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Canadian Cop Says "Cannibal Killer" Was in L.A. at Time of "Hollywood Hills Body Parts" Murder
While law enforcement sources refuted any suggested connection between Canadian "cannibal killer" Luka Magnotta and the murder and dismemberment of a man whose severed head was found in the Hollywood Hills, today a Montreal officer is saying differently.The Toronto Sun reports that "Montreal police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere confirmed Thursday that the LAPD is probing possible links between Magnotta and the murder of Hervey Medellin, a gay former flight attendant," adding, "Lafreniere said Magnotta was in Los Angeles at the time of Medellin's murder."
Earlier this week, an item in the New York Observer attempted to link online activity on various sites with Magnotta; while some have been disproved, there is still the possibility some of the internet postings from the time put Magnotta in L.A., including that " Magnotta advertised his services on Facebook as an L.A.-based masseuse" at the time of the Medellin murder in January 2012. Additionally, "a Los-Angeles-based pimp claims to have hired Magnotta to work as a prostitute in January."
Magnotta, a gay adult performer, escort, and kitten killer, was arrested in Berlin, Germany this week. Magnotta stands accused of killing Lin Jun, a Chinese student living and studying in Montreal. The killer sent various body parts from Lin's corpse to various law enforcement and political offices in Canada, and a video verified as authentic by police was posted online of the killing.
The news that Canadian authorities put Magnotta in L.A. in January definitely contradicts the anonymous law enforcement sources who spoke to the L.A. Times Wednesday to say the only connection between the two cases was how bizarre they both are.
The Los Angeles Police Department have made no official statement on any Magnotta connection to the Medellin case, which remains unsolved. According to KTLA, the LAPD are investigating the connection.