I can’t help but wonder what those beyond our borders think of us these days. Image wise, it’s been a rough week for the Great White North.
First, there was 29-year old Luka Rocco Magnotta, on the run, wanted for the murder, butchering and cannibalizing of 33-year old Jun Lin, a Chinese exchange student in Montreal.
Details of the grisly crime, posted body parts, etc., grabbing headlines around the globe.
On Monday, thanks to a sharp-eyed employee at an internet cafe in Berlin, the man the foreign media dubbed “The Canadian Psycho” was nabbed by the Polizei. He didn’t resist, muttering only, “Okay, you got me.”
Then there was Saturday evening, when the eyes of the world were focused on the biggest mall in the biggest city in this country… the Eaton Centre in Toronto.
A lone gunman, with an apparent score to settle, opened fire in the mall’s crowded food court. He killed a man, believed to be at least one of his intended targets, and wounded six other people… including a 13-year old boy.
Monday morning, accompanied by his lawyer, 23-year old Christopher Husbands, already under house arrest for an unrelated crime, (THAT was effective!) turned himself in.
Like all nations, we produce our share of monsters and madmen… Olson, Bernardo, Pickton, to name but a few. The sad reality is we’re no different than anywhere else in this regard.
But I think we like to think we are, and I think others, think likewise…. or they did.
Mass murder, dismemberment, CANNIBALISM… IN CANADA!?
That’s soooo… UN-Canadian!
If only it were true.
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