Content warning: The following contains discussions of violence, murder, and mental health issues.
Netflix’s Don’t F*** With Cats is a troubling docuseries on Netflix about Canadian killer Luka Rocco Magnotta and a group of Internet sleuths who tried to track down his identity long before law enforcement did. What drove them to do so? He was anonymously posting online videos of himself murdering kittens.
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The series, comprised of three hour-long episodes, covered a growing Internet group’s hunt to discover Magnotta’s identity, their crafty ability to locate him, and law enforcement’s involvement after he murdered a young man, Lin Jun.
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The riveting series covered many aspects of Magnotta’s life, and included interviews with law enforcement, the two people who headed up the Facebook group of “nerds” searching for justice, and even Magnotta’s mother. It covered a lot of ground over three hours. But there are some interesting facts they left out. (Note: potentially triggering and disturbing content ahead.)
He Had a Troubled Family Life
While we get glimpses of Magnotta’s troubled family life as a child, we don’t get the whole story. He was the firstborn of three children and his mother was reportedly obsessed with cleanliness and would even sometimes lock her children out of the house. She had even once reportedly left their pet rabbits out in the cold to die, according to Magnotta in a writeup by the Montreal Gazette.
With a drinking problem outlined on CBC, his father was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia. That left Magnotta to live with his grandmother. His parents were both very young — 16 and 17 — when they had him.
He Was Home-Schooled
While Magnotta did at one point enter the public school system, attending a secondary school in Lindsay, Ontario, he was originally home-schooled. His father revealed that, because of this, his son was often isolated and didn’t have much contact with other kids his age, according to CBC. And he says that he recognized Magnotta was “not normal” from an early age.
His mother, who never graduated high school, wanted to home-school all three kids herself. This was in part, his father revealed because she was a serious germaphobe and didn’t want them to use public restrooms. Magnotta did eventually go to public school, at which point he was bullied.
Luka Magnotta is Not His Real Name
While this name has been forever tainted due to Magnotta’s evil deeds, it’s not actually his given name. Magnotta was born in the summer of 1982 as Eric Clinton Kirk Newman. He was named after the famous actors Clint Eastwood, who has been involved in plenty of cool movies, and Kirk Douglas, pictured above. He did, however, legally change his name to Luka Rocco Magnotta in 2006.
Name changes, however, were a common occurrence with Magnotta. As noted in the docuseries, he also went by several aliases, including Vladimir Romanov, Mattia Del Santo, Jimmy, Justin, Angel, and Kirk Trammel.
His Father Has Schizophrenia
Magnotta’s father was diagnosed with schizophrenia after reportedly hearing voices and having suicidal thoughts, as Global News wrote that he said during the trial. He was diagnosed after the breakup of his marriage when Magnotta was 11 or 12. He continues to take medications, including both anti-psychotics and anti-depressants.
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Interestingly, Magnotta’s father says he referred Magnotta to a psychiatrist when he was 19 or 20 because he had concerns about his behavior. He was reportedly hearing voices. Luka Magnotta was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia at that time and was seeing a psychiatrist and taking medications like Paxil and Ativan, a whole decade before the murder, according to the Montreal Gazette.
He Had Cosmetic Surgery
The docuseries mentioned that Magnotta is obsessed with his appearance, desperately wanting to be a model or an actor. But more importantly, he wanted to be famous.
So it’s no surprise, though it wasn’t discussed in the docuseries, that he even had cosmetic surgery at one point, something extremely common for models and reality stars. Or did he? It’s hard to tell what’s real and not with him. Nonetheless, he reported having had hair transplant operations and a nose job, and wanted to have muscles implanted next, according to Global News.
He Was Convicted Of Fraud in 2005
Long before the murder, Magnotta was known to local law enforcement after he impersonated a woman. A piece by The Guardian details how he applied for a credit card and bought more than $10,000 worth of merchandise from retailers like Sears Canada, The Brick, and 2001 Audio Video, which sell furniture and electronics.
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He was charged with three counts of fraud (one per retailer) and pleaded guilty to the charges. He didn’t go to jail, though. Instead, he got a nine-month conditional sentence along with a year of probation.
He Declared Bankruptcy
Working jobs as a stripper, escort, and porn actor, Magnotta wasn’t making much money. In March 2007, documents show he declared bankruptcy, as detailed by the Vancouver Sun. He had racked up more than $17,000 in debt from various creditors.
His bankruptcy was discharged in December of that same year. He, as far as can be determined, continued to work as a sex worker and wannabe model. Yet he always managed to find time to, as the docuseries chronicles, create fake profiles and comments with photos of himself pretending to be a successful model.
He Had Posted to White Supremacist Websites
While it is known that Magnotta had created upwards of 70 different Facebook pages, using the site in its earlier days, and 20 different websites using different names to bolster his online presence, he also reportedly posted on a white supremacist website using two different usernames, according to the National Post.
In one of the comments on that site, he reportedly denounced Chinese people. The young man he brutally murdered, Lin Jun, was a Chinese international student from Wuhan who was in Canada studying as an undergraduate in engineering and computer science at Concordia University.
The Video Might Have Included More Than Murder and Dismemberment
As shown in the docuseries as a moment that warranted a trigger warning, Magnotta created and uploaded a video called 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick, consisting of him repeatedly stabbing Jun with an ice pick then dismembering his body. What was not shown though, is that there was apparently more to the video.
The Daily Beast claims that an extended version also shows acts of necrophilia, animal cruelty, and cannibalism. None of this has been confirmed, but the thought alone is terrifyingly disturbing.
He Left Notes With the Packages
The docuseries showed how Magnotta dismembered Jun’s body then packaged body parts like hands and feet and sent them out to government bodies and even schools. What they didn’t reveal is that he also sent notes with the packages.
According to a CBC description of the trial, Magnotta disclosed that he had sent a total of six packages in the notes. Three other packages that were intercepted included other notes but police never disclosed what they said to prevent copycat crimes.
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