July 7, 2015

Book Review: Luka Magnotta: The Cannibal Porn Star by Cara Lee Carter

Title: Luka Magnotta: The Cannibal Porn Star
Series: Crimes Canada #5
Author: Cara Lee Carter
Genre: True Crime 
Publisher: Vronsky Parker Publications
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Source: Self purchase
Reviewer: Kat

Book Summary


On May 25, 2012, Luka Magnotta, a wannabe porn actor/model, lured to his apartment, computer science student Lin Jun, and stabbed him to death. But this was not going to be just an average murder. Magnotta videotaped his post-mortem stabbing, dismemberment and eating of the body and uploaded the gruesome footage to Canadian shock site, Bestgore. He dubbed his macabre video clip “1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick.” 

Days later, a janitor found a maggot-laced suitcase in a pile of rubbish outside of a low rent Montreal apartment building. Inside was a dismembered human torso, peppered in multiple stab wounds. The evidence collected would lead police to the door of this deranged killer, but it was too late; Magnotta had already fled the country to Europe, launching an international manhunt. 

In the meantime, Lin Jun’s missing body parts began arriving in the mail all over Canada. Using Karla Homolka sister’s address, Magnotta packaged and sent the hands and feet of his victim to separate locations including Prime Minister Steven Harper's office, the federal Liberal Party office and two elementary schools. The victim’s head wasn't discovered for another month. 

True to his many-sided persona, this book chronicles the journey that led Luka Magnotta to become known as the Cannibal Porn Star, the Butcher of Montreal and the Canadian Psycho. 

WITH PHOTOS (WARNING: Crime scene photos included in this book some might find extremely disturbing)


My Thoughts

Shocked the nation is an understatement in the case of Luka Magnotta. Appalled, traumatized and outraged would probably be more appropriate here. And not just Canada. This sensational case is known worldwide and is just as heinous everywhere its talked about. After an international manhunt involving Interpol, this killer achieved what he longed for all his life. Fame. The impacts of his actions are still felt and will be for some time. 

With the very recent news exposure of his online dating request, Luka just can't seem to stay away. He was addicted to becoming famous and willing to do whatever it took. The author covers this fact very well in the book. She does an exceptional job at researching all the facts of this case and bringing it all together for us. I don't imagine that was an easy task given the media sensation it was and the amount of information she had to sift through. 

There's lots of background info on Luka's upbringing and mental illness history included; as well as a detailed description of the sadistic video posted on the net (not for the faint-hearted folks). However, the heartrending victim impact statement by Lin Jun's father is something everyone should read and made this book one of my favourite reads this year.  

Highly recommend it to all my fellow fans of True Crime.  

**Note: In the spirit of full disclosure, I designed the cover for this book. 

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Amazon US:  http://ow.ly/Pfc06
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Amazon UK:  http://ow.ly/PfdSr


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