- The Netflix docuseries Don’t Fuck With Cats looks at Luka Magnotta who brutally murdered Lin Jun on a viral gore video titled 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick
- In the video, Magnotta stabbed Jun over 100 times, cut him, dismembered him and preformed acts of necrophilia
- Magnotta mailed Jun’s body parts to members of the Canadian government and two Canadian elementary schools
- Days after the murder Magnotta fled to Paris and then Berlin where he was finally arrested and extradited back to Montreal
- Magnotta was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years
- Mark Marek, the owner of Best Gore, was sentenced to six months probation for hosting the original 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick Video
Netflix has yet another true-crime docuseries that is quickly gaining popularity and causing a buzz online. “Don’t Fuck With Cats” is the story of Luka Magnotta, a man known online for posting gruesome videos in which he murdered cats. His disturbing videos finally escalated to the viral gore video “1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick” where he brutally murdered 33-year-old Lin Jun.
Before 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick There Was 1 Boy 2 Kittens
Magnotta uploaded 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick to known gore site Best Gore on May 25, 2012. The video was removed from Best Gore years ago but has been hosted on other sites found in the darker corners of the Web since it was uploaded by Magnotta. In the video, Magnotta stabbed Jun with a knife fashioned to look like an ice pick over 100 times, then cut his body into pieces, demonstrated acts of necrophilia and even fed parts the body to a dog.
A little over a year before murdering Jun, Magnotta uploaded his first video titled “1 Boy 2 Kittens” on December 21, 2010, under the alias “uonlywish500”. Magnotta suffocated two tabby kittens in a plastic bag in the video. The same room Magnotta killed the two kittens in would end up being where he would murdered Jun.
Magnotta would continue to upload viral gore videos where he killed cats in different grotesque ways over the next year. These videos would be the inspiration for the name of the Netflix docuseries, Don’t Fuck With Cats. An unwritten rule of the Internet known as rule zero. The rule is pretty self-explanatory. You don’t fuck with cats.
The disturbing cat videos would also lead to an online manhunt for Magnotta. Internet sleuths began tracking Magnotta through metadata from his animal torture pictures. They discovered where he was hiding and shared all the information they had gathered with police trying to stop Magnotta before he killed a human. Police dismissed the videos, with one vigilante claiming he was told, “it’s just cats.”
Those following Magnotta believed he was using rule zero to try and become famous. Magnotta knew these graphic videos involving cats would infuriate Internet users and could act as his claim to fame. Magnotta created two Wikipedia pages about himself, fake fan pages and even spread rumors he was dating serial killer Karla Homolka. As Magnotta’s aunt once said, “He was a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.”
Luka Magnotta Meets Lin Jun
According to Magnotta, he met Jun in Montreal on the evening of May 24. Jun had responded to an add on Craigslist looking for someone interested in BDSM sex, which stands for bondage discipline sadism and masochism. Jun sent one last text to a friend that night around 9:00 pm. He would not be seen again until Magnotta uploaded 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick to Best Gore the next day.
Jun was an international student from China happy to have found a friend. He hadn’t been in Montreal for even a year and was desperate to find someone with something in common with him. Magnotta would later go on to say he and Jun were lovers who shared one night.
1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick Video
The video of Jun’s death uploaded by Magnotta was 10 minutes long. It begins with Jun naked and tied to a bed while New Order’s music plays in the background. Magnotta is seen repeatedly stabbing Jun all over his body. He then grabs a steak knife and begins slicing open different areas of Jun’s body. Magnotta ends up sawing off both of Jun’s arms, his right leg and nearly severs his left leg.
Magnotta proceeds to commit acts of sodomy and necrophilia with Jun’s torso. A small black and white dog can be seen whining and chewing on a part of Jun’s body. Magnotta would also end up eating parts of Jun’s body. Police said in an extended version of the video they viewed that acts of cannibalism are evident.
On May 26, Magnotta flew from Montreal to Paris. The next day the U.S. and Canadian police were alerted to the video but dismissed it as a fake. However, police would realize the video was no hoax soon enough. For days a janitor cleaning the alleyway of Magnotta’s apartment had noticed a suitcase with a horrible stench coming from it. The smell had become so bad that by May 29 he finally opened the suitcase. Nothing could have prepared him for what he found.
