Usually, I take any "news" about Luka Magnotta with a grain of salt. For years, the wannabe male model slash porn star has been associated with the likes of convicted murderer Karla Homolka, although evidence that the two have actually been linked - romantically or otherwise - is painfully lacking. Most critical thinkers who have heard the rumours seem to think that Magnotta cooked the stories up himself if for no other reason than to further himself as one of Canada's most unrepentant attention whores.
And then, I glutted myself on the news of the day...
Montreal police announced earlier today that they are seeking Magnotta as a suspect in the grisly body-parts-by-post incident currently dominating Canadian headlines:
"A headless, limbless torso was discovered in a suitcase with a heap of garbage Tuesday at Place Lucy and Decarie Blvd. in Montreal’s Snowden neighbourhood. At about the same time Tuesday, an employee of Conservative Party of Canada headquarters in Ottawa opened a package that contained a severed foot. A second parcel containing a hand was later located at a Canada Post sorting facility in Ottawa."
Source: Montreal Gazette
Web sleuths were reportedly the first to point out that the "lunatic" in a viral video depicting a violent murder with cannibalistic overtones bore a striking resemblance to Magnotta, who had previously been accused of posting videos of himself killing kittens using a vacuum cleaner and a plastic bag. One video nasties site in particular, BestGore.com, has temporarily blanked out due to a flood of incoming traffic in the wake of news reports linking the video, 1 lunatic 1 ice pick, to Magnotta and the grisly packages sent via Canada Post.
Police are seeking the public's help in locating Magnotta:
May 30, 2012
Montreal, May 30, 2012 - Investigators Major Crime Police of the City of Montreal (SPVM) looking for a suspect in connection with the 11 th homicide that occurred on its territory. Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, and is wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant.
Luka Rocco Magnotta is also known by the pseudonyms Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov. He is white, measuring 1.78 meters, weighs 61 kg, he has blue eyes and black hair.
Recall yesterday around 10 am 15, following a call from a citizen, police officers present at the rear of an apartment building in the Place Lucy, located in the Côte-des-Neiges. Agents make the discovery of human remains in a pile of garbage. The investigation was quickly transferred to the Major Crimes Section.
Investigative leads led investigators to a home Decarie Boulevard, also in the Côte-des-Neiges, where they conducted a search. In addition, biologists Laboratory of Forensic Science and Forensic Medicine were asked to analyze some elements of the scene.
Meanwhile, investigators are exploring the hypothesis that human remains found in Montreal, are related to human foot sent to the office of the Conservative Party of Canada in Ottawa yesterday and the package intercepted by Canada Post that contained a human hand.
Currently, concrete elements, enabling the police to believe that events are linked. However, before concluding beyond doubt that a link exists, investigators await the results of pathological expertise.
Note that the SPVM works closely with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Ottawa Police on this issue.
Anyone with information about that person or see Luka Rocco Magnotta should immediately contact 911.
I'll do my best to keep on top of any developments in this ultra-weird and twisted case.
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