Most people spend red eye flights home from Las Vegas either A) sleeping or B) wallowing in self pity, thinking about all the hard earned money they just pissed away on the black jack table. I did neither of those things last month on my return trip home, and instead struck up conversation and became friends with a late twenty something bass player from Toronto. We chatted about life and our vacations before exchanging contact info (Facebook names) and fading off into iPod induced comas.
We agreed to do an interview in early summer when his band, Asleep In The Machine, releases their new single, but for now Canada has more pressing issues at hand (or should I say foot?). Like the face eating zombie attack in Miami earlier this week, America's hat too has had it's run in with a high profile case, involving the dismembering of human body parts.
Two days ago a note with a severed foot was sent to the Conservative Party Headquarters in Ottawa. The note indicated no motive for the killing, but stated that the killer intended to strike again and that there were six body parts in total circulating around the country. Police have reason to believe that the killer is 29 year old porn star/sadist Luka Rocco Magnotta, who also goes by the aliases Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov.
The police began to suspect Magnotta after a video started making it's rounds on the internet showing "two naked young men, one stabbing the other with an ice pick. The killer then dismembers the corpse and engages in sexual acts with the body and its severed parts." Internet searches for Luka reviled a history of kitten snuff films and blog posts that offered a "six-step process to shedding an identity".
Ottawa and Montreal have been the hubs of much media attention of late, doubling as a crime scene for the severed foot and home base for student protests for more than one hundred days now, taking a stand against tuition hikes among other issues. It still remains to be seen whether or not the foot has any connection to the protests or occupy movement. To get a sense for how the natives were taking the news of a potential serial killer on the loose, the 2 Man Weave reached out to our Canadian correspondent, Dan Carret, to see what the general consensus is up north. Here's what he had to say.
"As far as the Montreal story goes (in-regards to the protests)... I'm a bit of a conspiracy theorist, so I believe the media exaggerates a lot of stuff to justify the harsh political amendments they're making. In a nutshell, they want to make it illegal to do protests with more than something like 50-100 people, and I'm pretty sure that's the epitome of anti-democratic. Still, if the media is telling the absolute truth, then obviously the protesters are out of line. In regards to the foot... nobody really knows whose foot it is or why it was sent to the Conservative party, so one can't assume it's connected to the Montreal protests until we have more information. That said, it is getting a ton of publicity in Toronto but we usually don't get too worried about these things. There are genocides happening around the world... one human foot is nothing in comparison to that.
Like I said, we don't really freak out about stuff like this. Obviously there's a psycho out there, but it's one human foot, not 10 bodies. I'm curious (to see) what happens though!"So there you have it folks, it's going to take more than a severed limb to get our neighbors worked up. However, we will continue to monitor this story as more and more details emerge.