A Canadian porn actor suspected of murdering and dismembering a Chinese student and mailing his body parts to Canada's top political parties was reading about himself on the Internet when he was arrested Monday at a cafe in Berlin.
Canadian investigators say Luka Magnotta's obsessions led him to post Internet videos of himself killing kittens and then a man, and finally to his arrest at the cafe where he had spent two hours reading media coverage of himself.
An international manhunt set off by a case of Internet gruesomeness that captured global attention ended quietly in the working-class Neukoelln district of the German capital when a cafe employee recognized Magnotta, 29, from a newspaper photo and flagged down a police car.
Confronted by seven officers, "He tried at first giving fake names but in the end he just said: 'You got me,' " said police spokesman Guido Busch. "He didn't resist."
Magnotta is wanted by Canadian authorities on suspicion of killing Jun Lin, 33, a man he dated, and mailing his body parts to Canada's two top political parties.
They say Magnotta filmed the student's murder from Wuhan, China, and posted it online. The warning signs apparently were already there. For nearly two years, animal activists had been looking for a man who tortured and killed cats and posted videos of his cruelty online.
In 2005, Magnotta was accused of sexually assaulting a woman, but the charges were dropped, the lawyer who represented him at the time said.
In Germany, surveillance camera footage of the Internet cafe, obtained by the Associated Press, showed Magnotta casually walking in to the shop at noon local time, wearing jeans, a green hoodie sweater and sunglasses.
In Germany, police spokeswoman Kerstin Ziesmer said Magnotta is being questioned and will be brought before a judge behind closed doors.
The case's full horror emerged six days earlier, when a package containing a severed foot was opened at the ruling Conservative Party headquarters. A hand was discovered at a postal facility, addressed to the Liberal Party of Canada. A torso was found in a suitcase on a garbage dump in Montreal, outside Magnotta's apartment building. Nina Arsenault, a Toronto transsexual who said she had a relationship with Magnotta over a decade ago, described him as a drug user with a temper.
Police have confirmed Magnotta is a porn actor and that he and Jun had a relationship.