Could Canadian killer and infamous internet villain Luka Magnotta be behind a Hollywood murder mystery? After an international manhunt, German police say they have arrested Luka Magnotta in Berlin over ten days after he allegedly killed and dismembered a man named Lin Jun, posted a gruesome video of the crime online and mailed the body parts to the headquarters of Canadian political parties. However, The Observer has uncovered information that could potentially link Mr. Magnotta to an infamous case from earlier this year where the severed head and hands of a man were found on a wooded trail near the Hollywood Sign.
Update (6/8/12 8:37 A.M.): The LAPD has confirmed they are investigating the possibility Mr. Magnotta was involved in the Hollywood Sign killing.
Near the end of Canada (Ecco, 432 pp., $27.99), the new novel by Richard Ford, the narrator suggests a few literary parallels to the story he’s just finished telling. It’s quite a crib note:
[These books] to me seem secretly about my young life—The Heart of Darkness, The Great Gatsby, The Sheltering Sky, The Nick Adams Stories, The Mayor of Casterbridge. A mission into the void. Abandonment. A figure, possibly mysterious, but finally not…
A cross between Robin Hood and Baby Face Nelson, Edwin Boyd was (and still is) Canada’s most popular and notorious bank robber. A decent family man and decorated war hero, he returned from World War II with one dream in mind: to provide for his wife and two children by making a living as an actor. All he got was frustration, desperation, rejection and tragedy. Thanks to careful writing and direction by newcomer Nathan Morlando and a powerful, charismatic centerpiece performance by Canadian heartthrob Scott Speedman, Citizen Gangster is a sympathetic portrait of this legendary career criminal as steeped in nuance and controversy as that of Clyde Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde.
In dramatic Contrast to the usual vapid monotony that permeates most Canadian films, Good Neighbors is a toxic thriller with unbearable intensity about an odd group of tenants in a small Montreal apartment house in the dead of a Quebec winter. Shades of Roman Polanski’s The Tenant and Alfred Hitchcock’s I Confess come to mind Read More
That’s what all-star real estate attorney Edward Mermelstein tells the Journal in this video. Not that this is exactly a surprise, as the Real Estate Desk has already taken note of a Canadian pension’s partnership with SL Green, which continues to grow. This is due in part to the relative weakness of the Read More
Bankrupt investment firm Lehman Brothers Holdings, which today celebrates the two-year anniversary of its historic implosion, is suing the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and many others for $3 billion, Reuters reports.
Lehman says it’s owed the $3 billion because CIBC and others were unfairly allowed to make claims against it as it filed Read More
Unofficial (but at the same time extremely official) Canadian ambassador to America Pat Kiernan has written a tipsheet for Gothamist about how to celebrate Canada Day today: Eat smoked meat, drink Labatt, skate on ice, drive to the border to look across — be merry. Mr. Kiernan wore a Read More
Real estate bankers, be on guard: The International Monetary Fund has set its gaze on a share of your firms’ profits. More than six months after the Group of Twenty (G20) leading nations put forward a global bank tax, the I.M.F. presented its interim report on April 16. Titled “A Fair and Sustainable Read More
On Nov. 14, 1997, when the government of Canada opened its brand-new Consulate General offices on the mezzanine and concourse levels of 1251 Avenue of the Americas, the country’s trade minister and two uniformed mounties traveled down south for the occasion.
The Canadians unveiled an 80-square-foot artwork by Inuit artist Irene Avaalaaqiaq, and Mayor Giuliani Read More
Brokers, strike another client base from your list!
USA Today reports that that Canadian home-buying spree that took hold earlier this year as the loon reached parity with the buck has evaporated. The U.S. dollar, for those who don’t obsessively read the Journal‘s Money & Investing section every morning, has started to climb Read More