were
found in the hotel room. He had contacts in Paris from a previous
visit in 2010, and police were following a large-framed man who had
been in contact with Magnotta. Another man he stayed with for two
nights did not realize who he was until he had left. Magnotta then
boarded a Eurolines bus at the Bagnolet coach station bound for
On June 4, 2012, Magnotta was apprehended by Berlin
Police at an Internet café in the Neukölln district while reading news
stories about himself. He tried giving fake names before admitting who
he was. His identity was confirmed through fingerprint evidence.
Magnotta appeared in a Berlin court on June 5, 2012. According to
German officials, he had not opposed his extradition. There was
sufficient evidence to keep him in custody until extradition, and he
agreed to a simplified process.
On June 18, 2012, Magnotta was delivered to
Canadian authorities in Berlin and flown aboard a Royal Canadian Air
Force CC-150 Polaris to Mirabel International Airport, north of
Montreal. A military transport was necessary due to safety concerns
with using a commercial flight and potential legal difficulties if the
plane was diverted to another country. He was placed into solitary
confinement at the Rivière-des-Prairies detention centre.
Reactions in China were highly critical, with some
believing the murder was racially motivated. Some Chinese questioned
public safety in Canada, as the killing was the second high-profile
murder of a Chinese student there in slightly over a year. Foreign
Affairs Minister John Baird called Chinese ambassador Zhang Junsai to
convey his condolences.
On June 4, 2012, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper said he was pleased that the suspect was arrested and
congratulated the police forces on their good work in apprehending
him. Interim Liberal Party leader Bob Rae said that Canadians should
mourn the victim rather than "in any way, shape or form" celebrate
Two days later, Lin Jun's family arrived at Trudeau
Airport in Montreal. The Chinese Students and Scholars Association of
Concordia University established a fund to defray expenses incurred by
Lin's family while in Canada and an award was created in his honor. A
candlelight vigil was held in Montreal.
Magnotta was named Canadian Newsmaker of the Year
by Canadian media, which caused controversy.
On July 16, 2013, Edmonton police charged
BestGore.com owner Mark Marek with "corrupting morals", a rarely used
obscenity charge, for posting the 1 Lunatic 1 Icepick video online.
On June 19, Magnotta appeared in court by video
link to plead not guilty to all charges through his lawyer. On June
21, Magnotta appeared in person at a high-security Montreal courtroom
to request a trial by jury.
A preliminary hearing began on March 11, 2013. The
evidence presented is subject to a publication ban. Magnotta's defence
team requested the media and the public be barred entirely from the
hearing; this was declined the next day. Lin Jun's father, Lin Diran,
travelled from China to attend the hearing. On March 13, one of
Magnotta's lawyers resigned, due to a possible conflict of interest.
Expert witnesses testified, including a forensic pathologist, a
forensic toxicologist, a forensic odontologist, a bloodstain analyst,
data recovery specialists and an Internet investigations officer. The
prosecution also displayed video evidence. Both Magnotta and Lin
physically collapsed at separate times during the proceedings.
On April 12, 2013, Luka Magnotta was indicted on
charges of first degree murder, offering indignities to a human body,
distributing obscene materials, using the postal service to distribute
obscene materials and criminal harassment.
Following committal for trial, the preliminary
inquiry judge set a tentative trial for the fall of 2014 on April 29,
2013. Magnotta elected to be tried by judge and jury.
Investigation into other possible crimes
Magnotta is alleged to be the person behind a
series of videos of animal cruelty involving cats which were posted to
YouTube beginning in 2010, including one titled "1 boy 2 kittens"
which showed a man deliberately suffocating two kittens with a vacuum
In January 2011, professional model and animal
rights activist Sia Barbi joined a private Facebook group who had
identified Magnotta as the person in these videos; subsequently animal
rights activist groups offered a $5,000 reward for bringing him to
In February 2011, Toronto police began
investigating Magnotta in connection with the videos after receiving a
complaint from the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals The OSPCA also contacted the Royal Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals in England, the FBI, and police in Montreal due
to the suspect's extensive travels.
Alex West, a journalist for British tabloid
newspaper The Sun, met Magnotta while he was living in London in 2011,
following claims that he had made "Python Christmas", an online video
showing a kitten being eaten alive by a Burmese Python. The Sun
contacted Scotland Yard, which denied that the python video incident
had occurred within its jurisdiction, stating that the video had been
"posted from somewhere in North America." Following his meeting with
Magnotta, Alex West said he received a threatening email, which he
believed was sent by Magnotta.
On June 8, the Los Angeles Police Department
announced they were in contact with Montreal police to determine if
Magnotta was involved in the unsolved murder and decapitation of
Hervey Medellin, known as the "Hollywood Sign Murder" but later
announced that they did not believe he was involved in the crime. The
animal rights group Last Chance for Animals claimed responsibility for
posting YouTube videos linking him to the Hollywood Sign Murder in an
attempt to lure Magnotta into contacting them. LCA offered a $7500
reward for information leading to his arrest while he was on the run.
