Our fascination with gritty true crime is nothing new, but thanks to 21st century innovations, we can now "like" psychopaths on Facebook. At least, until Facebook wises up and takes the fan page down.
It's not wrong to say that Luka Rocco Magnotta is physically attractive, but maintaining a crush on him with the knowledge of what he's done is pathological. Just to refresh your memory, this is the guy who murdered a man, dismembered him, and had sex with his mutilated corpse before feeding parts of the victim to his dog. And he did it all on video.
It's a video Destiney St-Denis has watched more than 20 times. She started the "Support Magnotta" Facebook page, because she's fucking delusional. Or, OK, in her words—
I started the group because he needs our support. I like him. He must think that nobody likes him, but there are a lot of us who do.
Gosh, it's so tough out there when you're a psychotic necrophiliac killer.
Like so many sociopaths before him, Magnotta has a history of murdering small animals. St-Denis actually reached out to Magnotta after watching videos of him killing cats, telling The Huffington Post, "He's a very nice person."
Nope. He's a dangerous lunatic. And St-Denis' mental state is questionable, too — she seems detached from Magnotta's actual crimes when she reflects on the snuff film, "I've seen worse in horror films. I really like horror films." Facebook may have taken down her fan page, but her fandom isn't going anywhere.
It's not just St-Denis: there is an entire community of people who adore this sicko, whether that means thinking he's hot, or actually supporting his release. The Facebook page had a horrifying 1400 fans before it was removed for inappropriate content.
The Huffington Post contacted Quebec psychologist Pierre Faubert, who notes that this obsession with a murderer is probably due to some early psychological trauma. Fine. I'm more concerned with the disassociation from reality — the fact that so many of Magnotta's misguided fans don't seem to comprehend the fact that he's a real person, that his victim was a real person with a family and friends.
On her blog Luka Magnotta Obsession, "Lexa" put it as follows.
It's like we're all a part of a reality TV show directed by none other than Luka himself. Only it's not reality. Half of this obsession takes place in our own heads, thinking about Luka, daydreaming of conversations we might have with him.
Filming a murder and broadcasting it online isn't reality TV any more than it's a horror movie. Magnotta's internet allies may be deeply troubled, but let's hope this isn't indicative of any larger cultural trend — the concept that horrible acts of violence, the murder of innocents, are somehow justifiable as entertainment.
[Image via AP/Montreal Police Department]