Bruce McArthur now charged with seven counts of murder — NewsAlert

Bruce McArthur

Accused serial killer Bruce McArthur is now facing a seven murder charge. He's accused of preying on men in the LGBTQ community who hung out in the downtown Gay Village.

Mr. McArthur, who appeared wearing an orange jumpsuit, spoke in court this morning only to say his name and acknowledge that he understood the charges against him. The remains of all but Kayhan have been identified among those recovered from the planters at the Leaside home.

In the wake of escalating questions about the investigations into the disappearances of the missing people from Toronto's Gay Village, the Toronto police board voted unanimously last month to commission an external investigation into how the force conducts missing-persons probes. Police have also executed at least two search warrants, including one for a forensic search of McArthur's apartment on Thorncliffe Park Drive, in the city's northeast.

Since McArthur's arrest in January, police have found the remains of at least seven people in planters on a Leaside property where McArthur used to work.

The remains of Andrew Kinsman, Soroush Mahmudi and Skandaraj Navaratnam had previously been identified, Idsinga said.


At a news conference on Wednesday, Det. Sources close to the victims say Selim Esen, who disappeared in the spring of 2017, is among those who have been positively identified by investigators. He said a seventh set of remains has yet to be identified.

They have not specified the victims were murdered.

The investigative team is now reviewing 15 homicide cold cases from 1975 to 1997, he said. He said the majority of the cases involve gay men or victims with links to the gay village. "As of today our list has grown from 30 properties to 75". Investigators said they were taking this rare step in the hopes that someone could help identify the person.

"We really don't know how deep this is going to go", Idsinga said. "I think it's easily set the record for a forensic examination of an apartment". The image showed a bearded middle-aged man with his eyes partially closed. Those tips led to 70 possible identities for the man, most of which have been eliminated.

Lisowick, a homeless prostitute who struggled with drugs hadn't even been reported missing when police announced he was one of victims. Later that month, McArthur was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Kayhan, Mahmudi and Lisowick.

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