Canadian model and porn actor Luka Magnotta's life read like a horror thriller novel. It had intrigue, sex, murder, a handsome villain, social media and international elements; a Chinese student was murdered and Magnotta had been a fugitive in Europe. Dubbed the 'Canadian Psycho' by the international press, Magnotta longed for fame and in the end got international attention for his gruesome video.
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The saying that 'truth is stranger than fiction' aptly describes Magnotta's life. His name (changed from Eric Newman to Luka Magnotta) was taken from the video game Ripper about a serial killer who butchered his victims.
Magnotta copied the plot of 'Basic Instinct' the popular Hollywood thriller where there is a shocking sex killing while the victim is bound to a bed in the killer's bedroom. The two have sex and then the victim is murdered with an ice pick. Later, the killer says nonchalantly: "Killing isn't like smoking. You can stop."
In the 11 minute video called '1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick' which Magnotta posted online, the victim is tied to a bed and while he is sexually assaulted he is stabbed a number of times with an ice pick. In an earlier blog post, Magnotta had written, "Killing is different than smoking... with smoking you can actually quit."
This compact book by the bestselling author of "Behind Closed Doors" is a succinct analysis on the life of Luka Magnotta and the lessons we can learn as global social network users.