Luka Magnotta now: The disturbing tale of the necrophile porn star
Mr. Cat murderer himself Luka Magnotta is no stranger to worldwide infamy. His crimes landed him in every newspaper to begin with. Now, his story, specifically in regards to victim Jun Lin, is being told in Netflix’s latest docuseries Don’t F*** With Cats.
But the story of Luka Magnotta is more than just a regular old murderer. His sick and twisted actions are not to be taken lightly, especially when his crimes ended up on the Dark Web as entertainment.
Magnotta may have been known as the guy who murdered cats for fun, but his crimes against a real human will make anyone sick to their stomach.
A man known for his lies
Before Magnotta became known for his murders, he was known for making up lies. His first criminal charge was one count of impersonation and three counts of fraud, earning him a nine-month conditional sentence. During this time, he also legally changed his name from Eric Newman to Luka Magnotta.
Working as a stripper and porn star, Magnotta tried to become a reality TV star in Canada with little success. He even went into debt through plastic surgery thanks to his antics, declaring bankruptcy in 2007. Once social media became more widespread, Magnotta spread rumors and claims about himself through several profiles to gather more attention.
One of his more popular claims included dating murderer Karla Homolka, who was on trial at the time. Police initially said the two had dated in the past, but revoked their claim once it became clear there was no evidence. More so because Magnotta ended up doing an interview with the Toronto Sun denying such allegations.
Cats deserve better
Now if you’ve watched Don’t F*** With Cats on Netflix, you already know this story. But for those who haven’t, a bunch of videos showing cats and kittens being abused and murdered in a variety of ways appeared on YouTube in 2010. No one knew for a long time who did those videos, but a private group of online detectives went digging.
In 2011, they figured out Magnotta was behind the videos, and gave the information to animal activist groups. These groups offered a variety of monetary rewards to bring Magnotta to justice. Toronto police took the claims seriously and launched an investigation into the charges. Unfortunately, nothing came of their investigation.
The real crime: murder and necrophilia
In 2012, an international student at Concordia University by the name of Jun Lin went missing in May. Friends and family could not find Lin and police were struggling to find a lead in his disappearance.
May 25th, a video went online on a gore website showing a naked male tied to a bed frame. He was stabbed with an ice pick and kitchen knife, then subsequently dismembered and raped. The video also features some acts of cannibalism. Police obtained a longer version of the video and identified him as Lin.
Shortly after the video went live, body parts were sent to the headquarters of various political parties in Canada. A garbage man found a suitcase with a torso outside an apartment complex in Toronto. Surveillance footage showed the man who brought the garbage outside was also a man seen sending packages that matched the size of the boxes received.
Taking down a necrophiliac murderer
After all the parts were collected, police took DNA samples and confirmed it was Lin. On May 31st, a country-wide arrest warrant went out against Magnotta to bring him in for Lin’s murder. Interpol got involved after police figured out Magnotta had fled the country to Paris.
Interpol weren’t able to catch Magnotta in Paris, but Berlin police successfully caught him in Berlin on June 4th. Magnotta did not object to his extradition and stayed in police custody until escorted back to Canada by military personnel.
A complicated trial
During his first hearing, Magnotta appeared via video link, but appeared in person for the second hearing. For the actual trial, Magnotta’s attorneys tried to bar press from coming in but the request was denied. Lin’s father flew from China for the trial as well.
After 12 weeks, Magnotta was found guilty of first-degree murder, distributing obscene images, using the postal service to distribute obscene materials, and a few other charges. He was sentenced to life in prison, but open to parole in 25 years. Magnotta appealed the decision, but revoked his appeal after a few weeks.