The Process Of Recovering Lin Jun’s Body
Inside the suitcase was Jun’s torso, with all his limbs torn off. The rest of Jun’s body parts would turn up far from the apartment over the following month. The same day Jun’s left foot was found in a package mailed to the Conservative party in Ottawa. His left hand was found in a package destined for the Liberal party that was intercepted before it was delivered.
In June, False Creek Elementary School in Vancouver received a package containing Jun’s right hand and St George’s private school for boys received the right foot. Jun’s head was found in July at Angrignon Park about fifteen minutes from Magnotta’s apartment. Magnotta was already in custody by the time the remaining body parts were discovered.
Luka Magnotta Arrested
As police were still recovering the remains of Jun’s body, Magnotta had boarded a bus from Paris to Berlin on May 31. Magnotta stayed with a friend that he met online until his arrest in an Internet cafe in Berlin on June 4, the day before two elementary schools received Lin’s severed body parts. Each of the packages containing body parts was said to also contain bizarre and threatening messages written on pink paper.
On June 18 Magnotta was extradited from Berlin to Montreal on a military plane. While waiting for his trial he told a psychiatrist “Something forced me to do it. It just gave me this weird energy.” Magnotta would go on to claim the night of a murder a black vehicle outside led him to believe Jun was a secret agent.
Magnotta claimed voices told him to “Tie him up. Cut it. Do it. He’s from the government.” Magnotta also claimed after cutting up Jun’s body the voices told him to “Give it back to the government,” which could explain mailing the pieces of the body to government officials.
The Luka Magnotta Trial
In court Magnotta’s attorney, Luc Leclair, would argue he was insane and not capable to understand the crimes he had committed. He requested the jury to dismiss the opinion of psychiatrists and consider Magnotta’s childhood, history of hospitalization and mental diagnoses of schizophrenia.
Leclair also pointed to Magnotta’s behavior in the days leading up to the murder. Surveillance cameras caught Jun wandering the apartment building at all hours of the night, at times wearing a wig. An unidentified man was seen leaving Magnotta’s apartment weeks before Jun’s murder and appeared “groggy.” Magnotta himself admitted to the physical killing but claimed he did not know what he was doing was wrong.
Dr. Yann Daze would testify that he “could not say if the victim was alive when he was decapitated.” Daze went on to say, “What I can say is he was when an edged weapon traveled through all the structures of the neck.” Daze’s job was more difficult than usual due to Jun’s body parts being recovered in stages. Once the head was found Daze was able to determine Jun was alive when stabbed in the neck area due to the blackened blood.
Jun’s body showed three categories of injuries. There were antemortem severing of his neck, perimortem—which means at or around the time of death—which included blunt-force blows to his forehead, eye socket and facial bones, and 69 post-mortem wounds. The post mortem wounds included stabbing injuries near Lin’s naval area and several blunt force injuries near and in his anus.
On December 23, 2014, on the eighth day of deliberation, the jury found Magnotta guilty of the five charges he was facing. The charges included first-degree murder, committing an indignity to a body, publishing obscene material, mailing obscene and indecent material and harassment of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament. Magnotta was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Mark Marek Charged For Hosting 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick On Best Gore
Magnotta was not the only one to face charges from Jun’s murder. Owner of Best Gore Mark Marek was charged with corrupting morals for his site hosting the original 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick video. Marek, 41, who lived in Montreal was sentenced to six months probation, three of which were spent on house arrest. After receiving his sentence, Marek walked out of the Edmonton Law Courts building and placed duct tape over his mouth as he held up a sign that read “Guilty of Canadian thought crimes.”
Magnotta was born in Ontario in 1982 under the name Eric Newman. Magnotta changed his name as a means of reinventing himself to try and move past bad memories. He never went into detail but claimed some “messed up stuff” happened to him during his childhood. Nina Arsenault—a friend of Magnotta’s—claimed Magnotta was so disturbed by whatever it was that happened that he would break into fits and punch himself in the face.
At age 10 Magnotta’s parents abandoned him with his abusive grandmother. In his teenage years, he was a young bisexual in Ontario. By 18 he was hearing voices from the paranoid schizophrenia he inherited from his father. Magnotta went as far as to erase his past as Newman as rebuilding his face with plastic surgery. He then became a male escort and a low budget porn star.