Bruce McArthur now charged with murders of six men: Toronto police

McArthur now faces five first-degree murder charges stemming from the disappearances of men linked to Toronto's LGBTQ community.

As recently as six weeks before McArthur's arrest, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders tried to dispel fears that a serial killer was at large.

August 2015 - Soroush Mahmudi, 50, of Toronto, is reported missing.

Homicide Det. -Sgt. Hank Idsinga will update the media on the investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur Friday morning at Toronto police headquarters.

McArthur's alleged victims, from left to right: Selim Esen, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Andrew Kinsman and Majeed Kayhan.

McArthur, a self-employed landscaper, was arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman on January 18, following a months-long probe into missing persons cases of missing men from the city's Church-Wellesley Village.

February 8, 2018 - Police say they've recovered the remains of six people from planters at a house where McArthur worked as a landscaper, and say they expect to lay more charges.

Meanwhile, police continue to search through McArthur's Thorncliffe Park apartment for evidence and have said that they expect to be at the address for the foreseeable future. "We do believe we have multiple murder scenes, though", said Idsinga.

The case has evolved with police now looking at "hundreds of outstanding missing persons occurrences" and even "occurrences where there's been a sudden death".

Initially, Police identified only one set of remains - those of Andrew Kinsman, another one of the men McArthur is accused of killing. After an excavation of the backyard did not lead to further discovery of human remains, Idsinga said the police investigation of the property may not yet be complete.

Court documents also indicate McArthur was convicted of assault with a weapon for attacking a man with a metal pipe in 2001.

  • Jon Douglas