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‘Canadian Psycho’ was Previously Diagnosed with Schizophrenia

'Canadian Psycho' Luka Magnotta

Luka Rocco Magnotta.

A newly-released document reveals that “Canadian Psycho” Luka Magnotta was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia years before he allegedly killed, dismembered and mailed parts of Jun Lin across Canada.

In 2005, Magnotta (then 22 and going by his birth name Eric Newman) had pleaded guilty to four fraud charges in Toronto involving a false credit card he opened by duping a mentally-handicapped young woman. Ahead of sentencing, psychiatrist Thuraisamy Sooriabalan wrote a letter to the court detailing the defendant’s multiple hospitalizations for mental illness.

Dr. Sooriabalan said Magnotta’s 2005 treatment plan included a mix of psychotherapy and anti-psychotic pharmaceuticals. Sooriabalan mentioned that Magnotta sometimes neglected to take his prescription which might lead to “a relapse of his symptoms, which include paranoia, auditory hallucinations, fear of the unknown, etc.”

At his fraud sentencing, Judge Lauren Marshall warned Magnotta of the dire consequences of disregarding his psychological treatment: “Sir, you have got a medical problem, and you need to always take medication. If you do not, your life is going to get messed up.”

The letter was released to the public – over the objections of Magnotta’s defense attorneys – after many months of legal wrangling between Canadian media outlets and the Canadian judiciary. Magnotta’s preliminary hearing on the many counts stemming from the brutal murder of Jun Lin resumes April 8, 2013.

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