The series follows the amateur online sleuths that tracked down the identity of a mysterious figure who posted videos of himself torturing cats on the internet. He continued to post increasingly disturbing videos of animals, until eventually the victim was a human.
The killer is revealed to be Magnotta, who was eventually apprehended in Berlin and extradited back to Canada.
He was charged with first-degree murder, committing an indignity to a dead body, publishing obscene material, mailing obscene material and criminally harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament.
He is currently imprisoned at Archambault Institution in Quebec.
As for Netflix's strange choice of title, it's a reference to the cat-loving internet people that uncovered Magnotta's disturbing online videos. As a press release notes, it's "the horrifying true story of a killer so consumed with achieving fame that he breaks the first rule of the internet: DON'T F**K WITH CATS."
See the trailer below.
DON'T F**K WITH CATS.— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) December 4, 2019
That's the first rule of the internet. So when a mysterious figure breaks that rule, a team of amateur sleuths assembles to bring him to justice. Premieres December 18 pic.twitter.com/Usl5yfMd79
The reaction to the documentary has been swift and widely varied on Twitter.
Some are disgusted that Magnotta is achieving the level of fame he wanted for his crimes, while others are totally captivated by the series.
See the range of responses below.
The guy initially killed cats on camera, then recorded himself stabbing a man to death. Then dismembered the body & sent random body parts to different people. Insane.— Pressha (@Splvckavellie_) December 18, 2019
This #DontFuckWithCats documentary mini-series about Luka Magnotta is wild... not sure how the Toronto Sun might see being referred to as a "gossipy rag" however accurate that might be in some ways 🤣. Good on these folks for their work. That dude is just sick— Drew (@JustRollinOn86) December 18, 2019
Just spent hours watching the new documentary on Netflix about Luka Magnotta and holyyyyyy shit. 😱😱😱— gorl (@can_we__not) December 18, 2019
PSA: don't watch the documentary "Don't F*** with Cats" on Netflix Canada about murderer, Luka Magnotta (POS). He only wanted notoriety and this film does just that.— nicole🍂 (@nicolesands_) December 18, 2019
Don't F**k With Cats on #Netflix today about the murderer Luka Magnotta. Gripping stuff! It seems wrong to say "I really enjoyed it" when it's about such a horrible person but... yeah I really enjoyed it.#LukaMagnotta #dontfuckwithcats pic.twitter.com/wf3H3ZlaoT— Dean Greer (@ThatDeanGreer) December 18, 2019
i love how luka magnotta's mum is calling the people who helped identify him "crazy" as if her son didn't kill a man / multiple animals and post videos of him doing it online #DontFuckWithCats #DontFWithCats— bloody creature poster girl 💋. (@nahzferatoo) December 18, 2019
Why the actual fuck did they interview Luka Magnotta's mother for this Netflix series?— a ghost trapped in a piece of cursed jewellery (@Protag22) December 18, 2019
Her son vacuum packed kittens and drowned them before murdering and dismembering a dude on video, and she thinks the 'internet sleuths' who tracked him down are crazy?
Yeahhhh I don't plan on watching the Luka Magnotta Netflix doc. They're basically giving him a platform of fame that he's always wanted, and I'm not contributing to it. Fuck that cat killing, ice pick murdering scum bag.— the repugnant one 🎥🤘🏻💀 (@jakeisrepugnant) December 10, 2019
Whilst dying on my sofa today I've watch an entire series about a guy called Luka Magnotta. He was a bit wrong— I wave at dogs (@Internetsceptic) December 18, 2019
do people forget that luka magnotta dismembered and fucked lin juns corpse to a new order song and mailed his body parts around canada????? like why are all these documentaries only about the CATS— fat ass kelly price (@sosuperhailey) December 15, 2019