Luka Magnotta named QMI Agency’s news maker of the year
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.
This is the way media works, though. If a killer has all the tendencies of a compelling movie character, that’s exactly how the media will treat the story. You couldn’t tamper the media’s excitement to be handed such a juicy plot of you tried.
Susan Delacourt of The Star critiques the decision best:
No question — Magnotta did generate a lot of news last June, and the crime story also briefly leaped into the political-news category when gruesome packages were sent to two Canadian political parties. But I can’t shake the sense that this is somehow a reward for the worst kind of public infamy; precisely the type of attention that deranged individuals seek. It’s the kind of story that deserves to be filed away and forgotten, just like the person who perpetrates the crime.