If you're the kind of person who likes to keep up with the latest and greatest shows coming to Netflix, you may have heard about a series called Don't Fuck With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer. The series is about how people on the internet came together to hunt down a Canadian murderer after he posted unsettling content of him committing heinous crimes online. He has since been identified as Luka Magnotta and put behind bars, but the question still stands — who is Luka Magnotta? The notorious killer had an unusual life before resorting to crime.

He was born in Scarborough

According to Global News, Magnotta was born as Eric Clinton Kirk Newman in Scarborough, Ontario on July 24, 1982. His mother would often kick him and his siblings out of the house so she could clean, and his father was a diagnosed schizophrenic.

In the same article by Global News, it was revealed that after his parent's divorce, Magnotta and his brother Conrad went to live with their grandmother, who was known to use homophobic slurs against Magnotta because of his "feminine tendencies". 

He's a former adult film star

In 2003, around the age of 21, Magnotta began appearing in adult film videos, while also occasionally working as a stripper and male escort.

In 2005, he appeared in an issue of Toronto's fab magazine under the name "Jimmy".

He had aspirations of being a reality TV star

In 2007, Magnotta decided to try his luck in the TV industry, which was confirmed by CTV News back in 2012. He unsuccessfully competed in the OUTtv series COVERguy. Shortly after that, he underwent multiple cosmetic surgeries and auditioned for Plastic Makes Perfect on the Slice network.

He had a history of criminal activity prior to committing murder

In 2005, Magnotta was convicted of impersonation and fraud after applying for a credit card as someone else and purchasing $10,000 worth of goods, which was revealed by The Province. He pleaded guilty to receive a nine-month conditional sentence with 12 months of probation.

Magnotta also created various profiles on social media, including at least 70 Facebook accounts under different names. He allegedly posted on the white supremacist site Stormfront, denouncing Chinese people, and also followed the Twitter account of white nationalist, Don Black.

He has "fan accounts"

As many popularized murderers often do, Magnotta seems to have a fan base. Some people have created Instagram accounts specifically for the purpose of proclaiming his innocence, despite the fact that he was found guilty by a jury and is currently behind bars.

He's currently serving a life sentence for murder

On December 23, 2014, Magnotta was found guilty of all charges laid against him. He was given a life sentence for first-degree murder and was also charged with committing an indignity to a dead body, publishing obscene material, mailing obscene material, and criminally harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament.

He is currently locked up at the Archambault Institution in Quebec, where he will stay for many years to come.


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