Magnotta Trial: Focus on Accused, Not Victim

In today’s Toronto Star columnist Rosie DiManno bemoans the fact that Jun Lin, Luka Magnotta’s innocent victim has been “sidelined” during the current trial. In fact in court on Wednesday there was no mention whatsoever of the Chinese student who was unfortunate enough to fall into Magnotta’s clutches. Unfair though that may seem, it isContinue reading “Magnotta Trial: Focus on Accused, Not Victim”

Luka Magnotta’s Defense and Baseball Arbitration

What do Major League Baseball’s arbitration process and a murder trial where the defendant, although having entered a not guilty plea, has admitted to carrying out the heinous acts he has been charged with as in the case of Luka Magnotta have in common? Well …. Now team management must do an about-face and insteadContinue reading “Luka Magnotta’s Defense and Baseball Arbitration”

Magnotta Trial: Shawshank Redemption or One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

It has all the ingredients of a sleazy crime novel: murder, sex, blood and gore, odd behaviour, and a worldwide manhunt.  Yet it is all too real. Reading newspaper accounts of the trial of Montreal gay porn actor wannabe, Luka Rocco Magnotta, who has admitted he murdered and butchered, including lopping off his head, studentContinue reading “Magnotta Trial: Shawshank Redemption or One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.”

UPDATED Magnotta Murder Trial: Gruesome Crime Scares Off Potential Jurors

Please see update below. Two and a half years ago Luka Magnotta was multitasking: on the run from the police but basking in the media attention he so craved. Having gruesomely murdered Chinese student Jun Lin in Montreal,  Magnotta then cut various parts from the body and sent them to several Canadian politicians. Not surprisinglyContinue reading “UPDATED Magnotta Murder Trial: Gruesome Crime Scares Off Potential Jurors”

Jun Lin’s mother has ‘sympathy’ for alleged killer

According to CBC, as she finally laid her son to rest after an indescribable ordeal, Zhigui Du has said she feels sympathy for Luka Rocco Magnotta, and will set up a foundation to help troubled youth. Perhaps this is the lesson to be taken from this horrific episode; maybe that sympathy will one day becomeContinue reading “Jun Lin’s mother has ‘sympathy’ for alleged killer”

ABC plays up cannibalism aspect of Magnotta

The flurry of media attention around the murder of  Jun Lin in Montreal has focused primarily on the dismemberment of the victim and the mailing of various body parts. The next interest was locating the missing head – which now seems to have been accomplished. Meanwhile ABC News has opted to play the cannibalism cardContinue reading “ABC plays up cannibalism aspect of Magnotta”