Canadian gay village serial killer sentenced to life in prison

Canadian gay village serial killer sentenced to life in prison

The ruling was made by Justice John McMahon on the final day of sentencing for the 67-year-old former landscaper, who pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder last week.

Canadian prosecutors had asked a judge this week for McArthur to receive consecutive life sentences so he wouldn't be eligible for parole for 50 years, when he would be 116. He was sentenced to 11 concurrent life sentences, but applied for early parole after 15 years (the threshold at the time) and, when this was denied, applied at every future opportunity, causing the families of his victims reoccurring grief.

Bruce McArthur, who was convicted of the murders of eight men from Toronto's Gay Village, will spend at least 25 years in prison for his crimes.

"I'm not happy with it, not happy at all", said Nicole Borthwick, a friend of victims Andrew Kinsman, Dean Lisowick and Selim Esen told reporters. Families and friends of the respective men were not given the closure that they deserved in a timely manner.

McMahon also says he has no doubt McArthur would have continued to kill if he wasn't arrested by police past year.

Some victims' remains were found in the planters of homes where McArthur did landscaping contracting.

This "horrific" case, one man said, has left the close-knit Toronto gay community gripped by "despair and fear".

McMahon acknowledged other indirect victims as well, like Karen Fraser, the homeowner of the property where McArthur had buried the remains of the eight men.

McArthur lured men in Toronto's Gay Village, and later staged photos with some of the corpses, where he would dress them up in fur coats and put cigars in their mouths.

Going off that lead, police eventually placed McArthur under recurring surveillance and gathered sufficient evidence to arrest him on January 18, 2018, when officers saw him bring a Middle Eastern man into his east Toronto apartment complex - a man they subsequently found naked and handcuffed to McArthur's bed.


"The ability to decapitate and dismember his victims, and to do it repeatedly, is pure evil", McMahon said.

Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders addressed the sentence during a conference at police headquarters. Cantlon described the extensive collection of photographs McArthur kept of his victims - many of them taken while they were alive.

"Some were forced to live parts of their life in secret because of their orientation".

Two police investigations into the missing men returned no leads, even though McArthur's name came up during one investigation, and he was as a witness (not a suspect) during the later one.

He said criminologists used the term "missing white woman syndrome" to highlight how some victims are seen as more newsworthy and higher priority than others.

In McArthur's bedroom, they found John naked and handcuffed to the bed.

Most of his victims were refugees or immigrants. All of them had ties to the city's LGBTQ community.

It's a sentence that's getting mixed reactions from those close to the victims.

McMahon noted how all the friends and families had been victimized twice - searching fruitlessly for their loved ones when they went missing, only to learn they'd been murdered.

Toronto police said they have no plans to release his mugshot.

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