Gay serial killer Bruce McArthur staged photos of corpses in fur coats

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Sentencing hearing to begin for serial killer Bruce McArthur

Laurence described McArthur's targeting of vulnerable men as "heinous" and said the marginalization of his victims made it easier for McArthur to commit his crimes undetecetd.

According to police affidavits filed in court, investigators said Mr. McArthur became a suspect by early November, when the blood of his last victim, Andrew Kinsman, was found in his van.

Authorities revealed during his sentencing they had found pictures six of the eight victims on his electronic devices after they were murdered.

Those folders were labelled with nicknames or other identifiers matched to Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Kirushna Kanagaratnam, Dean Lisowick, Selim Esen and Kinsman.

The court heard that McArthur staged photographs of his victims' corpses, posing the bodies in a fur coat and black leather hat, and - in two cases - with a cigar between their lips.

Police recovered a USB key in his home with folders labeled Skanda, Bazir, Hamid, Number 4, Number 5, Slider, Turkish Guy, Andy, and John.

In a statement last week, Gridin defended Gauthier's actions in a 2016 incident in which McArthur was arrested but not charged and said his client has "great sympathy for the victims and the community".

Police arrested McArthur in January 2018 and charged him for the murders of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen. Most of these homicides "were facilitated under the pretense of sex" and the victims were often killed in McArthur's Thorncliffe Park Dr. apartment bedroom.

The prosecutor said McArthur shaved victims after he killed them and kept some hair stored.

First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years, but when there are several convictions, the court can decide to impose consecutive parole ineligibility periods.

Many of Toronto's LGBQT community said for years a serial killer was at work. He also held onto items belonging to them.

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The 49-year-old LGBTQ activist and former bartender in Toronto had many friends.

The shocking revelation came to light during a sentencing hearing for 67-year-old Bruce McArthur, who targeted men from Toronto's Gay Village as his victims from 2010 to 2017.

The cases ranged from 2010 to 2017.

Toronto Police swooped in and busted McArthur as soon as he answered the door. The man begged and pleaded before he managed to escape and call 911. "He was unable to swallow properly again for a week", Cantlon said. "An officer released Mr. McArthur without charges, believing his statement to be credible".

Cantlon said McArthur had met John through an online dating app in the summer of 2017, roughly five years after the man had immigrated to Canada from an unspecified Middle-Eastern country.

By then he had committed three of the eight murders undetected. He said there is no evidence McArthur has murdered anyone else.

He stressed that the voices of people giving their victim impact statements as part of McArthur's sentencing hearings should be heard today, "not mine".

"For us now to hear of such a frightful death, we who live in this world as refugees feel like there is no safety for us anywhere in the world", he said in his victim impact statement.

Ted Healey, a friend of Kinsman, said he took some satisfaction that McArthur owned up to his crimes.

Among her emotions is the vengefulness she feels toward McArthur, who sat motionless for the second straight day as the impact statements were read aloud in sequence.

Such a sentence would send a clear message "that those committing eight murders would never be paroled", said Crown attorney Craig Harper.

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