“Don’t F**k with Cats” is a new limited series show on Netflix that aired on December 18th, 2019. Bored students stumbled across this true-crime documentary series over the winter break, and they buckled down for the most shocking three hours of their lives.
The short series involves a community of Facebook users who are ordinary people by day and Internet detectives by night. The show mainly follows Deanna Thompson, who goes by the pseudonym “Baudi Moovan”, and another man who goes by “John Green”. After witnessing a viral video of an unknown man killing two kittens, a group forms dedicated to tracking down and exposing his identity. Luka Magnotta, the notorious “cat killer”, uploads multiple graphic videos of him committing various grisly acts, including the murder of Jun Lin, a Chinese international student.
However, Magnotta’s story is not the central shock factor. It is these Internet sleuths, who were able to identify and locate Magnotta through minuscule clues given by the videos that Magnotta uploads or images. Throughout the show, Thompson and “Green” narrate how they managed to direct and launch an international manhunt for Magnotta. For instance, they were able to locate one of Magnotta’s residences from a photo of him outside his balcony. The image included a gas station unique to Canada.
The irony of the show is, honestly, the airing of itself. Magnotta did what he did because he craved attention. He purposely uploaded the torture and killing of cats, and the ultimate murder of Lin, to gain the notoriety. The release of this show, and us viewing it, is paradoxical. Regardless, the media did what the media does best. They shed more light on Magnotta’s story and gave attention to those involved in the documentary: Deanna Thompson and “John Green”. So where are they now after their newfound spotlight?
Deanna Thompson & “John Green”
My reaction is just kind of bittersweet. I really appreciate the attention and accolades and whatnot, but I also cringe a little bit because someone died.– Deanna Thompson
Post the airing of “Don’t F**k with Cats”, Deanna Thompson and “John Green” were met with mass publicity. Thompson comments on the spotlight, “My reaction is just kind of bittersweet. I really appreciate the attention and accolades and whatnot, but I also cringe a little bit because someone died.” Regardless of their newfound popularity, Thompson and Green still communicate. They founded an organization together called “Animal Beta Project”. Inspired by their Luka Magnotta case, the organization focuses on online animal cruelty crimes and alerting authorities about them. Deanna reports, “We have solved a lot of other cases since then. So it’s important that if you see a video where you don’t know where it happened, or an animal is getting harmed, let us know and we will do what we can to find them.”
I have no mental illness whatsoever. I had to go with it, even though I didn’t want to, but my lawyers pressured me into it. I told the doctors I had no mental illness.– Luka Magnotta
Currently, Luka Magnotta serves a life sentence for the murder of Jun Lin, with no chance of parole for 25 years, and 19 additional years for other offences. He serves his days at Port-Cartier Prison in Quebec.
In November 2018, about four years since Magnotta’s sentencing, Magnotta’s mother Anna Yourkin co-authored an autobiography called, “My Son, The Killer: The Untold Story of Luka Magnotta & 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick.” She attempts to “bring justice” to Luka. In the book, Luka claims: “I have no mental illness whatsoever. I had to go with it, even though I didn’t want to, but my lawyers pressured me into it. I told the doctors I had no mental illness.” Luka also describes his life in prison, explaining, “I’m outside the majority of the time… I play a lot of video games… We have movie nights. We all have our own TVs. I have painting class and I exercise a lot. I practice language studies.” For a man who has published torture videos of multiple cats and the murder and mutilation of a man, Luka Magnotta seems to have a leisurely lifestyle in prison. Is justice truly served?
Regardless, Don’t F**k with Cats made me want to archive every Instagram photo of myself, to say the least. The majority of SAS students own at least one social media account that enables them to feature images of themselves or even their location. From a bigger picture, social media is pretty harmless. It allows us to communicate with our friends without having them be physically present or, personally, send memes. But once we begin to consider how our digital profiles can be used against us, it becomes concerning. Our photos can be shared online, but every like, every share, every repost could indicate to others your interests and ideals. Strangers could know who you are as a person (aka Joe Goldberg from You). So, when it comes to using social media, how much is too much? Posting videos of you torturing cats would probably be one example…