posted on Jun, 4 2012 @ 11:35 AM
For those calling for death penalty outright, read below "quasi biography/obituary" of the Chinese victim... more complex than first reported.
I hope restraint is used as to the sentence...
The many sides of Montreal murder victim Lin Jun
Beijing — The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Jun. 02 2012, 10:36 AM EDT
Last updated Saturday, Jun. 02 2012, 3:21 PM EDT
But the photographs and comments posted on his Sina Weibo account (a Chinese microblogging service that’s part Twitter, part Facebook) also reveal
hints of a darker side, one that might have drawn him to someone such as Luka Rocco Magnotta, a porn actor and white supremacist who was already
famous online for posting a video of his torturing of a kitten.
The 33-year-old Mr. Lin, who police have suggested might have been romantically linked to the man who murdered and dismembered him a week ago, gave
himself the nickname “Justin the Villain” on his Weibo account, a moniker that seems at odds with the soft personality that comes through in most
of his postings.
But dark thoughts clearly came to Mr. Lin from time to time. On Valentine’s Day last year, he posted a computer-altered photograph of himself with
wild purple hair and a cracked face that turns grey around a mouth of broken and missing teeth. “My self-portrait,” he wrote beneath the repulsive
In another on-line posting a month before he was murdered, Mr. Lin took a photograph of an empty Montreal subway car. His mystifying caption
“midnight cannibalism train,” led some Chinese Internet users to speculate Saturday that he was somehow foreshadowing his own gruesome death.
(Police say some of Mr. Lin’s body parts were eaten before his hand and foot were mailed to the offices of political parties in Ottawa. Mr. Magnotta
flew out from Montreal to Europe the day after the killing, and is the now target of an international police hunt.)
He was also brave. Despite the conservatism of Chinese society – where homosexuality was considered a mental illness as recently as 2001 – he was
openly and seemingly proudly gay. (That homophobia lingers in China. Scattered among the thousands of posts on Weibo mourning Mr. Lin’s death were a
large number suggesting it was his sexuality that lead him into a dangerous situation.)
Born Dec. 30, 1978 in the industrial city of Wuhan, the capital of China’s central Hubei province, he moved to Beijing several years ago and began
preparing for his dream of moving to Canada. He studied French at the Alliance Française cultural centre, hoping it would help him qualify for
immigration to Quebec.
edit on 4-6-2012 by mlirenr because: (no reason given)