TORONTO – A year ago, serial killer Bruce McArthur, who was in Toronto’s gay neighborhood, was sentenced to 25 years in prison with no possibility of release.
The 67-year-old landscaper acknowledged last week that he had killed eight men between September 2010 and June 2017.
Bruce McArthur admitted to having carefully planned the murder of his victims, all related to Toronto’s homosexual community. Many of the victims were sexually assaulted or kidnapped before being killed.
The victims were then dismembered and their remains were hidden on a property where McArthur stored his tools. Some remains were camouflaged in flower boxes, while others were buried in a ravine adjacent to the property. The landscape artist also kept trophies stolen from his victims.
It was in June 2017 that the police became interested in Bruce McArthur. The police then made the connection between the killer and his crimes by investigating the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman. During the investigation, the officers had discovered a calendar of the victim where the name “Bruce” was noted on the day of his disappearance. CCTV footage then saw Andrew Kinsman climb into a red 2004 Dodge Caravan.
In turn, the investigators determined that Bruce McArthur was the only Bruce in Ontario to have such a vehicle. Searches in the vehicle, found in junk, and in the housing of the suspect then helped to reinforce the suspicions of the police.
The police monitored the suspect’s movements from September to November 2017. He had been under constant surveillance for 15 days at the time of his arrest in January 2018.