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Self Proclaimed ‘Porn Star’ Famous for Animal Abuse Suspect in Murder Now

MONTREAL – Montreal police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for Luka Rocco Magnotta — a man with a disturbing online profile who is now accused of murder after the grisly discovery of a torso, whose severed foot and hand were mailed to the Conservative and Liberal party offices in Ottawa.

Police also confirmed that the suspect at large in the gruesome murder and dismemberment once dated notorious sex killer Karla Homolka, though in 2007 Magnotta denied he dated the notorious sex killer.

A video purporting to show Magnotta stabbing a man repeatedly on a bed has been circulating online and was sent to the Montreal Gazette. The Gazette has been unable to confirm that this is the same video that police received. The Gazette has not been able to confirm whether the video was staged.

Police have obtained a disturbing video of the crime and are taking steps to have it removed from a website where it was posted, The Gazette has confirmed. 

I did not see the video and I am not looking for it in order to post a link. Sorry, you wanna see you have to look. That does not sound like something pleasant to watch.

Investigators are seeking the public’s aid in locating the 29-year-old Magnotta, who may also go by the names Eric Clinton, Kirk Newman or Vladimir Romanov.

“We really need the public’s help on this,” said SPVM spokesman Ian Lafrenière. The assistance of residents in the area where the body was discovered had also helped the investigation advance quickly.

Magnotta is said to be a stripper and a porn star. The suspect was not previously known to police, Lafrenière said.

A headless, limbless torso was discovered in a suitcase with a heap of garbage Tuesday at Place Lucy and Decarie Boulevard 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.

Wednesday, police linked the severed appendages to the torso and transferred the case to Montreal Police.

Montreal Police focused their attention on a second floor apartment in a building on Decarie near where the torso was found Tuesday in a suitcase on the curb with a pile of garbage.

The tenant of the building is being sought by police, said residents of the building.

The apartment smelled terrible and it appears the homicide was carried out on a bed in the small apartment. A reporter saw a mattress stained with blood Wednesday afternoon.

Residents also said police believe the torso belongs to an Asian man who is apparently missing. The police have been showing them a photo of the Asian man on Wednesday.

Residents described Magnotta as a very quiet man who kept to himself. The building’s superintendant joked about it.

“It’s like you see in the movies. It’s always the good neighbour. It’s the cliché,” he said.

He is right, it is usually the quiet ones.

Residents of the building said they believe Magnotta worked in the gay porn industry.

One said the only time Magnotta spoke to him was about five days ago. He asked the man, an actor, how he could get started in “legitimate” movies.

Residents of the building said they also saw Magnotta wearing a bizarre wig days ago and that they commented on his strange appearance.

Employees at a Canada Post office just a few blocks away from where the suspect lives said the police have not questioned them about the possibility of body parts being mailed from their location. Both employees were aware that a torso had been found near their location. But they said no one had asked them about the case until two reporters asked them about the strange story Wednesday afternoon.

Magnotta was known online for abusing animals not for his acting even in porn. He was known on message boards, like 4chan, especially for the video where he put a kitten (2?) in a plastic bag and filmed them as they died. There were other videos but I think that one was the first to get ‘popular’. (Not in a good way.)

Magnotta has also been the subject of an international social media campaign for allegedly killing kittens, videotaping their deaths and posting the videos online.

Animal rights activists around the world mobilized to identify him and offered a $5,000 to bring him to justice. The online efforts to find him may have fuelled some of Magnotta’s online writings defending his reputation and complaining about “cyber stalking” and “media propaganda” on his website

“I do not feel the necessity to address the specific accusations made in the posts since they are so far from my character that responding to them will give them more credibility than they will ever hold. If the readers of these posts can look behind the storyline that has been created, they will see that there is no reference to a concrete transaction or event that has taken place with any specific person in which I have committed any illegal activity,” he wrote on one of his eponymous web sites.

“Many hoax websites are created using my image and name, posing as me to seem more believable in respect to the type of audience these website have, I feel I don’t need to list them specifically but people need not be told, not to believe what they read and to take it as fact,” he write in one article entitled “Cyber Stalking” beside a photo of him shirtless and reclining.

