Recent Letters from Luka Magnotta, Uncensored

Magnotta and his fans have tried for years to claim he was framed, blackmailed, or forced to murder.

Kristin Hugo

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“Was there a message you were trying to send?” I had written to the killer. “And was it received?”

“What kind of violent videos on the internet had you seen before you started killing cats?”

“How did you feel when you knew people were enthralled with your videos?”

When I wrote to Luka Magnotta as a journalist, I was hoping he could give me some insight into why he killed cats and Jun Lin, in a series of gruesome crimes highlighted in the Netflix Documentary Don’t F**k with Cats! I’m always of the opinion that if you want to know something, you should just ask. Why all the speculation as to what’s going on in the killer’s mind? He’s alive, you can just send him a letter.

Did he do it so he would be the subject of an enthralling documentary?

So, I asked him. To my surprise, he neither blamed violent media for inspiring his violent urges, nor did he celebrate the fame that the murders brought him. Although he pled “not criminally responsible” (as in, he did it, but wasn’t in his right mind), he didn’t even claim to have any mental problems.

I had misunderstood, Magnotta insisted. According to him, he had never committed any of these crimes in the first place. These are his letters.

But first, the ethical issues of publishing these:

The “true crime conundrum” is the ethical issue of making media of true crime when it “glorifies” killers. The issue of promoting content about violence is something I consider deeply; I’ve written about how and when Facebook decides to censor videos of murder and suicide and who, if anyone, should regulate those videos.

Is it Possible Luka was Framed?

When reading these letters, they could inspire some people to side with Magnotta. He addresses many of the points that work against him, painting a picture of innocence or coercion. There are Facebook groups and Youtube videos crying conspiracy, that there has always been a plot to frame Magnotta.

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Kristin Hugo

Science journalist based in the SF Bay Area. Loves adventure, the outdoors, bones, and animals. @KristinHugo on Twitter, @RollBones on TikTok.