Luka Rocco Magnotta appears to have posted new videos of himself while he was on the run, including one that began, “Hi to all my 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.
The videos appear to have been posted from Saturday to Monday, just before Magnotta was arrested in Berlin at a cyber café after spending an hour reading about himself online.
The 29-year-old porn actor used different music in each video but all of the songs dated to 1987. Police were unable to explain whether the year had particular significance for Magnotta, who was born Eric Newman in Scarborough in 1982.
Investigators are also attempting to determine whether Magnotta commented anonymously on the grisly video of the butchery and dismemberment of a Chinese university student, apparently on May 25.
“It’s possible. This will be verified in interrogation, but I did see the comments (that might seem to be from him),” Mainville, the head of the Montreal police Major Crimes unit, told La Presse.
Magnotta remains in prison in Germany after his arrest Monday in Berlin, one week after he fled Canada following the death of Lin Jun.
Police discovered Lin’s torso in a discarded suitcase in Montreal on May 29, the same day body parts were found addressed to the Conservative and the Liberal party headquarters in Ottawa.
Two of the recent videos appear to be shot in the same room with neon yellow walls and Magnotta wearing a white hoodie and blond hair. In one 12-second video, the song “La Isla Bonita” by Madonna plays as Magnotta sits on a maroon couch and says, “What’s up and hi to all my fans.”
A longer 1 minute and 33 second version uses the same setting and the same few shots of Magnotta over and over.
A video in the same setting posted June 2 shows him peeking through curtains out of a window with the dance hit “The Great Commandment” from the German group Camouflage.
A “music video” uses Truth Faith by New Order, which was also included in the alleged murder video uploaded last week, to back a 2:59 montage of still photos of Magnotta.