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Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur pleads guilty of murdering eight men

McArthur would troll bars in Toronto's Gay Village and used dating apps to pick his victims

2019-01-29

Words: Steve Brown

Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur has confessed to murdering eight men.

The 67-year-old landscape gardener was arrested in January last year and charged with the murders of two men before police discovered human remains of seven men in planters at a property McArthur had worked at.

The remains of an eighth man was found by Canadian police in a forest ravine located behind the same property.

At the time, police could not say whether the newly discovered remains belong to victims already identified or a new one.

The remains were identified to belong to Selim Esen, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.

McArthur would troll bars in Toronto's Gay Village and use dating apps to find victims, predominately targeting Muslim men from South Asia or the Middle East, police say.

Now, according to CBC, the landscape gardener has pleaded guilty to eight charges of first-degree murder while appearing at a court hearing in the city.

First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years. McArthur is set for sentencing on February 4.