Canada: The Family Of Jun Lin (Luka Magnotta’s Victim) Releases Statement, Asks For Magnotta’s Extradition
The family of Jun Lin has prepared this statement and asked Concordia University to share it with the media. The family is not ready for media interviews at this point:
Open Statement from Jun Lin’s Family
June 11, 2012
- As Jun Lin’s family, we would first like to express our deepest appreciation to different levels of both the Chinese and Canadian governments, the related embassies and consulates, the Montreal police, Concordia University, the Chinese community and many other kind-hearted people for their goodwill and humanitarian support for us at this exceptionally difficult time. Through the kindness of many people, we were able to arrive in Montreal at the earliest possible time. Soon after our arrival in Montreal last Tuesday night, the Chinese Consulate in Montreal helped to arrange a meeting with Montreal police, city government officials, and Concordia University’s senior administration. Everyone has showed great sympathy and compassionate support to help to make things easier for us. We have come to know so many people, such as the police, members of the Chinese Consulate, the university staff, The Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Concordia University, and Jun Lin’s friends who have been working endlessly to help us out. We are deeply touched by the kindness inspired by this human tragedy. Jun Lin was our beloved son. As the only son in the family, he was our pride and hope. Jun Lin believed in Buddhism. He was very kind and always enjoyed helping others. To his parents, he was a loving and considerate son. To his sister, he was a big brother who was always there for her. The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University told us he was an excellent student. His employer at the convenience store he worked at called him a model employee. His friends said he was optimistic, ambitious, and open-minded. He always trusted people with a positive approach to life. This tragic loss is not only a devastating attack to our family, but also has had a tremendous impact on the whole society. Love and trust must be rebuilt. We are pleased that Concordia University along with the Concordia Chinese Students and Scholars Association has established Jun Lin Award to assist Chinese students. This award perfectly reflects Jun Lin’s compassionate spirit. We were told that soon after the announcement that Concordia University also established a special fund to help out our family as well as the Jun Lin Award, because so many kind-hearted people have reached out to extend their compassionate support. We are very grateful and moved by the kindness and sympathy for us. It is our wish to take this opportunity to turn a devastating situation into something positive that brings the goodness and peace back to society. We are calling for the extradition of the murderer suspect back to Canada as soon as possible in order to bring justice and peace to our family, the Chinese community and the whole society. To commemorate Jun Lin, please let us remember his kindness, diligence and love for life. Thank you.
Canada: Luka “Montreal’s Butcher” Magnotta’s Investigation Shifts To Vancouver After Hand, Foot Sent To Schools
The National Post reports:
The hunt for body parts in the Luka Rocca Magnotta case has taken a strange turn after two packages — one containing a foot and another containing a hand — were delivered to two Vancouver-area schools.
Vancouver police deputy chief Warren Lemcke said one package was delivered to False Creek Elementary School at about 1 p.m. Tuesday local time, containing a human hand. An hour later, another package with a human foot inside arrived at St. George’s School, a private boys school in the city’s west side.
Both the Vancouver Police and B.C. Coroner’s office are investigating, and there was no indication yet of the identity of the victim, he told a news conference.
“The focus of our investigation is to identify the victim and from where the packages were mailed,” the Deputy Chief said.
The discoveries came several days after two similar packages were mailed to Ottawa containing another hand and foot. Police have said those body parts belonged to Chinese student Jun Lin, whose torso was found in a back alley in Montreal with the hands, feet and head removed.
According to The National Post, Magnotta is awaiting for a ruling by a Judge in Berlin. He’s expected to be extradited to Canada.
RELATED: The owner of the Canadian website, Best Gore, which hosted the video of the alleged murder, may also face charges, Montreal police said Tuesday.
RELATED II: Police said to be invetigating whether Magnotta is involved in other cold cases, including the murder of Valerie Lebranc, an 19 year-old college student killed, mutilated and burnt in Gatineau, Quebec.
Canada: Manhunt Of Bisexual Porn Actor, Luka Magnotta, Goes Global After Gruesome Killing Of His Lover
The Global & Mail News reports:
Police around the world are on the hunt for Luka Rocco Magnotta, who is believed to have flown to France on the weekend shortly after the brutal killing and dismemberment of a man in Montreal.A Montreal police spokesperson confirmed Thursday that investigators “have good reasons to believe that [Mr. Magnotta]has left the country.” They have called on Interpol to place him on the international organization’s list of wanted persons, sending “red notices” to police forces in more than 100 countries.The investigation of the gruesome crime recorded in a video posted to the Internet now appears to be focused on the international manhunt, with the scene of the crime wrapped up even though police are still searching for missing body parts.
