Bruce McArthur: Suspected serial killer charged with seventh murder

Lucy Bush
April 12, 2018

Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is now facing a seventh premeditated murder charge while the investigative team is combing through cold cases from mid-1970s to late 1990s in search other potential cases connected to the 66-year-old Toronto landscaper, Toronto police said Wednesday.

According to a source with knowledge of the probe, McArthur will face a seventh murder charge.

The update will be live streamed here at 1:30 p.m.

McArthur was already facing charges in the murders of Toronto residents Dean Lisowick, 47; Soroush Marmudi, 50; Majeed Kayhan, 58; Andrew Kinsman, 49; Selim Esen, 44 and Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40.

McArthur, 66, was wearing an orange jumpsuit and was standing close to the camera during his physical appearance, based on this Toronto Star. He also said police plan to investigate 75 properties linked to McArthur starting next month. -Sgt. Hank Idsinga'd stated.

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The remains of six victims were found in planters at a Mallory Crescent home in Toronto.

Police have been trying to identify the remains of at least seven men found at a property McArthur used as storage for his landscaping business and say he targeted men he met through dating apps that cater to gay men, meeting them at bars in the "Gay Village" area of Toronto, as well as male prostitutes.

McArthur is also expected to appear in a Toronto courtroom today. A Crown lawyer said outside court that the charge relates to the death of Abdulbasir Faizi, who disappeared shortly after Christmas more than seven years ago.

Faizi was one of the men sought in the Toronto Police Service's Project Houston, which was launched in 2012 to investigate the disappearances of three men from Toronto's gay village.

Kayhan's remains have not been identified thus far, Idsinga said.

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In August 2017, police launched Project Prism, which looked into the disappearances of Kinsman and Esen.

McArthur's next court date is April 25. McArthur was interviewed by police during that project but it was closed in 2014.

McArthur, a self-employed landscaper, is now accused of first degree murder in Kayhan, Navaratnam and Faizi's deaths.

February 13, 2018 - Police say excavation at the home's backyard turned up no human remains, but suggest they may "revisit the scene" when the weather warms up. Police Chief Mark Saunders has also initiated an internal review that will become public, and has called for some form of public inquiry.

On Wednesday, Idsinga also released an enhanced version of a photograph of a man believed to be another one of McArthur's alleged victims.

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