While Canadian authorities continue their efforts to extradite accused sadistic murderer, necrophilia practicing cannibal Luka Magnotta, others in that country and in the USA are considering what other horrific and currently unsolved similar crimes Magnotta might be responsible for.
Authorities allege that the individual seen in the "snuff" video posted on the Internet that appears to show someone, now believed to be 29-year-old Magnotta, murdering his 33-year-old Chinese partner, Jun Lin, it has been confirmed that four of the five body parts dismembered from victim's body, in this case two hands and two feet, were identical to those recovered from four separate mailings to Canada's two primary political parties and to two Vancouver elementary schools schools. And while the victim's bloodied torso was recovered from a suitcase disposed of behind Magnotta's Montreal apartment house, the victim's head has yet to be recovered. Who might yet receive that "gift" from Lin's suspected killer?
While many questions are unanswered in this grizzly case, some things appear apparent from a review of the alleged murder video and of Magnotta's background. Magnotta is and always has been a "poser." He has created a fictional Internet identity and background to suggest he was a male porn star who went both ways and an around the world traveler and overall cool guy. He is also believed to have previously posted videos on the Internet of him killing kittens, allegedly suggesting that humans would be his next victims, and, at least in the case of Jun Lin, he appears right on that account.
But Magnotta had Lin in a very controlled, compliant environment, one where Magnotta could take his time and carry out his thought out bizarre murder, ending with him apparently sharing the remains of Lin, meal style, with a dog. These are acts, including his videotaped sex with the deceased victim's corpse, that are almost beyond words, much less thoughts that most do not want to find resident in the folds of their darkest memories. But some twisted few, in reality thousands, appear to have friended Magnotta on the Internet based on his bloody, over-the-top snuff video. (Some commit such crimes while others simply sit on the edge of the emotional abyss and applaud the murderous actions of others.)
What makes him "Tick"
Magnotta has always sought the attention of others, narcissistic throughout but without a real audience, other than his fanaticized minor roles in porn films and his make-believe life that he has rolled out on the Internet. Should he be responsible for this latest act of man's inhumanity to man, i.e., the terrible torture, murder and corpse desecration of Lin, he has finally reached the point where his fantasy world has collided head-on with reality, and reality, as always, wins out. A past associate of Magnotta's who watched his terrible video commented that even his sex act with the remains of Lin seemed staged, again as if he is playing a role in a low budget porn video where everything was staged, but, in this case, some aspects were far too real.
Now Canadian authorities must consider what other similar crimes, other than mass cat murder, that Magnotta might be guilty of. There is, of course, the strange case of over a dozen human feet being found in various Canadian bodies of water over the past few years. In most cases, however, the feet, or foot appeared to be dis-articulated from the body to which it was once connected due to the action of decay vs. being cut from a body, this as was the case with Magnotta's victim, Jun Lin. Therefore many of these unaccounted for individuals were likely to have been the victim of accidental drowning or suicide vs. the victims of a depraved killer like many currently believe Magnotta to be.
Hollywood Sign Murder
Authorities in Los Angeles, however, have another victim to compare with the actions of Magnotta. In January 2012 the body of Hervey Medellin, age 66, were found near the famed Hollywood sign in "the City of Angels." Medellin, who, like Lin and Magnotta, was openly gay, also had his head, hands and feet cut off. Magnotta is also believed to have lived and/or traveled along the West Coast of the U.S., and, therefore, has become at least a person of interest in the case surrounding the death and dismemberment of Medellin. And while murder and dismemberment is somewhat rare in the U.S., though not so rare just south of the U.S. borders by Mexican drug cartels, there are varying reasons to cut up a corpse in this manner. Magnotta is believed to have done so to satisfy his fantasy thoughts and to make him a rock star of Internet murder videos - i.e., he did it for the shock value and the attention that he would gain from these horrific acts. That's why he was apprehended in Germany while reading press reports of his actions online in an Internet Cafe - he loves the attention he has gained and couldn't resist the urge to follow his own exploits. He also wants the attention to continue, therefore he's not fighting extradition back to Canada, this so his fame can continue undiminished by time.
In the case of Hervey Medellin, it appears to be a stretch, at this time, to link Magnotta to Medellin's death. As discussed, while some dismember bodies for purposes of fame, others have a far more utilitarian purpose, to simply make identification of the deceased harder for the authorities to determine, or to send a message to others, e.g., "this too could happen to you!"
And while Canadian authorities may need to put a "Silence of the Lambs" type face mask on Magnotta to keep him from biting when he is brought back to Canada, other investigators will be trying to determine other aspects of this case. Could, for example, Magnotta have been under the influence of some type of drug while committing this suspected murder, some new designer drug like "bath salt," something now possibly being linked to violent, cannibalistic behavior on the part of others, and has he committed other to date unrelated offenses?
Murder is only limited to the length and breadth of the human mind, and in the case there are apparently no limits to one man's depravity. Perhaps we ain't seen nothing yet as future Magnotta's try to emulate his actions to get their own name in the "nutsy" killer record book. The only thing that appears to distinguish Magnotta from some of history's more infamous killers is the now known number of his victims - a final figure yet to be determined...