The victim, an Asian man in his early 30s who has yet to be named, was reported missing Tuesday, Montreal police Commander Ian Lafrenière said. But the victim’s relatives live outside Canada, and police have been unable to reach them to notify them, another officer said.
Mr. Magnotta and the victim were involved, Commander Lafrenière said. “They were dating. They’ve been involved in a relationship,” he said.
The victim was identified as Lin Jun:
The victim of suspected killer Luka Rocco Magnotta is Lin Jun, a Chinese student at Concordia University who was last seen in public the day before the suitcase with the human torso was discovered, Montreal police have confirmed. He was only reported missing Tuesday.
Police believes he fled Canada to France shortly after the murder, but he could have flown back. Here’s some background on the killer, who’s shown acts of animal cruelty and other signs of his escalating psychopathy:
Cdmr Lafrenière said Mr. Magnotta flew out of Montreal to Europe the day after the killing, on May 26. He said the search for the suspect won’t be restricted to a specific country or police won’t even rule out Mr. Magnotta might have snuck back into Canada.
In the wake of kitten-killing videos attributed to Mr. Magnotta, a British tabloid says it received an email last December saying it was “impossible to stop” after tasting blood and warning that the next time “the victims won’t be small animals.”
The Sun said that they interviewed Mr. Magnotta, who was living in London at the time, and became concerned the violence could escalate. They notified Scotland Yard, who reportedly said it was not their jurisdiction.
In recent days, after a ghastly video showing a man being dismembered and the body sexually interfered with was posted to the Internet, a concerned American tried to raise new warnings. Montana lawyer Roger Renville said he contacted several police forces and media outlets to voice his fears that the video was real. He said he was rebuffed everywhere.
On Friday, The Sun, Britain’s biggest selling daily, referenced a story it had done in December about on-line videos showing cats being suffocated and fed to a python. A few days later, they say, Mr. Magnotta turned up at the newspaper to deny involvement.
Two days after that, the British paper reports, an email was sent to a pair of addresses used by readers to offer tips. The email address suggested it was from John Kilbride, a child victim of one of Britain’s notorious Moors Murderers. A piece of music linked to those killers was also used on one of the cat-killing videos.
“In the near future you will be hearing from me again,” the email said. “This time, however, the victims won’t be small animals. I will however, send you a copy of the new video I’m going to be making. You see, killing is different than smoking… with smoking you can actually quit. Once you kill, and taste blood, it is impossible to stop.
The email was badly spelled and indicated a certain arrogance. The writer called it “so fun” that people were trying to catch him. And there was a chilling warning.
“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.”
Mr. Magnotta’s family members in Ontario have repeatedly declined to comment on the allegations against him. On Wednesday, an aunt only said, “I’m ashamed that he’s related,” before hanging up the phone.
Although his online footprints are extensive, including claims that Mr. Magnotta is a famous model, bisexual adult-film actor and world traveller, his real day-to-day life isn’t easily traceable. Little is known of his whereabouts over the past few years, except for the fact he moved to Montreal recently and that he became the prime suspect in a social media campaign to identify a killer of kittens who began posting videos on YouTube in December, 2010.
Evidence gathered in that campaign has been sent to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Ontario SPCA spokesman Brad Dewar confirmed an investigation was launched in February, 2011, but he wouldn’t reveal whether Mr. Magnotta is a suspect.
He said the ongoing probe has not found sufficient evidence to suggest the person in the videos was in the province when the footage was recorded. The Ontario SPCA has reached out to law-enforcement and animal-cruelty agencies around the world for help, Mr. Dewar added. The list includes municipal police services in Toronto and Montreal, the RCMP and FBI and an animal-welfare organization in the United Kingdom.
According to Pink News UK, Magnotta was also known as Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov. He is white, 5ft 8in (1.73m) tall with blue eyes and black hair.
He’s wanted for second-degree murder and charges of indignity to human remains.
