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'Canadian Psycho' tells Berlin police 'You got me'

The Local · 4 Jun 2012, 19:40

Published: 04 Jun 2012 17:03 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Jun 2012 19:40 GMT+02:00

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Luka Rocco Magnotta offered little resistance on Monday, saying simply: "You got me," a police spokesman said.

"I can confirm that the person arrested was the wanted Magnotta," the spokesman said, adding that authorities picked up the 29-year-old in an Internet cafe in Neukölln, a working-class district of Berlin.

“At 1:30 pm, a witness stopped a police car in the Karl Marx Strasse and said that he had recognised a criminal in an Internet cafe. ... Officers then went directly to the cafe," the spokesman said.

They had little difficulty overpowering and arresting the suspect, he said. "It went very quickly."

Magnotta will remain in custody until he can be extradited to Canada, he added.

A witness who did not wish to be named told AFP: "The police came. They arrested him and he was very relaxed. An hour later, everything was over."

Another witness told the online version of Der Spiegel magazine that Magnotta was reading stories about himself in the cafe.

He was wearing sunglasses and a black hooded sweatshirt, this witness said.

His "French accent" first aroused suspicions among the employees of the cafe, who then recognised him from media pictures.

He was not carrying identification but confirmed his identity to authorities, a police spokesman told the magazine.

The arrest in Berlin brought to an end days of cat-and-mouse with French authorities who said they had been tracking Magnotta in Paris since at least Friday.

With the help of Magnotta's cell phone signal, police had traced him to a hotel in the Parisian suburb of Bagnolet which they visited Saturday on a tip-off from a witness, a police source said Sunday.

Magnotta had left his hotel room, where police found items such as pornographic magazines and airsick bags bearing the logo of the airline on which he left Canada for France more than a week ago, the source said.

French police had launched "targeted searches" for Magnotta after Canadian investigators said he boarded a France-bound plane on May 26 in Montreal.

The suspect has been dubbed “Canadian Psycho” by the press because a video circulating online and believed to be linked to him, shows a man stab another with an ice pick and dismember him while a song from the film “American Psycho” plays in the background.

Interpol on Thursday issued a Red Notice wanted-persons alert for Magnotta, also known as Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, to its 190 member countries after a video of the grisly killing surfaced online.

The murder came to light when Canadian police said Tuesday that a human foot had been sent to the headquarters of Canada's ruling Conservative Party.

A hand was later found in the mail at an Ottawa post office, and a torso was discovered in Montreal. Canadian police believe the remains belong to a man who was dating Magnotta - and that Magnotta is to blame.

The victim, a student identified as Lin Jun, had been "in a relationship" with the porn actor, according to Montreal police.

The hunt turned to an international bus station in Paris on Monday, as police began checking whether Magnotta fled France via Eurolines, which operates buses travelling throughout France and Europe.

One employee at the station claimed to have seen Magnotta board a bus to Berlin on Friday night while another said someone bearing a close resemblance to the suspect had boarded a bus for Romania.

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Magnotta has a history of trying to disappear, and has had plastic surgery on his face - apparently to look more like James Dean. He also often wears lipstick and makeup, has dyed his hair and worn wigs, and sometimes dresses up as a woman.

Described as handsome and narcissistic, Magnotta, who naturally has black hair and blue eyes, has also changed his name and used several aliases.

He made a 2009 posting on the Internet offering advice on how to vanish and never be found.

"A minimum of four months is really necessary to carry out the heroic actions necessary to leave your old life behind," he reportedly wrote.

He said a person must withdraw from all social circles, possess two sets of false identification papers, convert all assets to cash and then take a bus to a chosen destination, after selling a car somewhere else to mislead police.


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18:11 June 4, 2012 by William Thirteen
Note to Self: Never send remains of dismembered lover to Canada's Conservative Party.
18:23 June 4, 2012 by Eric1
Getting caught on "Karl Marx Street" in Berlin is a little ironic for this hater.
18:24 June 4, 2012 by William Thirteen
how is that ironic?
18:59 June 4, 2012 by bluestratus
Is this site being run by monkeys or what? First I constantly get told when I click on that this is registered as a dangerous site for my PC and after logging in and try to write a coment I get told I am not currently logged in, so I click on ´log in´and get told I already am logged on?...time to sign out me thinks.....
19:21 June 4, 2012 by Englishted

Anyone who writes me thinks instead of I think has logged out long ago ;-)
20:20 June 4, 2012 by canadianguys

Danke, danke, danke!
21:08 June 4, 2012 by Patrick4141
Was he wearing lipstick and eye makeup? If not, he should have been. He should have dressed as a woman.
23:57 June 4, 2012 by raandy
"He made a 2009 posting on the Internet offering advice on how to vanish and never be found."

Either he did not follow his own advice or his advice is as far out as he is.

They are going to love him in the institution,a profession gay porn star.
02:10 June 5, 2012 by DOZ
Yup, he's a Canadian
07:04 June 5, 2012 by taiwanluthiers
I was really hoping he was American, because then he'd make a really good boyfriend for Bubba when he's in prison with a life without parole sentence.
07:07 June 5, 2012 by pelliot

This guy is from Montreal, Quebec. Which to most Canadians makes him about as German as an Austrian could be (for example) ;-)

Anyway, this guy is nasty -- glad he is in custody,
09:16 June 5, 2012 by mochlas
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10:22 June 5, 2012 by LecteurX
@ pelliot

He is from Scarborough near Toronto, Ontario. He's referred to as the "Montreal murderer" because he killed somebody there. Do keep up
12:41 June 5, 2012 by Leo Strauss
A lot of happy boyz in Kingston Max tonite. :)
15:56 June 5, 2012 by Lren2365
Thank you, Germany, from Canada! Please send him back to us so we can bring him to a swift and speedy trial.
18:12 June 9, 2012 by remitkat
I would also like to thank Germany for their speedy arrest of this disgusting piece of garbage. I live in Toronto, Canada and we look forward to getting him back in Canada. Of course our penalty for first degree murder is 25 years, but in a case like this and others like him (and we have had several serial killers here in Canada) he will hopefully be declared a dangerous offender and never see freedom again. I'm glad we don't have the death penalty here because that would be too easy for these monsters. Let them rot in jail or get killed by other inmates whichever comes first.
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