CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF HUMAN REMAINS CASE ==== MONTREAL As alleged killer Luka Rocco Magnotta awaitedextradition in a Berlin jail cell, the focus of the Canadianinvestigation into the body-parts case shifted Tuesday toVancouver, where two schools received packages containing humanremains. Magnotta is wanted in Canada on several charges includingfirst-degree murder in connection with the ghastly Montrealkilling and dismemberment of Chinese national Jun Lin. The pornactor, who grew up in the Toronto area, was arrested Monday at anInternet cafe in Berlin. CAUTION: GRAPHIC CONTENT MAY DISTURB SOME READERS.
Magnotta, the prime suspect in a crime that has shocked peopleworldwide, declined Tuesday to fight his extradition from Germany,and authorities now believe he could be on his way back to Canadain a matter of days or weeks. But as the extradition proceedings moved forward, investigators inMontreal said they are still looking for some of Lin s body parts. The Concordia University student s torso was found locked in asuitcase on May 29 in an alley behind the seedy, west-end Montrealapartment building where Magnotta lived. That same day, one of the 33-year-old s hands and one of his feetwere discovered after being mailed in separate parcels to theoffices of political parties in Ottawa. Vancouver police said Tuesday that a human hand and foot had beendelivered to two schools earlier in the day.
Police told a newsconference the body parts had been discovered by school staff whenthey opened the packages. Police said they can t confirm whether the packages are connectedto the Montreal case but they have contacted police there. At a Montreal news conference earlier Tuesday, Cmdr. Ian Lafrenieresaid more body parts had been recovered from a garbage heap behindMagnotta s building. Panel Mount Keyboard
But he said one of Lin s hands, one of his feet and his head arestill unaccounted for. Were they shipped to different locations? Lafreniere asked. We ve got no indication (of this) whatsoever, but we re nottaking any chances… We re working closely with the postalservices to see if there could have been something (else)shipped. A Chinese consulate spokesman said four of Lin s family members,including his parents, arrived in Montreal Tuesday night. Panel Mount Keyboard Manufacturer
Zheng Xusaid they will meet with Montreal police and then with the media atan opportune time. Across the Atlantic, Magnotta spent his first night in custodyalone in a 1.5-metre-by-five-metre cell at Berlin policeheadquarters, said a city police spokesman. Magnotta, dubbed Canadian Psycho by some foreign media, had awooden bed with a mattress, a window overlooking a yard and a smalltable for meals, said Chief-Supt. Stefan Redlich. His dinner Monday consisted of bread and cheese and his breakfastTuesday was toast with jam and a cup of tea. Wall Mount Kiosk Manufacturer
It s not a comfortable hotel room, said Redlich, adding thatMagnotta s cell did have a bell to contact the guards. He said Magnotta rang the bell once to ask if someone would lighthis cigarette. The guards were willing to oblige the detainee. He was otherwise very calm and quiet, so it was a night withoutany situations, any disturbances, Redlich said. He could not immediately say whether Magnotta had been in touchwith family or friends after his arrest.
Magnotta was appointed a German lawyer and, following his hearing,was taken to a prison in central Berlin where he will likely stayuntil his extradition. Authorities said his return to Canada could happen as soon as thecoming days. This may speed up the (extradition) process, but on the otherhand, he may change his opinion any day, said Redlich. So we will see.
When asked Tuesday about the extradition proceedings, Montrealpolice said there s no rush to get him back to Canada. At least, he s detained he s stopped, Lafreniere said,adding there is still considerable police work to do. The largest manhunt of the Montreal police history is over forus. The suitcase containing Lin s torso had been put out with the restof the trash, but the building s manager said it was left behindafter garbage collectors, uncharacteristically, only picked up someof the waste that day.
Montreal police said they have video footage from the apartmentbuilding that allegedly shows Magnotta carrying bags to thecomplex s garbage pile. Lafreniere said investigators have surveillance video of Magnottaallegedly mailing the gruesome packages from a Canada Post outletin his Cote-des-Neiges neighbourhood. Montreal police also spoke out about an infamous video they believeshows Lin s death. The footage was posted online. In the video clip, a person is seen repeatedly stabbing a nakedyoung man with an ice pick.
The killer later dismembers the corpseand appears to commit sexual and cannibalistic acts on it. Lafreniere was asked whether there is evidence the killer in thevideo ate part of the victim s body. As gross and as graphic (as) it could be, yes, it was seen on thevideo, he said. But again we ve got to confirm this. Police allege the horrific incident took place in Magnotta sbachelor apartment, which was soaked with blood following Lin sdeath.
Due to the modus operandi surrounding Lin s death, Lafreniere alsosaid his department is looking for possible links to unsolved localcrimes. He added that Montreal police are in contact with other forces todiscuss potential connections to cold cases in their jurisdictions. The international manhunt for Magnotta ended with Monday s arrestafter he was recognized inside the Berlin cafe where he was readingonline news articles about himself. Magnotta maintained a prolificonline presence for years. Police said he initially tried to give officers called to the scenefake names, but then gave up, saying: OK, you got me.
German officials said Magnotta arrived in Berlin on Saturday on abus from Paris. He fled Montreal for the French capital afterLin s death, which occurred sometime overnight between May 24 andMay 25. Lin, who studied computer science, was reported missing by anacquaintance the same day his torso and the mailed body parts werefound. The part-time cashier, who sometimes used the first name Justin orPatrick, was remembered as a reliable and friendly cashier by hisboss, the owner of a Montreal convenience store.
Zheng Xu, a spokesman for the Chinese Consulate in Montreal, saidLin s family wants to come to Canada as soon as possible. Lin s disturbing death has rattled people on several continents. The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa even issued a statement advisingChinese visitors to Canada to take safety precautions. Magnotta also faces other charges in Canada, including corruptingmorals; causing an indignity to a body; using the mail system todeliver obscene, indecent, immoral or scurrilous material; andharassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and some MPs.
Some of the charges are tied to an incident that saw a parcelcontaining a severed foot delivered to the Conservative party sOttawa headquarters. Another package, carrying a hand, wasaddressed to the Liberal party, but was intercepted at a CanadaPost warehouse before delivery. with files from Lia Levesque in Montreal and The AssociatedPress.