Luka Magnotta; victim’s name revealed
The victim of the murder and dismemberment that has caught the attention of the world’s press was revealed today to be Jun Lin, a Concordia student who had been reported missing May 24. Trans actress and writer Nina Arsenault reveals connection to Luka Rocco Magnotta, who is being sought in connection to the murder.
It is one of the most gruesome cases to ever emerge from a city already at the centre of massive global media attention. After a severed foot was received in the mail at Conservative Party headquarters this week, and a headless, limbless torso was found in a pile of garbage outside a Snowdon apartment in Montréal, police have gathered more evidence linking the case to Luka Rocco Magnotta, a porn actor and sex worker who is believed to have fled the city and the first-degree murder charge against him. The victim’s name was revealed today the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) as Jun Lin, a 33 year-old Concordia student from China who was reported missing May 24.
The Chinese Consulate in Montréal had been searching for Jun Lin for a week, posting a memo to their website as late as May 30 with the heading “Find Lin Jun.” Lin was an undergraduate student in the faculty of engineering and computer science at Concordia; the university has issued a statement of condolences to the family, and extended psychological support to students and faculty.
Sources say that Lin and Magnotta may have been romantically involved, while the SPVM’s Ian Lafrenière admitted only that they “believe those two individuals knew each other.” In an almost endless unfolding of connections and stories, trans actress and writer Nina Arsenault revealed to the Toronto Star on Thursday that she dated Magnotta 10 years ago, when the man was a dancer at Remington’s, a Yonge Street strip club. Arsenault tells of Magnotta’s temper, which was ofter triggered by mention of his family. “He hated his dad. He hated his family and said they didn’t understand him,” adding that whenever he spoke of them there was “always red hot anger.” The well-known actress and personality in Toronto also describes Magnotta picking fights with strangers, and having tendencies to self-harm.
Magnotta, who was born Eric Clinton Newman in Scarborough, Ontario, is now wanted on an international search warrant for the killing and mutilation of Jun Lin. This is not the first time Magnotta has made headlines, at least on the web, where numerous animal rights advocates pointed to his propensity for making videos of himself torturing and killing cats. Journalist Alex West of London’s Sun daily newspaper had interviewed Magnotta over the alleged cat brutality 6 months ago, and reported a chilling e-mail he received afterwards.
“You know, the fun part of all this is watching millions of people get angry and frustrated because they can’t catch me,” reads an e-mail that West received under the pseudonym “John Killbride,” the name of a victim in the scandalous Moors murders in 1960s Manchester. “It’s fun watching people work so hard gathering all the evidence, then not being able to name me or catch me,” the e-mail continues. West writes that the e-mail also foreshadowed that “next time you hear from me it will be in a movie I am producing that will have some humans in it, not just pussies,” which led the journalist to file the email with North London Police, who did not pursue the case or detain Magnotta.
Police believe Magnotta fled to France this week, or may have already left Europe again and returned to North America under an assumed name. Magnotta has also been known to use the alias Vladimir Romanov, and has claimed in the past to be of Russian origin.