“Perhaps if the police had taken note of the thousands of calls, the many emails (including mine), informing them of his sick behaviour with animals…the human tragedy could have been averted.”
MONTREAL – Police were hot on Luka Rocco Magnotta’s trail just weeks before he allegedly killed and dismembered university student Jun Lin, according to a former landlord.
He said a police detective phoned asking about Magnotta. But the query came too late — Magnotta had moved out about two weeks earlier.
While they never explained why they were calling, Toronto police have stated that they had already been investigating Magnotta on allegations of animal cruelty for more than a year.
According to the landlord, they nearly found him.
“I think they were on to this guy,” said the superintendent, as he stood in front of the apartment building in the city’s blue-collar Point St. Charles district. He spoke on condition of anonymity.
“To myself, I said, ‘I’m glad he’s out because the cops are looking for him now.’ “
The police phone call came roughly two months before Lin’s death in late May. Magnotta has been charged with first-degree murder in the grisly crime, which has shocked people around the world, and to which he has pleaded not guilty.
His former landlord said he gave up his furnished, second-floor bachelor apartment at the end of February, about two months after moving in. It was an abrupt departure — he only advised the superintendent about a week before he packed up.
Magnotta indicated that he was moving back to Toronto. In fact his next known address, the alleged scene of the killing, was only a few kilometres away in west-end Montreal.
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