Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Did dismemberment suspect make iReport cameo?

Sometimes, an iReport makes the news long after it is posted. The most recent example is perhaps one of the strangest we've seen.

 

Everybody is curious about a Canadian porn actor named Luka Magnotta. He's a suspect in the killing and mutilation of a university student and police are looking into a possible link in the dismemberment of a California man.

 

Magnotta was arrested June 4 in a Berlin Internet cafe. He is awaiting extradition to Canada to face first-degree murder charges.

 

The Atlantic Wire published an article looking into various unconfirmed references on the Internet. One of the anecdotes they highlighted was dug up from CNN iReport.

 

The unconfirmed photo - showing a man sitting in a car - was posted by user benjamins88, who claims to be from Denver. The iReport, which was posted in July 2011, says the man shown is "model Luka Magnotta." The writer indicates that he spoke to Magnotta at a Ferrari convention in Miami that month. The same photo is posted on a Flickr account with the username Luka Magnotta Male Model 2011.

 

It's important to note that we haven't verified any details about the image, as attempts to reach the submitter have been unsuccessful. In the text of the iReport, the writer explains that Magnotta "said he agrees with everything the Tea Party is doing and hopes Obama will not be re-elected."

 

The iReport includes text that is attributed to Magnotta: "When I was a kid, zoos used to stage a grisly display of anarchy and mess called the chimpanzees' tea party. Whilst such entertainments could hardly be described as tragic, it does nonetheless invoke Marx's observation that history repeats itself; the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce."

 

As unusual as this appears, it isn't the first time we've seen an iReport surface in the news long after it was posted.

 

You may remember the Balloon Boy hoax back in 2009, in which a man named Richard Heene claimed that his 6-year-old son was a stowaway in a balloon flying up in the air. The nation watched agape, but alas.

 

We found out that Heene had a profile on CNN iReport and had shared a few stories prior to the incident. Most notably, a couple of submissions showed his family recording video of storm damage after Hurricane Gustav in Houma, Louisiana.

 

These are just a couple examples of the many kinds of stories to be found on CNN iReport. What's your take on the Magnotta saga and Balloon Boy? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

17 Comments
June 13, 2012
Click to view Zolteg's profile

This confirms what I have long suspected about i-reporters.

Narcisists and cannibals all!

June 13, 2012
Click to view Sima12's profile

Not really getting the point of this article. Is the author trying to say that it's somehow significant or prognostic that these people had some presence on the web before their crimes took place?  There is nothing notable about these occurrences whatsoever. Plenty of people can be found on iReport. It's a simple matter of numbers that a few of them will ultimately become infamous.

June 14, 2012
Click to view nsaidi's profile

@Sima12 That's an interesting point you make. There's a certain probability that just about anything could occur. But after working with CNN iReport for nearly six years now, I would say an iReport of this sort is not an everyday occurrence.

June 14, 2012
Click to view Sima12's profile

@nsaidi The fact that is not an everyday occurrence is precisely what makes it insignificant. Now, if a large percentage of the people who showed up on iReport ended up becoming notorious criminals or newsmakers, then THAT would be quite weird and worthy of scrutiny.

June 14, 2012
Click to view HoLeeChit's profile

Too many darn reporters. Why do we feel the need to report EVERYTHING ?   If i could file a report....i would...but....i'm 55.....and still trying to figure out how to use this dumb smartphone.

June 14, 2012
Click to view k3vsDad's profile

Very interesting and intriguing.

June 14, 2012
Click to view IrishInNYC's profile

Why does the article not mention that the photo in question is one of worst photoshop efforts ever? It looks like Justin Bieber committing grand theft auto while wearing Paris Hilton's glasses and while suffering a sore neck. Pathetic.

June 14, 2012
Click to view jkck's profile

Simple confirmation that "iReport" is a combination of total journalistic irresponsibility and exploitation of people for free work by CNN.

June 14, 2012
Click to view nsaidi's profile

@Sima12 That would be pretty scary, too ...

June 14, 2012
Click to view bobbywest19's profile

wow this is a perfect example of complete crap in an effort to grab attention.  you happend to find one of hundreds of accounts Luka made all over the web,  with a photo that is clearly photoshopped, with the original photo having been found.  which didnt take long to verify at all, and had already been verified as photoshopped before you released your article.  5 minutes of actual research would have shown this.  how bout you try to report on something with substance?  like jeez idno.. maybe the NYC attorney that has released a series of emails from Luka, in which Luka claims he has been physically and emotionally abused, and forced into creating the kitten videos.  While it is probably another one of his lies that he has been spreading over the years, it shows what great lengths he will go to.  He paid the lawyer 300$, and included a photo in which luka is beaten.

 

but no, its more important to write an article about luka having an Ireport account to make it look like hes high class and rich

 

truely pathetic attempt at journalism..

June 14, 2012
Click to view nsaidi's profile

@bobbywest19 This is just one interesting thing we've found. That doesn't mean that the other aspects of the story won't be reported on. Here's the latest write for anyone who hasn't seen it:

 

http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/13/world/americas/teacher-slaying-video/index.html

June 14, 2012
Click to view nsaidi's profile

Hey everyone, thanks for your comments. I'm passing them on to producers who are covering this story.

 

If you have any questions or thoughts about the case, please feel free to let us know.

 

As a writer/producer myself, I work with writers and reporters all across the network.

June 14, 2012
Click to view bobbywest19's profile

"This is just one interesting thing we've found."

 

can i have some of what your smoking, so that i can get interested in mundane crap like this? and everyone knows about the teacher showing the video, thats hardly news worthy either..   if you want something that will grab attention, how bout articles that offer insight into what was going on with him over the last 6 years..  hes written numerous long rants about abuse at the hands of his family, the hands of johns, and the hands of "boyfriends", or the rants about necrophilia and cannibalism..  or maybe his stories about needing a particular schizophrenia medication..

 

 

 

June 14, 2012
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Provocative article...

June 17, 2012
Click to view KellyMyers's profile

I actually like that the writer of the article can express his thoughts here on ireport.  I wouldn't feel right about insulting him for just sharing a tidbit. It costs us nothing to read his report and it was our choice to do so.

June 18, 2012
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Poor iReporters!

June 19, 2012
Click to view social11111's profile

annette MARION IS A KILLER FOR HANFIELD, AND PRESIDENT OBAMA

SOSOS STRANDED IN UKRAINE

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