18 December 2019 12:33
WHEN Luka Magnotta butchered a young student before putting his dismembered body parts in the post, the world was shocked by his sick savagery. But it came as no surprise to a team of internet sleuths — and our own reporter Alex West — who had all tried to warn police. How cat lovers helped hunt down Luka Magnotta, a sadistic internet murderer and failed model who abused animals and shared the videos online Luka feeding a kitten to a python in a horrifying online video Credit: Netflix The amateur investigators were hunting Magnotta over cat killing videos which marked the first stage of his evolution into a murderer. Don't F**k With Cats, released now on Netflix, shows how a team of armchair amateurs hunted down the narcissist by exploiting the weakness that was also his motivation to kill — a desperate need for attention. "But if it stops someone else from doing the same thing again and police take more notice the next time a Luka Magnotta comes along, then it's worth it." Over 18 months, a group of internet experts tracked the online activity of the 30-year-old Canadian and helped an international manhunt snare him.
Now 37, Magnotta posted a video of him in 2010 suffocating two kittens in a plastic bag by sucking the air out with a vacuum cleaner. Magnotta knew this was the ultimate way to get attention — and quickly a Facebook group was set up called Find the Kitten Vacuumer which got tens of thousands of followers. The title of the first video is 1 Boy 2 Kittens — an echo of 2007 clip 3 Guys 1 Hammer showing two Ukrainian serial killers carrying out a murder. Luka was convicted of killing and dismembering Chinese student Jun Lin in 2014 Credit: Rex Features But it tempted Magnotta to admit via another Facebook profile that he killed the kittens. It read: "Next time you hear from me it will be in a movie I am producing that will have some humans in it not just pussys." Alex went to police who told him it was impossible to act.
Luka Magnotta with The Sun's Alex West who confronted the killer in 2011 Credit: Simon Jones - The Sun I asked him about the videos online which allegedly showed him feeding a kitten to a python and suffocating another in a plastic bag. I asked if he had received death threats for the videos he posted online of him killing the kittens. Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer is on Netflix now. Netflix trailer for Don't F**k With Cats tracks murderer and animal abuser who sent victim's body parts to schools Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer follows the hunt for Luka Magnotta, a Canadian man convicted in 2014 for killing and dismembering a Chinese international student named Jun Lin, mailing his body parts to political parties in Ottawa and two schools in Vancouver, and then uploading the murder video online. Magnotta went on to upload at least two more videos featuring killed animals. Then on May 25, 2012, Magnotta uploaded a video titled "1 Lunatic, 1 Ice Pick" to a gore website, which depicted the murder of Jun Lin. Toronto City News reports that international police launched a search, and within a week they found Magnotta in a Berlin internet cafe reading about his own crimes.