Seventh body found in case of landscape gardener and alleged Gay Village serial killer Bruce McArthur

Seventh body found in case of landscape gardener and alleged Gay Village serial killer Bruce McArthur

February 1, 2022

COPS have found the seventh body in the case of landscape gardener and alleged Gay Village serial killer Bruce McArthur.

Landscape gardener McArthur, 66, has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder in the disappearances of six men linked to Toronto's Gay Village.

The latest unidentified remains were found in a planter at the same Canadian home where six others were unearthed.

At a press conference Toronto Police Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga unveiled a picture of the man and asked the public for help to identify him.

The victims have been named as Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick and Skandaraj Navaratnam.

McArthur worked as a landscaper in and around Toronto and had an arrangement where kept his tools at a home in upmarket Leaside in exchange for tending the garden of owners' Karen Fraser and Ron Smith.


Stunned Fraser told Canadian media: “It’s too much, just too much.

“Everyone keeps saying 'How do you feel?' I can’t answer that.”

Last month cops said investigators have identified 30 properties that belong to his clients – and admitted they expect to uncover more remains.

The case, which is ongoing, has chilling echoes with the crimes of Robert Pickton, a Canadian serial killer known as 'The Butcher' who murdered 49 women, cut up their bodies and fed them to his pigs.

Pickton was convicted of six counts of second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison in 2007.


Both appeared to target what one profiler back in the 1990s called 'disposable victims' – Pickton picked the women up from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, several square blocks of seedy hotels, drug dealers and survival prostitution, while McArthur allegedly selected marginalised gay men in Toronto's Gay Village.

Both men were also arrested for violent crimes before they were accused of murder.

McArthur was convicted of assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm for assaulting a man with a metal pipe in October 2001, court documents show.

One of the conditions of the sentence he received barred him from an area that included the city’s Gay Village and prohibited him from spending time with “male prostitutes”.

 

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Paul Ciantar, 54, has friends who know McArthur.

He told CNN: "They all said that they never would have suspected him.
“He looks like Santa Claus. He looks harmless. That probably really helped him."

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