It almost seems as if he is denying doing it, but the videos were there and people did see them. I think you can still find them just not on YouTube and I am not risking a virus to see poor kitties killed. Again, you want to see it (for proof or anything else) go find it yourself.

Perhaps if the authorities had stepped in when those videos went viral they would not be trying to identify a human victim. We, society, needs to start paying more attention to those that abuse animals.

Police have not released the victim’s name. An autopsy is expected to reveal how the man was killed and whether he was dead before being dismembered, police said.

The Gazette’s Jan Ravensbergen, Canadian Press and the Ottawa Citizen contributed to this report.

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CBS story about Luka

Killer started with killing cats on YouTube.

“Be Aware, vigilant and safe.”

After issuing an unprecedented public safety warning to women Friday, Ottawa Police Chief Vern White refused to rule out the possibility that a serial killer is targeting the city’s street prostitutes.

With the downtown aboriginal women’s centre Minwaashin as a backdrop, White urged all women to be increasingly “aware, vigilant and safe,” but refused to say what had prompted the sudden warning.

He did reveal to reporters that investigators have identified “a pattern” in the homicides of city prostitutes, but repeatedly refused to go into detail, suggesting instead that an investigation into the murders was still in its early stages.

The safety warning was White’s initiative and not the result of a request from groups involved with helping prostitutes.

Minwaashin Lodge front line support worker Kimberley Mansfield told the Citizen late Friday that she doesn’t know what prompted White to issue the warning, but noted that women in the Ottawa sex trade have been “uneasy for some time.”

“In light of recent murders and injuries to various women, there is a sense that there is someone who is targeting women,” said Mansfield, who figures only 25 per cent of violent attacks against prostitutes are reported to police.

White said he wasn’t ready to discuss the police investigation.

“I am here at Minwaashin Lodge to speak to Ottawa residents about concerns the Ottawa police has for women’s safety,” he said.

“Our major crime investigators have recently identified a pattern with homicides involving sex-trade workers in our community.

“I am asking women, particularly those involved in the sex trade, to be vigilant and exercise good safety practices,” he added.

White said police don’t yet know whether they are investigating a general pattern of violence toward prostitutes perpetrated by several people or whether one person is responsible.

“There will be a time when we have more information, but it’s not today.”

There have been a spate of attacks against Ottawa prostitutes since the summer of last year and women involved in the street-level sex trade – estimated to be at least 250 in the Vanier-ByWard Market areas.

Jennifer Stewart, 36, was found dead in a Vanier parking lot in August 2010.

Kelly Morrisseau, 27 and pregnant, was found naked and bleeding in a parking lot near Gatineau Park in 2006. She died in hospital and an autopsy showed she had been stabbed at least 12 times while trying to fight off her attacker.

Both were aboriginal and both were knifed to death, evoking the chilling spectre of Jack the Ripper, the notorious late 19thcentury British killer who murdered at least five prostitutes in London, but was never caught.

Prostitutes have complained about two particularly vicious clients.

One flashed a phoney police badge and demanded free sex, threatening arrest if the prostitute refused. The other apparently raped prostitutes at knifepoint.

There are 41 unsolved murders on the Ottawa police books, including several prostitute killings.

The latest involved Leeanne Lawson, who was found dead in a parking lot near King Edward Avenue in September.

There have been other attacks against prostitutes, including one particularly vicious assault, also in September, when a woman was almost strangled. A suspect in that case is in custody charged with attempted murder.

White said his officers will be intensifying efforts at the street level to ensure prostitutes are aware of the safety warning and will use various social service agencies to spread the word.

Outreach worker Mansfield said women are reluctant to report being attacked because they are “criminalized” and fearful of the consequences if they go to police.

“There are various reasons why they don’t report, but being criminalized poses all sorts of other barriers when it comes to reporting attacks. The flaws lie within the criminalization of prostitution.”

Improving the relationship between police and prostitutes is vital, she added.

“There are several really effective officers with the Ottawa force who endeavour to have a good, open communication and dialogue with the women involved in survival sex,” she said.

“One of the most important things we can do is have women feel comfortable and safe enough to go to police to make a report.”

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