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Wednesday
Sep052012

Shooting at Rally for New Quebec Premier Leaves One Dead

Hemera/Thinkstock(MONTREAL) -- Violence marred an election victory party for Quebec’s newly elected premier late Tuesday night, after a masked gunman opened fire at a campaign rally in Montreal.

TV cameras captured a chaotic scene as a security team abruptly surrounded Pauline Marois as she delivered a victory speech before a crowd of supporters, and escorted her off stage.  A few minutes later, Marois returned and asked the crowd to evacuate the building.

Montreal police arrested a 50-year-old man at the scene, wearing what appeared to be a long, blue housecoat and a makeshift balaclava.  Police told ABC News that the suspect tried to set a small fire near the campaign’s headquarters before he tried to flee.

Police confirmed at least one person in critical condition, and one death resulting from the shooting.  Details were not released regarding the shooting victims’ identities or the suspected shooter’s possible motive.

Political tension has been on the rise in Canada as the independence-minded Parti Quebecois has grown stronger in the largely French-speaking province.  Marois, who is also the party’s leader, will be Quebec’s first female premier.

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Monday
Jul022012

Police Find Remains, Investigate Possible Link to Canadian Porn Actor

Montreal Police(MONTREAL) -- Canadian police have found what appears to be the remains of a human head in Montreal and are investigating whether it belongs to the missing Chinese student who they allege was dismembered by a Canadian porn actor, according to multiple reports.

Luka Magnotta is accused of murdering, mutilating and eating his lover, Jun Lin, and mailing the body parts to political parties and schools in Canada.  Lin’s head is the only missing body part unaccounted for.  He was last seen on May 24 and was reported missing to the Chinese consulate on May 29, according to the Montreal Police Department.

Investigators made their way to Park Angrignon on Sunday after receiving a tip, Montreal Police spokeswoman Anie Lemieux told ABC News.  The park is located a few miles from Magnotta’s apartment.

It will take a few days to confirm whether what police found is a human head.

Magnotta, 29, was arrested on June 4 in a Berlin Internet café, days after police believe he videotaped the murder of Lin, mutilated his body and mailed his hands and feet to government offices and schools.  A janitor discovered Lin’s torso behind Magnotta’s apartment building on May 29.  Magnotta was extradited back to Canada on June 18.

Magnotta, charged with first-degree murder, was for a time considered a priority fugitive by Interpol.  He did not fight extradition and quickly admitted his identity when confronted by police in Germany, telling them, “OK, you got me.”

Magnotta, who has appeared in adult films, has previously posted videos of his torturing animals.

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Thursday
Jun142012

Police: Body Parts Mailed to Vancouver Schools Are from Same Victim

Montreal Police(MONTREAL) -- Police in Canada have confirmed that the two body parts mailed to Vancouver schools last week also came from the Chinese student suspected to have been murdered by his lover Luka Magnotta, the Canadian porn actor who allegedly killed him, hacked up his body and mailed pieces around the country.

On Wednesday, Montreal police Commander Ian Lafreniere said that the body parts match those of Jun Lin, whose foot was mailed to the Ottawa headquarters of the Conservative Party of Canada on May 29.  Later that day, a package containing a human hand was seized at a post office in Ottawa.

The body parts sent to the Vancouver school were shipped to the Quebec coroner's forensics lab to undergo DNA tests, according to the Montreal Gazette.  A torso identified as that of Lin, a 33-year old Chinese immigrant and student at Concordia University in Montreal, was found stuffed in a suitcase and dumped in the trash in Montreal on May 29.  His head is still missing.

"All the body parts that were found -- the torso in Montreal, the foot and hand in Ottawa, the foot and hand in Vancouver -- are from the same body, that of Mr. Lin," Lafreniere said Wednesday evening.  "We've had official confirmation with the arrival of DNA test results, and we have also validated this though the presence of Mr. Lin's parents in Montreal."

Magnotta, 29, was arrested in Berlin on June 4 on murder charges.  He allegedly filmed himself stabbing Lin to death with an ice pick, chopped the corpse to pieces and mailed them to government offices.  He also allegedly also had sex with some of the body parts.

"The state of the body is so bad.  It was cut.  It was dismembered," Lafreniere said last week.  "This is a very hard case for us in terms of being extremely gross.  We're still missing body parts."

