Canada The Bruce McArthur serial murder case: By the numbers

12:32  12 april  2018
12:32  12 april  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Toronto police to provide update on alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur

  Toronto police to provide update on alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur Toronto police to provide update on alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur .Police are expected to provide updates on three aspects of the investigation into McArthur.It has been more than a month since police took the rare step of releasing a photograph of an alleged victim of McArthur’s, in hopes that someone could identify him. Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga said that the image had been “cleaned up,” and data from the photo released on the Toronto police website shows it was altered, including by a photoshopping tool to erase and smudge parts of the image.

Toronto landscaper Bruce McArthur now faces three additional counts of first-degree murder , bringing the total to five in what police are calling a serial killing case that the city has never "We've never seen anything quite like this with the number of crime scenes that we have to process," Idsinga said.

Thomas Donald Bruce McArthur (born October 8, 1951) is an accused Canadian serial killer. McArthur , who was a self-employed landscaper, is charged with six counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of missing men from Church and Wellesley, Toronto's gay village.

a close up of a book: Between tips, properties searched, and the charges against the 66-year-old, the case against the retired self-employed landscaper continues to grow.© Pam Davies Between tips, properties searched, and the charges against the 66-year-old, the case against the retired self-employed landscaper continues to grow.

With a seventh murder charge laid against accused serial killer Bruce McArthur on Wednesday, what was already a sprawling probe grew even larger as police announced they'll now revisit more than a dozen cold cases dating back to 1975, with the number of properties to be searched more than doubling.

That news was the first update by Toronto police since March, when lead investigator Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga took the rare step of releasing a photo of an unidentified deceased man, believed to be one of McArthur's victims.

More details on dead man in photo linked to Bruce McArthur serial murder case to be released Monday

  More details on dead man in photo linked to Bruce McArthur serial murder case to be released Monday More details on dead man in photo linked to Bruce McArthur serial murder case to be released MondayA grisly photograph of an unidentified deceased man, believed by homicide investigators to be the eighth victim of the 66-year-old landscaper, was released last month.

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It’s early days in the investigation of alleged Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur , but McArthur , 66, a landscaper, has so far been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Lee told VICE what struck him about the McArthur case is how long members of the LGBT community “Police for a number of months openly downplayed the fact that there was a serial killer,” he said.

On Wednesday, that man remained unidentified. But in the time since releasing his photo, police revealed, they've received hundreds of tips about just who he might have been.

Here is a look at the where the McArthur case stands now — by the numbers:

7 charges of 1st-degree murder

In a Toronto courtroom Wednesday came the news that McArthur was now charged in the death of Abdulbasir Faizi, who was reported missing to Peel Regional Police in 2010, his car last seen west of Bayview Avenue — just minutes away from the Mallory Crescent home that has become the epicentre of the investigation.

a person making a funny face: Bruce McArthur is now accused of killing these seven men. Top row, from left to right, Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Selim Esen, 44, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 44. Bottom row, from left to right: Dean Lisowick, 47, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Majeed Kayhan, 58.© CBC/Toronto Police Service Bruce McArthur is now accused of killing these seven men. Top row, from left to right, Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Selim Esen, 44, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 44. Bottom row, from left to right: Dean Lisowick, 47, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Majeed Kayhan, 58.

The other charges relate to the deaths of Soroush Mahmudi, 50, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, Selim Esen, 44, Dean Lisowick, 47, and Majeed Kayhan, 58. None of the charges against McArthur have been proven in court.

Charge in Abdulbasir Faizi killing brings sorrow, new questions

  Charge in Abdulbasir Faizi killing brings sorrow, new questions Charge in Abdulbasir Faizi killing brings sorrow, new questions“Seeing day in and day out, members of your community allegedly killed in such a fashion is deeply emotional and unsettling,” Rahim told the Star shortly after police announced McArthur’s seventh murder charge for the killing of Abdulbasir Faizi.

Landscaper Bruce McArthur , 66, has been charged with five murders in Toronto. Toronto police have warned the number of victims of an alleged serial killer may rise dramatically, as they revealed they are searching for human remains at homes across the city.

No suggestion that the number of victims would edge upward with numbing regularity. In other serial murder sprees, dismemberment occurs in only about four per cent of cases and, then, its Bruce McArthur had the nickname "Santa" among patrons at the now-closed Zipperz/Cellblock bar.

15 cold cases

Police say they are now investigating 15 cold cases between 1975 and 1997. It was around that time that 14 gay men were brutally killed in Toronto — half of those cases remain unsolved.

McArthur would have been in his 20s at the time, an age most serial killers begin committing their crimes. While there is currently no evidence to connect to the cases to McArthur, Idsinga has said he "wouldn't be surprised" if he is linked to more killings.

a woman walking down a busy city street: Yonge Street in the '70s was a hub for activity in downtown Toronto, dotted with bars, theatres and restaurants.© City of Toronto Archives Yonge Street in the '70s was a hub for activity in downtown Toronto, dotted with bars, theatres and restaurants.

500 tips on photo of deceased man

Police revealed Wednesday that they've received some 500 tips since releasing a photo of an unidentified man — a step Idsinga described as a "last resort" last month.

Those tips yielded over 70 possible identities that investigators have worked to narrow down to 22. Investigators have now released an enhanced version of the photo to help zero in on the man's identity made available with the help of community activist Nicki Ward.

