Under arrest: Suspected killer Luka Magnotta was finally tracked down to an internet cafe in Berlin
Lawyers suggested that BestGore.com, the horror site which hosted a snuff video which appeared to show Luka Rocco Magnotta hacking up his former lover Jun Lin, could fall foul of Canadian obscenity laws.
But the site's founder defended himself, insisting that the video had helped the hunt for Magnotta and noting that he had taken the video down himself after a widespread outcry.
The row over the sickening '1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick' video came after the alleged killer was arrested in Berlin while reading news articles about himself in an internet cafe.
In the aftermath of Magnotta's arrest, internet lawyer Gil Zvulony told The Province he thought Best Gore could be liable for its role in the bizarre saga.
He argued that after the site was alerted to the nature of the video it was hosting, it should have acted quickly to take it down - or the police should have stepped in to force it to do so.
'There's no real crime where there's no knowledge,' he said, 'but once they got notice of that and they allowed it to stay on there, that's where a crime was committed in my view and police should have charged them.'
Mr Zvulony acknowledged that it is difficult to censor the internet, but insisted that in some cases unrestrained free speech could be 'really harmful to society'.
He added: 'It goes against the ethos of the Internet, but we do have to put some responsibility on the people who run these sites.'
However, Mark Marek, administrator of Best Gore, told the paper his site provided a public service by showing the consequences of violence.
'Best Gore exists to expose the evil doers for who they really are, though I'm not surprised they are offended with me showing their true faces to the world and want the site shut down or me charged with whatever they can come up with,' he said.
Mr Marek argued that his viewers helped the investigation by identifying Magnotta from the video, and suggested they had contributed more than the police did.
'Had the authorities acted upon the reports we made, they may have captured Luka sooner,' he said.
Internet Cafe: The Spatkauf cafe in Neukoelln, a suburb of Berlin, where Magnotta was arrestedMagnotta, 29, was seized in Helin Tele and Internet Cafe on Karl-Marx-Strasse in the working class Neukoelln district of Berlin yesterday morning.
The café was raided by armed police shortly after 11.30am after he was recognised by Kadir Anlayisli.
Magnotta was pinned to the floor and handcuffed without offering any resistance.
It is understood he was searching the internet for articles about himself and his alleged crimes when he was caught.
Eyewitnesses said armed officers asked the suspect ‘Are you the wanted man?’ and he responded ‘Yes, that’s me,’ he said.
The arrest brought to an end an international trawl spanning thousands of miles and hundreds of police officers across two continents.
A man at the internet cafe who described himself as the ‘boss’ but who would not give his name , confirmed Magnotta had been there.
‘Then the cops came and it was all over for him,’ he said.
‘It all happened very quickly, in a blur. Everyone is beating a path to my door. But the police have told me not to say too much.’
Terminal 25: Inside the internet cafe, at the cubicle where Magnotta was discovered by police. A cafe employee spotted him looking at stories about himself
Witness: Kadir Anlayisli recognised Magnotta at the cafe and called police
The arrest – which took place in an area known for its gay bars and sordid sex joints – brought an end to an international trawl spanning thousands of miles and two continents.
It began after Magnotta, branded the 'Canadian Psycho', allegedly murdered and dismembered his former gay lover Mr Lin, 33, in his flat in Montreal on the night of May 24.
The university student’s torso was found in the apartment while parts of his body were posted to political offices in Ottawa, including the prime minister’s party headquarters.
A ten minute videotape purporting to record the horrific crime was posted online, showing a man stabbing his naked and bound victim with an ice pick.
The attacker then hacks him to pieces and eats part of his flesh. He is also seen performing sexual acts on the corpse.
One member of the investigative team said the murderer ‘tears the victim apart like a doll’.
The video, entitled '1 Lunatic, 1 Ice Pick', was set to the soundtrack from American Psycho, earning the suspect his nickname.
Magnotta, who has worked as a bisexual porn star and a gay prostitute called Angel and often dresses as a woman, apparently fled to France on May 26.
Police have reluctantly admitted their suspect, who has also used aliases Eric Clinton Newman (his birth name) and Vladimir Romanov, should have been stopped on arrival at Charles de Gaulle airport.
But instead he passed through customs unchallenged and was able to spend several day at large in the French capital.
CCTV: Interpol issued this undated photo of Magnotta passing through an unnamed airport security checkpoint. After the unsuccessful raid on Saturday, police do not know his whereabouts
Closing the net: Interpol had notified authroities in 190 countries to be on the lookout for Luka Magnotta, who was arrested today in Germany
Sick posting: An online animation shows a bloody hand print and the phrase 'It was Luka Magnotta'
Witnesses came, claiming to have spotted him in the trendy Bastille district in the east of Paris, an area of the city highly popular with young British expats.
Parisian officers said the suspected killer stayed for two nights with a gay man he met in a nightclub before his terrified host spotted his photo on the internet.
One bar owner told police: 'He came into my bar and sat drinking and chatting. He seemed very excited.'
A police source said another man had put Magnotta up in his flat for two nights early last week after meeting him in a gay nightclub.
The police source said: 'After he left, the man realised who he had had staying and contacted us.
'It is then thought he went out in the evenings drinking in the Bastille district and staying in a cheaper hotel in the east of the city.'
A receptionist at a four-star hotel near the Champs-Elysees also said she believed Magnotta had stayed there the same night.
The Paris police source said: 'She later identified him from a photo.'
Police eventually traced Magnotta, who had had plastic surgery to look more like James Dean - through mobile phone calls and closed in on the hotel where he was stayed. But he had left before officers arrived.
Some of his belongings – including pornographic magazines and air sickness bags - were recovered from the room and are undergoing DNA testing.
