Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Canadian alleged serial killer facing 8th murder charge

Canadian alleged serial killer facing 8th murder charge

Today we learned that the name of McArthur's alleged victim is Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, he is alleged to have been killed by McArthur sometime between September 3 and December 14 of 2015.

"I think we've all seen in the media so-called experts who tell us that serial killers don't start in their late fifties", Idsinga says.

Although police initially said they found the remains of eight people, Idsinga could not definitely say if, between the various body parts found in the planters, the remains of other victims not yet identified were mixed in.

A 66-year-old landscaper who was known in Toronto's Gay Village, Mr. McArthur was arrested in January, confirming years of community fears that a string of gay men who went missing in Toronto were victims of foul play.

Selim Esen, 44, Abdulbasir Faizi, 44, Majeed Kayhan, 58, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Dean Lisowick, 47, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40.

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Kanagaratnam's remains were found buried in planters that McArthur, a landscaper, kept stored at the home of one of his clients.

Police say McArthur targeted men he encountered through dating apps that cater to gay men, meeting them at bars in the "Gay Village" area of Toronto.

Idsinga said the identification was confirmed with the assistance of an worldwide government agency.

Idsinga thanked those who have come forward and provided tips and encouraged anyone who has not heard from police, or who has information about McArthur, to contact investigators.

Police said it was rare for them to release a photo of a potential victim, but they said "good feedback" from the public - including more than 500 tips - helped them identify the man. "But then again if we listen to these experts, we'd be looking for a brown-skinned 35-year-old male and that simply isn't the case, obviously".

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Bruce McArthur has officially been charged with 8 murders now.

He emphasized, however, that police have not uncovered any evidence to suggest that McArthur's alleged killing spree began before 2010 when Navaratnam is believed to have died.

Toronto police have scheduled a press conference for 10:30 a.m.to update their investigation.

An external review to be launched later this month will look into the way in which Toronto police investigated the missing men reports.

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