UPDATE: According to The National Post, he was last spotted at a pub in Paris, and rumours of his arrest in Monaco have been quashed:
A Paris hotel manager told the Montreal Gazette on Saturday that his neighbour, the manager of a bar and restaurant, confirmed to police that Montreal fugitive and suspected killer Luka Rocco Magnotta had a drink at his bar on Thursday.
Sbyibi el Bachir, manager of Hotel Studio des Batignolles in the 17th arrondissement in Paris, said in an interview that Dominique Massonneau, manager of Le Petit Batignolles, told him on Saturday that Magnotta stopped by his moderately-priced cafe — and that Massonneau had reported it to police.
The information could not be independently verified immediately.
Agence France-Presse reported that a witness told the news service that investigators looked at security tapes at Le Petit Batignolles Friday and came out with soft drink bottles, handling them gingerly, apparently in an effort to avoid erasing fingerprints.
A man who identified himself as the manager of Le Petit Batignolles — presumably Massonneau — told theGazette: “I know nothing.”
“If you want answers, call the police,” he said before hanging up.
In a second, shorter call, he refused to give his name or say if he had been asked by police to stay mum.
The modestly priced bar/restaurant on Truffaut St. that specializes in Algerian cuisine is in the 17th arrondissement near Place Clichy, where many reasonably priced hotels and restaurants are located. It’s also near the Parc Monceau, where joggers and families mix with others down on their luck.
Bachir said that Massonneau did not report Magnotta’s presence on Thursday because he had never heard of the alleged killer accused of dismembering a recently arrived Chinese immigrant in the Cote des Neiges area of Montreal.
On Friday, authorities in Monaco were forced to quash rumours the target of an international manhunt for an alleged killing and dismemberment had been arrested in the tiny European principality.
As Montreal police revealed there was a possibility Magnotta could have returned to Canada under an assumed identity after fleeing for France on May 26, rumours the fugitive was apprehended in Monaco circulated on Twitter and were published on a English-speaking website in France.
But police in Monaco said “they had no seen or heard from the fugitive” when contacted by the Ottawa Citizen. The mere mention of the word “Canada” prompted an officer to ask: “Oh, are you asking about the man who was decapitated?”
On Friday, Montreal police also denied Magnotta had been arrested.
RELATED: Apparently, Lin Jun’s loneliness played a part on his fatal end:
The 33-year-old Mr. Lin, who police have suggested might have been romantically linked to the man who murdered and dismembered him a week ago, gave himself the nickname “Justin the Villain” on his Weibo account, a moniker that seems at odds with the soft personality that comes through in most of his postings.
But dark thoughts clearly came to Mr. Lin from time to time. On Valentine’s Day last year, he posted a computer-altered photograph of himself with wild purple hair and a cracked face that turns grey around a mouth of broken and missing teeth. “My self-portrait,” he wrote beneath the repulsive image.
In another on-line posting a month before he was murdered, Mr. Lin took a photograph of an empty Montreal subway car. His mystifying caption “midnight cannibalism train,” led some Chinese Internet users to speculate Saturday that he was somehow foreshadowing his own gruesome death. (Police say some of Mr. Lin’s body parts were eaten before his hand and foot were mailed to the offices of political parties in Ottawa. Mr. Magnotta flew out from Montreal to Europe the day after the killing, and is the now target of an international police hunt.)
UPDATE: The Vancouver Sun reports that Luka Magnotta has been arrested in Berlin, Germany:
A man dubbed the “Canadian Psycho,” who is suspected of killing and filming the dismemberment of his boyfriend, was arrested in Berlin on Monday, according to a media report.
Mass-circulation daily Bild reported that Luka Rocco Magnotta, a 29-year-old former Canadian gay porn star, was picked up by authorities in an Internet cafe in Neukoelln, a working-class district of Berlin.
Here’s the rest of the story.
UPDATE: The Police of Berlin tells how the capture of Luka was possible (Via The Telegraph):
UPDATE: Investigation of this case has shift to British Columbia, to determine whether a hand and a foot, that were mailed to two schools in Vancouver, belong to Luka Magonotta’s victime Jun Lin.
Luka is still in Berlin, and he’s expected to be extradited to Canada.
UPDATE: Jun Lin’s family has released a statement throguh Concordia University, calling for Magnotta’s extradition to Canada.