Magnotta, who has no prior criminal history that police are aware of, is currently in Germany awaiting extradition to Canada, where he will face first-degree murder charges.  Extradition is expected before the end of June.

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Thursday
May312012

International Manhunt for Porn Star Accused of Murder

Montreal Police Department(MONTREAL) -- An international manhunt is underway for a Canadian porn star accused of killing and dismembering his lover before sending body parts to Canadian government offices. Police are calling the case "completely crazy and inhuman."

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, has been added to Interpol's wanted list and Canadian authorities believe he may have left the country.

"We got the reasons to believe that the suspect went out of the country and that's the reason why we asked that our warrant will be sent out to Interpol," Montreal Police Commander Ian Lafreniere told ABC News. "So now we got help of different agencies around the world, actually, because he might be out of the country and he might be out of North America, so that's why we need help of Interpol."

Lafreniere said investigators have ideas about what country Magnotta may flee to, or may have fled to, but "we keep that to ourselves for the moment."

Investigators believe that Magnotta is responsible for killing a man in his 30s with whom he was having an affair. Authorities will not reveal the victim's identity, but said that his family is overseas and that the man had previously been reported missing in Montreal.

"We know that the suspect and the victim knew each other. It was not a random attack," Lafreniere said. "[Magnotta] knew the victim. They were having an affair."

A human foot was mailed to the Ottawa headquarters of the Conservative Party of Canada. It was discovered on Tuesday by a receptionist, who contacted authorities after receiving a blood-soaked package.

Later in the day, police seized a second package at an Ottawa post office that contained a hand. Authorities have not said where the second package was addressed.

Authorities confirmed that the body parts mailed to Ottawa originated in Montreal.

Also on Tuesday, a janitor found a male torso in a suitcase behind a building in Montreal's Cote-des-Neiges neighborhood. Magnotta was living in the apartment building. He has no criminal history that police are currently aware of.

Authorities are now confirming that the mailed body parts did indeed belong to the torso that was found.

"The state of the body is so bad. It was cut. It was dismembered," Lafreniere said. "This is a very hard case for us in terms of being extremely gross. We're still missing body parts."

Some reports have said that a note may have been included with one of the mailed body parts indicating that there could be more killings. Lafreniere said police have heard those reports, but do not have confirmation of them yet.

When asked what the motive for the killing may have been, Lafreniere said, "Besides being a weirdo, I don't know."

Magnotta also goes by the pseudonyms Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, according to the Montreal Police Department. He is white with black hair and blue eyes. He is 5 feet 10 inches and weighs about 135 pounds.

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Wednesday
May302012

Canada-Wide Arrest Warrant Issued for Suspect in Body Part Mailings

Montreal Police Department(MONTREAL) -- Authorities have issued a “Canada-wide arrest warrant” for Rocco Luka Magnotta, a suspect police have connected to a homicide and the mailings of two body parts.

Magnotta, 29, also goes by the pseudonyms Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, according to the Montreal Police Department, and some of these aliases have been linked to porn films.

A human foot was mailed to the Ottawa headquarters of the Conservative Party of Canada. It was discovered on Tuesday by a receptionist, who contacted authorities after receiving a blood-soaked package.

Later in the day, police seized a second package at an Ottawa post office that contained a hand. Authorities have not said where the second package was addressed.

Authorities confirmed that the body parts mailed to Ottawa originated in Montreal.

Also on Tuesday, a janitor found a male torso in a suitcase in Montreal’s Cote-des-Neiges neighborhood. Tips led investigators to a residence on Decaire Boulevard, also in the Cote-des-Neiges neighborhood, where they conducted a search. Evidence from the scene is being tested.

“Currently, concrete elements allow police to believe that the events are linked,” Montreal police said in a statement Wednesday, referring to the discovery of the torso and the mailing of the body parts. “However, before concluding beyond doubt that a link exists, investigators await the results of pathological expertise.”

Police have been vague about how they arrived at Magnotta as a suspect, but did say that they believe the male victim whose torso was discovered in a suitcase knew his attacker, Montreal police Commander Ian Lafreniere told reporters on Wednesday, according to CTV.

Magnotta is white with black hair and blue eyes. He is 5 feet 10 inches and weighs about 135 pounds.

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