Thursday 21 September 2017

Paris police search for porn star who filmed murder

Rob Giles in Paris

FRENCH police have launched a manhunt for a porn actor accused of videotaping the gruesome murder of his boyfriend before posting it on the internet.

Police officials in Paris revealed last night that they have received reports of two separate sightings of Luka Rocco Magnotta (29).

It is believed he fled Canada last week after murdering his boyfriend, Chinese university student Jun Lin (33), in Montreal and posting his severed foot to the party headquarters of the Canadian prime minister.

Because the package was addressed to prime minister Stephen Harper's party office, Magnotta will face charges of threatening the prime minister.

Magnotta is also wanted for first-degree murder, defiling a corpse and using the mail system for delivering "obscene, indecent, immoral or scurrilous" material.

Package

Montreal Police Commander Ian Lafreniere confirmed they still believe Magnotta is in France, based on evidence they found at his apartment.

The case began last week, when a package containing a severed foot was opened at the ruling Conservative Party headquarters. A hand was discovered at a postal facility, addressed to the Liberal party of Canada, while a torso was found in a suitcase on a garbage dump in Montreal, outside Magnotta's apartment building.

Police suspect Magnotta filmed the murder. The video, posted online, shows a man stabbing another man with an ice pick while the victim lies naked and tied up. The first man later reveals he has slashed the other man's throat. He also dismembers the corpse and performs sexual acts with it.

An online video also shows a man who looks like Magnotta committing violent acts against kittens. The video contains at least one photo made available by police that identified the man as Magnotta. For two years, animal-rights activists have been looking for a man who tortured and killed cats and posted videos of it online.

"He likes to glorify himself with the web. The web will glorify him and the web is also going to bring him back to justice -- because there are a lot of pictures of him out there and it will help lead him to us," Mr Lafreniere said.

Police said Magnotta's birth name is Eric Clinton Newman and that he is also known by the name 'Vladimir Romanov', and they described him as white and 5ft 8in tall, with blue eyes and black hair.

Irish Independent

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