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Killer in Canadian dismemberment case joins matchmaking website for inmates

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MONTREAL — A Canadian man sentenced to life in prison for killing and dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing the body parts to schools and political parties has joined a matchmaking website for inmates.

Luka Magnotta's profile was posted Sunday on Canadian Inmates Connect Inc., a website that tries to hook up lonesome convicts — some behind bars for violent offenses like first-degree murder — with potential companions on the outside.

The profile features two photos of the former stripper and prostitute in an unbuttoned white dress shirt. He was convicted in December of first-degree murder for the 2012 killing and dismemberment of university student Jun Lin in Montreal in a case that horrified Canadians.

Magnotta's grisly crimes included filming some of Lin's dismemberment, posting the video online and mailing body parts to the Ottawa offices two political parties, as well as to schools in British Columbia.

He is serving a life sentence with possible parole after 25 years. He lists his expected release date as 2037.

"Only those I deem compatible will receive a response," he writes on the profile.

Melissa Fazzina, who created the site about four and half years ago, said Magnotta sent the information to her through a contact. The application and $35 fee arrived via regular mail about 10 days ago. Convicts don't have Internet access.

"I was taken aback," Fazzina said of seeing Magnotta's name on the application.

Fazzina said she is bracing for a backlash against her decision to accept Magnotta's application.

Magnotta's ad doesn't mention his specific conviction. The site includes ads for people incarcerated for everything from murder to attempted murder to sexual assault, and Fazzina recommends users proceed with caution.

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