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Canadian 'Cannibal' and Hollywood Murder Not Connected: Cops

Montreal Police Department(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles police do not believe the dismemberment of a Montreal student by a Canadian "cannibal" is connected to the chopped up body found beneath the famous Hollywood sign in January, a commander told ABC News on Friday.

L.A. cops said on Thursday they were in touch with their counterparts in Montreal looking for a possible connection between the murder of Hervey Medellin, 66, who was decapitated and his remains were scattered beneath the famous landmark, and the videotaped dismemberment of Jun Lin, 33, a Chinese student killed in May in Quebec.

Lin was allegedly killed by former porn actor Luka Magnotta, 29, who recorded himself murdering Lin with an ice pick and hacking apart the Chinese student's corpse. Magnotta then allegedly had sex with some of Lin's dismembered body parts and ate others. The man's hands and feet were mailed to two government offices and two schools.

Authorities in Los Angeles are continuing to talk with Canadian cops, but at this point do not believe the two murders are related.

Los Angeles sources believe there is a large body of evidence suggesting Medellin's murder was the result of a love-triangle. There was also a very distinct method of dismembering Medellin's body, sources told ABC News.  The evidence points to a person or persons with no known link to Magnotta, sources said.

A Facebook page in Magnotta's name, and one of many attributed to the accused killer, includes posts made in February that suggest the user was in Los Angeles working as a masseuse.

Authorities in Los Angeles say they do not believe Magnotta was in L.A. at the time of Medellin's murder. Canadian sources, however, have yet to determine Magnotta's whereabouts at that time.

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Did Accused Canadian Cannibal Strike in Hollywood?

Montreal Police(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles police are in contact with Canadian authorities to determine if Luka Magnotta, suspected in the murder and cannibalism of his gay lover, was also involved in a gruesome decapitation in Hollywood earlier this year.

"We are in touch with the Montreal police," an LAPD spokesman told ABC News. "We'll see if there's any connection."

Magnotta, 29, is currently in a German jail awaiting extradition to Canada, where police say he allegedly murdered Chinese student Jun Lin around May 24. Magnotta is accused of killing Lin with an ice pick and dismembering his corpse, some pieces of which he had sex with and others he ate. Magnotta is also accused of sending Lin's severed limbs in the mail to schools and government offices.

Los Angeles police are investigating if Magnotta may also be connected to the murder and dismemberment of Hervey Medellin, 66, whose decapitated body was discovered under the iconic Hollywood sign in January.

Magnotta and Lin were gay lovers, according to Montreal police. Los Angeles police confirmed Medellin, a former Mexican Airlines employee, was openly gay.

Medellin's head was discovered in Bronson Canyon Park on Jan. 17 when a dog discovered a plastic bag that contained a head. The accompanying dog walker called the police, who discovered severed hands and feet during the course of a two-day search.

Citing privacy concerns, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency would not confirm if Magnotta, a gay porn actor, was in the United States at the time.

However, posts on one of several Facebook accounts attributed to Magnotta, and which bears his name, date from February and suggest he was in Los Angeles at the time. In those bulletins, first discovered by the New York Observer, the poster appears to be arranging appointments to offer massages and includes a phone number with an L.A. area code.

"Raymond and I are doing massages at his place on La Bra, pick me up at his place after we're done and we'll go out. I NEED A JOINT," reads one post, dated Feb. 19.

In addition to the sexuality of both victims, the crimes appear to bear some resemblance. In each case the head, hands and feet were severed.

The killers in each case also appear to be seeking some publicity. Medellin's killer placed his head near the Hollywood sign, guaranteeing discovery. Montreal police confirm that Magnotta is the man seen killing, dismembering and eating his victim in a video posted online.

On May 29, a human foot was found by a receptionist who received a blood-soaked package at the Ottawa headquarters of the Conservative Party of Canada. A second package containing a hand was seized at a post office in Ottawa later in the day. The parts were later confirmed to belong to Lin.

On Tuesday, packages containing another foot and hand, also believed to belong to Lin, were received by two Vancouver elementary schools.

Lin's head is still missing.

Magnotta is expected to be extradited back to Canada before the end of June.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Police Search Apartment of Hollywood Murder Victim

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Investigators have executed a search warrant at the apartment of the 66-year-old man whose severed head, hands and feet were found near Los Angeles’ iconic Hollywood sign.

Hervey Medellin’s head was discovered by two women walking their dogs last week in Bronson Canyon Park, near the famed Hollywood sign in the Hollywood Hills.

Lauren Kornberg said that her dog began digging under a bush when the head was discovered.

“He had something in his mouth that he immediately dropped and it was big and round,” Kornberg told ABC News.

Kornberg said that she initially thought that the head was a movie prop, since the park is a popular filming location, but soon realized that it was real.

Two days after Medellin’s severed head was discovered, his hands and feet were found 50 yards away by detectives combing the area.  Investigators say they believe that the man was murdered and his body parts were then dumped at the park.

According to neighbors in his nearby apartment building, investigators questioned them about Medellin and a young man who shared his apartment on the third floor of their building.