The case also drew comparisons across North America
to Mark Twitchell, a convicted murderer inspired by Dexter, who used
social media in his crimes and to self-promote his work. Author
Steve Lillebuen, who wrote a book on the case, described a new trend
in crime where social media allows killers to become "online
broadcasters" and have direct, instant access to a global audience
they may crave.
Luka Magnotta: Owner of gore website rearrested
The Canadian Press
July 26, 2013
EDMONTON – Police in Edmonton say they have
arrested a website owner who faces charges over a grisly video at the
centre of the Luka Magnotta murder case.
A warrant was issued Thursday for Mark Marek on a
charge of breaching conditions of his bail, which a judge granted last
Police say the 38-year-old was picked up at a gas
station after they received a tip that led them to a nearby
Edmonton-area storage facility.
Marek was originally charged with one count of
corrupting morals for allegedly posting a video from Magnotta while
knowing it depicted a real killing.
The video allegedly showed the killing and
dismemberment of Chinese university student Jun Lin in Montreal.
Magnotta has pleaded not guilty to murder and is to
stand trial in September 2014.
At Marek’s bail hearing, the Crown opposed his
release, pointing out he had no Edmonton address and had made it clear
to police that he planned to go back to his native Slovakia. Police
had said he had been living out of his car since he returned to the
The defence said Marek had planned to visit family
in the eastern European country in September, but didn’t intend to run
away from his legal problems.
Marek told the judge that officers had already
seized his passport.
Why Luka Magnotta's trial won't happen until
Judge, courtroom availability key factors
By Daniel Schwartz, CBC News
May 7, 2013
Luka Magnotta's murder trial is set for Sept. 15,
2014. Although that date is more than two years after his arrest in
connection with the death of Jun Lin, that is not an unusual amount of
time for a high-profile murder case to reach the trial stage.
Some have questioned why it takes so long for cases
like Magnotta's to get to court. Lukatrial.com, for example, the
popular website that has been following the case from the beginning,
says, "I will never understand how we can delay justice for so long in
a case like this."
The key determinant in most cases has to do with
judicial resources, rather than issues related to the defence or the
Ottawa criminal lawyer Ian Carter told CBC News
that the 16-month delay between the preliminary hearing and Magnotta's
trial before judge and jury is not unusual. A trial like Magnotta's
"is normally set that far in advance because they need to find a
courtroom and a judge."
The Magnotta trial is expected to last six to eight
weeks, a relatively big block of court time. The court facilities, the
judge, the lawyers and the witnesses all need to be available at the
same time, and there are always other trials in the queue competing
In the Magnotta case, his lawyer, Luc Leclair, had
requested an earlier start date — April 2014 — but last week Justice
Andre Vincent said September was the earliest possibility. "It's a
busy courthouse," Leclair told reporters, adding, "I'm not completely
There are others factors as well that play a role
in setting the date. The starting point is the Charter of Rights and
Freedoms, which states, "Any person charged with an offence has the
right ... to be tried within a reasonable time."
Section 11 of the Charter is also the one that says
anyone charged should "be presumed innocent until proven guilty."
A defendant who is to be tried by a superior court
judge alone or a judge and jury usually has the right to a preliminary
hearing. Magnotta's wrapped up April 12 with an order to stand trial
for first-degree murder and four other charges.
Carter says Magnotta's preliminary hearing happened
relatively quickly. "In terms of judicial resources, there's a longer
period of delay from the initial charge to the preliminary inquiry
than there is between the preliminary and the superior court trial."
"Technically, the preliminary is there to serve as
a screening mechanism to see if there is some evidence of the offence
you've been charged with, [but] in the vast majority of cases there's
no argument about committal to stand trial," Carter said.
Where that does happen, sometimes, is in murder
cases, with an argument over whether the charge should be first- or
second-degree murder or manslaughter. Leclair argued unsuccessfully
that Magnotta should be tried for second-degree.
However, Carter explained that the reality with
preliminary inquiries is that, "In the vast majority of cases it's
used by the defence as discovery-type process, to get information
about certain parts of the crown's case," and to get an idea of how
witnesses will perform in the courtroom.
The Crown can avoid a preliminary inquiry by
getting the attorney general to approve a direct indictment.
The decision to do so is made unilaterally by the
prosecutors and the defence has no ability to argue against it. Last
year, the Crown got a direct indictment in a terrorism case in which
Carter is representing one of the accused, Misbahuddin Ahmed, who was
arrested in 2010. In that case, the jury trial won't begin until April
The availability of the lawyers for both sides, and
the witnesses, is also taken into account when setting a trial date.
Once the available date for a judge and courtroom are known, the two
sides usually work out which option to choose.
After a trial date is set
Once the trial date is set, both sides have more
work to do. Although most of the investigative materials should have
been handed over to the defence ahead of the preliminary hearing, both
sides will study the transcripts from the hearing.
