Gay serial killer Bruce McArthur staged photos of corpses in fur coats

Sentencing for serial killer - Canada News

Their often emotional victim impact statements were presented Tuesday at a sentencing hearing for 67-year-old McArthur, who pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder last week.

His home was raided in January, 2018, and police found a potential ninth victim tied up.

Cantlon also told the court how, McArthur had tried to delete hundreds of photos of his victims from several digital devices in his home, but that forensic investigators had managed to recover them. The man said he was laid down on a fur coat, one that appeared to be the same as in the photos McArthur took of his victims.

Cantlon said Kinsman's disappearance is what led police to a break in the case. The man, who survived, was identified only as Middle Eastern and named "John".

The Court heard gruesome details about Bruce McArthur's strategy in targeting his victims, and what he did to the victims' bodies.

Prosecutor Michael Cantlon described how self-employed landscaper Bruce McArthur - who admitted last week to killing eight men as the so-called Gay Village serial killer - kept an extensive collection of the creepy images of his victims. (One of the Crown's arguments for consecutive sentences was to avoid the chance that family members would have to face Mr. McArthur at a parole hearing down the line.) Mr. Kanagaratnam's sister Kiushnaveny Yasotharan said she didn't want to live in a world which "became so terribly cruel".

McArthur has confessed to murdering eight men in Toronto between 2010 and 2017. They also found surveillance footage where Kinsman lived showing him getting into a red Dodge Caravan.

They later linked that vehicle to McArthur and found Mr Kinsman's blood and semen in it after McArthur sold it to a scrapyard.

"A frequent site of the killings was Mr. McArthur's bedroom", Cantlon said of the murders that occurred between 2010 and 2017.

Court heard that she works 18 hours a day to provide for her two daughters, who were six and 10 years old when her husband vanished. Their disappearances attracting little attention.

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"There is evidence that Mr. McArthur sought out and exploited these vulnerabilities to continue his crimes undetected", Cantlon said.

"Some were forced to live parts of their life in secret because of their orientation. Some lacked stable housing", said Cantlon.

Gridin said outside the hearing that the evidence will show his client "contributed" to the identification of McArthur as a serial killer and did not detract from the investigation. Another was a recent immigrant with a drug problem. Another alleged victim was homeless, smoked crack cocaine and worked as a prostitute.

After men started disappearing from the Gay Village area of Toronto, police set up a series of special task forces to look into the cases.

In all, McArthur was charged with the murders Kinsman, Navaratnam, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Abdulbasir Faizi, and Kirushna Kanagaratnam. Most of the killings took place under the pretence of sex at McArthur's home. "Mr. McArthur's involvement with each victim did not cease at the end of each killing".

"For years, members of the LGBTQ community believed they were being targeted by a killer", Cantlon told the court.

Court heard the man managed to escape, but was unable to swallow properly for a week.

In 2003, McArthur was convicted of assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon for bashing a man on the head with a metal bar, causing bleeding and a cut that required stitches.

"McArthur's monstrous nature was hard to uncover because he led a life of extreme deception, not because of anything to do with the 2016 arrest", Mr. Gauthier's lawyer has said.

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