“We would walk our dogs together sometimes.  He was very nice, very friendly, always smiled.  I feel very sorry,” neighbor Terry Brown told ABC News' Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV.

One neighbor reportedly heard “screaming and yelling,” and, “a lot of commotion on the floor above him” about three weeks ago.

Police say no arrests have been made and nobody has been detained for questioning.  Police would only confirm that a search warrant served at the apartment building was related to the murder investigation.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Victim Identified in Hollywood Murder Mystery

Thinkstock/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The victim of a gruesome Hollywood murder mystery has been identified, but investigators have not released his name.

A decapitated head, severed hands and feet and no leads seemed to be the perfect recipe for a Hollywood whodunnit.   Except this time, the Los Angeles Police Department has been facing a real homicide.

The search for more body parts in rugged terrain beneath the famous Hollywood sign ended Thursday, but police still did not have many leads in the case. According to ABC affiliate KABC7 in Los Angeles, the LAPD has searched an apartment building in connection to the investigation. Officials said no one was detained for questioning, but a car was towed during the search.

The Los Angeles Police Department told KABC7 the apartment complex is located two miles south from Bronson Canyon park where the body parts were found.

The discovery of a man’s head in a bag on Tuesday and set of hands and feet on Wednesday launched a search for more body parts. The investigation centered along a hiking trail beneath the iconic Hollywood sign and not far from Brad Pitt’s house.

The victim has only been identified as a male between the age of 40 and 60 years old.

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Severed Human Head Found on Trail Near Hollywood Sign

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Dog walkers in Southern California discovered a severed human head in a bag Tuesday afternoon while hiking in the Hollywood Hills, authorities said.

The walkers found the severed head as they walked their dogs on the trail near the famed Hollywood sign.

“While the dogs were playing with it, at some point the object came out of the bag and they discovered it was a head.  A severed head,” Los Angeles police Sgt. Mitzi Fierro told ABC News' Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV.

Authorities said the head belonged to a male victim.

“The head appears to be rather new.  There are not a lot of signs of decomposition yet,” Fierro told KABC.

Detectives plan to resume their search for the victim’s body parts Wednesday morning.

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Los Angeles Scrambles to Extinguish More Arson Fires 

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles fire crews responded to another ten arsons early Saturday morning in the North Hollywood area, according to KABC-TV.

The fires are just the latest in over 20 that were set in the Hollywood area Friday morning. The first fires started around 12:30 a.m. Friday, mainly targetting vehicles. Some of the blazes spread to adjacent buildings.

The Los Angeles Police Department was placed on tactical alert Saturday, KABC reports. While there have been no serious injuries reported, the arsons are racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

The Los Angeles Police Department was on tactical alert Saturday morning.

Anyone with information that leads to arrests for the arsons will receive a $60,000 reward.

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Serial Arsonist Suspected as 21 Arson Fires Hit Hollywood

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(HOLLYWOOD, Calif.) -- Investigators believe a string of over a dozen fires in Hollywood on Friday, mostly starting in cars and damaging several vehicles and homes, were the work of a serial arsonist, law-enforcement sources told ABC News.

No serious injuries were reported, although a firefighter suffered minor injuries. The former home of the late rock star Jim Morrison was among the properties affected by the fire, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance tapes in their search for the arsonist.

The fires began at 1 a.m. and caused extensive damage to a building on North Cahuenga Boulevard, where three vehicles were burned out. The fire spread from the carport to the apartment above, fire officials said at a news conference, according to ABC affiliate KABC in Los Angeles.

"We have so many that are going around hitting occupancies just like this, carports with residents above," Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Gibson said at the news conference.

Two apartment buildings had to be evacuated. "I woke up really scared. I heard somebody saying, 'Fire, fire,'" Daniel Meza of Hollywood told KABC.

The Los Angeles Fire Department went on tactical alert while authorities hunted for the arsonist, allowing officials to pull in resources from other areas to help fight the fires.

It was not clear whether the incidents on Friday were related to three arson fires that struck Hollywood Thursday. Samuel Arrington, 22, and a second suspect were arrested in connection with those incidents.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Doubts Raised About Suspect in Murder of Hollywood Publicist

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Neighbors of Harold Martin Smith, the "person of interest" in the Ronni Chasen murder who committed suicide when confronted by the police on Wednesday, find it hard to believe the man they describe as "paranoid," who rode around on a bicycle, could be a professional killer. Smith, who neighbors say bragged about killing Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, shot himself fatally, spraying blood all over the lobby of the Harvey Apartments in Hollywood. The grisly crime scene is now the epicenter of what is becoming one of the great Hollywood murder mysteries.

Smith was identified by police as a "person of interest" in the Chasen murder, but authorities refused to comment further on how they suspected him to be involved. Police are conducting ballistics tests to see if the gun used in the suicide of a man known to his neighbors as "Harold" is the same gun used to kill Chasen. He reportedly told neighbors that he was expecting a big payoff for killing Chasen.

Chasen, 64, who represented A-list movie stars and promoted some of Hollywood's top films, was driving home on Oct. 9 after attending the premiere party for the movie Burlesque when she was gunned down.

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