The prosecution probably won't put forward its full
case at the inquiry, and "it's a much bigger task doing it in front of
a jury," Carter explains.
The defence has to work out their strategy, line-up
expert opinion, get extra evidence, and prepare to cross-examine
witnesses, which Carter says will be different in front of a jury
compared to the preliminary. And it's likely there will be additional
"In a jury trial, there is always more work to be
done," he said. "As defence counsel you don't necessarily want to show
your entire hand at the preliminary."
Pickton, Shafia, Bernardo murder trials
Compared to some other high profile murder trials
in Canada, the expected timeline for the Magnotta trial appears to be
about average. As a comparison:
For Robert Pickton, who was charged in 2002 in
connection with the disappearance of dozens of women in Vancouver, it
was four years, 11 months before his murder trial began.
For the three accused in the 2009 Shafia family
murder case, two years and three months would elapse between the
arrests and the start of the trial.
Paul Bernardo was arrested in 1993 for the murders
of school girls Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French. His trial began two
years, three months later.
Magnotta's trial is set to begin two years, three
months after his arrest.
Luka Magnotta & his troubled history
Most of the world first learned of Luka Magnotta on
May 30, 2012, when he was named as a suspect in a grisly Montreal
killing involving the shipping of body parts to the headquarters of
two political party.
But some online communities had taken notice of the
man long before that. Over the years, Magnotta had littered the
internet with information about himself – both untrue and true – using
dozens of pseudonyms, all in an effort to attract the worldwide fame
Over time, friends, acquaintances and family
members became concerned that something was amiss with the
Scarborough, Ont.- born man.
The following is a timeline of Magnotta's life, the
troubling signs that emerged and how an online community tracked him
down, based on exclusive interviews and information obtained by CBC's
the fifth estate.
July 24, 1982
Born in Scarborough, Ont.
Magnotta is born Eric Clinton Kirk Newman in
Scarborough, a suburban community on the eastern outskirts of Toronto,
to mother Anna Yourkin and father Donald Newman. He is the eldest of
three kids. His parents split while Eric is still young. Newman later
goes to live with his grandmother, Phyllis.
Attends high school
1998-2000: At some point, Newman's grandmother and
grandfather also divorce. Newman is home schooled for a period of
time; in one blog post, he later writes that it was because he was
told the world is a dirty and dangerous place. However, for at least
two years, from 1998 to 2000, he does attend I.E. Weldon Secondary
School in Lindsay, a rural community in the Kawartha Lakes region of
southeastern Ontario. Former teachers and classmates remember him for
his vanity and preoccupation with looks. He changes his hair colour
Around 2002 or 2003, Newman begins stripping at
Remingtons, a nightclub in Toronto. By 2003, he has appeared in his
first two pornography films, both as a straight man turned gay. The
following year, he appears in at least two other pornographic films,
including one where he appears as Jimmy – a name he would also adopt
while working as a male escort.
Allegations of sexual assault
Newman catches the attention of the Toronto Police
after he befriends a 21-year-old woman with the mental capacity of a
child eight to 12 years of age, convinces her to apply for credit
cards and then racks up $10,000 in unpaid bills. He is charged with
fraud. Initially, police allege he sexually assaulted the woman and
videotaped it, but the Crown drops the charge before the case goes to
trial. Newman's lawyer at the time, Peter Scully, now says that the
decision changed the course of Newman's life "immeasurably, with huge
ramifications to our society eventually."
Convicted of fraud
June 2005: Newman pleads guilty and is convicted of
four fraud charges. Before sentencing, Newman's lawyer shows the court
a medical report revealing his client has "significant psychiatric
issues." In handing down the sentence, Madam Justice Lauren Marshall
issues a stern warning: "You have a medical problem and you need to
always take medication. If you do not, your life is going to get
messed up." Newman is given a nine-month community-service sentence
and 12 months of probation.
Dreams of policing
Newman continues to appear in low-level porn films.
He also appears in Fab Magazine, a gay bi-weekly in Toronto, on the "Fab
Boy" page as "Jimmy." There, he describes himself as a "22-year-old
soccer fan" born in Russia and living in Toronto who hopes to become a
vice or homicide police officer.
Early in 2006, Newman meets Barbie, a transgendered
woman, and they begin dating. "He said he wanted to be famous one
day," Barbie told the fifth estate in a recent interview. She recalls
his apartment looking like a shrine dedicated to himself. "He would
always beg me to take pictures of him," she says. In April, several
months after meeting Newman, Barbie breaks up with him. That summer,
Newman legally changes his name to Luka Rocco Magnotta.
March 2007: Magnotta files for bankruptcy, listing
the cause as "illness, lack of employment and insufficient income to
pay off debts." He claims that he had to pay $200 each month in
expenses relating to an unspecified medical condition.
Reality show auditions
2007-2008: Throughout 2007, Magnotta continues his
attempts to make a name for himself. In the summer, he auditions for
the reality show Cover Guy, telling the judges, "Some people say I am
devastatingly good-looking." The judges reject him. In February of
2008, he also tries out for the reality show Plastic Makes Perfect.
"I've had my nose done. I've had two hair transplants," he tells them.
"And I'm planning on having muscle implants in my pecs and my arms."
September 14, 2007
Denies Homolka rumours
The Toronto Sun publishes a story by reporter Joe
Warmington about how Magnotta had dropped by the newspaper's
headquarters to deny online rumours he was dating notorious schoolgirl
killer Karla Homolka. The rumours were likely started by Magnotta
himself. In later years, a tribute video to Homolka was created by a
Luka Magnotta alias account on YouTube; all the videos uploaded/favourited
are Magnotta- or Homolka-related.
Magnotta continues to try to garner attention
online, posting comments about himself to create rumours and then
using other profiles to deny them. Twice this year, he loses battles
with Wikipedia to keep a page up about himself. He also posts an
online escort ad under the alias Jimmy. One client posts an
unflattering review describing him as cold and remote.
A travel companion
Magnotta meets a 70-year-old man in Toronto who
ends up becoming his travel companion. Together, they visit Russia,
Italy and France. Henry, a fake name used to protect his identity,
told the fifth estate they met at the Pickle Barrel restaurant located
near Toronto's Yonge and Eglinton intersection. "He walked as if he
was on a stage or as if he was on a ramp for modeling clothes," said
Fall of 2010: In 2010, Magnotta's online postings
get progressively darker. On his Facebook page, he posts a link to a
video called, 3 guys 1 hammer that shows a man being viciously beaten
to death. The video was not by Magnotta. The myth about Magnotta's
relationship with killer Homolka grows. In one posting about Magnotta
and Homolka, the user — likely Magnotta — writes, "Luka is unable to
live unless there is chaos in his life, it makes him feel as though he
Dec. 21, 2010: Shortly before Christmas, a video
called 1 guy – 2 kittens started circulating on discussion boards.
Posted on Dec. 21, the video depicts an unidentified man, whose face
is concealed, placing two kittens in a sealed bag and then sucking out
the air with a vacuum to suffocate them. Though the video is quickly
removed from YouTube, animal activists learn of it.
Group seeks kitten killer
Soon after, Ryan Boyle, a former U.S. soldier who
uses the online name Save Kitty, forms a Facebook group called "Find
the Vacuum Kitten Killer for Great Justice." About 4,000 people sign
up. "These were not people who were doing it for money," said Boyle,
referring to the online activists. "They all had the same thing in
mind: we want to catch this guy." The group believes Magnotta joined
the group under an alias, based on certain users' online patterns of
behaviour. When the group goes astray in its search for the kitten
killer, they believe that Magnotta himself anonymously went on a
message board frequented by the group and posted pictures from the
video with the face no longer blurred.
December 28, 2010
$5,000 award posted
Rescue Ink, an animal protection group, posts a
$5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the Vacuum
Kitten Killer (VKK). "It's a gateway crime, animal abuse," Joe Panz, a
founding member of the group, told the fifth estate. "Once somebody
starts to open that door, that's when things start to get really
Contacts N.Y. lawyer
Jan. 4, 2011: Magnotta, now in New York, makes
contact with lawyer Romeo Salta, expressing alarm about the firestorm
over the kitten killer. "He was convinced the animal activists were
closing in," said Salta. Magnotta asks whether any arrest warrants are
pending on him. There aren't any.
New online hunt starts
Early 2011: A new 11-member online group, called
the Animal Beta Project or the AB Project, emerges in early 2011 with
the goal of stopping Magnotta before he kills again. "We felt he would
continue, that he would harm other animals and eventually move onto
something even more violent, like hurting a person," said John Green,
an online alias. He spoke to the fifth estate on the condition of
anonymity. The amateur sleuths analyze the kitten-killing videos frame
by frame. They claim that furnishings and the kitten killer's clothing
in the videos are the same as those in other images of Magnotta posted
on the web.
Police file opened
Though the secretive AB Project group discovers a
wealth of information about Magnotta online, they struggle to track
down his physical location. The AB Project had been using exif
(exchangeable image file) data from pictures posted of Magnotta online
that told them when and where photos were taken. One innocuous photo
from October 2010 taken on a cellphone stamped with a GPS locator
finally suggests to them that Magnotta was in Toronto. The group
contacted the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
with all their findings, who then reach out to the Toronto Police. The
police open a file on Magnotta in February of 2011.
New kitten videos
Late November and early December 2011: A year after
the original kitten-killing videos appear online, more videos are
posted. A man wearing a Santa hat is shown feeding a live kitten to a
python. In another, a kitten is duct taped to a broom handle then
drowned in a bathtub. "He was basically saying, 'Look, I've done it
again. You're not going to catch me,'" said AB Project member John
December 8, 2011
London encounter with reporter
After The Sun in London, U.K., publishes a story
about the kitten killer, Magnotta turns up at their office to deny
that he had killed a kitten. The paper has not asked about him and
reporter Alex West describes the behaviour as "highly suspicious."
