10/3 podcast: Bruce McArthur was 'addicted' to killing

Frederick Owens
February 9, 2019

That waiting period would have left McArthur ineligible for parole until the age of 116, beyond his expected natural lifespan.

McArthur first came under suspicion in September 2017 in connection with the disappearance of his lover Andrew Kinsman, but police at first rejected suggestions that a serial killer was prowling Toronto's Gay Village neighborhood.

But questions continued to dog Saunders over his statement on December 8, 2017, where he said that, to his knowledge, there was no evidence to suggest a serial killer was operating in Toronto's Gay Village.

December 8, 2017 - Police Chief Mark Saunders says the force will review its practices in missing persons investigations. Concurrent means McArthur will serve the sentences simultaneously.

Some victims' remains were found in the planters of homes where McArthur did landscaping contracting.

McMahon said he couldn't do a better job capturing the impact of McArthur's actions than Greg Dunn, a friend of Kinsman.

A first degree murder conviction brings with it an automatic life sentence with no parole for 25 years. He called their dismemberments pure evil, but said the guilty plea spared a jury four months of graphic and gruesome evidence that would have likely required counselling after.

However, it seems McArthur was able to use his one card of avoiding a painful trail to give himself a fighting, unlikely, chance to walk out of prison one day.

"I am satisfied with the sentence", Homicide Insp.

Toronto's Gay Village is a couple blocks of shops, restaurants and bars in the heart of the city. Top row, from left to right: Skandaraj Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen and Abdulbasir Faizi. "What makes this particular case unique was that there was a serial killer".

Bruce Mc Arthur victims — clockwise from upper left Selim Esen Andrew Kinsman Majeed Kayhan Dean Lisowick Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam Abdulbasir Faizi Skandaraj Navaratnam Soroush Mahmudi

Kirushnaveny Yasotharan, the sister of Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, said in her statement that she was suffering from severe depression, was taking antidepressant medication and had lost considerable weight. They will live with this nightmare for the rest of their lives.

Asked about allegations of bias, Meaghan Gray, a spokeswoman for the Toronto police, said the force launched two investigations, Project Houston and Project Prism, "to do everything possible to locate the missing men".

The investigation would later take police to dozens of properties where McArthur worked, to be excavated in search of evidence.

An entry in Kinsman's calendar indicated who he had planned to meet that afternoon: "Bruce".

Toronto police and the trial did not reveal a motive. Hank Idsinga, who helped lead the investigation into McArthur, expressed his satisfaction with the sentence and said the odds the victims' families will ever have to face McArthur at a future parole hearing "are between slim and none".

When police stormed the killer's apartment in January 2018, they found a young man bound to a bed but unharmed who may well have become the ninth victim, the judge said.

But at Toronto Police Headquarters the feeling was one of closure in the wake of McArthur's sentencing on Friday.

Triple killer Dellen Millard must wait 75 years to seek parole - he'll be 102.

"Let's be honest here: I do not see Bruce McArthur seeing daylight".

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