Luka Magnotta named QMI Agency's' Newsmaker of the Year

Luka Magnotta. (PHOTO TAKEN FROM HIS PERSONAL WEBSITE LUKA-MAGNOTTA.COM)

Luka Magnotta. (PHOTO TAKEN FROM HIS PERSONAL WEBSITE LUKA-MAGNOTTA.COM)

Ted Rath, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:11 PM ET

Rarely has a murder suspect garnered this kind of public fascination. Then again, rarely do they desire attention as much as it appears Luka Magnotta does.

The crimes he’s charged with — killing, eviscerating and cannibalizing a sexual partner in a Montreal apartment, and recording the whole thing on video — come straight out of a slasher film, and focused international attention on our country in a way we’re not used to being seen.

That's how Luka Magnotta came to be named the QMI Agency Canadian Newsmaker of the Year, for better or for worse.

"The public thirst for the bizarre and gut-wrenching was quenched with daily coverage of this story," says Rod Hilts, managing editor of QMI's Sarnia Observer.

Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington isn't thrown off his game very easily. But when news broke that Magnotta was wanted in the sexual butchering of Chinese student Jun Lin this spring, Warmington shuddered.


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