U.S. lawyer says he tipped cops to death video
While a Canada-wide warrant for the arrest of alleged murderer Luka Magnotta was issued Wednesday, a Montana man says he had information that could have given police a four-day head start.
"I was on the bestgore.com website and I saw what I was sure was a videotaped murder," lawyer Roger Renville said. "It's a shock video website normally with crime scene photos or stuff about al-Qaida so this was shocking."
He immediately starting phoning police departments to report it.
The only problem, Renville said, is no one at Toronto Police would listen to him.
"I called the Toronto Police at 416-808-2222 Sunday at noon and tried to report the video," he said. "I told them I am not a kook but a 51-year-old attorney."
Instead of getting a thank you, he said he got a condescending tone from an officer who blew him off.
"He said, 'It can't be real. They have pretty good special effects these days.' I said to him 'look at the video." I asked him if I could send the link and he said he wouldn't be needing that."
Renville said the officer went further, saying "does it make any sense to commit a murder and record it?"
At that point Renville said, "I am not saying it's logical but it needs to be investigated."
Instead of getting respect from the officer, he said he was blown off.
"He just wouldn't take it seriously," Renville said.
He said he had much the same experience with the RCMP, Miami and Denver police, as well as reporters at Toronto media outlets.
"The way I saw it was a murder had clearly taken place and I can't even get one person interested," he said.
Toronto Police did not respond to Renville's assertions Wednesday but were hard at work in the evening helping search for the suspect in the body parts investigation.
In fact, Const. Scott Mills, who was not in any way involved with Renville's concerns, asked media to share information on the case at http://Facebook.com/CAnStopCrime. On Twitter there is a tweet posted on Canadian Crime Stoppers http://Twitter.com/CanStopCrime.
"Please RT if you can ... and include in any story that an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers can help find this guy ... to stop any more violence."
Renville said he has no hard feelings but wishes someone would have taken him more seriously on the weekend.