Suspect in grisly Canadian murder arrested in Berlin

Mon Jun 4, 2012 4:14pm EDT
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By Bettina Borgfeld

BERLIN (Reuters) - A Canadian man suspected of murdering and dismembering a Chinese student, then posting a video of the grisly crime online, was arrested in an Internet cafe in Berlin on Monday after an international manhunt.

Interpol had issued a "red notice," its highest type of warning, for Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, who faces first degree murder charges in the death of 32-year-old Jun Lin.

Magnotta, who used at least three identities and was an avid Internet user, is believed to have killed Lin with a pick axe, dismembered and defiled his body and then mailed some of the body parts to political parties in the Canadian capital Ottawa.

The gruesome murder prompted the largest manhunt in the history of Montreal, a city of 1.7 million in the predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec.

"He used the web to glorify himself, and it was the web that got him arrested," Montreal police spokesman Ian Lafreiniere told reporters in the Canadian city where the murder took place.

"There was great relief among investigators when we heard this news," Lafreiniere said of the arrest.

German police picked up the trail after a tip-off from French authorities, who realized Magnotta - dubbed by European media as the "Canadian psycho" - had caught a bus to Berlin from France.

"He should have known that there are identity checks when you travel by coach," a French police source said.   Continued...

Picture shows the computer terminal number 25 where Canadian murder suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta was identified in an internet cafe in Berlin, June 4, 2012. Canadian Luka Rocco Magnotta, suspected of murdering and dismembering a Chinese student in Montreal, was arrested in an internet cafe in Berlin on Monday, police said. Magnotta was found in a cafe on Karl Marx Strasse, a busy shopping street running through the multi-cultural south-Berlin district, which is home to numerous Turkish and Lebanese cafes and snack bars. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (GERMANY - Tags: CRIME LAW)