Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Alleged Toronto serial killer facing 3 new counts of murder

Police: Accused serial killer Bruce McArthur faces 3 more murder charges Bruce McArthur charged with three new counts of murder over men missing from Toronto's gay village
Olivia Ford | 01 February, 2018, 01:07

Police in Toronto are searching backyards and gardens in the city for human remains after a local gardener was charged with killing at least five men and dismembering their bodies.

All five had ties to a predominately gay neighborhood in Toronto known as the Gay Village and were all of Middle-Eastern descent, Idsinga said.

Toronto police said they had laid a total of five charges of first-degree murder against Bruce McArthur, 66.

Almost two weeks after announcing McArthur was charged in the deaths of Selim Esen, 44, and Andrew Kinsman, 49, Toronto police Det.

But police said only Kayhan is connected to Project Houston, the force's investigation into three men who disappeared from Toronto's Gay Village between 2010 and 2012.

"We believe there are more remains at some of these properties that we are working to recover", Idsinga said.

Over 30 properties where McArthur lived or worked are now being combed for evidence.

"Right now where we've recovered the bodies are from large planters and they've been hidden in the bottom of these planters", Idsinga said.

The new charges are in connection with the deaths of Majeed Kayhan, 58, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Dean Lisowick, 47.

Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga called the investigation "unprecedented", according to the Star. Sgromo told officers McArthur had behaved violently toward him during a sexual encounter in the back of the suspect's van. "If there is an indication from the canine units that there is some decomposition around that planter, we will grab it", Idsinga said on Wednesday.

Since McAruthur's arrest, Idsinga said police have received dozens of tips and are continuing to investigate "well over 30" locations linked to him.

"It encompasses the city of Toronto". They said they were planning to excavate at two locations "where people might be buried", but said they did not know what, if anything, they might find.

He said McArthur took amyl nitrate, more commonly known as poppers, a drug that gives an intense temporary high.

A church in Toronto's Riverdale neighbourhood has organized a candlelight prayer vigil for the victims of serial killer Bruce McArthur.

There has been no mention of this by police since news of McArthur's arrest became public. They also continue to encourage homeowners who hired McArthur to reach out so their properties can be searched.

Vian Ewart, a resident of Balmoral Avenue, said multiple people along the street used McArthur's landscaping services and he said would often see McArthur tending to the properties in the spring and the fall.

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