According to reports from the Canadian press, a group of animal rights activists tried to set up a sting to catch Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man accused of murdering his on-off lover Jun Lin, eating parts of his body and then mailing other parts to Canadian government officials.
The group who wanted to catch Magnotta after they had seen YouTube videos of the amateur porn-star torturing and murdering kittens was Rescue Ink, an interesting group based in Queens, N.Y. whose members are a mixed bunch including police officers, tattooed ‘street guys’ and military personnel!
They started working on the sting nearly a year before Magnotta was accused of murder and went on the run!
The sting that the group put together included world-famous porn star Ron Jeremy whom Rescue Ink intended to use as bait to lure Magnotta to a film set where he believed he would be working with the infamous actor. But instead of shooting an adult movie, Magnotta would have been apprehended by the activists and handed over to the authorities.
Rescue Ink’s co-founder Joe Panz said that they had to draw Magnotta to the U.S from Canada because the animal abuse allegations would not be enough to get him extradited. They had established a dialogue with Magnotta through a confidential female informant who worked for Rescue Ink and she was going to help them set the trap!
In order to get Jeremy involved in the operation, Rescue Ink contacted their acquaintances, former Playboy bunnies Sia and Shane Barbi (known as the Barbi Twins) who in turn contacted their friend Jeremy and explained the plot to him.
Initially Jeremy wanted to help and came on board with the plan, as he also believes in campaigning for animal rights and has been a spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
However once he thought about it a little more he decided it was a bad idea, finding the idea of being used as ‘bait’ somewhat disturbing.
He said that the sting that the group had set up was the sort of thing that happened in movies but that in real life, things usually don’t turn out like they do in the films.
He told Rescue Ink that he wouldn’t be able to carry out the role required of him and the sting was shelved. Sia Barbi told the Canadian press, “I think it kind of spooked Ron…It just got a little bit creepy for all of us.”
Apparently the people working on putting the sting together also expressed concerns that Magnotta’s penchant for torture and killing would not stop at animals and that the twisted individual could one day end up harming humans. Seems like they were right about that – as a great deal of evidence points to the fact that Magnotta murdered student Lin and then cannibalized his body.
But Panz said that he could understand why Jeremy, who has starred in more than 2,000 adult movies backed out of the coup, he said: “I don’t blame him…He was in a very difficult situation.”
Rescue Ink were not the only animals rights activists interesting in stopping Magnotta either. His cruel videos were also noticed by the Animal Beta Project, who spent months analyzing videos and putting together a profile of the kitten killer. Despite the fact that Magnotta publicly denied being responsible for the killings in the video, the Beta Project found overwhelming evidence connecting him to them and it is believed that the information they put together was integral to the police investigation that linked Magnotta to the murder for which he is accused.
Ron Jeremy courted to be bait in 2011 sting to nab Luka Rocco Magnotta (Via National Post)