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Close, But Just Bizarre: Cops Nix Connection Between "Cannibal Killer" and Hollywood Hills Body Parts Case

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Is Canadian "cannibal killer" Luka Magnotta connected to the gristly dismemberment of Angeleno Hervey Medellin? Local law enforcement sources are saying no."Sources familiar with the investigation said Magnotta had not visited the United States in the last two years," reports the L.A. Times, who note those sources requested anonymity.

Magnotta was arrested this week in Berlin as a fugitive from his native Canada and is accused of murdering and dismembering a Chinese graduate student in Montreal, then mailing the body parts to organizations and political offices. Medellin was killed in January 2012, and his severed head was found by a dogwalker in the Hollywood Hills.

While a recent piece published by the New York Observer used Magnotta's supposed online activity, previous presence in Los Angeles, and the gruesome and similar nature of the crimes, to draw a parallel, it seems it has all been just speculation. The sources who spoke with the Times say that it really was just "the bizarre nature of the [Medellin] case" that suggested any link to the Canadian "cannibal killer."

And Medellin's murder remains unsolved.