Arguably, interest in true crime is at an all time high, so cases that have been in the news over the last few decades are finding themselves back in the mainstream media.
The most recent came about when Netflix dropped their three-part series Don’t F**k With Cats about killer Luka Magnotta, who was convicted of killing Chinese international student Jun Lin.
If you haven’t seen the documentary, I’ll give you the curtesy of clicking off the article now before you get anything ‘spoiled’ to you. Also be mindful though, this case did happen over five years ago, and is basically public knowledge already. You’ve been warned.
Moving on, in the documentary, Luka’s mother Anna Yourkin discusses her son’s ‘innocence’, and that she truly believes he was forced into committing his heinous crimes by ‘Manny’.
Well, according to TMZ, Anna STILL believes her son wasn’t the mastermind behind the brutal murders, and is still adamant that a ‘Manny’ played a big part in the orchestration of the murders.
Anna told TMZ that the police need to look into this further.
“In the cat killing video there is a third hand, as you can see, my son’s two hands and third hand. You can’t see a face so it’s unidentifiable… but Manny was there,” she said.
TMZ also claims that Anna told them that before the cat killing video surfaced online, Luka allegedly sent her a photograph of ‘Manny’ and told her ‘not to open it unless something happened to him’. Only problem, is that Anna also claims that Interpol ‘seized’ the email and alas, the photograph of Manny is no longer in her possession.
While the documentary covered a lot of the horrific events that took place during his reign of terror, there was key information that was left out of the film.
In the documentary, it is revealed that when Jun Lin was murdered, Magnotta dismembered his body and sent two body parts to different political parties – but what wasn’t mentioned was that he also sent two other limbs to local schools, and a head was later recovered in Montreal’s Angrignon Park. (via a 2012 article in The Hamilton Spectator).
While discussed in the documentary, Magnotta’s mental state at the time of the crimes was actually one of the biggest factors in the trials, and Magnotta’s lawyer Luc Leclair said that his client suffered “as the experts have said, from schizophrenia and personality disorder. When you first see him, it’s the histrionic personality that comes forward. However, with a bit of time it’s the schizophrenia that surfaces”.
During the trial, it was argued that Magnotta was ‘in a psychotic state’ at the time of the killings, and that he was not aware that what he was doing was wrong.
According to a 2014 report in the Montreal Gazette, which published details from a 124-page report filed in court, Magnotta had told a psychiatrist that he had started hearing voices at the age of 17, and had been previously treated for severe mental illness.
Magnotta is now serving a life sentence after being found guilty of the murder of Jun Lin in 2014.
[Featured Image Credit: Netflix]