Canadian Gay Serial Killer Pleads Guilty to Eight Counts of Murder

Bruce McArthur, 67, targeted gay men in Toronto using dating apps.

A serial killer who targeted gay men in Toronto, Canada, is pleading guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder.

In January 2018, Bruce McArthur, 67, was arrested in connection with the disappearances of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman, two gay men who went missing in the city’s Gay Village in the spring of 2017.

McArthur, a self-employed landscaper, has since been charged with the murders of Esen, Kinsman, and six other men—Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Soroush Mahmudi, Kirushna Kan withagaratnam, and Abdulbasir Faizi—all of whom went missing between 2010 and 2017. Police say he targeted gay men in the area using gay dating apps.

According to Vice News Canada, seven of the victims’ remains were found in garden planters at a home McArthur landscaped.

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Above: Investigators remove evidence from inside the home at 53 Mallory Crescent in Toronto, where planters containing body parts linked to McArthur were also found.

The remains of his eighth victim were found at a ravine near the same property.

On January 29, courts in Toronto heard the details of McArthur’s grisly killings, including that he’d “staged” some of his victims’ corpses, and many of the murders were “sexual in nature.” When read the specifics of the victims’ death, McArthur reportedly replied, “Yes, your honor,” verifying the horrific details in a courtroom filled with his victims’ family and loved ones.

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McArthur’s sentencing hearing is expected to begin on February 4, reports Vice. Until then, McArthur will remain in police custody, where he’s been kept since his initial arrest last Janaury.

In Canada, a conviction for first-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no parole for 25 years.

A judge told reporters at this week’s court appearance that the only issue up for decision at McArthur’s sentencing hearing next month is whether his parole ineligibility will be concurrent or consecutive to his prison sentence.

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