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Porn actor wanted by Canadian police in body parts case

HAND, FOOT in Mail:The man has been known by animal-rights activists for some time as someone who killed kittens and posted the videos online

AP, Ottawa, Ontario

A porn actor is wanted in a gruesome case of dismembered body parts that were mailed to different places including the headquarters of the Conservative Party of Canada, police said.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, is wanted for homicide, Montreal police said on Wednesday at a news conference.

According to an official close to the investigation, Magnotta worked as a porn actor and there is video of the crime. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk publicly about those details.

Magnotta, believed to originally be from Toronto, was renting an apartment in a -working-class Montreal neighborhood. It was behind that building that police found a man’s torso in a suitcase in a heap of garbage on Tuesday, police said. That same day, a foot was found in a package mailed to Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa, and a hand found at postal warehouse in the Canadian capital. The package with the hand was addressed to the Liberal Party of Canada. Early testing shows the three body parts come from the same man, police said.

Police in masks combed through the blood-soaked Montreal studio apartment on Wednesday. A bloodstained mattress remained there after they left.

“For most of the officers that were there all night long this is the kind of crime scene they’ve never seen in their career,” Montreal Police Commander Ian Lafreniere said.

Lafreniere said they are investigating the possibility that other body parts might have been mailed. He said the suspect and the victim knew each other and the mailed body parts were not linked to organized crime.

The packages with the foot and the hand had been mailed to Ottawa from Montreal. It was not clear why.

Police discovered the severed foot after Jenni Bryne, a top political adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, opened a bloodstained box at Conservative Party headquarters on Tuesday.

Police said the package was addressed to the Conservative Party of Canada and not to a specific person.

Eric Schorer, the manager of the building where the suspect lived, said Magnotta had lived there for about four months, but had not been seen around in a while. He said there were never any complaints about noise in the unit and that Magnotta passed a credit test to rent there.

An online video showing a man that looks like Magnotta shows him committing violent acts against kittens. The video contains at least one photograph made available by Montreal police on Wednesday that identified the man as Magnotta.

For nearly two years, the name has been notorious among animal-rights activists looking for a man who tortured and killed cats and posted the videos online.

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