Toronto landscaper Bruce McArthur, 66, who was charged with the murders of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman, has now been charged with three additional murders. His victims have been identified as Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick.
Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said about the unprecedented case:
We do believe there are more (victims). I have no idea how many more there are going to be. We’re investigating some 30 properties. We believe there are more remains at some of these properties that we’re working to recover.
We know that many in the community are struggling to understand and process these developments. It certainly encompasses more than the gay community. It encompasses the city of Toronto.
Initially police dismissed the rumors that a serial killer was stalking victims in Toronto's "gay village," but with the recent turn of events they are broadening the scope of the investigation.
Obviously, the city of Toronto has never seen anything like this. I’d call it an unprecedented type of investigation. It’s an alleged serial killer. He’s taken some steps to cover his tracks and we have to uncover these victims and identify these victims.
Three skeletal remains found during police searches have not yet been identified, Idsinga said.— CP24 (@CP24) January 29, 2018
Remains were found in planters across the city, Idsinga says. Police reviewing about 30 properties as part of the McArthur investigation.— CP24 (@CP24) January 29, 2018
"We are very carefully going through (McArthur's) apartment... We are still collecting trace evidence," Idsinga said.— CP24 (@CP24) January 29, 2018
Idsinga called this investigation "unprecedented" for the Toronto Police Service.— CP24 (@CP24) January 29, 2018
So far, the homicides date back to 2012. One of the missing men in the Project Houston case has been identified as one of McArthur's alleged victims.— CP24 (@CP24) January 29, 2018
Canadians are reeling from the news as more information comes forward — and many are angry:
Did the police ignore warnings from people in the gay community?
You know, for years people in the Toronto gay community have been saying there’s probably a serial killer, too many gone missing, etc. the police ignored it and cared more ab being in Pride 🙄 now we’re seeing multiple bodies of those missing & - a serial killer. Fuck the police— Natalie (@gameboycolours) January 29, 2018
Feeling sick that a serial killer was on the loose for years in Toronto's gay village and the cops did nothing. Queer men of colour disappeared. Now remind me why we should let police march in uniform at Pride?— ArielTroster (@ArielTroster) January 29, 2018