Serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to 25 years in prison

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 9, 2019

Serial killer Bruce McArthur's punishment for murdering eight men is exactly the same as if he'd killed just one: life without eligibility for parole for 25 years.

McArthur pleaded guilty last week to murdering eight men between 2010 and 2017.

Most of his victims had ties to Toronto's gay community.

Not only did he stage and photograph his victims so he could relive his horrific handiwork, but the "morally bankrupt" killer subjected them to the most heinous indignity after death. Some had not revealed they were gay.

McArthur murdered Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Kirushna Kanagaratnam, Dean Lisowick, Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman between September 2010 and June, 2017.

Warmington joins Dave to discuss the fallout from the case for police. Some have argued that the police response was slowed by homophobia and racism - that the force might have acted more quickly if different men had disappeared.

Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, is reported missing to Peel Regional Police, west of Toronto.

Others relatives expressed rage at McArthur.

"This is a real wake-up call for Canada", Vijayanathan said. He was last seen in Toronto's gay village.

McArthur was a regular in the area.

"I do not see Bruce McArthur seeing daylight, I don't see him in a public setting ever again", Insp. "He was a fixture", he said.

But if McArthur believed they would go unmissed, he miscalculated.

Many said they had long grappled with the disappearance of a son, father, brother or friend only to learn past year that their loved one had been killed. Eventually, the effort was disbanded.

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He also had a run-in with police in 2016, when he choked another man, who escaped. Detectives did not press charges.

The police officer who decided not to charge him is now facing a hearing into professional misconduct.

The break in the case came in June 2017, when Kinsman, a white, Canadian-born activist with deep ties to the community, went missing.

August 2017 - Police launch Project Prism to investigate the disappearances of Esen and Kinsman.

McArthur had some sort of relationship - some of which were sexual - with each of his victims, Toronto Police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray said a year ago.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters after the judgment that the department was satisfied with the sentence. "The evidence today tells us that there is not a serial killer". We are 'Toronto the good.' That can't happen here.

In January 2018, police moved to arrest McArthur after seeing a young man enter his home.

January 18, 2018 - McArthur is arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Esen and Kinsman. "So far, we have no evidence to link Mr. McArthur to any of those cases".

"We will continue to do what we can to support the community and look for opportunities to improve our relationship", she added.

The city, though, is not done asking questions.

Justice Gloria Epstein is also set to conduct an independent review into investigations over missing people.

Many in the LGBTQ community say it's a slap in the face, a failure to send a clear signal that their lives matter.

"Answers to those questions are what the broader community still needs for any real closure in this case".

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