West wrote, "But behind the denials it seemed he was getting some sort
of bizarre pleasure out of the attention." Two days later, threatening
emails are sent to the Sun's offices, believed to be from Magnotta.
"Next time you hear from me it will be in a movie I am producing that
will have some humans in it, not just pussies," the email says. The
London police are notified but say it was outside their jurisdiction.
Ties to Montreal
Early 2012: Investigators with the AB Project
receive a tip in early 2012 that Magnotta might have moved to
Montreal. The project members then begin searching through their
archive of Magnotta pictures looking for any that connects him to the
city. One photo with unique streetlights catches their attention. The
online sleuths begin systematically looking at Montreal intersections
using Google's Street View and track the one in the picture to a
neighbourhood in Montreal. Around this time, Magnotta's online
activity begins to accelerate with blog postings about necrophilia and
May 15, 2012
New video promoted
May 15-16, 2012: Over the course of two days, from
May 15 to 16, repeated references are made online to a new video, 1
Lunatic 1 Ice Pick, that hasn't even been posted. One reference
depicts a person in a purple hoodie with a fist holding an ice pick.
On one site, a user asks, "Where can I watch the 1 lunatic 1 ice pick
video?" Ryan Boyle, a former soldier who started a Facebook group
looking for the kitten killer, believes this is similar to earlier
patterns where Magnotta would build buzz about a video via aliases
before actually releasing the video.
May 24, 2012
Silence, then a disappearance
After a flurry of online postings, Magnotta's
online activity appears to go black for a few days.
On May 24, Concordia University student Jun Lin
fails to show up for his job.
May 25, 2012
On May 25, a video titled, 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick, is
posted on the web. It depicts a young male bound on a bed, initially
alive and then lifeless. Then someone is seen repeatedly stabbing the
corpse with an ice pick and dismembering the body with a knife. There
are also acts of necrophilia and cannibalism.
May 29, 2012
1st body parts found
Staffers at Conservative Party HQ in Ottawa call
police after receiving a package containing a foot. Ottawa police
later say they found a second package containing a hand. Montreal
police confirm they're investigating a human torso found in a garbage
pile in that city.
May 30, 2012
Montreal police say Luka Rocco Magnotta is wanted
in the homicide investigation stemming from the body parts. He's been
on their radar since the day before, and can be seen on surveillance
video of his apartment building and a Canada Post outlet.
May 30, 2012
A video allegedly showing the murder and
dismemberment of a man had appeared on a website days before. Mark
Marek, the owner of the website, tells CBC News members of his site
identified Magnotta. Police view the video for the first time this
Authorities identify the victim of the gruesome
killing and dismemberment as Jun Lin, a Chinese national who was
studying at Concordia University in Montreal. Meanwhile, police
announce that Magnotta left Canada for France on May 26.
June 3, 2012
Magnotta spotted in Paris
Now at the centre of a global manhunt, Magnotta,
who has been dubbed the "Butcher of Montreal" by French media, may
have been spotted in a Paris café, according to eyewitness accounts
being investigated by local police.
June 4, 2012
Luka Rocco Magnotta is arrested at an internet café
in Berlin, where he was reportedly reading stories about himself.
June 5, 2012
Magnotta awaiting extradition
Suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta is held in a Berlin
jail awaiting extradition to Canada on charges of first-degree murder
and other offences, after a global dragnet tracked him down in the
June 5, 2012
Hand & foot sent to B.C.
Staff opening the mail at two Vancouver elementary
schools discover a human hand and a foot, and it's later determined
they came from Montreal — prompting speculation about a Magnotta link.
June 7, 2012
Link to L.A. homicide rejected
Law enforcement sources in California confirm there
is no link between Magnotta and a case in which severed hands, feet
and a head were found near the Hollywood sign, according to the L.A.
June 8, 2012
Jun Lin Award created
Concordia University announces the creation of an
award commemorating the life of Jun Lin, the Chinese student who was
killed in late May and dismembered.
June 12, 2012
Jun Lin was family's 'pride and joy'
The family of Chinese student Jun Lin, who was
brutally murdered and dismembered in Montreal last month, says his
death was a "destructive blow" that left them physically and
June 13, 2012
Vancouver body parts belong to Jun Lin
Montreal police Cmdr. Ian Lafrenière says DNA test
results confirm that body parts delivered to Vancouver schools last
week belong to Jun Lin.
June 18, 2012
Magnotta arrives home to face Canadian justice
Magnotta arrives at Quebec's Mirabel airport by
military plane in a highly controlled and secretive extradition
operation orchestrated to minimize media attention on his return from
June 19, 2012
Magnotta pleads not guilty
Appearing via teleconference at a Montreal
courthouse, Magnotta pleads not guilty to a number of charges
including first-degree murder, committing an indignity to a human
body, posting obscene material, mailing obscene material and
criminally harassing Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament.
