Toronto police suspect serial killer as dismembered bodies are found in planters

Katrina Barker
January 31, 2018

Then last week, 66-year-old landscaper Bruce McArthur was arrested by the police under the suspicion that he was involved with the disappearances of two men named Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman. Police say the bodies are those of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Marmudi and Dean Lisowick. He was already charged with the murders of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen.

Peter Sgromo told The Associated Press about a violent sexual encounter with McArthur, who he had known for ten years, last April after they met for drinks in Toronto's gay village.

Police in Canada say they are undertaking the grim task of searching backyards, flowerbeds and planters for human remains after a Toronto gardener was charged with killing at least five men and dismembering their bodies.

Toronto police have identified 30 properties linked to McArthur through his landscaping business and believe more evidence - and potentially, the remains of more victims - may be hidden in those areas.

Indsinga made it clear the police investigation is far from over and did not rule out finding more victims.

"If we have to go back further, we will", he said.

Idsinga also said police have interviewed McArthur but would not get into specifics about how those interviews went.

"It's an alleged serial killer", Detective-Sergeant Hank Idsinga told reporters at a news briefing, describing the case as "unprecedented".

In 2003, McArthur was convicted of assault after attacking a man with an iron pipe two years earlier, according to the newspaper.

Police have said that McArthur may have other victims.

A suspect who appears to have targeted Toronto's gay population has been charged with the murders of five men, most of whom had been missing for some time.

He said he will not invite representatives from the Toronto Police Service to the meeting in order to ensure that those present can feel comfortable speaking frankly.

The 50-year-old was reported missing in 2015 by his family in east Toronto.

Kinsman was reported missing from the gay village in late June 2017.

Kayhan was reported missing in October 2012. Lisowisk, police say, was never reported missing. "It encompasses the city of Toronto".

He said investigators continue to search McArthur's residence at 95 Thorncliffe Park, and a residence at 53 Mallory, which McArthur used for storage for his landscaping work.

While police are confident these men were murdered, the job of trying to match up their DNA with remains is daunting. Investigators have also sought computer information and are following up on tips from Toronto and overseas.

McArthur made a brief court appearance Monday and was remanded in custody until his next hearing February 14.

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