A Canadian serial killer has pled guilty for the murder of 8 men in Toronto.
The murderer, Bruce McArthur, specifically preyed upon Toronto’s gay community. He met all of his victims on dating apps and targeted those who were in unstable and vulnerable situations.
Last year, McArthur was arrested when he was with the man who would have been his ninth victim.
The man who had been identified simply as John was in McArthur’s home. He had been handcuffed to the bed with a bag over his head.
John managed to get the bag off his head, but his mouth was taped shut.
At this exact moment, police knocked on McArthur’s door, saving John’s life and arresting McArthur for the previous eight murders.
Authorities found files on McArthur’s computer for each man he murdered. They included photographs of each victim.
McArthur would sexually assault his victims before strangling them to death. Afterwards, he would dismember each body as well as shave their hair and beards and preserve it in a bag.
People are shocked by the horror of what the victims went through.
This is a horrible story.
— vernetta sims (@Queenvehrn) February 7, 2019
absolutely horrible details about the serial killer who terrorized Toronto's gay village and preyed upon vulnerable men.
“Many in our community have lost their sense of safety… There is a sense of ‘it could have been me, it could have been any of us.'" https://t.co/doF6aS8XQc
— shannon keating (@__keating) February 6, 2019
Men like this should be swiftly euthanized and removed from the planet
— Fat Princess Zelda (@jodyblair) February 6, 2019
omg this is horrifying
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) February 6, 2019
This story is horrible, even moreso when you realize the number of credible cases reported over many years that DIDN’T prompt an arrest or thorough enough investigation until so recently. More lives could have been saved. 😞
— hshtag tahani time (@subtlydaslutty1) February 6, 2019
Well, this is terrifying. Also notable that the police let the killer go in 2016 after he tried to strangle a man (!) in his van (!) that was covered in sheets of plastic (!!)https://t.co/bMllR8B1F8
— Fast & Furious Presents: My Tweets (@TVandCrumpets) February 7, 2019
But it was also revealed that McArthur had been on the police’s radar for quite some time.
He was first convicted of sexual assault in 2003. In 2013 he was interviewed in regard to the disappearances of what was later learned to be 3 of his victims.
In 2016, McArthur attempted to strangle his friend but the police released him finding his version of the story to be “credible”.
People are shocked at how long it took the police to take McArthur seriously as the perpetrator.
I read this article and couldn’t believe how incompetent the police seem in #Toronto. If I was living there, I would be feeling such rage it took 8 men dead by a psychopath serial killer for the police to do their job. https://t.co/h2Aug6q1f9
via @juliareinstein#LGBTQ #crime
— fight fascism with facts (@AngelEarthbound) February 7, 2019
Convicted of assault in 2003. Interviewed in 2013 for the disappearence of 3 of his victims, turned in to the police in 2016 for trying to murder a friend, only arrested in 2019. What were the police doing?? https://t.co/jss2GsxsDk
— Claudia Reyes-Hilton (@CorinaRey) February 7, 2019
Regardless of what happens today with Bruce McArthur, this does not absolve the Toronto Police. An investigation, an inquest and accountability is the only way to address the failure to save these men’s lives. #LGBTQ2 #Toronto
— Michelle Jones (@maej43) January 29, 2019
Methodologies aside (which were unbelievably consistent), the biggest thing we learned was how spectacularly @TorontoPolice botched this case, and how many people then lost their lives because of it.
They had Bruce McArthur caught red handed attempting a murder, and let him go.
— Anthony Oliveira (@meakoopa) February 4, 2019
The men who lost their lives at McArthur’s hand were Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam.