MONTREAL - Tenants in a Montreal apartment block have made their home at the alleged scene of one of Canada's most-notorious slayings — the former abode of accused killer Luka Rocco Magnotta.

What's unclear is whether they know about the space's gruesome history following a killing that made global headlines.

A year ago this week, Jun Lin's torso was found in a suitcase behind a low-rent apartment building in the city's west end.

Police said that days before the May 29 discovery, the 33-year-old university student was killed and dismembered in Magnotta's blood-splashed apartment.

Magnotta, 30, faces several criminal charges, including first-degree murder in Lin's death. The former porn actor and stripper has pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

Life at his old building, meanwhile, took a long time to return to normal after it was thrust into international news reports, said Eric Schorer, the superintendent.

Initially, the 57-unit building struggled to find tenants after images of it circulated far beyond Montreal. The high-profile case touched three continents amid interest in Lin's native China and the international manhunt that led to Magnotta's June arrest in a Berlin Internet cafe.

Many units sat empty due to the stigma, but Schorer says business picked up in recent months after management adopted a tighter tenant-screening process to weed out potential troublemakers. The block, he says, now boasts a better clientele that has made its hallways "quiet like a church."

He even found tenants for Magnotta's second-floor bachelor unit, which remained vacant for more than half a year.

The renovated apartment, Schorer says, has since been rented to two different people, with one of the men still living there today.

He doesn't think the man, whom he described as a foreigner, knows anything about the past of his current home.

"We don't advertise it, obviously," Schorer said recently as he sat on a bench in front of the building, which overlooks the buzzing Decarie Expressway.

"But like I said, he'll find out because people talk."

The Canadian Press paid a couple of visits to the building, but did not get a response after ringing the buzzer for the furnished, $490-per-month unit.

Schorer described the apartment's first post-Magnotta tenant as a student who moved out without giving a reason. He doesn't know whether he ever learned about what happened there.

Many residents who lived in the building when Lin was killed moved out shortly after the discovery. Schorer believes the mini-exodus from around 10 apartments was due to the incident.

"It was very unfortunate and there was, of course... people freaked out," said Schorer, who also helps screen prospective tenants.

"It affects some people more than others, like myself, I'm not really affected by ghosts and spirits because I don't really believe in all that. But there's some people, and they can even have high education, they just freak out."

Today, the building is full except for about three vacancies, he said.

The carpets in the infamous apartment were ripped out, the floor was refinished and the furniture was replaced, he added.

"We changed everything, I mean, it's hard to believe that anything ever happened there," said Schorer, who thinks it's now one of the nicest units in the 48-year-old building.

"The only problem, like I say, is people who are afraid of ghosts."

Looking back at the past year, Schorer said some residents have had a difficult time dealing with what they had seen.

"It screwed us all up a little bit," said Schorer, who feels terrible for what Lin's loved ones have gone through.

"I couldn't help but think, '(What) if that was my son?' "

A man close to Lin said a small group of friends had planned to mark the grim anniversary by paying a private visit Sunday to his grave.

"The friends have been pretty well," said Benjamin, who did not want his family name published.

"He's almost in every conversation every time we meet up... He's always with us."

Benjamin said he told Lin's mother last week about the plan to visit her son's gravesite. Lin's parents returned to China from Montreal recently, following Magnotta's preliminary hearing.

"She's pretty happy with that," said Benjamin, who refers to his friend as Justin, another name he went by in Canada.

"She's glad that Justin — or Jun Lin — had friends like us."

Back at Magnotta's former building, a nagging concern remains: the number on the apartment door, which gained a notoriety on its own.

Schorer said he's thought about changing the number, but he figured that future tenants would eventually find out anyway.

That's why he's decided to rent the unit only when nothing else is available.

"If somebody finds out (what happened there) and comes to me and freaks out, I'll give him another apartment,'' he said.

''That's all."

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  • Photos from the family of Jun Lin, the victim of Luka Magnotta were given to media Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Montreal. Preliminary hearing is underway for Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man charged in connection with the infamous body-parts case that made international headlines.

  • Photos from the family of Jun Lin, the victim of Luka Magnotta were given to media Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Montreal. Preliminary hearing is underway for Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man charged in connection with the infamous body-parts case that made international headlines.

  • Photos from the family of Jun Lin, the victim of Luka Magnotta were given to media Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Montreal. Preliminary hearing is underway for Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man charged in connection with the infamous body-parts case that made international headlines.

  • Photos from the family of Jun Lin, the victim of Luka Magnotta were given to media Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Montreal. Preliminary hearing is underway for Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man charged in connection with the infamous body-parts case that made international headlines.

  • Photos from the family of Jun Lin, the victim of Luka Magnotta were given to media Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Montreal. Preliminary hearing is underway for Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man charged in connection with the infamous body-parts case that made international headlines.

  • Photos from the family of Jun Lin, the victim of Luka Magnotta were given to media Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Montreal. Preliminary hearing is underway for Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man charged in connection with the infamous body-parts case that made international headlines.

