by Andrew Bailey
Yesterday evening, Interpol managed to apprehend a 29-year-old Montréalais Italo-Canadian named Luka Rocco Magnotta in a cyber café in Berlin; Luka is the prime suspect in the murder of 33-year-old Jun Lin, a Chinese exchange student who had been dating Magnotta; Lin’s body had been butchered into parts and then duly sent out in the post to the headquarters of both federal Conservatives and Liberals. Police succeeded in tracking his location via mobile phone activity, but failed to notice a video that Magnotta, originally from a suburb of Toronto, had posted on-line of himself decapitating Lin’s body, described by some senior officers of the SPVM as “The most horrifying thing they had seen on video”:
Magnotta had been described as “hard-tempered, self-absorbed, manipulative, angry, aggressive”. Much has been made of the fact that he was a homosexual pornography actor, with some more conservative sources implying that this “sordid occupation” explains everything. The crime and the evidence points towards Magnotta being mentally unstable, though the political connotations of Lin’s hand and foot being sent to the Conservatives and Liberals remain obscure.
This tragic and bizarre turn of events has surely pushed Canada (and more specifically Italian Canadians) into the spotlight, sadly for all the wrong reasons.