Luka Magnotta’s Lifelong Mental Illness Wasn’t Mentioned in Netflix Docuseries
Many true crime documentaries detail the process of solving the crime as told by professional investigators and law enforcement. However, Netflix Don’t fuck with cats: Hunt a killer on the internet takes a different approach by putting amateur internet sleuths front and center. There are several things the Netflix show left out, including Luka Magnotta’s lifelong mental disorder.
‘Don’t F**k with Cats’ chronicles Luka Magnotta’s downfall
Don’t fuck with cats is a three-part Netflix docuseries that follows murderer, Luka Magnotta. The story begins with a Las Vegas, Nevada based casino data analyst named Deanna Thompson who was obsessed with the internet. In 2010, he was sent a video titled 1 boy 2 kittens. In the video, a young man in a hoodie places two kittens in a bag and blows all the air into the bag, killing the kittens.
Horrified by the video, Thompson and a few other netizens formed a Facebook group dedicated to bringing the perpetrator to justice. The group reunited Thompson and John Green and immediately got to work looking for clues that might help them identify the boy.
After some searching, Thompson and Green located Magnotta’s apartment in Toronto after a series of dead ends. It also didn’t help that Magnotta started taunting amateur investigators because his profile liked Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie. Catch Me If You Can.
Then Magnotta posted another video of him feeding a kitten to a python. This video indicated that the lunatic Magnotta planned to escalate his behavior and take human life next. In 2012, Magnotta stabbed and dismembered a Chinese international student named Jun Lin, then sent his parts to different locations.
Magnotta made sure his crime was recorded and uploaded to the internet. During the lead up to the crime, Magnotta also made no attempt to hide from CCTV cameras. The crime eventually became national news, giving Magnotta the attention he desperately craved.
Netflix Omitted Magnotta’s Mental Health Diagnosis For A Reason
Netflix did not include several key aspects of the case. For example, the documentary included a brief clip of his mother defending him and discussing his mental state, revealing that he had been bullied as a child. Other than that, the killer’s sanity is barely revealed, but that was intentional on Netflix’s part.
It is difficult to highlight the crimes of a criminal and drop the information that he is mentally unstable. Luka Magnotta has spent most of his life creating new identities, lying about himself and twisting the truth. Therefore, highlighting his mental health issues might have made him likable.
Netflix also failed to mention that Magnotta’s father was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1994, which Magnotta received five years later and occasionally took medication for. However, there is more to this story, as a month before killing Lin, Magnotta went to the hospital, where he described feeling impulsive and sleepless. Therefore, Don’t fuck with cats suggests the idea that Magnotta either made up his mental problems or greatly exaggerated them to avoid taking responsibility for everything he did.
Luka Magnotta’s first contact with the law
Luka Magnotta’s arrest and imprisonment for the murder of Jun Lin isn’t the first time he’s become familiar with law enforcement. Long before the murder, the killer got into trouble with the law after posing as a woman.
According to The Guardian, Magnotta applied for a credit card and used it to buy more than $100,000 worth of items from three retailers. Magnotta was arrested and charged with three counts of fraud, pleading guilty to all charges. Magnotta did not go to jail but received a nine-month suspended prison sentence and one year probation.
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