June 21, 2012
Magnotta back in court for possible psychiatric
Luka Rocco Magnotta will appear in Montreal court
via video-link today for a possible psychiatric evaluation request.
July 2, 2012
Investigators follow tip to remains in park
A tip led police to a Montreal park where remains
were discovered near a small lake. Montreal police have not publicly
linked the remains, which have yet to be confirmed as coming from a
human, to the case.
July 4, 2012
Head found in Montreal park belongs to Jun Lin
Quebec authorities have confirmed that a severed
human head found in Angrignon Park over the weekend belongs to Chinese
student Jun Lin.
July 21, 2012
Jun Lin honoured at Montreal memorial
The parents of Jun Lin took part in an emotional
and often tearful public memorial, as Montreal's Chinese community
gathered to remember the student two months after he was brutally
Luka Rocco Magnotta arrested in Germany
June 4, 2012
Luka Rocco Magnotta, suspected of killing a Chinese
university student in Montreal and mailing the dismembered body parts
to Canadian political parties, has been arrested at an internet café
in Berlin where he was reportedly reading stories about himself.
Magnotta, 29, is wanted by Montreal authorities on
first-degree murder and other charges, including threatening Canadian
politicians, in a case that has drawn international attention and
spawned one of the largest manhunts in Montreal police history.
Montreal police Cmdr. Ian Lafrenière said
Magnotta's identity was confirmed through fingerprint evidence.
"The investigation is far from being over. We've
got to bring the suspect down to Canada to face justice," said
Lafrenière, who added that some of the dead student's body parts are
"There will be tons of questions to answer," he
Magnotta was arrested in Berlin on an Interpol "red
notice," which under German law is considered a "provisional request
from Canada for his extradition," Julie Di Mambo, press secretary for
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said in a statement.
Canada is now required to submit a formal request
for Magnotta's extradition, accompanied by "documentation outlining
the evidence supporting the request," the statement said.
It's unclear, however, when Magnotta will actually
set foot on Canadian soil.
"It could take a very long time," said Rene Verret,
a spokesman for Quebec's bureau of prosecutions.
Verret said his office will send a request in the
coming days to Nicholson for Magnotta's extradition, asking that it be
forwarded to German officials. However, the legal process could extend
for months if the extradition is contested.
Investigators are scheduled to hold a news
conference Tuesday to provide more details on the case. It is their
priority to return the accused killer to Canada.
Magnotta is suspected of killing Jun Lin — a
33-year-old Chinese university student with whom he had a relationship
— recording video of the attack and mailing the victim's dismembered
body parts to federal political parties in Ottawa.
Berlin police spokesman Chief Supt. Stefan Redlich
told CBC News that authorities arrested Magnotta at 2 p.m. Berlin time
(8 a.m. ET) at the Helin Café on Karl Marx Street.
Seven officers were involved in the arrest, which
was made after police were tipped off.
"As far as I know he was arrested alone, and there
was no struggle," Redlich said.
There is no doubt about the suspect's identity, and
"he is the person Canada is looking for," he added.
Magnotta 'went quietly'
The café's owner, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, said he witnessed the arrest.
"A colleague recognized him from his photo, because
he'd just read the newspaper," said the owner. "Nothing happened, it
all went very quietly," he said.
Kadir Anlayisli, the man who recognized the suspect
and called police, works in the after-hours tobacco shop of the café.
Berlin police confirmed that the arrest was mostly straightforward,
but added that Magnotta initially denied his identity. Eventually he
admitted, "OK, you got me."
Magnotta is being held at the Berlin prison and is
expected to be brought before a German judge on Tuesday.
But he likely won't be questioned about the alleged
crimes in Montreal, as "this is a Canadian case," Redlich said.
Montreal police say they learned of Magnotta's
arrest at 12:40 p.m. ET, and the news came as a great relief for many
investigators, said Lafrenière.
"We thank the media who broadcast his photo, and
information on the web also had a part in coming to this result," said
Police will hold a full briefing on the case on
Tuesday morning. Magnotta, dubbed the "Butcher of Montreal" by
European media and "Canadian Psycho" at large, was spotted in Paris on
the weekend, at a local café and in a hotel, after fleeing Montreal
Magnotta had been reading stories about himself
Berlin-based freelance reporter Allan Hall said
Anlayisli, who identified Magnotta, immediately recognized the man.
The café employee said Magnotta had been seated at
computer number 25 reading stories about himself online. Anlayisli ran
outside to flag down police.
"Anlayisli said the first police car stopped and
the guy didn't take him seriously," Hall told CBC News in a telephone
interview. "He had to stop another police car, then come into the
internet café. The second police car called for backup."
Hall added that Magnotta left his hotel in Paris on
Friday and paid €100 to travel 14 hours from Paris to Berlin. Magnotta
did not have to show a passport due to open border policies, he added.
