Bestgore.com is a Canadian shock site owned by Mark Marek, which provides videos and news of real-life gang executions, women being tortured. Many Explicit videos of Real-life Animal Encounters, Autopsy, blood injuries, lynching, medical disasters, Workplace accidents, and many more. As a result, Mark Marek Jailed charged under Canada Obscenity Law with corrupting public morals.
The site was launched on April 30, 2008, by Slovak-Canadian Mark Marek, and hosts explicit, real-life, photographic, and video material of events such as murders, suicides, torture, open surgeries, mutilations, and accidents. With an estimated 10 to 15 million monthly visits, Bestgore is currently the biggest shock site in the world. On April 30, 2019, Marek announced that he would no longer be involved with the site after 2019.
Controversies and legal issues
Murder of Lin Jun
In June 2012, the website was criticized for the inclusion of the graphic video titled 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick, which depicts the dismemberment of a corpse following the murder of Lin Jun committed by Luka Magnotta. Police said that Marek had initially refused requests to remove the video from the site, while Marek said, “I took it down myself, on my own terms, without being asked. Had any such request by police to take it down, as alleged, been made, I would have just told them that the video had been down for days.” Gil Zvulony, a Toronto-based lawyer specializing in Internet law, stated that the evidence supported the laying of obscenity charges against Bestgore.com, stating, “There’s no real crime where there’s no knowledge, but once they got notice of that and they allowed it to stay on there, that’s where a crime was committed in my view.”
Corruption of morals charge
In June 2012, it was reported that the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal was investigating Bestgore.com for charges of obscenity due to the posting of 1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pick. The Toronto Sun claimed that charges were pending against Marek, which he denied.
On July 16, 2013, Edmonton police charged Marek with one count of “corrupting morals” in connection with posting the Magnotta video. The rare charge is based on section 163 of the Canadian Criminal Code and carries a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment. One police investigator described the site as “a racist website, inciting hate, hatred, violence—violence above and beyond anything normal.”Marek was released on bail, but was re-arrested on July 26 for allegedly violating the terms of his release. In January 2016, he pleaded guilty and was given a conditional sentence of three months of house arrest followed by three months of community service.
In a November 2013 interview with Adrianne Jeffries of The Verge, Marek said that section 163(1) prohibits the distribution of crime comics and methods of curing venereal disease, and noted that the law was enforced selectively and could be used indiscriminately. Marek also defended the value of actually looking at gory material:
You can take the publishing of the chainsaw beheading by the Syrian rebels propaganda team who claimed that this atrocity was committed by people behind president Bashar al-Assad [sic]. The video stirred major outrage in the ranks of the sheeple, but it didn’t fool anyone on Best Gore, because we know where the video is really from. It’s been on Best Gore since before the Syrian fraudulent revolution started and we have its full version, including the original audio and know it’s from Mexico.It was the same when Best Gore busted the rebels about the publishing of the domestic gas leak explosion which they also manipulated into looking like the aftermath of alleged indiscriminate bombings by the rulers.
Or more recently, when the whole world was revving about Muslims being slaughtered by Buddhists in Burma (Myanmar)—the propaganda fooled everyone, except us on Best Gore because we recognized the lynching video from Kenya, the earthquake in Tibet, and the tsunami disaster in Thailand which had been used in an unrelated context.