- Netflix’s Don’t F*** with Cats is a troubling docuseries that explores the hunt for killer Luka Magnotta’s identity by internet sleuths before law enforcement.
- The series provides insight into Magnotta’s troubled family life, homeschooling experience, and obsession with his appearance through cosmetic surgeries.
- Magnotta’s fraudulent activities, bankruptcy, online presence, and the disturbing content of his infamous video are also discussed, including the struggle to recover the victim’s head.
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 a group of Internet sleuths that tried to track down Canadian killer Luka Magnotta’s identity long before law enforcement did. However, while it’s part true crime docuseries about at-home detectives, Don’t F*** with Cats also delves into the mind of Luka Magnotta and what drove him to kill the young man Lin Jun. It all started when Luka Nagnotta was anonymously posting online videos of himself murdering kittens, which led to a group of cat lovers’ obsession to figure out who the anonymous poster was.
Don’t F*** with Cats, comprised of three hour-long episodes, covers the growing internet group’s hunt to discover Luka Magnotta’s identity, their crafty ability to locate him, and law enforcement’s involvement after he murdered Lin Jun. The riveting series covered many aspects of Magnotta’s life, including interviews with law enforcement, the two people who headed up the Facebook group of “nerds” searching for justice, and even Magnotta’s mother. The show made Luka Magnotta now more famous than ever, but there are some interesting facts that the Netflix true crime series left out.
11 Luka Magnotta Had A Troubled Family Life
While viewers get glimpses of Magnotta’s troubled family life as a child, the whole story isn’t revealed. Luka Magnotta 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 Luka Magnotta in a writeup by the Montreal Gazette. With a drinking problem outlined on CBC, Magnotta’s father was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia too., which left Magnotta to live with his grandmother.
10 Luka Magnotta Was Home-Schooled
While Luka Magnotta did enter the public school system, attending a secondary school in Lindsay, Ontario, he was originally home-schooled. Magnotta’s 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. His father recognized that Magnotta was “not normal” from an early age. His mother, who never graduated high school, wanted to home-school all three kids herself. Magnotta’s father revealed this way because Magnotta’s mother was a serious germaphobe and didn’t want them to use public restrooms. Magnotta did eventually go to public school, but he struggled with being bullied.
9 Luka Magnotta Is Not His Real Name
While his name has been forever tainted due to Magnotta’s evil deeds, Luka Magnotta is not actually his given name. Magnotta was born in the summer of 1982 as Eric Clinton Kirk Newman. He was named after the famous Fistful of Dollars actor Clint Eastwood, along with Kirk Douglas (Spartacus, Paths of Glory). Magnotta legally changed 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.
8 Luka Magnotta’s Father Has Schizophrenia
Magnotta’s father was diagnosed with schizophrenia after reportedly hearing voices and having suicidal thoughts, which was revealed at Magnotta’s trial (via Global News). He was diagnosed after the breakup of his marriage when Magnotta was 11 or 12 and continues to take medications, including both anti-psychotics and anti-depressants. Magnotta’s father referred Magnotta to a psychiatrist when he was 19 or 20 because he had concerns about his son’s behavior. 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 (via Montreal Gazette).
7 Luka Magnotta Had Cosmetic Surgery
The docuseries mentioned that Luka Magnotta is obsessed with his appearance, desperately wanting to be a model or an actor. But more importantly, he wanted to be famous. It comes as no surprise that he even had cosmetic surgery, something extremely common for models and reality stars. However, it does come as a surprise that this information was covered in the docuseries, but that could be because the claims are hard to back up with sources. It’s hard to tell what’s real and not with Magnotta, but he reported having had hair transplant operations and a nose job, and Luka Magnotta now wants muscles implanted (via Global News).
6 Luka Magnotta Was Convicted Of Fraud in 2005
Long before he murdered Jun Lin, 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 sells furniture and electronics. Luka Magnotta was charged with three counts of fraud (one per retailer) and pleaded guilty to the charges, but he didn’t go to jail. Instead, Magnotta got a nine-month conditional sentence along with a year of probation. The Netflix documentary leaves some of this out.
5 Luka Magnotta Declared Bankruptcy
Working jobs as a stripper, escort, and porn actor, Magnotta wasn’t making much money. In March 2007, documents show that Luka Magnotta declared bankruptcy, as detailed by the Vancouver Sun. Magnotta had racked up more than $17,000 in debt from various creditors, and his bankruptcy was discharged in December of that same year. As far as can be determined, Magnotta continued to work as a sex worker and attempted to model. However, as Don’t F*** with Cats chronicles, Magnotta always managed to find time to create fake profiles and comments with photos of himself pretending to be a successful model.
4 Luka Magnotta Posted To White Supremacist Websites
While it is known that Luka Magnotta had created upwards of 70 different Facebook pages, using the Facebook social network 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 (via National Post). In one of the comments on that site, Magnotta reportedly denounced Chinese people. Not coincidentally, 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.
3 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick Might Have Included More Than Murder & Dismemberment
Don’t F*** with Cats’ biggest trigger warning moment arrived when Luka Magnotta created and uploaded a video called 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick, consisting of him repeatedly stabbing Jun with an ice pick and 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. The animal cruelty element isn’t hard to believe given that this all started with Magnotta murdering cats,
2 Luka Magnotta Left Notes With the Packages
Don’t F*** with Cats shows how Luka Magnotta dismembered Jun Lin’s body then packaged body parts like hands and feet and sent them out to government bodies and even schools. However, what the series doesn’t reveal is that Magnotta 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. The notes mentioned Laureen Teskey, the wife of the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper. Three other packages that were intercepted included other notes but police never disclosed what they said to prevent copycat crimes.
1 Police Struggled To Recover Jun Lin’s Head
Don’t F*** with Cats makes it clear that after Luka Magnotta killed Lin (which was influenced by Basic Instinct) he dismembered Lin’s body, which included a decapitation. However, while it was stated that parts of the body were sent to political parties and schools with handwritten messages, the head wasn’t sent anywhere (via CTV News). Police struggled to find it despite working desperately to give closure to Lin’s family. Fortunately, police received an anonymous tip that the head was in Montreal’s Angrignon Park. It was never found out who the anonymous tipper was, but given his need for attention, it could have been Luka Magnotta himself.
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