Toronto police have found the remains of six people on a property in the city where alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur had worked earlier. The six bodies have been identified, and McArthur has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. The police held a press conference on February 8, 2018 and said that hundreds of missing person cases are being investigated and the number of victims could go higher. Even though the police have McArthur in their custody, the gay community in Toronto is reeling with fear.
The case of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is getting more and more gruesome every day. Toronto Police have extended the scope of their investigations and will now re-examine hundreds of missing person cases to determine if McArthur is linked to them. This move has come after the police recovered the remains of at least six people from a property connected to McArthur. The remains were found in large flower planters at a residential property belonging to Karen Fraser and Ron Smith in Toronto where McArthur worked and stored his landscaping equipment.
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Scope of Investigation to Widen
The Toronto police have already visited at least 30 other properties in the city where McArthur was known to have worked. Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga said, “It is getting bigger, and we are getting more resources as we go along, so it is going to be a very, very extensive investigation.” The police have also discovered areas of interest on the property and are trying to excavate a section in the backyard in the next few days using ground-penetrating radar.
Charged with First-Degree Murder
There is panic in Toronto, especially among the gay community. They have been urging the police to examine more closely a series of disappearances among their community and were fearful of a connection between the missing men. The police have found the remains of six people on the property and charged Bruce McArthur with five counts of first-degree murder in the disappearances of Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Selim Esen, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick. McArthur, now 66 years old, was charged with the murders of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman on January 18, 2018, after they went missing under mysterious circumstances from Toronto’s Gay Village in 2017.
Gay Men Go Missing
On January 29, 2018, McArthur was charged with three more counts of murder. The police have extended their search to the Peel and Durham regions as well, since they believe there could be more victims. Several persons have been reported missing from “The Gay Village,” the intersection of Church and Wellesley, which is the heart of the gay community in Toronto, Ontario. In late 2017, a disturbing trend was noticed by the locals who told the police that men were missing, but according to them, police under-investigated the disappearances. They were told several times that the missing men were not connected and that there was no serial killer at work in the Toronto area.
Banned from Entering “The Gay Village”
The series of disappearances continued, and mounting community pressure on the police forced them to investigate and then arrest Bruce McArthur. It’s not that McArthur was unknown to the police, as he had been convicted of assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm for attacking a man with a metal pipe in 2001. McArthur was barred from entering an area of downtown that included “The Gay Village” and prohibited from spending time with “male prostitutes.”
More Victims Likely to Be Found
The Toronto Police Service Homicide Squad held a press conference on February 8, 2018, in which they confirmed finding the remains of six people and said that McArthur was being questioned for the death of 10 people so far. However, it is likely that they might find more victims of McArthur as they investigate hundreds of missing person cases. Police are preparing warrants for online service providers as well, and Idsinga said: “We are dealing with some agencies overseas.” McArthur traveled for work, and the Toronto police investigators are in contact with other police forces in Canada and abroad.
A Chilling Fear Pervades
McArthur is believed to have met his victims while cruising Toronto in his work van or on gay dating apps. Idsinga said that more charges could be brought against McArthur in the future. The fact that McArthur could be at large for so many years despite killing several people has shocked the general populace of Toronto. As the police continue their investigations and the victims’ families seek information, there hangs an uneasy fear over the gay people of Toronto.