More body parts found in grisly Canada murder

Montreal police probed Wednesday a horrifying new twist in the gruesome "Canadian Psycho" murder case after new body parts turned up in the mail at two Vancouver schools, while the suspect awaits extradition from Germany.

Authorities were still trying to determine if the human hand and foot discovered in two separate packages on Tuesday were indeed those of the killer's victim, 33-year-old Chinese student Lin Jun.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, a 29-year-old Canadian porn actor, was arrested in Berlin on Monday after a week-long international manhunt and is awaiting extradition to Canada for murdering Lin, believed at one point to have been his lover.

Magnotta allegedly filmed himself on the night of May 24-May 25 killing Lin with a pick axe and dismembering the body before sending a foot and a hand to the headquarters of Canadian political parties, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives.

A series of new videos from Magnotta -- likely filmed after the murder -- have appeared on the Internet and appear to be authentic, according to police.

In one, posted on YouTube, a cavalier looking Magnotta is seen smoking and says, "what's up and hi to all my fans," while Madonna's song La Isla Bonita plays in the background.

Police called the initial video showing the murder "sordid" and said the crime scene -- an apartment on Montreal's busy Decarie Boulevard -- was virtually covered in blood.

The victim's torso, which has also been identified as belonging to Lin, was discovered in a suitcase outside Magnotta's apartment building, but his head and his second hand and foot were all unaccounted for before Tuesday.

Montreal homicide investigators have taken over the Vancouver probe into whether the latest body parts belonged to Lin, who had been studying computer science at Concordia University in Montreal before his gory death.

Vancouver police said the packaging and addresses on the boxes sent to schools there, in the far west of the country, were similar to those on the parcels discovered at the political offices in eastern Canada.

Magnotta, who fled Canada on May 26, initially to Paris, was picked up on Monday on an Interpol warrant by German police in an Internet cafe in Neukoelln, a working-class district of Berlin.

He offered little resistance, saying simply: "You got me," a German police spokesman said.

It is not clear when he will be extradited to Canada but the move is expected in the coming days.

Canadian authorities said Magnotta will face charges of first degree murder and committing indignities to a body. He is also expected to be charged with publishing and mailing obscene matter to Canadian politicians.

The suspect, who resided in Montreal but is originally from Toronto, has been dubbed the "Canadian Psycho" and the "Butcher of Montreal" for a unfathomable murder that could have come straight out of a horror movie.

Lin's grieving parents, accompanied by his sister and his uncle, arrived in Montreal late Tuesday from China to meet with Chinese diplomatic officials and police and university administrators, the Chinese consulate told AFP.

Authorities are mulling whether to investigate an Edmonton-based website for publishing the video of Lin's dismemberment, believed to have been posted by Magnotta before he fled Canada.

Police are probing three other videos of Magnotta which appeared on the Internet after the suspect headed to France, then Germany.

In addition to the "fan" video with the Madonna song, a second clip shows the suspect filming himself while music from the band New Order plays. A third video shows him peeking out the window of a dimly-lit apartment.

Montreal's serious crime unit said it believes the videos were filmed after the Montreal murder.

"All we can say is that we've seen the videos and they appear to be authentic," police spokesman Ian Lafreniere told AFP. "But we have to ensure the videos' veracity and figure out when they were filmed."

Magnotta, who has worked as a bisexual porn star and as a gay prostitute called "Angel," has changed his name and used several aliases.

Under his birth name Eric Clinton Newman, he was convicted of defrauding several retailers and with stealing $16,900 from a woman in Toronto, culminating in a suspended sentence and probation in 2005.

A series of judge-imposed conditions reportedly banned him from owning or using a camera or a computer, and from accessing the Internet.

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