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posted Friday, June 8, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 23
'Canadian cannibal' suspect caught after fleeing to Germany
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'Canadian cannibal' suspect caught after fleeing to Germany

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Luka Magnotta, a man who seemed to be chasing fame throughout much of his adult life, certainly found it last week.

An international manhunt commenced in search of the 29-year-old Canadian, after the dismembered body of his boyfriend, Lin Jun, 33, was discovered outside Magnotta's Montréal apartment. On May 25, an 11-minute video went online depicting one man (presumably Magnotta) stabbing and then dismembering another man (presumably Jun) who was tied up, and this was followed by acts of cannibalism and necrophilia. Magnotta was detained in Berlin on June 4.

In the past two weeks Magnotta has been dubbed the 'Butcher of Montréal,' the 'Canadian Psycho,' and the 'Canadian Cannibal,' among other names. In addition to the murder and videotaping of it, Magnotta allegedly also mailed parts of Lin's body to Canadian politicians, both liberal and conservative. The office of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper received a severed foot.

Magnotta faces five charges, including first-degree murder; committing an indignity to a dead body; publishing obscene material; mailing 'obscene, indecent, immoral, or scurrilous' material; and criminal harassment.

He was detained when an employee of a Berlin Internet café identified him looking at news content about himself on a computer. It is reported that Magnotta said, 'You got me,' as he was apprehended by Berlin police and was taken into custody without incident. He is expected to be extradited to Canada and has said that he will not fight his extradition.

The international manhunt began late last week, when police tracked Magnotta to Paris via his cell phone. There he allegedly stayed with friends and 'hooked up with several men' before traveling to Berlin.

In recent years, Magnotta made a small name for himself in some Internet circles, performing in both Gay and straight porn and committing acts of animal cruelty on video. He was a male model and, according to some sources, a prostitute.

Since word got out that Magnotta was the primary suspect in Lin's murder, his Facebook page has received a wide range of comments, including supportive ones such as 'Innocent until proven guilty' and many angry ones such as 'DIEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!' and 'I hope this piece of horse shit dies of AIDS and CANCER! And PRISON JUSTICE!'

Lin Jun was a Concordia University undergraduate student from Wuhan, China, studying engineering and computer science. He had a pet tabby cat and was described as a 'quiet romantic,' although some acquaintances thought he had a darker side at times, which is what may have drawn him to associate with Magnotta. However, it is also reported that Lin spurned Magnotta prior to the murder.

A memorial to Lin has been set up at his workplace in Montréal, where flowers and sympathy cards in English, French, and Mandarin are being left. Lin's parents, who live in China, are currently in are in Canada to receive Lin's body and visit the memorial.

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