East Toronto church hosts vigil for victims of alleged serial killer

01 February, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Elena Summers
  • Police: Accused serial killer Bruce McArthur faces 3 more murder charges

Toronto police say they are continuing to search properties across the city linked to a self-employed landscaper who is facing five counts of first-degree murder.

All five victims so far had ties to a predominantly gay neighborhood in Toronto and all were of Middle Eastern descent, according to NPR.

Police announced Monday that McArthur, 66, had been charged with three more counts of first-degree murder in addition to the two he already faces.

Mahmudi and Lisowick do not fit the profile of the victims identified as part of Project Houston or those of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, whom McArthur is also charged with killing.

Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga confirmed Wednesday that a planter from a home on Balmoral Avenue, in the area of Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue, had been removed by police but would not say what was inside.

Police have identified more than 30 properties where McArthur worked and urged his past clients to come forward.

He said: 'We believe there are more remains at some of these properties that we are working to recover.

The new charges are in connection with the deaths of Majeed Kayhan, 58, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Dean Lisowick, 47. "I'd call it an unprecedented type of investigation", Idsinga said.

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"They can't be identified because they are skeletal remains and they have been dismembered so we have to wait for DNA tests... before we can identify those remains".

Officers investigated McArthur for months but could not make a definitive link to the disappearances until they realised McArthur had a sexual relationship with Kinsman. "It encompasses the City of Toronto", Idsinga said.

The Toronto Police Department has faced criticism for initially trying to quell fears that a serial killer was targeting the community. The police have come under fire from members of the public who believe concerns over the possibility of a serial killer in the area where not listened to for years. "There are at least two sites that we do want to excavate where people might be buried".

"We could have more charges laid against Mr. McArthur".

He said McArthur took amyl nitrate, more commonly known as poppers, a drug that gives an intense temporary high.

Jocelyn Lemoine of Gatineau, who met McArthur in Toronto several times in the mid-2000s, was flabbergasted to hear the news, telling CBC that the man he knew was "jovial" and never lost his temper.

Toronto cops surveying Bruce McArthur saw a young man enter the home on Jan 18. and, believing he was in danger, busted in and found him restrained on the bed, sources told the Toronto Sun.

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