By Marie DeFreitas
Netflix released it’s latest true crime docu-series yesterday centered around Luka Magnotta, a Canadian man charged with first degree murder.
Magnotta, a former sex-worker, first gained notoriety after posting a video online in 2010 showing himself violently murdering two kittens. This sparked a worldwide hunt for the man. Later, what everyone feared would happen eventually did, and Magnotta even posted this online for everyone to see. He was convicted of brutally murdering Concordia University student Jun Lin, dismembering his body and mailing his individual limbs to elementary schools and federal political party offices.
Magnotta, 37, was identified by animal rights activists in 2011 as the man in the videos. He fled to Germany to escape conviction but was arrested in a cafe in Berlin in 2014, reportedly looking at online articles about himself.
Originally from Scarborough, Ontario, Magnotta had a troubled childhood. The eldest of three children, Magnotta’s mother, according to him, was obsessed with cleanliness and would often lock her children out of the house to clean. On one occasion this even lead to her locking her children’s pet rabbits outside to freeze to death. His father was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1994 and his parents later divorced, leading to Magnotta moving in with his grandmother.
Magnotta had a history of posting under several dozens of different names and websites online. He also posted and followed several white supremacist pages, publicly denonuncing Chinese people in one of his comments on these pages.
At Magnotta’s trial his lawyers tried and failed to plead on the grounds of insanity, and he was convicted of first degree murder and four other charges. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
The three-part documentary titled “Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer” follows the perspective of three amtuer detectives from around the globe who set out to track Magnotta down by paying close attention to the details in his murderous videos.
Director Mark Lewis (Silk Road: Drugs, Death and The Dark Web), said of the documentary:
The documentary provides viewers with an interesting perspective on society’s love for crime stories. In this particular case these people on the internet were able to band together to stop a real life murderer. The series also explores both the good and bad aspects of our readily available online audience.The attention Magnotta received from the internet fueled his distubred actions, but the rallying of people online proved to be incredibly powerful in their attempt to stop him.
Although there is definitely graphic content in the docu-series, the story mainly revolves around the people who banded together over the internet in the hopes of locating the disturbed murderer.
The series was released on Netflix yesterday and is available for streaming.
Check out the trailer below.