Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Fifth Estate: Hunting Magnotta




Poor Luka Magnotta; details relating to his case are being profiled by one of the most respected investigative news programs in Canada, but he won't be able to watch it because he is languishing in jail, awaiting trial for murder. 

CBC's The Fifth Estate is set to air "Hunting Magnotta" on Friday, November 30th. The following description was pulled from their web site:

"A year ago virtually no one knew anything about a young man named Luka Magnotta. Then came the horrifying discovery of the body of Jun Lin in Montreal, followed by a feverish international manhunt and then the arrest in Berlin. Luka Magnotta now stands charged with the murder of the young Concordia University student from China.
The name Luka Magnotta seemed to appear from nowhere in May of this year. But if he was unknown to the wider public, for 18 months before his arrest, he was being tracked... by a group of Internet users who were horrified over videos they believed he'd made, which depicted the killing of kittens and apparent threats to do worse. In an exclusive interview with Mark Kelley, the online investigators share for the first time the details their attempts to chase Magnotta down through the deep web and alert authorities as they tried to stop a man they considered dangerous.
The hundreds of cryptic online postings Luka Magnotta uploaded to the web paint an unsettling psychological portrait of a disturbed young man who shocked the world to its core, and reveal much about his life growing up as Eric Newman. But Magnotta would disclose much more to the few people who knew him personally, two of whom share their stories exclusively with the fifth estate. What became apparent to everyone who knew him is that Magnotta appeared to have an obsessive narcissistic need to be noticed, and exhibited increasingly erratic, possibly threatening behaviour online, ringing alarm bells for those who knew him and watched his chilling story unfold."
Source: The Fifth Estate: Hunting Magnotta

Knowing what I know about this clown-turned-killer, it must be killing him to know that people are talking about him while he has absolutely no control over how his image is being affected by what's being said. To me, he will never be legendary, or even notorious; to me, he will always be little more than a socially inept misfit who ventured to make a name for himself by absorbing the essence of everything around him.

For all his primping, posturing, and manipulation, Magnotta was unable to achieve recognition based on his own merit; it took the death of an innocent to capture the attention this pathetic waste of human skin craved so profoundly.

I can't wait to see what The Fifth Estate has uncovered about the "hunt" for Magnotta, which began long before he ever came into contact with victim Jun Lin.

5 comments:

  1. Good Evening Kitty-

    Hope you had good day today! I'm a little upset due to th act that I live in the US I won't be able to see this. This guy is a real piece of work huh. From what I've gathered about his arrest, he was arrested after an international manhunt in Berlin at an Internet cafe, while reading stories about himself?!?! He as severe problems.

    Question: where the rumors come from that he was dating Karla Homolka?

    Best,

    Adnan

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    1. I hate it when cross-border video-watching goes sour! This is such an international story that I'm sure a copy will turn up online for the rest of the world to watch. If all else fails, I know I'll be taping it so perhaps I could assist in that department :)

      The rumours that Magnotta was involved with Karla Homolka were started by Magnotta himself. He started the ball rolling using a bunch of sock puppet accounts online, and then he turned up at Sun News to deny the rumours. It's important to note that Sun News did not contact Magnotta; he contacted them -- and that wasn't the only time he showed up uninvited at a media office to talk about himself.

      He's a total nutter, through and through. Fortunately, I don't think he's nutters enough to warrant a "not criminally responsible" verdict.

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  2. That would be great if you could ell me get a copy or let m know when it's available online!

    This guy is a nut job. What he did is deplorable. He actually sent pieces of his victim to elementary schools? That is beyond despicable. He needs to be given the maximum possible punishment possible. Put him in a cell next o Paul Bernardo ad throw away the key.

    Best,

    Adnan

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    1. Hi, Adnan! The full episode is available from The Fifth Estate's web site now; have you tried to view using a proxy server?

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