Funny Pet Videos Youtube Biography
In 2010, the then 27 year old Canadian, Luka Magnotta, first appeared on the animal rights radar when he started posting horrific videos of animal abuse on the internet. The videos began with the torture and suffocation of kittens then progressed to a kitten being fed to a snake. The well known models and animal rights activists, the Barbi Twins, were the first to take notice and asked Last Chance for Animals (LCA) for their professional opinion of the videos legitimacy. LCA was one of the few organizations that did not dismiss the videos as fake. LCA reached out to law enforcement in the US, Canada, and to Interpol about the videos but didn’t receive a response.
The cruelty and abuse of the animals in these videos was a warning sign of the progression to come from crimes against animals to crimes against humans. When interviewed about one of the videos showing the torture of kittens, Magnotta told a reporter, "Well, I have to say goodbye for now, but don't worry, in the near future you will be hearing from me again. This time, however, the victims won't be small animals.”
On May 25th, 2012, Magnotta posted a gruesome video on the internet of the murder and dismemberment of his alleged ex-lover, a Chinese exchange student named Lin Jun. The video, showing a tied-up Jun repeatedly being stabbed with an ice pick and kitchen knife before being dismembered, was later dubbed as “1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick.” Initially dismissed as a fake by officials, the police later confirmed the video as being authentic.
Magnotta fled Canada when an international manhunt for him began after severed human limbs were received by the offices of Canadian political parties.
LCA offered a $7,500 reward to any information leading to the arrest and conviction of Magnotta. In addition, in an effort to track down the murderer and animal abuser, LCA’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) took unprecedented steps to try and flush him out. Taking clues from the thousands of pages of pseudonyms and online posts by Magnotta over the years, LCA's SIU accurately predicted Magnotta would be checking websites and videos of himself from mobile devices and internet cafes while on the run. The SIU attempted to lure the killer, or his companions, out using covert tactics often reserved for law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
SIU investigators posted a video about Magnotta, dubbing him "The James Dean Killer." A second video titled "1 Man 1 Icon" was posted to continue the façade using family photos of Magnotta not yet featured in the press. The sites quickly received numerous hits and word was spreading. Both sites received hits from France and Germany when Magnotta was in those countries.
During the course of this investigation, SIU investigators made contact with several individuals who may have been Luka, or close associates of Luka. The information gathered was turned over to law enforcement. When Magnotta was apprehended and arrested, reports stated he was watching YouTube and viewing images and videos of himself.
This case clearly demonstrates a link between cruelty to animals and violence toward humans. LCA is pushing for tougher sentences to be handed out to animal abusers and an “animal abusers” offenders list. Animal abusers convicted of crimes against animals should be put on a watch list, just as sex offenders are, so they can be monitored for continuing and escalating behavior, and can be stopped before committing more heinous crimes.
LCA’s Chris DeRose appeared on CNN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell to talk about animal abuse being the first step to violent and fatal crimes towards humans.