- Bruce McArthur, 67, was arrested by Toronto police on January 18 and has since been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder.
- He pleaded guilty to the eight counts for the deaths of Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, and Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam.
- The former landscaper and mall Santa is accused of killing the men between 2010 and 2017 and burying them in garden planters and ravine near his property.
- When police arrested McArthur at his home, they say they discovered a ninth man, tied to McArthur’s bed, alive.
- McArthur was sentenced on Friday to life in prison with no parole for 25 years.
Toronto police say that when they went to arrest a landscaper accused of killing eight men, they found a ninth victim tied to a bed, alive.
Bruce McArthur, 67, pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder on January 28, for the deaths of Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, and Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, according to CTV news.
Police arrested McArthur, who is also a former mall Santa, on January 18 when officers monitoring him saw him bring a man into his apartment.
When police searched McArthur’s home, officers found a hard drive that held eight folders labelled with the names of each of the dead men, the prosecution said at McArthur’s sentencing, according to CTV news.
The folders contained photos of the men, some alive and some dead, the prosecution said. A ninth folder featured the name of the man police said they found tied to McArthur’s bed.
The murders are believed to have taken place between 2010 and 2017.
Most of the victims were immigrants of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent, and some were from Toronto’s Gay Village neighbourhood.
“Most of the deceased had traits that made victimization more likely or harder to detect,” Crown attorney Michael Cantlon said, according to CTV. “Some were forced to live parts of their life in secret because of their orientation. Some lacked stable housing. There is evidence that Mr. McArthur sought out and exploited these vulnerabilities to continue his crimes undetected.”
McArthur was not on police radar until his eighth victim, Andrew Kinsman – a well-known LGBTQ activist in Toronto – was reported missing.
On a calendar in Kinsman’s apartment, police reportedly found the name “Bruce” written on June 26, 2017, the day he went missing.
Video surveillance from that same day showed Kinsman getting into a red Dodge Caravan that was later reportedly identified as McArthur’s car.
McArthur was initially charged with two murders upon his arrest, and the Crown Court added more charges as the investigation continued.
Cantlon said that McArthur buried the men in garden planters and in a ravine next to his property, according to CTV.
On Friday, a judge sentenced McArthur to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 25 years, according to CBC News. By then, McArthur will be 91 years old.
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