Police are working to reconstruct the timeline of Magnotta's
If investigators discover that Magnotta committed
crimes while in Germany, the extradition process may become more
complicated, reported Hall.
Harper congratulates police
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who is in London for
the Queen's jubilee celebration, told reporters he is "pleased"
Magnotta has been arrested.
"I just want to congratulate the police forces on
their good work," Harper said.
he prime minister is named, along with other
Canadian politicians, in the police arrest warrant issued after Lin's
Magnotta is accused of criminally harassing Harper
and other members of Parliament.
Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae asked Canadians to
remember the victim.
"Let's not forget that a young man was killed in
the most terrible of circumstances. He came to Canada to improve
himself, and to improve his life, and he is dead.
"His family in China is mourning, and his friends
are in mourning, and all of Canada should be mourning for the person
who died, rather than … celebrate the notoriety of Mr. Magnotta."
Magnotta also faces charges of first-degree murder,
committing an indignity to a dead body, publishing an obscene thing,
and mailing obscene matter.
Body parts suspect focus of global manhunt
Interpol joins search for Luka Rocco Magnotta after
torso, foot, hand found
May 31, 2012
Police say the intense media spotlight and
international 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, will make it difficult for him to remain on the
Interpol posted a picture and information on
Magnotta, a Montreal resident, on its website Thursday among a group
of nine international suspects wanted for crimes including homicide,
kidnapping and organized crime.
Interpol's involvement came after Montreal police
issued a worldwide warrant for first-degree murder.
Clues at the Montreal crime scene led police to
expand their search abroad.
"We found some evidence," said Montreal police
Cmdr. Ian Lafrenière. "We found, also, a letter that was posted on a
website making us believe he might be gone out of the country."
He said the suspect may have fled to a different
continent — but he would not confirm a report that the possible
destination was France.
"There is no country in the world that is not
talking about him," Lafrenière said. "There’s a lot of heat on him.
There’s a lot of pressure on him, so we believe that it’s going to be
hard for him.”
"If you look on different websites, you see the
appearance of that person could change dramatically — from a male to a
female, wearing and things like that — so that's the reason we've put
a lot of effort trying to locate this suspect," Lafrenière said.
Magnotta has family in the Toronto area, so
investigators are still working with domestic police agencies in case,
Victim likely in a relationship with suspect
Magnotta is wanted in connection with the slaying
of a man whose body parts were sent through the mail and found stuffed
in a suitcase behind a low-rise apartment in west-end Montreal, near
the Décarie Expressway.
Police believe Magnotta was in "a relationship"
with the victim, said to be a man in his 30s.
Investigators haven't released the victim's name
and are awaiting autopsy results to confirm his identity.
However, Montreal police said they believe the
victim was reported missing in Montreal several days earlier.
"There's no family in Montreal, that's why it's
going to be even more complicated," Lafrenière said.
He said police believe the victim was killed last
week. The property manager at the Montreal building where a torso was
discovered stuffed in a suitcase in a trash pile said he first saw the
luggage out on Friday.
Montreal police said they had received 15 solid
tips about Magnotta's whereabouts within two hours of releasing his
photo Wednesday afternoon.
"We received many calls because a lot of people
were shocked about this story," Lafrenière said.
He said police are holding some information back to
weed out false leads from the public.
Police said much of their investigation has been
focused on the internet, because Magnotta did not have an extensive
"There's a heck of a history on the website now,"
Lafrenière said. "We're finding all kinds of images, all kinds of
information." Several websites show pictures of the suspect in
Sources have told CBC News that police believe they
have evidence of the suspect videotaping the killing and dismembering
Police said they're being careful in their release
of images and video to help find the suspect, but cautioned this could
be the kind of attention he is after.
“That type of suspect, I call him a suspect but a
very deranged man, is looking for publicity,” Lafrenière said.
U.S. lawyer says he warned police about graphic
A lawyer based in Montana told CBC News that he
notified Toronto authorities over the weekend about a graphic online
video that appears to depict the stabbing and dismemberment of a man.
Roger Renville, a civil litigation lawyer, said he
came across the 10½-minute video Saturday morning on a website that
showcases gory footage. Renville said he believes the video documents
the killing and dismemberment of a man.
There isn't any confirmation that the victim in the
video is the same one that Magnotta is alleged to have killed.
But Renville said he is "extremely frustrated" at
how Toronto police handled his weekend call.
"I kept insisting, and he told me that my story
didn't make sense," he said in a Skype video interview Thursday. "Why
would a killer film himself and then put it on the internet?"
Toronto police denied that they ignored Renville's
Remains still unaccounted for
The full scope of the crime came to light Tuesday
when a torso was discovered in Montreal and the hand and foot surfaced
The foot was sent to Conservative headquarters and
a hand found at a Canada Post terminal that was addressed to the
Liberal Party of Canada headquarters.
Montreal police said there are still remains that
are unaccounted for, but they have no reason to believe they were also
sent in the mail.
