Luka Magnotta, accused in the grisly Montreal murder of Chinese student Jun (Justin) Lin, appears to have uploaded a YouTube video saying hi to his "fans." Preliminary reports are saying he has since been arrested in Berlin.
The alleged killer, who has held police at bay since the killing on May 24, has a desperate need for attention and doesn't seem all that worried about getting caught. He's been spotted in busy areas of Paris, partying and spending time with locals, using his bank card and cell phone, playing online video games, and now apparently has uploaded two videos.
Recorded under the recently created account, "ibechillin69," the videos were uploaded June 3. It is not known when the videos were actually recorded. In the videos, Magnotta has a short, bleach blond hair style which is different from the long brown hair featured in a recently released Interpol airport surveillance photo.
It is now thought that Magnotta has fled from Paris to other parts of Europe using an international bus station. Preliminary reports are saying he has been arrested in Berlin, but those reports need to be confirmed.
UPDATE: On June 4, shortly after this article was published, Montreal police confirmed that Magnotta was arrested in an internet cafe in Berlin (see video at top of page).
Also, on June 6, Montreal police indicated they are now investigating the uploaded video of Magnotta saying hi to his 'fans.' “We think it is recent. We must check the clothing, the physical aspects. The French police will give us a hand. It would be very surprising if it was filmed before the murder,” Montreal police Cmdr. Denis Mainville confirmed to the newspaper La Presse. However, later that afternoon, the ibechillin69 YouTube account was closed. A copy of the video can be seen here.
Outrage in China
Meanwhile, there is outrage in China about the murder of Justin Lin who came to Montreal to study engineering.
In Canada, this is the second killing of a student from China in just over a year. Chinese citizens are expressing concern about whether Canada is a safe place to visit. China has issued a warning to its citizens to be especially careful with their safety when traveling to Canada.
Justin Lin's Weibo account is the most searched site on the sina.com web portal and numerous messages of condolence have been posted on the account. He is remembered as a kind, reliable man who was looking for love. Lin's parents will be making their way to Montreal shortly.