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Of all of the bizarre zombie/murder stories that have surfaced in the past few weeks, this one is by far the most disturbing. I wouldn't be surprised if this guy winds up confessing to other murders.

(CNN) -- It's a murder mystery with the makings of a horror film: Authorities hunt a self-proclaimed porn star who they say killed and dismembered a student, mailed the body parts to Canadian police and politicians, and then taunted authorities by posting a video of the grisly act on the Internet.

The manhunt for Luka Rocco Magnotta has captured worldwide attention, and it stretched into its fifth day Monday, with news that the search had moved to France after a number of reported sightings.

Magnotta, 29, dubbed "the Canadian psycho," is believed to have fled to Paris under an assumed name, Montreal Police Cmdr. Ian LaFreniere said. But he also says Magnotta could be anywhere, hiding in plain sight.

Magnotta is wanted on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the killing of 33-year-old Jun Lin, a Concordia University student from China, and threatening, among others, Canada's prime minister after mailing him a severed foot.

The case began last week when a package addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived at his majority Conservative Party headquarters, and a hand was later found at a post office addressed to the minority Liberal Party, authorities said.

Authorities quickly traced the address on the packages to the Montreal apartment of Magnotta, where they discovered a torso in a suitcase in a trash bin.

And the crime, Montreal police say, was captured on a graphic video posted to the Web. It features a man -- who authorities believe is Magnotta -- killing another man, dismembering the corpse and performing sexual acts.

"We believe he filmed himself," LaFreniere said last week. "It's gross. ... This is a very deranged person. He is looking for attention, and he got it, but not in a positive way."

Not all the body parts have been recovered, and LaFreniere said forensic evidence and DNA were used to identify the victim as Jun.

Authorities believe Magnotta killed Jun on May 24 or May 25, posted the video, and on May 26 fled the country by plane to Europe, most likely Paris.

That prompted Interpol, the global police agency, to alert authorities in 190 countries.

Over the weekend, police said there were indications that the suspect may have been aboard a flight from Paris back to Montreal. There was no sign of him after a search of the plane, LaFreniere said.

Since the case went public, new details have emerged daily, new chapters in a grisly saga with an alleged culprit that police say is infatuated with self-promotion.

According to Canadian media reports, Magnotta promoted himself as a gay porn star through a graphic website that showcases a chameleon-like quality: the ability to change his appearance. In one picture, with dark hair, he resembles a teenager. In another, with blond hair, he looks rough.

Authorities allege he even changes his names, using the aliases Eric Newman or Vladimir Romanov.

"There are a lot of pictures of him out there, and it will help lead him to us," LaFreniere told reporters over the weekend.

His name may not have been known before this week, but Magnotta's digital footprints were large.

He was notorious among online animal rights activists, who pegged him as a serial kitten killer who used cat carcasses in sexual acts.

A Facebook group started in December 2010 dubbed him the "Vacuum Kitten Killer," after a video was posted on YouTube showing kittens being killed by suffocation and drowning.

Several Canadian newspapers also reported that Magnotta had dated notorious Canadian killer Karla Homolka, who years before was arrested for the rapes and murders of three Ontario girls, including her own sister. As part of a plea bargain, Homolka served 12 years in prison. LaFreniere said he could not confirm any links and Homolka is not part of the investigation.

Now, there are reports that Magnotta threatened to kill as early as six months ago during an encounter with a reporter at the Sun.

The British newspaper implicated Magnotta as a suspect in the videotaped killing of a kitten, which it reports he initially denied.

Then, according to the newspaper, it received an e-mail describing how the writer planned to move on from killing animals to people. The writer, the newspaper reported over the weekend, was Magnotta.

"We're talking about a very strange, unhinged individual," said the Sun's Neil Millard.

"Obviously, we did give those details to the police in this country."

But there was little British authorities could do, with Magnotta back in Canada.

LaFreniere has said police are aware of the animal abuse allegations.

On what appears to be his website, Magnotta defended himself as a victim of cyberstalking.

"Once and for all, I will set the record straight," he wrote. "Many hoax websites are created using my image and name, posing as me to seem more believable in respect to the type of audience these website (sic) have, I feel I don't need to list them specifically but people need not be told, not to believe what they read and to take it as fact."

The website has writing in Arabic and Russian, and shows images of Magnotta half-naked and with his lips in a distinct runway pout.

LaFreniere from the Montreal police expressed confidence that Magnotta will be caught sooner or later -- predicting his desire for attention may be his downfall.

"This man uses the Web to glorify himself, and (authorities) hope this habit will lead to his capture," the police commander said Saturday.

CNN's Paula Newton and Moni Basu contributed to this report

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I'm not familiar with Canadian law, but I hope it's not a country that has no death penalty and a maximum 35 year prison sentence like alot of other countries. This guy should be the poster child for capital punishment.

No death penalty, unfortunately. This guy will probably be segregated from the regular prison population.

The wonderful justice system is already easing off on this loon, who attacked, beheaded and ate an unsuspecting man on a bus less than 4 years ago.

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/05/18/li-out-on-the-town

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No death penalty, unfortunately. This guy will probably be segregated from the regular prison population.

The wonderful justice system is already easing off on this loon, who attacked, beheaded and ate an unsuspecting man on a bus less than 4 years ago.

http://www.torontosu...out-on-the-town

Ugh, I had forgotten about that guy. That was awful.

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I'm not familiar with Canadian law, but I hope it's not a country that has no death penalty and a maximum 35 year prison sentence like alot of other countries. This guy should be the poster child for capital punishment.

Im surprised you are in favor of the death penalty. I thought they taught you guys to be against it in Law school. All of Mariams older brothers law friends can make such eloquent cases against, yet can barely speak English so I know a professor just drilled it into their heads at Columbia.

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No death penalty, unfortunately. This guy will probably be segregated from the regular prison population.

The wonderful justice system is already easing off on this loon, who attacked, beheaded and ate an unsuspecting man on a bus less than 4 years ago.

http://www.torontosu...out-on-the-town

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WHAT THE FU!!CK??? I Have Never Heard Of This, Crazy Sh!t Man..

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"On April 25, Gregory Despres arrived at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine, carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood. U.S. customs agents confiscated the weapons and fingerprinted Despres.

Then they let him into the United States.

The following day, a gruesome scene was discovered in Despres’ hometown of Minto, New Brunswick: The decapitated body of a 74-year-old country musician named Frederick Fulton was found on his kitchen floor. The man’s head was in a pillow case under a kitchen table. His common-law wife was discovered stabbed to death in a bedroom."

http://www.msnbc.msn...s/#.T8zu4HhuHzI

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Im surprised you are in favor of the death penalty. I thought they taught you guys to be against it in Law school. All of Mariams older brothers law friends can make such eloquent cases against, yet can barely speak English so I know a professor just drilled it into their heads at Columbia.

They did not teach us to be against it. However, we spent a couple of classes first year in Criminal Law discussing it by way of a series of articles that a Birmingham newspaper had written on the subject. It was a very interesting discussion, and opened my eyes to the serious faults of the use of capital punishment in this country.

Nonetheless, I still believe, and I'm not 100% certain that I can articulate why, that capital punishment is merited in certain cases. It should be used very judiciously and only when proof of guilt is truly certain. In the case of this gay porn actor, if they are able to prove by DNA evidence, as well as positively identify him on the videotape, then he deserves the death penalty for the gruesome nature of his crime. He's obviously mentally ill, but his actions suggest he is not so mentally ill as to be unable to appreciate the wrongness of his actions. He fled, he knows he's guilty. He will never be able to contribute to society in any way whatsoever, apart from being used as fertilizer.

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