Police identify man in photo linked to Bruce McArthur

  Police identify man in photo linked to Bruce McArthur A man believed to be another victim of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur has been identified after investigators released his photograph and appealed to the public for help, police said Friday. McArthur, a 66-year-old self-employed landscaper, currently faces seven counts of first-degree murder in connection with men who had ties to the city's LGBTQ community.In early March, police released a photograph of a dead man believed to be another one of the McArthur's alleged victims, saying they needed help identifying the bearded middle-aged individual.Det. Sgt.

Police have charged Toronto landscaper Bruce McArthur with three more murders and have now labelled the 66-year-old an alleged “ serial killer.” “For those who are worried about the time it has taken to solve a number of these missing persons cases , I share your concerns and am confident

McArthur now faces murder charges in connection with four of the five men who were reported missing from the Church and Wellesley area since 2010. The fifth man, 44-year-old Abdulbasir Faizi, who went missing in Dec. 2010 has not been connected to the McArthur case to date.

a close up of a man: Investigators with Toronto police's Project Prism are appealing to the public for information about this unidentified man.© Toronto Police Service Investigators with Toronto police's Project Prism are appealing to the public for information about this unidentified man.

Idsinga also said police are following up with some international agencies in relation to the man's photo.

75 properties to be searched

Thanks in part to the volume of tips they've received from the public since McArthur's January arrest, the list of properties that police intend to search has grown from 30 to 75. That includes McArthur's own apartment in the Thorncliffe neighbourhood, which Idsinga says will take at least another two or three weeks to finish combing through.

"They are literally going through that apartment inch by inch. Floors, ceilings, walls dresser drawers, literally inch by inch," the lead investigator said, turning up a long list of exhibits that will be forensically tested.

a house covered in snow: Forensic investigators discovered dismembered remains in the bottoms of large planters after searching a property at Mallory Crescent in midtown Toronto linked to McArthur.© CBC Forensic investigators discovered dismembered remains in the bottoms of large planters after searching a property at Mallory Crescent in midtown Toronto linked to McArthur.

"We've quite frankly never seen anything like it," Idsinga said.

Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur's latest victim came to Canada on MV Sun Sea to 'protect his life'

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Sick Suspected Toronto Serial Killer May Have Feasted On Murdered Gay Lovers. Bruce McArthur stashed his victims in landscape planters, cops charge. By Ralph R. Ortega.

Toronto police have laid a new murder charge against an alleged serial killer who is believed to have preyed upon men from the city's gay community for years, bringing the total number of people he's accused of killing to six. Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said Friday that Bruce McArthur has been charged

More than 20 planters searched

Police revealed Wednesday they have finished poring over the more than 20 garden planters seized from the Mallory Crescent home and from various other locations across the city. It's in those planters that police said in March they'd discovered seven sets of human remains.

a man standing in a room: A restrained man was found inside alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur's apartment in January 2018, when officers forcibly entered the apartment to arrest the 66-year-old.© CBC A restrained man was found inside alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur's apartment in January 2018, when officers forcibly entered the apartment to arrest the 66-year-old.

Now, Idsinga says he won't definitively say that there are only seven sets of remains — only that investigators have at least seven. One set remains to be identified.

All 3 Project Houston victims accounted for

Before there was Project Prism, there was Project Houston, set up in 2012 by police to investigate the disappearances of three men of colour with ties to Toronto's Gay Village. Those men included Kayhan, Navaratnam and Faizi, all who disappeared between 2010 and 2012 — all now alleged by police to be victims of McArthur.

Houston led nowhere, the probe closing some 18 months after it opened with none of the cases resolved. But with charges now laid in all three cases, Idsinga said Wednesday the investigators involved with that project now feel a sense of closure.

Alleged serial killer to appear in court

  Alleged serial killer to appear in court Alleged serial killer to appear in courtThe 66-year-old landscaper has been charged with the first-degree murder of six men with connections to the city's LGBTQ community.

Toronto Police announced on Friday that alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is facing a sixth murder charge in the death of Skandaraj Navaratnam, who was last seen near the city’s gay village in 2010.

dreading, as the number of victims attributed to accused serial killer Bruce McArthur continues to grow. On Friday, Toronto police said they have charged Bruce McArthur with first-degree murder in his With remains of six victims found in Bruce McArthur case , police anticipate more charges.

3 different forensic techniques

a person posing for the camera: Dr. Michael Pollanen is Ontario's deputy chief coroner and is responsible for co-leading the province's death investigation system. Dr. Kathy Gruspier works alongside forensic pathologists and coroners in specific death investigations and is Canada’s only full-time forensic anthropologist.© Yanjun Li/CBC Dr. Michael Pollanen is Ontario's deputy chief coroner and is responsible for co-leading the province's death investigation system. Dr. Kathy Gruspier works alongside forensic pathologists and coroners in specific death investigations and is Canada’s only full-time forensic anthropologist.

Over the past few months, investigators have had the intricate task of quite literally piecing together dismembered remains in the hope of establishing victims' identities. That's involved relying on fingerprints, dental records and DNA. Linking one part of a body to another part requires DNA. And as investigators move to speak with detectives from decades-old cold cases, DNA will become key. That's because DNA testing didn't exist in the 70s.

Forensic anthropologist Kathy Gruspier told CBC News that the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service maintains a database of all unidentified bodies going back 50 years in the province. One of her key aims has been to re-examine them to identify those who died before DNA testing became possible, something she says can be quite successful.

"Our biggest problem is information on missing people. Because first of all if we don't know that someone is missing, we have nowhere to begin," Gruspier said. "These are truly unidentified people."

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