Sightings: Witnesses say they saw a person matching Bagnotta's description at Parisian bars, such as Le Petit Batignolles bar. Police in the French capital had lost Bagnotta before he turned up in Germany
Victim: Jun Lin, 33, was a Chinese student who had moved to Montreal to study. He dated Magnotta
Hotel raid: The La Soummam hotel in Bagnolet, outside Paris, in which fugitive Luka Magnotta was believed to be staying. He fled before police arrived
It is unclear how Magnotta managed to slip through the net, despite Interpol having issued a Red Notice wanted-persons alert to its 190 member countries last Thursday.
But he was next seen calmly boarding a Eurolines bus at Bagnolet coach station in the eastern suburbs of the French capital at 7.30pm on Friday night.
Despite Magnotta buying a £100 ticket for the journey – and the fact the station is covered by 20 CCTV cameras – police did not trace his escape route until three days on.
He arrived in Berlin 14 hours after boarding the service at 9.15am on Saturday and has managed to avoid detection until today. The one-time porn star is likely to go before a judge today.
He will face a range of charges, including murder, defiling a corpse, threatening the Canadian prime minister and using the mail system for delivering 'obscene, indecent, immoral or scurrilous' material.
During Magnotta’s time on the run, he spent time on the computer playing war games and also made a number of disturbing postings.
Once included a short animation that involved a bloody hand print and the phrase 'It was Luka Magnotta'. Police say he was enjoying his notoriety.
Six months ago, Magnotta was living in a £40-a-night room above the Fusilier Inn in Wembley, north London, while sightseeing in the capital.
In an email to The Sun in December, he supposedly said: ‘You will be hearing from me again. This time, however, the victims won’t be small animals.’ He sent a similar warning to the BBC.
At the same time, he appears to be denying that he is the person in the kitten-killing videos, writing on his own website: ‘Once and for all, I will set the record straight. Many hoax websites are created using my image and name, posing as me to seem more believable...
'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.’
Magnotta is said to have once dated Karla Homolka, a notorious Canadian sex killer who slaughtered schoolgirls
FROM THE ANGEL TO CANADIAN PSYCHO, HOW LUKA MAGNOTTA BECAME THE WORLD'S MOST WANTED
The murder suspect dubbed the 'Canadian Psycho' has worked as a bisexual porn star, as a gay prostitute called 'Angel,' and is an alleged kitten killer with a string of fraud convictions.
Luka Rocco Magnotta, accused of chopping up his lover and filming the attack before mailing body parts to a series of addresses in Canada, was arrested on Monday in Berlin after initially fleeing to Paris and setting off an international manhunt.
In addition to having had plastic surgery on his face -- apparently to look more like James Dean -- he often wears lipstick and make-up, has dyed his hair and worn wigs, and sometimes dresses up as a woman.
Changeable image: Police suspected that Magnotta was disguising himself as a woman to evade capture, having been on the run for almost two weeks. A sketch of what he may look like was released
He was convicted under his birth name Eric Clinton Newman for defrauding several retailers and with stealing $16,900 from a woman in Toronto, culminating in a suspended sentence and probation in 2005.
A series of judge imposed conditions reportedly banned him from owning or using a camera or a computer, and from accessing the Internet.
Born in Toronto, family members told reporters they lost contact with him some time ago.
For years Magnotta built a profile through blogs, escort adverts in which he searched online for sex partners, and posted photographs showing himself as a trim, pouty-lipped model whose travels included Paris and other cities.
He used the name 'Angel' when working as a prostitute and stripper at Remington's, a well-known gay bar in Toronto, according to transsexual performer Nina Arsenault, who claims to have had a relationship with him.
The one-time supporter of white supremacists posted a video online of two kittens being suffocated in a plastic bag, according to the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, ending an online hunt for the so-called 'Vacuum Kitten Killer.'
The Fusilier Pub in Wembley, North London, where Luka Manotta has previously stayed
He was granted a license to work as a stripper in Toronto in 2005 and also worked as a male escort.
Pierre Bonhomme, a Canadian filmmaker who recalled a meeting with Magnotta in Toronto in 2007 or 2008, told the Ottawa Citizen it was a 'creepy' experience that he quickly decided to escape from.
'I left within about five minutes. It was a really uncomfortable, awkward situation. He was in the shady, druggy, gay-sex prostitution world. He was on a lot of the gay hookup sites,' Bonhomme said.
Magnotta used Russian names, including the alias Vladimir Romanov, on such sites, according to Bonhomme, who also attested to the suspect's willingness to use fraud and deception.
'He was a hustler,' Bonhomme said. 'He was definitely not a gay village kind of guy. He was more of a suburban guy on the Internet, scamming married guys, that kind of thing.'
Psychologist Gilles Chamberland told Radio Canada that Magnotta exudes 'narcissistic, anti-social,' behaviour, having described himself as being 'incredibly beautiful.'
In 2009, he ironically posted advice on the Internet about how to vanish and never be found.
'A minimum of four months is really necessary to carry out the heroic actions necessary to leave your old life behind,' he reportedly wrote.
He said a person must withdraw from all social circles, possess two sets of false identification papers, convert all assets to cash and then take a bus to a chosen destination, after selling a car somewhere else to mislead police.
Magnotta did not do such a good job of staging his own disappearance: investigators believe he boarded a France-bound plane on May 26 in Montreal and police traced his cell phone signal to the suburb of Bagnolet, Paris on Saturday.
He was eventually tracked down by German police on Monday in an Internet cafe in Neukoelln, a working-class district of Berlin.
Friendly: This video, posted online two years ago, shows a man who looks like Magnotta appearing to be caring for the cats (he disguised his face)
Sickening: The thug places both of the cats inside a plastic bag and films them suffocating
Video: 2007 TV interview with suspect in porn, body-parts killing
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