At the end of the week, evidence mounted that Luka Rocco Magnotta, accused media-labeled "Montreal Cannibal" of 33-year-old Lin Jun, patterned segments of what he allegedly did via cinema inspirations. The primary film he used was American Psycho.
AFP reporter Michael Thurston summarized what the police have discovered after analyzing the Magnotta-filmed "snuff footage":
The music playing in the background of the horrific Montreal murder video -- easily viewable online as recently as this week -- is from the 2000 serial killer movie American Psycho.
In the film, a wealthy New York banker, played by Hollywood A-lister Christian Bale, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from co-workers and friends as he acts out gratuitous fantasies.
They climax in a notorious scene in which Bale's character uses an axe in the frenzied slaughter of a colleague, set to the Huey Lewis and the News song It's Hip to be Square.
In the video, Magnotta appears to be filming himself on the night of May 24-25 killing Lin with a pickaxe [incorrect detail by Thurston - should be ice pick - LC], to a soundtrack of New Order's True Faith, which plays over the opening credits of American Psycho.
One of the videos of Magnotta which has surfaced since the slaying became public is entitled Luka Magnotta Official Theme Song, and is set the tune of True Faith.
Magnotta also employed the "name game" too. When he was on the run in Europe, he used the pseudonym "Tramell" when he got on a bus from Paris to Berlin. In the 1992 erotic serial murderer film, Basic Instinct, the killer is named "Catherine Tramell," played by Sharon Stone.
Police recently were investigating a literal link that Magnotta may have purposely left tying himself directly to Hollywood. In January 2012, the head, hands and feet of 66-year-old Hervey Medellin -- dismembered like the Chinese student -- were found in the Hollywood Hills, on a hiking trail leading up to the iconic Hollywood sign. Police "know that Magnotta was on the US West Coast" around the time of the killing and earlier in the week were looking to see if there is a link.
Los Angeles police released statements about Hervey Medellin, 66, the Hollywood sign victim, being, like Magnotta, openly gay (as if that even means anything, forensically). Medellin's head was discovered in Bronson Canyon Park on January 17, when a dog found a plastic bag that contained the head near the sign. The accompanying dog walker called the police, and investigators discovered severed hands and feet during the course of a two-day search.
There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me: only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable... I simply am not there. ~ Patrick Bateman, American Psycho
Patrick Bateman: Wasn't Rothschild originally handling the Fisher account? How did you get it?
Paul Allen: Well, Halberstram, I could tell you... but then I'd have to kill ya.
Patrick Bateman: Do you know what Ed Gein said about women?
David Van Patten: Ed Gein? The maitre 'd at Canal Bar?
Patrick Bateman: No, serial killer, Wisconsin, the '50s.
Craig McDermott: So what did he say?
Patrick Bateman: "When I see a pretty girl walking down the street, I think two things. One part wants me to take her out, talk to her, be real nice and sweet and treat her right."
David Van Patten: And what did the other part think?
Patrick Bateman: "What her head would look like on a stick... " [laughs]
Movies don't create psychos, movies make psychos more creative! ~ Billy Loomis, Scream (Quote suggested by Mark.)