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dateline: 12 June 2012

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Manhunt For Canadian Killer Ends In Berlin

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • dismember: to remove the body parts from a body
  • political party: a group of politicians with a set of goals and interests
  • torso: the human body, not including the head and limbs
  • promote: to advertise or bring attention to something

Manhunt for Canadian Killer Ends In Berlin

A Canadian man accused of killing and dismembering a student in Montreal has been arrested in Berlin after a weeklong international manhunt. Investigators began looking for a man going by the name of “Luka Magnotta” after a foot and hand were mailed to some political parties. The victim was a 33-year-old Chinese national who had been attending Concordia University. Canadian police found the victim’s torso in a outside Magnotta’s apartment in Montreal. Additional body parts were mailed to two Vancouver schools. The two men were reportedly dating, and the killing was posted online. Magnotta was picked up by police in an Internet cafĂ© in Berlin when an employee there recognized Magnotta after seeing the story in the news. Magnotta, a man obsessed with promoting himself on the Internet, had previously posted information online about how to .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What was the first indication of this crime?
  2. Who was the victim?
  3. Why is it not surprising that the alleged murderer was caught in an Internet café?

Discussion Question: When the police arrested “Luka Magnotta” at the Internet cafĂ© he reportedly told them, “You got me”. If this man was an expert at changing his identity, why do you think he get caught so easily?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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