Magnotta, believed to be originally from Toronto,
is also known as Eric Clinton Newman and as Vladimir Romanov. Montreal
police give this description of Magnotta:
Five feet 10 inches tall.
Black or dark brown hair.
Building manager Eric Schorer said Magnotta had
lived there for four months but hadn't been seen around in a while. He
said there were never any complaints about noise in the unit, and that
Magnotta passed a credit test to rent there.
Police in masks combed through the blood-soaked
apartment Wednesday, having zeroed in on the source of a stench locals
described as rotting meat, said a building resident.
A neighbour said police were showing neighbours
pictures of two men — the suspected victim and the homicide suspect.
Montreal police said Magnotta was not known to them
and had no criminal record. CBC News has learned, however, that he was
convicted on four counts of fraud in Ontario in 2005. He served 16
days in pre-trial custody and was given a further nine-month
conditional sentence and 12 months probation.
The suspect's name has also come up in association
with videos showing the killing of kittens. A CBC News source said
police are also investigating a possible connection between the
suspect and Karla Homolka.
Lafrenière said he would not substantiate internet
rumours about the suspect.
Staff Sgt. Marc Habgood of the Peterborough
Lakefield police service said they were contacted by Montreal
investigators looking for Magnotta on Thursday.
"They advised us that they had a warrant for the
arrest of a male party for [murder] and that he had family members in
Peterborough, so he asked us to check a couple of residences," he told
CBC's Peterborough affiliate, CHEX.
"We spoke to two family members and they hadn't
seen or heard of him in over a year… His family is here. They really
stress that they've had nothing to do with him for over a year.
They're not anticipating hearing from him or seeing him."
'Horrible' crime scene
The hand and foot mailed to Ottawa were sent from a
fake Montreal address, police said.
Lafrenière described the scene of the alleged crime
as "horrible" but said investigators would be releasing few details
"The most important thing for us is to nab the
suspect, and to make sure we don't jeopardize a future trial. I'd have
a lot of trouble, as a father, to sleep if that happened."
Police find 2nd body part after foot mailed to
Reports of severed hand found after human foot
delivered to Conservative HQ
May 29, 2012
Ottawa police say they have found a second body
part in a package as they investigate the delivery of a human foot to
the Conservative Party of Canada's headquarters in downtown Ottawa.
Police would not say what the body part was, nor
where it was found, though they did say it was not found at the
Conservative Party offices on 130 Albert St. where the foot was sent.
Media reports said the second package, containing a
human hand, was not addressed to the Tory headquarters. Police said
the major crime unit continues to investigate.
Police were called to the building at 11:20 a.m. ET
after a suspicious package was delivered there. Police called for the
hazardous materials unit after they noticed what appeared to be blood
on the package.
The Hazmat Unit and Emergency Operations Section
inspected the package and determined that there was possibly a human
foot in the box. A coroner later confirmed it was a human foot.
Package delivered through Canada Post
Major Crimes Staff Sgt. Bruce Pirt said the
suspicious package was delivered through Canada Post and conceded it's
possible it was sent as a "gruesome message."
The foot was decomposing and there was a stench
when a CPC employee opened it, said Pirt. He would not say whether the
foot belonged to a male or female.
Police found the second package in the course of
the investigation, but would not reveal any more details.
Police are working with Canada Post to determine
the origins of the packages and said they may also be in touch with
morgues and funeral homes to see if they are missing any body parts.
Ottawa police are also checking to see if their
case is connected with an RCMP investigation in Montreal after police
there found a human torso in a pile of garbage in the Côte-des-Neiges
News shocks MPs
Sgt. Steve Hodgson said Conservative Party staff
members were shaken up by the incident.
Conservative Party spokesman Fred DeLorey said
Ottawa police are investigating and all questions should be referred
Several members of Parliament said they were caught
off guard by the news.
"It's shocking for somebody to do that," said
Labour Minister Lisa Raitt. "I'd hate to be the one opening that."
Torso found in Montreal garbage pile
Suitcase stuffed with human remains
May 29, 2012
The major crimes unit of the Montreal police is
investigating the discovery of a torso in a pile of garbage in the
Côte-des-Neiges borough, west of Décarie Boulevard.
Police said a suitcase holding the human remains
was found behind an apartment building at the corner of Place Lucy and
The building's janitor made the grisly discovery
Tuesday morning at about 10:15 a.m.
Mike Nadeau told CBC News he first noticed the
suitcase in a large garbage pile last week, but only opened it Tuesday
after people complained about a stench in the air.
He said there were maggots crawling all over the
"As soon as we opened it, we just saw the body,
with no head, and said, 'We're out of here, call the cops.'"
Police in Ottawa are working with Montreal police
to see if a human foot dropped off at Conservative party headquarters
Tuesday belongs to the same body.
Montreal authorities aren't releasing any details
about the age or gender of the body, but say it's too soon to tell
whether the torso belongs to a man or a woman.
They say more information will be available after
an autopsy is performed.