Toronto police have announced an eighth first-degree murder charge against accused serial killer Bruce McArthur. The remains of Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam have been identified as those belonging to the John Doe photo victim.
On Monday, April 16, 2018, Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga of the Toronto police homicide unit announced an update in the investigation of Bruce McArthur. Sixty-six-year-old McArthur is an alleged serial killer in Toronto, Canada. He has been charged in the death of an eighth man whose remains were previously unidentified.
The murder of Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam has now been added to the growing list of charges against McArthur.
Bruce McArthur Alleged Victim Update
On January 18, 2018, McArthur was arrested on suspicion of murder. Since his arrest, he’s been formally charged with eight counts of first-degree murder.
The names of the victims are as follows:
- Andrew Kinsman
- Soroush Mahmudi
- Skandaraj Navaratnam
- Selim Esen
- Abdulbasir Faizi
- Dean Lisowick
- Majeed Kayhan (remains still unidentified)
- Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam
The victims were all adult men, most of them with known ties to Toronto’s LGBTQ community.
The remains of all the victims identified so far were found in planters located on the property of one of McArthur’s clients. The alleged serial killer operated a landscaping company.
Who Is Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam?
Idsinga said that Kanagaratnam was born in 1978. He would have been 37 years old at the time of his death.
He was originally from Sri Lanka but had been living in Toronto since 2010. He had some family in the area.
Toronto police believe Kanagaratnam was killed sometime between September 3 and December 14, 2015.
On March 5, 2018, Toronto police released the photo of a John Doe in an attempt to drum up tips to pinpoint who the unidentified victim was. The photo, which seems to be of a deceased man, was found on McArthur’s computer during the police investigation.
Police had a particular challenge in identifying McArthur’s eighth alleged victim, as Kanagaratnam was not officially reported as missing. In addition, there was nothing linking him to Toronto’s Gay Village, which is where McArthur is alleged to have found his victims, some of whom he had a sexual relationship with.
Idsinga said that the John Doe in the photo was eventually identified as Kanagaratnam with the help of an unspecified international government agency.
Toronto police are still working on the massive case, so it’s possible Bruce McArthur may be charged with more crimes as evidence continues to surface.