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How Luka Magnotta was captured by amateur detectives

by | 31st, July 2012

WE will know soon enough if Luka Rocco Magnotta murdered. We will know if Magnotta filmed the killing in Montreal and the published it online as the film  1 Lunatic, 1 Icepick. We will know if Magnotta posted body parts around Canada.

Thomas McGrath has written about how Magnotta was captured. We spotted Magnotta a while back. Now we meet David Kerekes, co-author of Killing for Culture , “a unique, definitive investigation into images of death – both real and staged – which have been captured on film either for cinematic, or more sinister, purposes: the complete history of the so-called ‘snuff-movie’ aesthetic.”

Born and raised in Manchester, DAVID KEREKES is a co-founder of Headpress and co-author of the books See No Evil and Killing for Culture. He is also author of Sex Murder Art and more recentlyMezzogiorno, a meditation on life, death and southern Italy.

Through Kerekes, McGrath meets “Alex DeLarge”, who revelas the Animal Beta Project:

Animal Beta Project is an Animal Justice organization. ABP seeks justice for animals that have been harmed by searching for the abusers and turning over evidence to proper authorities. We are not a 501c3 organization, and we do not accept rewards or donations.  If someone is posing as ABP and is asking for donations, it is fraudulent.

McGrath writes:

“The Facebook group was initially set up by someone known as ‘R’ around December 2010 when Magnotta released the first video – that video’s known as “VKK,” which stands for Vacuum Kitten Killer. In that, Magnotta puts two kittens inside a vacuum-sealed bag and then attaches a vacuum cleaner to it and sucks in the air until they die. You’ve got to understand how horrendous this shit was. I mean, I’d seen Faces of Death. I think that when they’re eighteen everyone wants to test themselves by watching the grossest thing possible. But this was no accident – and it was no act. This guy was actually killing and doing so for some demented reason.”

The group took a view  and investigated:

Most damningly, group members found that many of Mr. Magnotta’s photos were uploaded with embedded information on the make and serial number of the camera, a hot pink Panasonic DMC-F3. “There are pictures of Luka Magnotta taken with the same camera … as the camera which took the photos of the suspect holding the kittens before they were killed,” wrote Animal Beta Project in a 17-page evidence document posted to their website..

“We have done all that we can do with our very limited resources and investigation experience, and feel that we have enough evidence for our suspect to be named as a person of interest.”

‘There are pictures of Luka Magnotta taken with the same camera … as the camera which took the photos of the suspect holding the kittens. He might end up killing human beings one day,” reads a post to the group’s Facebook page in December 2011. “He might just not stop with animals.”

DeLarge produced a video on Magnotta for For Great Justice . The Animal Beta Project were onto Magnotta. And Magnotta was, allegedly, keen on subterfuge:

“Every comment Luka Magnotta made was about himself, was pro-Luka Magnotta, that was the first thing to look out for. If someone thinks he’s ‘hot,’ that’s usually him.”

In November 2011, ABP posted these two videos, alleging that Magnotta was the kitten killer:

Animal Beta Project spotted a new

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