Weekend Reads Toronto historian says alleged serial murderer Bruce McArthur could’ve been killing since 1970s

05:20  13 february  2018
05:20  13 february  2018 Source:   Global News

Police recover remains of six people in Bruce McArthur investigation

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It’s early days in the investigation of alleged Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur , but already comparisons are being made to other notorious murderers , including Jeffrey Dahmer, Robert Pickton, and John Wayne Gacy.

Toronto police say Bruce McArthur , the man arrested earlier in January and charged with two counts of first-degree murder , is a serial killer responsible for at least three more deaths. 18 in connection with the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen

a person with collar shirt: Bruce McArthur is accused of the first-degree murder of five men. He will return to court on Feb. 14.© Facebook Bruce McArthur is accused of the first-degree murder of five men. He will return to court on Feb. 14.

A Toronto historian who studies and has written books on serial killers and their patterns says if Bruce McArthur is an alleged “typical serial killer,” it’s likely he’s been killing since the late 1970s.

Peter Vronsky, the author of Serial Killers – The Method and Madness of Monsters, said a typical male serial killer begins killing his victims when he is around 28 years old.

"[Male] serial killers very rarely begin to kill in their 50s or 60s," Vronsky said.

"Statistically, when a serial killer commits his murder, is around 28 [years old]. If he is an average, typical serial killer, he has potentially killed since the late 1970s."

Accused serial killer Bruce McArthur did landscaping at another property near where remains found

  Accused serial killer Bruce McArthur did landscaping at another property near where remains found Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur did landscaping work at a building down the road from the property where police recovered the remains of at least six people, according to two former tenants. "He would work on the lawn, take care of flowers, planters, and stuff like that," said Frederic Bisson, who lived in an apartment building on Mallory Crescent in Toronto's Leaside neighbourhood a decade ago. "I'm really shocked … he was really calm and quiet."Bisson's roommate at the time confirmed that he, too, remembers seeing McArthur work on the property, but he never spoke to him.

It’s early days in the investigation of alleged Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur , but already comparisons are being made to other notorious murderers , including Jeffrey Dahmer, Robert Pickton, and John Wayne Gacy.

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Vronsky said leaving body parts in flower planters is not untypical, adding serial killing is mostly about control.

"It's not something he needs to do. This is something he is compelled to do," said Vronsky.

"It's his psychology. It's his way for him to extend control over his victims."

The Ryerson University professor said what we could be seeing is aspects of necrophilia, a desire for the dead, and it comes in various stages from a romantic desire to the sleeping beauty syndrome, to wanting to desire corpses.

“And it [is] desire beyond the death of the victim, that kind of control," he explains.

Vronsky said Toronto has not seen a serial killer similar to what is alleged of Bruce McArthur since the 1950s.

“This is certainly new for Toronto police to investigate,” Vronsky said.

Police said they have been looking at hundreds of missing persons cases, and Vronsky said criminal profilers will likely be advising police to look back to the 1970s.

McArthur is accused of the first-degree murder of five men.

Human remains from six people have been found in large planters found on a property where the 66-year-old would store his landscaping tools.

Only one of those bodies has been positively identified as that of 49-year-old Andrew Kinsman who went missing in June 2017 from Cabbagetown.

McArthur will return to court on Feb. 14.

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Police say that the excavation of the yard of a Leaside home as part of their investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur could start today.Officers have been using heaters to thaw the frozen ground behind a home on Mallory Crescent where McArthur worked and stored tools, and where the dismembered skeletal remains of at least three people were discovered hidden in planters.

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