The man accused of murdering, cutting up and then eating his former lover was arrested in a Berlin Internet Cafe this week. He was reportedly looking at pornographic pictures of himself.
A Canadian national, he is waiting to see if he will be deported back to his native country to stand trial, having spent his last days of freedom allegedly partying around Europe. Yet as the Toronto Globe and Mail reports, Luka Magnotta seems to be someone for whom the Web is the ultimate perverse stage.
The French newspaper Le Figaro is already referring to him as "The assassin of the Facebook generation."
Magnotta's chief aim, Le Figaro wrote, was to use the Web any way he could to become notorious. "Without the Web, the body-chopper wouldn't exist," it said. "This kind of narcissistic and deviant killer is an avatar."
Indeed, Magnotta allegedly created many (and often contradictory) online identities. One reportedly used the name Catherine Tramwell -- the killer played by Sharon Stone in "Basic Instinct."
Magnotta supposedly had 70 Facebook accounts. On one of them, he is alleged to have posted footage of the dismemberment of his victim, Lin Jun. Somehow, it reportedly received 600 Facebook likes. He allegedly created little movies featuring kittens being killed with the use of snakes and plastic bags -- his "homage" to the LOLcat meme.
The Toronto Star reported today that he may have even posted more videos -- in which he wanted to "say hello to all my fans" -- after making his escape from Canada.
Though he has been serially referred to as an alleged "porn star killer," there seems no evidence that he starred in any commercial porn movies at all. Instead, his sole stage seems to have been the Web and all of the opportunities for "fame" that it offered.
As Le Figaro's Marc de Boni put it: "He knows he can arouse the curiosity of a class of heavy Internet users, quick to see everything and share everything."