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Police think Canada body parts suspect fled abroad

AP, OTTAWA

Mike Nadeau, right, janitor of the Montreal apartment building where Luka Rocco Magnotta reportedly lived, inspects the premises on Thursday.

Photo: AFP

A Canadian porn actor suspected of mailing body parts to the headquarters of two major political parties after making a video of the killing might have fled to France, police said.

A Montreal police official said on Thursday they have information that Luka Rocco Magnotta might have left Canada for France, but said his current whereabouts were not known. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to talk about the case publicly, gave no other details.

Montreal Police Commander Ian Lafreniere earlier said authorities believe Magnotta fled North America based on evidence they found at his apartment, and based on a blog Magnotta once wrote about how to disappear.

Magnotta, 29, has been added to Interpol’s “wanted persons” list.

“We believe he may be in a foreign country,” Lafreniere said. “He left a letter on a Web site mentioning how to disappear for good, and secondly, our investigation brought us some details that might let us think that he could be away from the country.”

Lafreniere also said police have been trying to take down an online video that they believe shows Magnotta murdering a man he dated.

The video shows a man stabbing another man with an ice pick while the victim lies naked and tied up. The first man later reveals he has slashed the other man’s throat. He also dismembers the corpse and performs sexual acts with it.

Lafreniere said they were able to take down the video on Wednesday night, but that it keeps reappearing online.

“It’s horrible. I can’t believe people take advantage of watching this,” he said.

Lafreniere said police believe the victim is a man reported missing several days ago and that the man’s family lives overseas. He said police were having trouble contacting the family.

The case began on Tuesday when police found a man’s torso in a suitcase behind Magnotta’s apartment building and a severed foot was found in a package mailed to the Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa. A hand was found in a separate package at a postal facility, addressed to the Liberal Party of Canada. Other body parts remain missing, and Lafreniere said police are investigating the possibility that they also may have been put in the mail.

Criminal profiler Pat Brown said the suspect clearly loves attention.

“He’s not political, psychopaths rarely are, so he didn’t send those parts for political reasons, but to get a splash in the media. He wants to go in history as being the creepiest guy out there,” Brown said.

Police said Magnotta is also known by the names Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov. They described him as white and 1.78m tall with blue eyes and black hair.

His internet presence indicates he is a bisexual porn actor and model with a myriad of aliases.

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