TORONTO (July 30, 2014) – The desire to become famous. An obsession with the limelight. The big stage is exactly what he craved. Most of the world first learned of Luka Magnotta on May 30, 2012, when he was named as a suspect in the gruesome Montréal murder of university student Jun Lin, which was captured on film. Chronicling the life of the fame-hungry individual, SEX, FAME AND MURDER, premiering Wednesday, August 27 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT on Investigation Discovery, is an extensive look at Magnotta’s life from his childhood right through to the murder and subsequent international manhunt. With the words “you got me,” Magnotta was arrested in Berlin, Germany on June 4, 2012. With analysis from journalists, attorneys, police, and an FBI criminal profiler, the documentary uncovers his online presence, in which he concocted stories about himself to gain notoriety. The riveting documentary has exclusive, never-before-seen access to the people and places that were pertinent to this horrific case.
Magnotta, Canada’s most-wanted fugitive, appeared to live much of his life online, using the Internet to cultivate a dark and twisted, sexual presence. The special captures how, over the years, Magnotta had littered the Internet with information about himself – both untrue and true – using dozens of aliases, all in an effort to attract the worldwide fame he craved. Pleading not guilty, Magnotta faces charges including first-degree murder, committing an indignity to a human body, publishing and mailing obscene material, and criminal harassment of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament.
Programming note: In advance of the Luka Magnotta trial on September 15, an encore presentation of SEX, FAME AND MURDER airs Sunday, September 14 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Investigation Discovery.