  • Photos from the family of Jun Lin, the victim of Luka Magnotta were given to media Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Montreal. Preliminary hearing is underway for Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man charged in connection with the infamous body-parts case that made international headlines.

  • Photos from the family of Jun Lin, the victim of Luka Magnotta were given to media Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Montreal. Preliminary hearing is underway for Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man charged in connection with the infamous body-parts case that made international headlines.

  • Photos from the family of Jun Lin, the victim of Luka Magnotta were given to media Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Montreal. Preliminary hearing is underway for Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man charged in connection with the infamous body-parts case that made international headlines.

  • Luka Rocco Magnotta is shown in an artist's sketch in a Montreal court on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Magnotta has collapsed in court during his preliminary hearing.The notorious suspect in a killing and dismemberment case had been listening to evidence against him, whose contents are subject to a publication ban.

  • Daran Lin, father of murder victim Jun Lin, leaves the courthouse in Montreal on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Preliminary hearing is set to start for Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man charged in connection with the infamous body-parts case that made international headlines.

  • Luka Rocco Magnotta is seen in an artist's sketch in a Montreal court on Monday, March 11, 2013. A preliminary hearing is set to start for Magnotta, the man charged in connection with the infamous body-parts case that made international headlines.Magnotta's lawyers want the public and media barred from attending the hearing, which is to determine if there is enough evidence for a trial.

  • Daran Lin, father of murder victim Jun Lin, leaves court with his translator Daran Lin in Montreal on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Preliminary hearing is set to start for Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man charged in connection with the infamous body-parts case that made international headlines.

  • Alleged killer Luka Rocco Magnotta is seen in court on a artist drawing Wednesday, January 9, 2013 in Montreal. Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying and dismemberment of Chinese engineering student Jun Lin.

  • Luka Rocco Magnotta is taken by police from a Canadian military plane to a waiting van on Monday, June 18, 2012 in Mirabel, Quebec. Magnotta, the lone suspect in a brutal Montreal killing that made headlines around the world, is back home to face justice on Canadian soil. (Montreal Police)

  • Magnotta lands in Canada (Montreal Police)

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  • Mug shot of Luka Rocco Magnotta, released by Montreal Police on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Magnotta told a judge Tuesday he will not fight his extradition from Germany to Canada, Berlin police say. Magnotta is wanted in Canada on several charges, including first-degree murder, in connection with the killing and dismemberment of Chinese national Jun Lin. (AP Photo/Montreal Police Service via The Canadian Press)

  • Vancouver Police Deputy Chief Warren Lemcke speaks during a news conference after a human hand was delivered to a school and a human foot to another in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday June 5, 2012. Montreal police later confirmed the packages are connected to the dismembered body of a Chinese student found in Montreal last week and the international manhunt for his killer. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

  • A man walks his dog past St. George's School where a human foot was delivered to the school earlier in the day in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday June 5, 2012. A human hand was also delivered to another Vancouver school Tuesday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

  • A television cameraman films parents and students at False Creek Elementary School after a human hand was delivered to the school earlier in the day in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday June 5, 2012. A human foot was also delivered to another Vancouver school Tuesday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

  • A police car leaves the central police detention facility of Berlin supposedly carrying Luka Rocco Magnotta to a Berlin court Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Luka Magnotta, 29, a Canadian porn actor suspected of murdering and dismembering a Chinese was arrested on Monday at an Internet cafe. A cafe employee recognized Magnotta from a newspaper photo and flagged down a police car. (AP Photo/dapd/ Timur Emek)

  • The internet cafe where Luka Rocco Magnottahe was recognized in the district of Neukoelln in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

  • This image taken from CCTV obtained by Associated Press video shows Luka Rocco Magnotta entering the Internet cafe in the district of Neukoelln in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 4, 2012, where Kadir Anlayisli, who works in the cafe recognized him. "I looked at him and thought I knew him from somewhere, because I read newspapers every day," Anlayisli said. (AP Photo/AP Video)

  • This image taken from CCTV obtained by Associated Press video shows Kadir Anlayisli, a cafe worker waiting for police in the doorway of the Internet cafe in the district of Neukoelln in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 4, 2012, where Luka Rocco Magnotta was arrested. (AP Photo/AP Video)

  • This image taken from CCTV obtained by Associated Press video shows police entering the Internet cafe shortly after. (AP Photo/AP Video)

  • This image taken from CCTV obtained by Associated Press video shows Luka Rocco Magnotta, 2nd left, being removed by police from the Internet cafe. (AP Photo/AP Video)

  • Kadir Anlayisli stands next to the computer where he recognized Luka Rocco Magnotta. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

  • The Interpol alert, which shows various photos and a discription of Luka Rocco Magnotta. (AP Photo/Interpol/dapd)

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  • In a Wednesday, May 30, 2012 photo, janitor Eric Schoer looks at a blood-stained fridge at an apartment rented by suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta, where police believe a man was murdered and dismembered, in Montreal. (The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

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