19 December 2019 00:32
This is the rule that sparks the enthralling, twisted investigation that is the center of Netflix's new limited docuseries, aptly titled "Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer." The series begins in a really dark part of the internet: a video begins to circulate of a young man who has two small kittens and kills them on camera. A group of cat-lovers-turned-vigilante investigators soon spring into action, pulling screenshots from the video and trying to zero in on any identifying features that could lead to the subject's capture: the yellow vacuum cleaner (that one group member eventually found out was only sold in North America), the "Casablanca" poster, the Russian sitcom playing in the background. A second video is then posted; the same man, who has floppy brown hair and an angular nose, is playing with the stiff bodies of the dead kittens. All along the way, the online investigators are still collecting clues and after some misfires — more on that later — they eventually become confident that the kitten killer is a young man named Luka Rocco Magnotta, an escort and aspiring model who is currently living in Toronto, Canada. But this isn't just a docuseries about finding a killer; inherent to "Don't F**k with Cats" is an exploration of the internet and how it can both reveal and disguise who we really are, as well as how it's a tool for magnifying and spreading vile actions and thoughts.
Early in the series, as the "internet nerds" first begin searching their amateur internet investigation, they create a Facebook group dedicated to hunting him down. A large number of the group members soon point their fingers at a young man living in South Africa; there is no real evidence to corroborate their accusation. It is just that his body type and hair kind of, sort of match up and he had shared one of the cat videos. The "internet nerds" featured in the movie do vocally question whether their investigation into Magnotta's videos caused his behavior to escalate, but nowhere in the film do they — or the filmmakers — seem to question how culpable they are in the death of this young South African man. This is a troubling loose end in the film, but as a whole, with its deconstruction of the psyche of an internet killer, "Don't F**k with Cats" is one of the most compelling true crime docuseries that has been produced by Netflix to date.
The '1 Lunatic 1 Icepick' video was posted on a website called "Best Gore," and would lead to Luka Magnotta being convicted of first-degree murder. Before he uploaded 1 Lunatic 1 Icepick to the internet, Magnotta uploaded many other gruesome and viral videos, including one in which he placed two kittens in a plastic bag and suffocate them. These two first videos are the origin for the name of the Netflix docu-series about Magnotta: "don't f*ck with cats" is an unsaid rule on the internet, according to many people profiled for the series. This video would provide a number of useful details for internet sleuths to use when they tried to track Magnotta down in the coming year, including the blanket seen in the video, a North American pack of cigarettes, and a yellow vacuum. Like 2 Girls, 1 Cup, reaction videos showing the face of a person watching 1 Lunatic, 1 Icepick for the first time also spread across the internet. Then came the horrifying discovery of the body of Jun Lin in Montreal, followed by a feverish international manhunt and then the arrest in Berlin. Luka Magnotta now stands charged with the murder of the young Concordia University student from China. But if he was unknown to the wider public, for 18 months before his arrest, he was being tracked… by a group of Internet users who were horrified over videos they believed he'd made, which depicted the killing of kittens and apparent threats to do worse. In an exclusive interview with Mark Kelley, the online investigators share for the first time the details their attempts to chase Magnotta down through the deep web and alert authorities as they tried to stop a man they considered dangerous. The hundreds of cryptic online postings Luka Magnotta uploaded to the web paint an unsettling psychological portrait of a disturbed young man who shocked the world to its core, and reveal much about his life growing up as Eric Newman. But Magnotta would disclose much more to the few people who knew him personally, two of whom share their stories exclusively with the fifth estate. What became apparent to everyone who knew him is that Magnotta appeared to have an obsessive narcissistic need to be noticed, and exhibited increasingly erratic, possibly threatening behaviour online, ringing alarm bells for those who knew him and watched his chilling story unfold. The 1 Lunatic, 1 Icepick video still circulates in some corners of the internet, but no longer exists on Best Gore and will not be linked to in this article. The nude man in the bed was later found to be Lin Jun, a Chinese student studying in Montreal at the time. The man standing over him was later determined to be Magnotta. Here's a summary of what happens in the 1 Lunatic 1 Icepick video: Over the course of those 10 minutes, Magnotta stabs Lin with a knife fashioned to look like an ice pick upwards of a 100 times. Before the video reaches its halfway mark, Magnotta has decapitated Lin and sawed at his arm. By the end of the video, Magnotta has sawed off both of Lin's arms, his right leg, and nearly severed his left leg. In the second half of the video, Magnotta proceeds to commit sodomy and necrophilia on Lin's torso. A black and white small dog can also be seen, whining and chewing on a part of Lin's body, too. Investigators would later confirm there were signs of cannibalism found on Lin's body, though the video does not show Magnotta eating any body parts. Internet Sleuths Talk About Their Experience Watching the Video On Netflix's Don't F*ck With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer, many of the sleuths who helped bring Magnotta's crimes to justice shared their experiences watching the "1 Lunatic, 1 Icepick" video. One sleuth, John Green, said he got a message from a friend that there was a new video up. The sleuth said he immediately jumped out of bed and watched the video full-screen on a large computer screen. The autopsy of Lin's mutilated body took several days, authorities said. Other pieces of evidence were also found in the trash, authorities said, including a blood-soaked blanket and the body of the dog seen in the video. Dr. Yann Daze, a forensic pathologist who investigated the body and served as a witness for Magnotta's trial, said, "I cannot say if the victim was alive when he was decapitated. "I do hope that Mr. Lin was knocked out before Mr. Magnotta cut his throat," she said. Magnotta Pleaded Guilty to the Crimes; His Lawyers Argued He Was Not Criminally Responsible by Way of Insanity Luc Leclair, Magnotta's defense lawyer, pointed out Magnotta's apparent schizophrenic diagnosis, and showed the jury a number of surveillance videos from his apartment building in the days leading up to the murder.